The Innovation Imperative

Strengthening the innovation ecosystem to empower our students, faculty, region and the world

The UW Innovation Imperative is an integrated approach that will drive positive change for our state and beyond. We empower students and researchers to learn, discover and build solutions to tomorrow’s challenges. We encourage the cross-pollination of ideas by providing the space and opportunity for people from all backgrounds — the humanities and the sciences, the poetic and the pragmatic — to connect, imagine and discover.

On this site you will learn about some of the initiatives we’re taking now and planning for the future to fulfill the Innovation Imperative.


CoMotion: The UW’s Innovation Hub

CoMotion is the collaborative hub for expanding the societal impact of the UW community by developing and connecting to local and global innovation ecosystems.


Vice President for Innovation Strategy

Vikram Jandhyala is vice president for Innovation Strategy and executive director of CoMotion. Visit the CoMotion website.


Global Innovation Exchange

The Global Innovation Exchange will unite the world’s top students, faculty and entrepreneurs through project-based, globally focused education in collaboration with leading university, business and non-profit partners.


Innovation District

The UW has a goal to create an inclusive innovation district neighboring the university to better connect the external community and campus. Startup Hall and Urban@UW are part of this effort.


New Computer Science & Engineering building

A new building is planned for the UW’s nationally ranked computer science and engineering program, enabling us to double the number of CSE graduates to help fuel the region’s burgeoning technology workforce.

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Development of expanded life sciences facilities

To address increasing demand for STEM degrees, the UW plans to construct 148,000 square feet of research-intensive facilities. This will provide learning spaces and offices in the College of Arts & Sciences to accommodate enrollment growth.


Innovation at UW Bothell

Last spring, Discovery Hall opened its doors to help drive UW Bothell’s STEM campus objectives, building on its acclaimed nursing and computer science programs.


Innovation at UW Tacoma

Since 2001, the Institute of Technology at UW Tacoma has been leading innovative partnerships with area companies, internships and research projects.