East Meets West 2018

East Meets West is the startup event of the year in Hawaii – bringing together investors and entrepreneurs from Asia, Hawai`i and North America. EMW’18 features amazing international speakers, hot topic breakout sessions, pitch opportunities, and ample networking in a tropical Startup Paradise.

The focus for 2018 will be on Blockchain, TravelTech and Social Impact technologies and we will be bringing out exciting speakers from Uber, TenX, CoinCircle, The Vatican and more from the world to talk about these exciting advances in these technologies.

February 1, 2018 - February 2, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii
Join us for discussions on blockchain, travel tech and social impact technologies
Some of the things happening at EMW18

Keynote Speakers
We are bringing the finest industry experts to speak
David Ige
Governor, State of Hawai'i
Stephen Forte
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Fresco Capital
Sam Gellman
Senior Design Manager, Uber
Declan Kelly
Director EMEA, Techstars Investments
Dr. Julian Hosp
Co-founder & President, TenX
Natali Ardianto
Co-Founder & CTO, Tiket.com
Covadonga Baselga
Corporate Strategy, Amadeus Ventures
Meli James
Co-Founder, Mana Up; President, HVCA
Edith Yeung
General Partner, Race Capital
Andrew Chapin
Co-Founder & CEO, Benja
Blaine Kaho’onei
Sr. Business Development Manager, Heroku
Rebecca Branham
Co-founder, B & L Group, Inc
Edwin Hawkins
Executive Director, Office of Economic Development
David Ai
Director of Knowledge Transfer Office, City University of Hong Kong
Michael Hwang
Managing Director, Bigbang Angels
Carman Chan
Founder & Managing Partner, Click Ventures
Miki Tomita
Co-founder, Education Incubator
Neil Hannahs
Founder & CEO, Ho'okele Strategies LLC
Kamuela Enos
Director of Social Enterprise, MA`O Organic Farms
Margot Schmorak
CEO & Co-Founder, Hostfully
Richard R. Vuylsteke
President, East-West Center
Oscar Ramos
Partner & Program Director, Chinaccelerator
Amy Brinker
Sustainability Manager, Kamehameha Schools
Keoni Lee
CEO, Hawaii Investment Ready
Tony Blank
Director of Startup Programs, Agora
Chris Hemmeter
Managing Director, Thayer Ventures
Dawn Lippert
CEO, Elemental Excelerator
Steve Petranik
Editor, Hawaii Business Magazine
Henk Rogers
President & CEO, Blue Planet Energy
Maya Rogers
CEO, Tetris & Partner, Blue Startups

Venture Capital Funds Participating

The East Meets West 2018 Event Schedule
Here is an overview of what you will see at EMW18

8 am Prince Waikiki Hotel

Shuttle Pick Up

Shuttle pick up at Prince Waikiki Hotel

2 hours 30 minutes

10 am Kualoa Ranch


Ranch with ATV, Horseback riding, SUP

2 hours 30 minutes

12:30 pm

1 hour 30 minutes

2 pm

Roundtable Session 1

4 Simultaneous sessions

1 hour

3 pm

Roundtable Session 2
Covadonga Baselga, Natali Ardianto, Henk Rogers

How the Future of Work affects the Future of Travel - from Tokyo to New York to the Moon

1 hour

3 pm

Roundtable Session 2
Sam Gellman, Mark de Groh, Dawn Lippert, Peter Fukunaga (Car HUI)

How Smart is your City?

1 hour

3 pm

Roundtable Session 2
Edith Yeung, Asics, Stephen Forte, Rahul Sood

China vs the US: Who is innovating the most?

1 hour

3 pm

Roundtable Session 2
Dr. Julian Hosp, Joyce Kim

Is crypto the end of banks?

1 hour

4 pm

Roundtable Session 3
Dr. Julian Hosp, Joyce Kim, Rahul Sood

How does the Blockchain affect me the most?

1 hour

4 pm

Roundtable Session 3
Stephen Forte, Mark de Groh, Dawn Lippert, Sam Gellman

Social Good Accelerators and Investment: Are they really changing the world

1 hour

4 pm

Roundtable Session 3
Edith Yeung, David Ai, Declan Kelly, John Kaaiohelo

Global Ecosystems: Where will the next big tech revolution come from?

1 hour

4 pm

Roundtable Session 3
Covadonga Baselga, Natali Ardianto, Galen Ho

Will AI, AR or Blockchain change the travel industry the most in the next 5 years?

