Participant Info 2014


Approximately  forty scholars and practitioners are scheduled to meet July 20 – 25 in Honolulu Hawaii for the second Dynamical Systems Innovation Lab.    For a complete list of participants, brief biographies and photos, please go to Lab Participants 2014  page.


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The DST Innovation Lab will convene on Sunday evening, July 20, at 5:30 pm and adjourn at noon on Friday, July 25.

DST Innovation Lab 2014 – Draft Agenda 07 08 2014.

Core Faculty and Staff are planning to meet for dinner on Saturday, July 19 as well as Sunday morning and afternoon, July 20, to complete the planning for the week.  Room reservations have been made for you for Saturday night as well.


The Dynamical Systems Innovation Lab will be held at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort on the quieter west shore of Oahu, about a 30 minute drive from the Honolulu International Airport.  The address for the resort is

JW Marriott Ihilani & Spa
92-1001 Olani Street
Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii 96707

Ihilani HotelWe ask two Lab participants to share a room.  The upcharge for individual participants to have their own room for 5 nights (Sunday night through Thursday night) is $825.  To ensure availability, please advise Meg Markle,, no later than Saturday, March 15 if you would like your own room and are willing to pay the upcharge.  For those sharing a room, we’ll forward a survey in April to inquire about roommate preferences.

Please contact Meg Markle or Chris Straw with any questions about your accommodations.

The Ihilani is offering a special rate of $289 + tax (total $329.35) for up to three Ihilani lagoon(3) extra nights at the resort either before or after the Lab.  Please contact the hotel between March 17 and March 31 to reserve a room for these additional days.  July is one of the busiest tourist months in Hawaii.  If not reserved by March 31, rates for additional nights may rise as high as $400 or more + tax

Transportation and Travel

We recommend that you fly to Honolulu International Airport (HNL).  We encourage making flight reservations before April 1, 2014.  July is part of Hawaii’s busy tourist season.

Local transportation is available between the airport and the hotel.  We recommend Speedi Shuttle for $18 each way.  Please contact them at to make a reservation.

Taxis cost approximately $75 from the airport to the resort.

Car services are also available and include Uber car service with private cars from $50 – $70 + tip or black car service from $150;  Elite Limousine service – Town car for $162 + tip;

A limited budget is available for participants needing support for air travel expenses to the Lab.  Please click here for guidance on booking travel and reimbursement procedures.  Please book by April 1, 2014.

Dress Code:  Casual

The dress code for the Lab is casual and participants should come prepared to spend time on the beach and/or use the other resources of the resort. The average high temperatures in Hawaii during July is 88 F/31C and the average low temperature is 73F/23C. We recommend shorts or other comfortable clothing and don’t forget your swimming suits!  We encourage light sweaters or wraps for the airconditioned spaces that tend to be cool. We hope the gentleman will bring their Hawaiian shirts!

Special Dietary Needs

We’ll forward a survey in April asking you to identify any special dietary needs so we can plan meals appropriately to meet your needs.


The Omidyar Group is graciously funding lodging and food for all Lab members in Hawaii from Sunday, July 20 through Friday, July 25.

For participants needing support for travel expenses to HI, please continue to work with Chris Straw,   Please feel free to contact her with any questions.  Procedures for booking travel and reimbursement can be found here.

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