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PaCT Conference

Many conferences present Climate Threats as separate from Dual-use challenges. In addition, most people assume that data security, redundancy and sharing between communities and international organizations exist. This is not the case in the Indo-Pacific region where natural and man-made disasters and conflict disrupt data and cripple critical infrastructure.

A Whole-of-Society approach is required to address data security in the midst of disasters and conflict.

This event address the whys and hows – to jumpstart coordination between Allied Nations. Speakers will address whole-of-society data sharing, data security of initial sources and across data classifications. Subject matter experts on Pacific Island Nations and other regions experiencing these threats will highlight the need for emerging capabilities in data collection platforms and data synthesis.

Participants are encouraged to bring data sets and use cases to the conference addressing man-made and natural disasters, climate threats and conflict.

Presentations and sessions will produce SME and stakeholder input to public and privately funded projects including: 

  • Data sharing among Allies across Top Secret, and CUI categories
  • Geo-Engineering, Threats to Resiliency, Climate Change, and Dual-Use
  • Increasing Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) and data integrity at the source across platforms for Joint Fires Network (JFN), Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense (CBRND), and natural disasters 
  • Regional Digital Redundancy 
  • Enhancing Maritime Domain Awareness and Prosecution of Illegal Fishing
  • Enhancing Ports and Customs Security,


PICHTR, a Hawaii non-profit, was established to build a bridge between the governments and technology companies across the Pacific since 1983.

  • In 1982, US Senator Spark Matsunaga proposed a project to facilitate US-Japan joint research programs, and Governor George Ariyoshi announced founding of PICHTR
  • In 1983, Hawaii Legislature established PICHTR to conduct advanced technology research & development
  • In 1986, President Reagan proposed Japanese Prime Minister Nakasone that Japan and the USA cooperate on an international technology project through PICHTR.

Notable Board Members from Japan include..

  • Mitsuro Donowaki (’83-’08, retired ambassador) 
  • Akio Morita (’89-’91, founder of Sony) 
  • Yasuo Nakagami (’98-’11, Mitsubishi Heavy advisor) 
  • Shinji Fukukawa (’01-’12, retired Vice Minister, METI) 
  • Masakazu Toyoda (’12-, retired Vice Minister, METI)

Further History

The Hawaii Technology Development Venture (HTDV) was the first dual-use incubation program in the United States. HTDV was a program of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR), funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) that utilizes the capabilities of Hawaii-based small businesses in performing high technology efforts related to current and future Department of Navy and Department of Defense programs.  

HTDV created a Pacific regional center for commercialization of defense and homeland security technologies that benefits small companies in Hawaii.  The result of the effort was a stronger technology base in Hawaii to meet technology requirements of the Department of Navy and Department of Defense. Many of the companies funded by HTDV make up the current technology sector of the State of Hawaii, and have successfully commercialized technologies and transitioned to the defense sector.

Programs & Projects

Logo Agencies Programs (contractual, fiscal and programmatic administration)
U.S. Department of Defense (Office of Naval Research) Asia-Pacific Technology Commercialization Center (APTEP), STEM, and Hawaii Technology Development Venture Programs
U.S. Department of Energy Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture
U.S. Department of Defense (Army Corps of Engineers) Natural Resources and Cultural Resources Management Programs
U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
U.S. Dept. of Commerce (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) Pacific Island Network
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Commercialization of Pesticide-reducing Biotechnologies program
U.S. Department of Commerce (U.S. DOC) Pacific Tropical Ornamental Fish program
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Based Remediation Program and Biosystems Technology Program
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Hawaii State Health Information Exchange, Regional Centers Cooperative Agreement Programs

For more Information Contact

Bernice Glenn Kissinger

Keith Matsumoto

PICHTR Programs Director

[email protected] 

Guy Boekenstein

Mica Imamura


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Registration includes breakfast, morning break, lunch, afternoon break, and dinner.