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Photos, video and highlights of the Innovation Summit

CTED Director Rogers Weed addressing the summit


From Senator Cantwell's "energy is the mother of all markets" to McKinstry proving potential energy savings before financing a client's improvement project, Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 had many highlights and 'lightbulb' moments for the 350 attendees. Visit the summit Web page for photos, video and coverage of the event.

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Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 wrap-up

From Senator Cantwell's "energy is the mother of all markets" to McKinstry proving potential energy savings before financing a client's improvement project, Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 had many highlights and 'lightbulb' moments for the 350 attendees. Read on for Summit highlights and media coverage.



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Summit Highlights

Sustainable energy:
-Jet fuel replacement is critical, as electricity is not an option as in cars
-Algae, tallow and biomass will be the key sustainable biofuel sectors
-Regulatory assistance is critical to helping small companies navigate bureaucracy.
-Early-stage funding is very difficult; need political will for government assistance (need a 'man on the moon' mission for sustainable energy sector).

Healthy ecosystems:
-Green chemistry: replacing molecules to make things non-toxic or less toxic
-Bio Security: nanotechnology to address water safety issue
-Washington has leading research institutions, but needs to focus additional effort on commercialization

Urban sustainability:
-Monitoring and making visible the energy usage in buildings
-Energy savings are dependent on users changing behavior
-Focus on how to lessen dependence on single-occupancy vehicles

Innovative materials and manufacturing:
-The future of airplane construction could involve wood again in the form of nanocrystalline cellulose particles

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  • Washington Innovation Summit Roundup
    Blogging Innovation from Braden Kelley of Business Strategy Innovation - Seattle, WA - April 16, 2009
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    Xconomy - Seattle, WA - April 15, 2009
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    WorldChanging Seattle - Seattle, WA - April 13, 2009
  • How Cleantech Ideas Happen: Report from an Innovation Summit
    Energy Priorities - Seattle, WA - April 10, 2009
  • Bellevue tech summit highlights innovation
    Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA - April 10, 2009
  • Brother, Can You Spare a Stimulus Dime? Washington Innovation Summit Notebook
    Xconomy - Seattle, WA - April 10, 2009
  • Innovation Summit: Using wood to build airplanes, again
    The Seattle Times - WA - April 9, 2009
  • Cantwell: Smart grid "mother of all markets"
    The Seattle Times - WA - April 9, 2009
  • Technology Innovations in Washington
    Weekday from KUOW.org - Seattle, WA - April 6, 2009

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    Final day to register online for Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 is Tuesday

    Tuesday is the final day to register online for Thursday's Innovation Summmit. More than 350 attendees have pre-registered, and total registration is expected to reach close to 400. View the agenda and speakers at www.watechcenter.org/summit.

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    KUOW's Weekday focuses on innovation, features Summit speakers

    KUOW's Weekday host Steve Scher talks to industry leaders about technology innovation. Guest panelists on the Monday April 6th 10 a.m. live show include Ash Awad of McKinstry, John Barclay of Prometheus Energy, Lee Cheatham of Washington Technology Center, and Richard Pleus of Intertox.

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    PNNL's Jim Buelt will be giving a presentation entitled "Used Nuclear Fuel: From Waste to Resource" at summit

    A sustainable nuclear energy approach will be essential for meeting our nation’s future energy needs. So says Jim Buelt, nuclear energy sector manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash.

    Buelt will make his case at Washington’s Innovation Summit 2009 on April 9 in Bellevue, Wash., contending that only by closing the fuel cycle – recycling spent nuclear fuel – will power plants get full use of the fuel’s stored energy content and realize nuclear energy's full potential.

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    "Nuclear power – paving the road to sustainable energy"

    The PNNL manager recognizes nuclear power as a key contributor in solving both energy and carbon stabilization demands. Moreover, given its impressive nuclear workforce and existing infrastructure, he believes Washington state is prepared to make important contributions in technology development and implementation.

    Buelt will present “Used Nuclear Fuel: From Waste to Resource” at Washington’s Innovation Summit 2009 next Thursday.

    With America’s electricity needs predicted to double by 2050 and with a global desire to stabilize carbon emissions, which contribute to climate change, Buelt considers nuclear power an essential element in the nation’s energy portfolio.

    For more information about the presentation, contact Geoff Harvey, PNNL Media Relations, at (509) 372-6083 (Geoffrey.Harvey@pnl.gov).

