State’s High Tech Sector Sponsors Inaugural WedTech Summit Maui

February 19, 2016, 12:02 PM HST · Updated February 19, 12:03 PM

File photo by Wendy Osher.

File photo by Wendy Osher.

The High Technology Development Corporation will sponsor the inaugural WedTech Summit Maui event — the first-to-market wedding conference and community uniting big brands and startups, and the technology that drives this $300 billion industry.

The WedTech Summit Maui takes place from Feb. 11 to 23 at the Royal Lahaina Resort in West Maui.  It is a conference aimed at creating the future of the wedding industry with participation from wedding and hospitality professionals, tech start-ups and investors.

WedTech is the first wedding conference to look behind the veil, cupcakes, and champagne bubbles to reveal a goldmine of apps, platforms and wearables.

“HTDC sees the synergy between our innovative spirit, our must do destination wedding and our world class travel brand as being an untapped opportunity for Hawaii,” said Robbie Melton, executive director and CEO at HTDC.


HTDC is sponsoring a booth at the event, which will feature local tech companies that can provide innovative event technology, like LED flowers and four companies from the Maui College Food innovation program, featuring cacao products, artisan donuts and specialty cupcakes.

Takeaways include: practical lessons for brands, startups and businesses, growing community through creative, authentic, amplification tactics, and showcasing futurists inventing the technology and trends pivoting the wed-market.

Thelma Alane, HTDC innovation program manager will be a panelist on Raising Capital Tips + Tricks to get funded breakout session and the MC for the Ian McFarland Lunch: Learn the Aloha Principle, and How to Build your Business like a Lean Startup.

Full details on the two day event can be found at the WedTech Summit Maui website.

HTDC is a state agency, attached to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. The agency was established by the Hawaii State Legislature in 1983 to facilitate the development and growth of Hawaii’s commercial high technology industry.



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