The Hawaii Tech Exchange in Hilo

Don Kosak’s Story

Don and Wendy KosakHawaii Tech Exchange was founded in February of 2014 by Don Kosak, a tech entrepreneur and former CTO of the original search engine.

As CTO for one of the earliest internet companies, Don had the opportunity to help many new businesses get off the ground. Don, together with other executives at Lycos, formed “Lycos Labs” in 1999, one of the first internet incubators.  He has been coaching web and mobile startups since then.

After Lycos, Don moved the family from Boston to Hawaii.

He co-founded Nalukai Foundation in 2012 with two other partners on the Big Island. Nalukai is a non-profit organization which helps entrepreneurs build high-growth companies in the State of Hawaii.

While operating Nalukai, Don met many talented people in technology and the arts. He also met local business owners looking for innovative ideas and skilled people. Don wanted to bring those groups together to help build a strong STEAM community on Hawaii Island, one that could benefit new as well as existing local businesses. HITX’s member directory and community meeting space were built for that purpose.

HITX is run by Don and Wendy Kosak. Wendy is an award winning science fiction and fantasy author with 10 books published in the US, Europe, Japan and elsewhere. She writes under the name Wen Spencer. Wendy focuses on the “Arts” side, while Don focuses on the “Tech” side of our mission.

About the Hawaii Tech Exchange

HITX Street FrontHawaii Tech Exchange, HITX, is a community space created to bring together talented individuals and innovative businesses in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) community.

We operate a membership directory for Students, Individuals, Organizations and Companies in STEAM and related fields. You can join HITX here.

We provide Workshops, Training, and Mentoring to individuals interested in honing their skills or launching a STEAM oriented business. You can see a list of upcoming HITX events here.

We also provide a community meeting venue in downtown Hilo informally known as “The Exchange“. The Exchange hosts a variety of related interest groups including: a Writer’s Group, Game Developer Group, App Developer Group and more.

The Exchange is located a few blocks up from Hilo’s bay-front at the intersection of Haili and Kapiolani, across from the Lyman Museum. You can find Directions to the Exchange here.

If you would like to volunteer your time, or to host a community STEAM event at HITX, please contact us. We’d be glad to work with you.

Hawaii Tech Exchange
259 Haili Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 495-0797
Email: information@HITX.CO

I am a technologist with a strong background in software engineering. I have many interests. My current distractions are 70s-80s-90s music [it's a very eclectic collection], ontology, information architecture, mobile device technology, medical bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, and nanorobotics.

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