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell to speak at Summit

    Senator Cantwell plans to discuss how, if the U.S. is to compete in a 21st Century global marketplace, we must increase our investment in, and commitment to, research and development of new technologies, education and training for our workforce, and support for new and emerging industries.

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: Ask your questions now!

    We've announced an amazing group of speakers for Washington's Innovation Summit 2009. Speakers range from Brenda Metropolit, director of sustainability for the 2010 Olympics, to Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry, a company President Obama has called a national model for addressing energy independence.

    Take this opportunity to begin posing questions to our lineup of 50 speakers. What are the important issues you want addressed? Your questions will help shape the discussion that will take place at the Summit on April 9.

    Submit your questions now!

    Register now
    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 will be held April 9, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue. Full-day registration is $230 after 3/6/09; $45 for the Innovators Reception only.

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: A Stellar Lineup of Speakers

    Washington Technology Center is pleased to announce a lineup of more than 50 innovators and thought leaders in industry, research and government who will address demand-driven innovation, sustainability and technology at Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 in Bellevue, Washington on April 9.

    Sustainable energy, innovative materials & manufacturing, urban sustainability, and healthy ecosystems are the topics for this year's conference which is expected to draw 400 attendees from across the Pacific Northwest. Participants will share their insights about how the business climate, consumer decisions and the economy will impact, and be impacted by, innovation and sustainability in the state of Washington. Will innovation serve as a differentiator in the marketplace?

    Featured keynote speakers include Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry, Brenda Metropolit, director of sustainability initiatives for the 2010 Olympic Games, Gifford Pinchot, co-founder and president emeritus of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and Thomas E. Plimpton, vice chairman of PACCAR.

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    Additional speakers include:

  • Birgitte Ahring, Ph.D., director of the Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL) at WSU Tri-Cities
  • Julie Anderson, senior policy advisor, Director's Office, State of Washington Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development
  • Ash Awad, P.E., vice president, McKinstry
  • Lane Ballard, Boeing
  • Rud Browne, chairman and founder, Ryzex
  • Douglas R. Call, Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University
  • Frank Catalano, principal, Intrinsic Strategy
  • Lee Cheatham, Ph.D., executive director, Washington Technology Center
  • Lisa Cohen, director, Washington Global Health Alliance
  • Bill Crounse, M.D., senior director, worldwide health, Microsoft Corporation
  • Jim A. Dangerfield, Ph.D., executive vice president, FPInnovations
  • Bob Drewel, Executive Director, Puget Sound Regional Council
  • Jody Garcia, senior commercialization associate - Safe Water Project, PATH
  • John Gardner, vice president, Office of Economic Development and Extension, Washington State University
  • Billy M. Glover, managing director - environmental strategy, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Bert Gregory, FAIA, president & CEO, Mithun
  • Robin Halliday, chair, board of directors, Washington Technology Center
  • Alan Hanson, Areva
  • Hamilton Hazlehurst, development manager, Vulcan Inc.
  • Michael Hochberg, assistant professor of electrical engineering, Nanophotonics Lab, University of Washington
  • Susan H. Jones, AIA, principal, atelierjones llc
  • Donald I. King, FAIA, NOMA, president/CEO, DKA
  • Vipin Kumar, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor, UW Microcellular Consortium Director, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Washington
  • Todd Kunzman, Andgar Corporation
  • Peter H.-T. Liu, Ph.D., senior scientist, Omax Corporation
  • Steve Marshall, senior fellow, Cascadia Center for Regional Development
  • Darby McLean, vice president, business development, GenPrime, Inc.
  • Kirt W. Montague, CEO, Prometheus Energy Company
  • Stacy Noland, founder and chairman, Moontown Foundation
  • Roy Nott, Paneltech
  • Kelly Ogilvie, president and CEO, Blue Marble
  • Richard C. Pleus, Ph.D., managing director and toxicologist, Intertox
  • Linden Rhoads, vice provost, UW TechTransfer
  • Keith E. Ritala, IP & industrial agreements manager, College of Engineering, University of Washington.
  • Chris Rivera, president, Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association
  • Cathy Schaeffer, director - Walla Walla County Watershed Planning Department, executive director - Walla Walla Watershed Alliance, WWCC Water & Environmental Center
  • Mike Schwenk, vice president and director of technology deployment, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Gary E. Spanner, Ph.D., manager, Economic Development Office, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Jeff Surma, InEnTec, Inc.
  • Dr. Steven VanAusdle, president, Walla Walla Community College
  • Mark Warner, director of program management services, The Harris Group
  • Jeffrey Williams, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, HaloSource
  • Michael Wolcott, Ph.D., research director and the Louisiana-Pacific Professor of Wood Materials and Engineering, Washington State University
  • Yale Wong, co-founder, CEO and president, General Biodiesel
  • Gerould K. Young, director, materials & structures technology, Boeing Research & Technology

    Register now - Early-bird discount until March 6, 2009
    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 will be held April 9, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue. Registration is $190 until 3/6/09; $230 after 3/6/09; $45 for the reception only.