1 hour

5 pm



1 hour

6 pm

2 hours

8 pm Kuuloa Ranch to Waikiki Prince Hotel

Return to Hotel

8 am

Startup Ecosystem Tour
1 hour 30 minutes

9:30 am East-West Center

1 hour

10:30 am East-West Center

Chenoa Farnsworth, Casey Lau, Edwin Hawkins, Governor David Ige
30 minutes

11:00 am East-West Center

Keynote: Blockchain Future
Joyce Kim, Dr. Julian Hosp, Rahul sood

Blockchain Future

30 minutes

11:30 am East-West Center

Keynote: Cross-border Investing
Edith Yueng, Covadonga Baselga, John Kaaiohelo, Declan Kelly

Cross-border Investing: Panel - Moderator: Casey Lau

30 minutes

12:00 am East-West Center

Keynote: Impact and Technology
Stephen Forte, Mark de Groh, Dawn Lippert

Impact and Technology: Panel - KS Moderator: Chenoa Farnsworth

30 minutes

12:30 pm East-West Center

Lunch (Concurrent Spikeball Tournament)
1 hour

1:30 pm East-West Center Lunch Room

Startup Office Hours
2 hours

1:30 pm East-West Center UN Room

3 Simultaneous Panels
Rahul Sood, Dr. Julian Hosp

How to Raise money with ICO: Workshop

1 hour

1:30 pm East-West Center Main Stage

3 Simultaneous Panels
Joyce Kim, Maya Rogers, Covadonga Baselga

Women in Tech Panel

1 hour

1:30 pm East-West Center UN Room

3 Simultaneous Panels
Tony Blank, Blain Kahoonei, Sam Gellman

Global Entrepreneurs Workshop

1 hour

2:30 pm East-West Center Main Stage

3 Simultaneous Panels
Carman Chan, Edith Yeung, Oscar Ramos

Investing Between East and West

1 hour

2:30 pm East-West Center UN Room

3 Simultaneous Panels
Miki Tomita, Meli James, Keoni Lee, Neil Hannahs, Kamuela Enos

Impact Investing: A Hawaiian Perspective

1 hour

2:30 pm East-West Center UN Room

3 Simultaneous Panels
Natalie Ardianto, Covadonga Baselga, Christ Hemmeter

Travel Tech's New Era

1 hour

3:30 pm East-West Center

Coffee Break & Snacks
30 minutes

4 pm Room East-West Center Main Room

Startup Showcase
MC: Chenoa Farnsworth, VC Panel: Marcus Ogawa, Clint Chao, Frank Chang, Chris Hemmeter, John Trbovich, Donavan Kealoha, Carman Chan, Jim Kim, Michael Hwang
1 hour

5 pm East-West Center Main Room

Creating the Bridge: East and West 2018 Roundup
Henk Rogers, Sam Gellman, Stephen Forte, Edith Yeung
30 minutes

5:30 pm East-West Center Lanai

Closing Party
1 hour 30 minutes

7:30 pm Bar 35

Chinatown Afterparty
2 hour 30 minutes
East Meets West Summit is an intimate pre-event limited to 100 participants that includes all the speakers and VIP guests for East Meets West 2018 at Kualoa Ranch. Participants will take part in Hawaiian activities, roundtable discussions, and deep-dive learning opportunities. Roundtable discussions will be led by experts in their fields - with no more than 25 participants in each discussion. Transportation to and from Waikiki will be provided. Summit tickets include complimentary registration at the EMW'18 Conference on February 2.

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EMW Conference 2018


  • Access to Feb 2 Conference
  • Lunch & reception included
  • Access to full Conference on Feb 2
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EMW Summit & Conference 2018


  • Access to all keynotes and break-outs
  • Intimate VIP Summit at Kualoa Ranch on Feb 1

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Prince Waikiki

Our official partner hotel!

The Modern Honolulu

Best boutique hotel in Hawaii

Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra

A Honolulu landmark hotel

Blue Startups is a Top 20 Accelerator in the US (Techcrunch) focused on helping scalable technology companies compete on a global scale. With deep domain expertise in international travel technology and an extensive network in Asia, Blue Startups is fast becoming a nexus of entrepreneurial activity in Hawai‘i, and between Asia and Continental U.S.  Blue Startups was founded by Henk Rogers, founder of the Tetris Company and Chenoa Farnsworth of Hawaii Angels in 2012 and has been a full member of the Global Accelerator Network since 2013. Blue Startups is funded by the State of Hawaii, Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation, and private investors.