ziplocksmith.com

on a mission to inspire and educate the next generation of culturally grounded, community serving technology makers.

WE SERVE

 

ʻŌPIO often from 6th grade and up through after school and elective classes. 

 

ʻOHANA often Native Hawaiian or kamaʻāina via entrepreneurship and design programs.

NĀ HUI – who have or are forming companies based in Hawaiʻi.  

OUR PROGRAMS

EDUCATION

We teach coding and computer science through after school and elective classes to Native Hawaiian students, low-income youth, and others who are underrepresented in tech.

As we increase access to tech education we also ground students in the knowledge that their ancestors were indigenous innovators who used their skills and perspective to serve their communities and lands.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Since 2016, the Purple Prize has empowered the people of Hawaiʻi to create impactful technology startups that are truly rooted in Hawaiian values. To date, we have worked with over 40 teams and have awarded those with the highest potential to create real impact in Hawaiʻi nei.

Weʻre accepting applications for the second season of Ka Maka ʻĪnana, a program that spun out of Purple Prize as a way to deepen the practice of place-based design thinking. 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

The Hiapo Program is designed to give Native Hawaiians and other indigenous groups the opportunity to transition into a new career in tech. The program’s vision is to create a new generation of skilled tech workers from often overlooked segments of our community and provide them with better career opportunities, training, and ultimately economic growth.

He maiʻa ke kanaka a ka lā e hua ai

As we increase access to tech education, we are grounded in the knowledge that our ancestors were indigenous innovators who used their skills and perspective to serve their communities and lands.

We support Hawaiian values in contemporary tech culture, and we think that by learning to innovate as indigenous technologists, we can be part of a global shift toward growing more sustainable and just societies.