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: Sustainability Director of 2010 Olympics to give afternoon keynote

    Brenda Metropolit, director of sustainability initiatives with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
    Brenda Metropolit, director of sustainability initiatives with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), will deliver the afternoon keynote at Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 on April 9, 2009. VANOC is the first Olympic Organizing Committee to commit to applying sustainability principles and practices -- such as integrated delivery of social, economic and environmental outcomes and benefits -- to the planning, convening and legacy of the Games.

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    Brenda Metropolit is on a 2-year executive interchange from Environment Canada to the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic games as the Director, Sustainability Initiatives. She is leading on the public engagement program, government liaison for sustainability initiatives, the UNEP MOU and other related projects.

    Brenda was the Director of the Sustainability Division at Environment Canada, Pacific and Yukon Region for four years where she had overseen the development of the department’s sustainability initiatives linked to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Brenda served as Co-Chair of the federal government’s interdepartmental Environment and Sustainability Cluster Committee, tasked with identifying opportunities for strategic leveraging of the 2010 Games to advance sustainability awareness and action. She also served on the federal 2010 Economic Development Committee and was the federal government representative on VANOC’s Dialogue with ENGO Sustainability Practitioners.

    Brenda has had a diverse career in the public service, with the majority of her 26 years spent at Environment Canada. She has worked in a variety of management capacities within the department, including positions in the International and Intergovernmental Affairs Division, the Strategic Planning, Learning and Communications Branch and Human Resources.

    Brenda holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan. Beyond work, she enjoys volunteering in the community and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: The relationship between Washington's business climate and innovation?

    The Summit's morning panel discussion on "Demand-Driven Innovation" features thought leaders who will share their insights about how the business climate, consumer decisions and the economy will impact, and be impacted by, innovation and sustainability in the state of Washington. Will innovation serve as a differentiator in the marketplace? What barriers will need to be overcome?

    What are your insights into the relationship between Washington's business climate and innovation? Contribute your comments. We'll share a selection of thoughts in promotions leading up to the Summit.

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: Thomas Plimpton of PACCAR to deliver luncheon keynote


    Thomas E. Plimpton is vice chairman of PACCAR, Inc, a global technology leader in the design and manufacture of premium trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR is committed to further reduce emissions and enhance fuel efficiency in its truck models and has established ambitious goals to accomplish this.

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: Gifford Pinchot to give breakfast keynote


    Gifford Pinchot, who coined the term "intrapreneur," is a pioneer in integrating organizational innovation and social responsibility with profit objectives. Pinchot is co-founder and president emeritus of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, which offers an MBA in Sustainable Business.

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: a new name

    Washington Technology Center announces that Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 will be held April 9, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. The event, formerly known as the 'Washington State Technology Summit,' has been renamed to reflect Washington state's global leadership in creating the appropriate atmosphere for new businesses and ideas to be brought to life.

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    With the theme "Innovating to Sustain our Future," this fifth annual Summit will bring together more than 400 industry, thought and government leaders in sustainability and technology to discuss industry development in four areas: sustainable energy, innovative materials & manufacturing, urban sustainability, and healthy ecosystems.

    Thomas E. Plimpton, vice chairman of PACCAR, and Gifford Pinchot III, co-founder and president emeritus of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, will be keynote speakers.

    A special discounted rate of $150 is available through December 31, 2008. An early-bird rate of $190 is available until March 6, 2009, followed by a regular rate of $230. Afternoon reception only: $45.

    Register online at https://www.123signup.com/register?id=zxhjj

    Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are available.

    Visit www.watechcenter.org/summit for additional information or call 206.685.1920.

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009

    Please save April 9, 2009 on your calendar for Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 (formerly known as the Washington State Technology Summit). As we plan this event, we would appreciate a few moments of your time to answer four questions and provide us with information about what you'd like to see, hear and learn at this upcoming event.

