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Judges

2019

Len Higashi
Acting Executive Director, Hawaii Technology Development Corporation

Len Higashi is the acting executive director for the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation. Len has a diverse background including various technical roles in startups and large corporations. Prior to joining HTDC, Len was the VP of Engineering at Nanopoint, a Hawaii based biotech company. Len has an MBA from the University of Hawaii, and MSME and bsme degrees.

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Julia Okinaka
President, Accuity Consulting Services

Julia has been consulting for private and public organizations for over twenty years. Julia is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and specializes in helping clients with process improvement, IT system implementation, strategic planning, internal controls, project management, organizational change, and communications. Her clients come from various industries including banking, healthcare, education, government, not-for-profit and entertainment. Prior to joining Accuity, Julia worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Advisory Services, Goldman Sachs in Private Wealth Management and Human Resources and the Gillette Company in both their Manufacturing and Sales/Marketing Divisions. Julia received her BA in International Relations from Tufts University. Julia serves on the board for The Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation and Design Thinking Hawaii.

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George Yarbrough
Co-Director & Co-Founder, Impact Hub

George Yarbrough is an entrepreneur dedicated to Impact Hub Honolulu. His responsibilities include operations, marketing, strategic business development, network and business development, and getting done what needs to be done. The mission for Impact Hub Honolulu is to create space where innovation, collaboration, and growth can happen for all sectors.

George also helped create a local wastewater engineering business called Laulea Engineering. The mission for Laulea Engineering is to level up the way in which Hawaii treats and disposes its wastewater. His past professional experience is tied to the public health sector. First, he was with Operation Smile, a global charity that gives free surgeries to those who suffer with cleft lip and cleft palates. George started as a global coordinator and then moved into managing the Africa and Middle East programs. He then moved into the medical team response research field working with the US Department of Defense Center at the Center for Excellence. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a focus on economic geography and a minor in economics.