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Monica Umeda Parks

Co-Founder of Akabotics Corp.

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 "The things I was voluntold to do through PACE resulted in the most life-changing growth I experienced during my time at UH."

About Akabotics

Akabotics designs robots for comprehensive waterway management.

Akabotics History

Growing up in Hawaii, I've always been surrounded by water, taking for granted the diverse marine life that inhabits our waterways. In college, I learned how most of the world's waterways are maintained is lacking and oftentimes done in a manner that terrorizes aquatic life in the area. Akabotics was conceived in order to shift how waterway maintenance is currently done to be more thoughtful, intelligent, and sustainable for the benefit of all living organisms.

Lessons through PACE

I learned how to step outside of my comfort zone (engineering classes) and be comfortable with being uncomfortable (giving business presentations to large groups of people and cold calling complete strangers). The things I was voluntold to do through PACE resulted in the most life-changing growth I experienced during my time at UH.

Words of Advice

Don't be afraid to ask for help, and when you receive it, always be sure to show your gratitude.