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  • 2008 Tech Summit spurred dialogue among region’s tech leaders

    More than 400 attendees discussed ideas and directions in clean technology, renewable energy, global health, and advanced materials & manufacturing. Missed the event? View archived video and press coverage.

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  • 2008 Washington State Technology Summit in Bellevue on April 15, 2008

    Leading innovators will share the latest breakthroughs in science and technology at the 2008 Washington State Technology Summit at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue on April 15th. This annual CEO summit will focus on emerging trends in clean technology, renewable energy, global health, and advanced materials and manufacturing. Cost: $220.

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  • Thank you to the sponsors of the 2008 Washington State Technology Summit

    Here are just a few of the companies and organizations taking part:



    Washington CEO is the business magazine of Washington State, reaching a powerful audience of more than 162,000 affluent and influential decision makers. It provides essential perspectives about the issues, companies, and personalities that impact our state economy. Our new online newsletter provides news updates and analysis at www.washingtonceo.com.



    With one of the nation's leading renewable energy practices, Stoel Rives has served as lead counsel in the development of more installed wind energy capacity and more biofuels (in mg/y) than any other law firm. We perform the same level of work in solar, biomass, geothermal and ocean energy.



    The Boeing Company is proud to support the work of the Washington State Technology Summit. As a global corporate leader, Boeing works in concert with others, shaping a world where individuals can thrive and every community is a vibrant place to live.


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  • 2008 Washington State Technology Summit in Bellevue on April 15th

    Leading innovators will share the latest breakthroughs in science and technology at the 2008 Washington State Technology Summit in Bellevue on April 15th. This annual CEO summit will focus on emerging trends in clean technology, renewable energy, global health, and advanced materials and manufacturing.

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  • 2008 Washington State Technology Summit - Apr. 15, 2008

    Clean technology, renewable energy, global health, and advanced materials & manufacturing will be the focus of this summit on innovation.

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  • 2007 Tech Summit brought together the region's technology leaders

    Regional leaders explored emerging technologies in energy, life sciences and wireless & telecommunications.

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    Tech Summit to feature energy, life sciences, nanotechnology, and wireless & telecommunications - April 12, 2007

    More than 40 technology business leaders will share how Washington state companies are succeeding worldwide and how your company can succeed as well. Washington Technology Center hosts the 2007 Washington State Technology Summit on April 12, 2007 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

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  • 2007 Washington State Technology Summit - Apr. 12, 2007

    The 2007 Washington State Technology Summit will be held on April 12, 2007 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. The four focus industries for 2007 are energy, life sciences, nanotechnology and wireless & telecommunications.

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  • 2007 Tech Summit Focuses on Local Industries, Global Competition

    Mark your Calendar for the 3rd annual Washington Technology Summit, set for April 12, 2007.

    This premier industry innovation conference, presented by the Washington Technology Center, brings together business, academic, government and civic leaders from across the Pacific Northwest to share ideas and strategize on how benefit from the state's natural innovation aptitude both locally and globally.

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    WTC's Tech Summit has become a central hub for discussing both the broad issues that drive technology-based economic growth, and the individual opportunities, trends, and challenges that faces particular industries that offer particular promise for future growth and global commerce.

    This year's Summit will be held at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. The four focus industries for 2007 are Energy, Life Sciences, Nanotechnology and Wireless & Telecommunications.

    In addition, the overarching theme for the event will encompass not only the unique opportunities and existing regional strengths of each of these industries, but also how to position Washington, and the Pacific Northwest, to be more competitive in these areas on a grander, global scale.

    The conference structure includes opportunities to come together in large groups through plenary sessions and also to hone in on each industry in-depth through smaller breakout sessions. One of the best features of this conference is also its networking potential.

    Watch for more information about the 2007 Tech Summit to be delivered to you over the coming months.

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    2007 Focus Industries
    -Energy
    -Life Sciences
    -Nanotechnology
    -Wireless & Telecommunications

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  • Global Competitiveness, Convergence central themes at 2006 Technology Summit

    Editorial Recap
    By Lee Cheatham, executive director of Washington Technology Center

    The Washington Technology Summit, held April 28 in Redmond, brought people from across the Pacific Northwest together to explore and discuss the impact and promise of innovation.

    The Tech Summit was created as a day for dialogue. This year, more than 500 people participated in this regional forum—and there was no shortage of lively discussion. As one participant commented "No matter who I sat next to, they were willing to talk about what they were doing. Not many conferences are like that."

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    Industries with Impact
    Like the first Summit in 2005, this year's event explored four industries that are making significant impact on the state's economy. The focus industries for 2006 Summit were agriculture, energy, software and aerospace.

    We were fortunate to get top rate speakers that outlined the core strengths, challenges, and opportunities in each of these industries and led compelling discussions. From each of these dialogues, trends emerged that provide a springboard for economic development planning for Washington's future.

    Agriculture is a dominant industry in our state, accounting for 13 percent ($28 billion) of Washington State's $223 billion dollar economy.* Despite this strength, agriculture continues to face extremely strong global competition. One of Washington's competitive advantages is its proximity to rapidly-growing Asian markets. Washington is the closest U.S. port to Asia and over one-third of our crops and processed foods are exported. Even more than in other global markets, competitive forces in agriculture play out at a local level because most of our small businesses and farmers are in rural communities. Simply put, they are concerned about staying in business. Most people in the industry know they must aggressively adopt new innovations and embrace new markets. They also know that because they live on a razor's edge of profitability long-term investments can be risky. Therefore, any new solutions, technology-based or otherwise, must absolutely increase profits. Technology is beginning to assert itself in agriculture, especially in the areas of biofuels and bio-enhanced food processing and crop yield – areas where Washington's innovative strengths are proving fruitful.

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    WTC Executive Director Lee Cheatham addresses the crowd at the 2006 Washington State Technology Summit

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    Energy sessions proved popular with attendees. Our current demand for energy is high – exceeding supply – a problem we need to deal with quickly and aggressively. Summit dialogue also brought to light common myths and misconceptions about energy—its production, its sale and its use. For example, many people exhibit trepidation about hydrogen fuel, equating it with the explosive image of the Hindenburg. In truth, hydrogen's properties make it a safer fuel than propane or natural gas. Misconceptions also plague biofuels, with varying opinions around fuel blends and their effect of engines and warranties. Uncertainties around new energy technologies affects the confidence people have in the industry, and more broadly, confidence in our economy. Quality and reliability of our energy system is paramount. It is our job as leaders to dispel these myths and ensure these technologies have the support needed – both scientifically and socially – to penetrate commercial markets.

    Software. Our location at Microsoft's Conference Center for the 2006 Summit provided an appropriate backdrop for discussion around this leading industry. Security was a central theme. As we find more software in embedded and highly-connected systems, security will pose an increasing threat—and, ergo, a prime business opportunity. Attendees and speakers alike noted that strong, value-added and global partnerships are increasingly more critical to the success of a software enterprise. Because software markets are global, partnerships with people that know the local markets and the local players are necessary for companies to remain competitive.

    Aerospace; its future remains up in the air. With Boeing's move from basic manufacturing to assembly the entire supply chain, including Washington's link, will remake itself. And these suppliers will continue to discover related markets where they can provide value – heavy trucks, ships, medical devices. This change will benefit suppliers in the long run, but the impact on Washington's aerospace industry is still unknown. With Boeing's 787 Dreamliner selling well and entering production in 2007, many people feel that the required support for the industry is secure. We can't afford to be this complacent. The industry will evolve rapidly over the next few years. Washington enjoys a commanding position in aerospace, but we are also facing a risk of losing significant portions of our aerospace supply chain. To compensate, we must remain focused on leading-edge solutions in new materials and manufacturing that will keep Washington competitive and continue to fuel this industry's evolving needs.

    Tackling the Trends
    Throughout the day we heard three themes repeated by the plenary speakers.

    First, Washington has a great base of innovators. No speaker demonstrated that more than Rick Rashid who leads Microsoft Research. He gave us a glimpse into the new ideas the company, and the industry, are exploring. How we deal with personal information will continue to change in exciting ways – easier email to personalized photographs and images to traffic management. When we include Microsoft Research with our other premier public and private research institutions, we see a source of new ideas that can't be matched by many other regions around the world.

    Second, we live in a world of global markets – and of global partnerships. David Slater from UK Trade & Investment put it well when he noted "protectionism doesn't work" and reminded the audience that "we can't face the challenges of globalism alone." And he's right. Getting new ideas into sustainable companies that serve global markets is a task that no single group, company or even country can accomplish alone. David's insight is one which we must continually remind ourselves of the power of partnerships.

    Third, workforce and education. Pamela Passman, Microsoft's VP for Global Affairs summarized this sentiment nicely when she said "we're at the start of significant change, but we can't risk falling behind." To ensure that we have the people that can innovate and build globally competitive products, we must ensure our current workforce as well as the next generation have math, science and business skills equal to the best in the world. Other states and countries are making major investments in educating their people and attracting top talent to their research institutions and companies – Washington must do the same.

    Let me close with a final theme that emerged from almost every discussion – convergence. In each of the sessions we heard how industries are moving outside their traditional borders; they are crossing into new areas and adopting new product ideas and business practices.

    *Energy is looking to agriculture for new fuel sources;
    *Software developers are solving significant life sciences problems;
    *New materials in aerospace are being driven by energy demands.

    Continuing this cross-industry dialogue is necessary. Encouraging a next generation of leaders that work in several disciplines at once will be a topic of the Washington Technology Summit for years to come.

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  • Don't Miss the 2006 Washington State Technology Summit - April 28, 2006

    There's still time to sign up for the 2006 Washington State Technology Summit. Hosted by Washington Technology Center (WTC), the Tech Summit is the only regional conference to bring together technology leaders from across the state to discuss trends, challenges, and opportunities across multiple technology industries central to Washington state's economic growth.

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    The daylong conference features more than 38 presenters from leading industries, universities, and government agencies across the region and includes a value-add mix of general sessions and targeted industry tracks.

    The plenary sessions provide an overview of industry growth trends in our state, while the industry tracks pinpoint individual opportunities within four of our state's most viable technology sectors: aerospace, agriculture, software and renewable energy. All sessions emphasize and highlight the critical role that scientific research and technology commercialization play in economic growth and the importance for Washington's leadership to foster and nurture this environment.

    Pamela Passman, director of Global Corporate Affairs for Microsoft is the luncheon keynote speaker for the 2006 Technology Summit. A host of other presenters from industry, academia and government round out the agenda. These include Russell Maguire, Technical Fellow, Boeing; Rick Rashad, Senior Vice President of Research for Microsoft; Chris Cassidy, Program Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture; John Shovic, Eastern Washington University professor and cyber security expert; Tom Halle, Senior Director for Strategic Alliances, Aventail; John Plaza, Seattle Bio-Diesel, and Dennis Rogoza BC Fleet Challenge.

    The Tech Summit also features a technology vendor showcase with more than 40 exhibits. The showcase opens at 7 a.m. and runs through the day, concluding with a hosted reception from 5 to 6 p.m.

    Cost to attend the Washington Technology Summit is $150.

    Washington Technology Summit
    April 28, 2006 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Microsoft Conference Center
    Redmond, WA

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  • 2005 Technology Summit Focuses on Innovation Industries

    Washington Technology Center is pleased to be hosting the first-ever statewide Washington Technology Summit on April 8, 2005 in Seattle. This premier conference brings our state's technology professionals together to explore industry growth in Washington.

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    If you are interested in innovative technology in the areas of nanotechnology, life sciences, defense & security, or energy, this is one event you won't want to miss. WTC's Technology Summit is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to become more engaged with our state's strategies for capitalizing on market potential in these fields.

    INSIGHTFUL INFORMATION ON NEW MARKET OPPORTUNITIES
    Start the morning with general sessions that set the stage for evaluating our state's economic potential and what is needed to shape our future.

    Experts will discuss ways for Washington companies to:
    * Identify emerging business opportunities in Washington state;
    * Secure funding to advance R&D; and commercialization goals;
    * Build profitable partnerships with public, private, and government institutions.

    TARGETED TRACKS TAILORED TO YOUR COMPANY'S GROWTH NEEDS
    The afternoon will cover specifics around four industries key to Washington 's future: Energy, Life Sciences, Defense and Security and Nanotechnology.
    Industry Tracks

    Highlights include:
    * Biotech in Washington: Building a Strong Life Sciences Market
    * Energy Innovation: Positioning the Northwest to Lead the Energy Economy
    * Washington's Defense Industries: Where They Are & Where They Are Going
    * Nanotechnology - The Enabler: A Supporting Technology for Industries

    SHARE IDEAS WITH INDUSTRY PEERS & PROFESSIONALS
    Wrap up with a networking reception and technology partner showcase.

    SIGN UP EARLY AND SAVE!
    Register by January 31, 2005 and save 40%. Attend the entire conference for only $75. Registration fee includes all sessions and conference materials, breakfast, lunch, and networking reception.

    Collaborators
    Bellevue Community College City of Seattle INTEC SIRTI Prosperity Partnership Puget Sound Energy Washington Manufacturing Services WSTPA

    Related WTC links:

  • Washington's Innovation Summit

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