The Innovation Imperative

April 10, 2017

Growing up in the University District

From April 2017 issue of Seattle Business magazine: Seattle and the UW aim to transform the U District into an innovation zone. Think of it as an urban Silicon Valley. Vikram Jandhyala sees Seattle’s University District evolving into an “innovation district” — a place where public and private sectors work together to develop socially beneficial…


March 25, 2017

Building a local innovation ecosystem

Co-authored by Vikram Jandhyala, UW VP of Innovation Strategy and Rudy Gadre, General Partner at Founders Co-op Western Washington is already home to some of the most innovative people, companies, and academic programs in the world. And yet we should be doing much more to connect and support our local innovators, to attract more agents…


March 10, 2017

How to stamp out fake news? Innovate the attention economy

Sareeta Amrute, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UW Vikram Jandhyala, UW VP of Innovation Strategy and Executive Director of CoMotion The topic of “fakenews” is of course in the news (real or fake!).  Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department, Sareeta Amrute, is interested in understanding the fake news problem from a sociological viewpoint. It appears that the top technology…


March 1, 2017

Driverless Seattle: How the city can plan for automated vehicles

A new report from the University of Washington’s Tech Policy Lab and the Mobility Innovation Center touts the need for readiness and tackles the costs and benefits of automated vehicles.


February 2, 2017

Exploring Inclusive Solutions to Disruption

Ken Denman made the stakes plain right from the start. “Innovation never sleeps,” he said. “Nobody is safe.” Denman is a venture partner with Sway Ventures. He was speaking to more than 200 people in Kane Hall as part of a panel for the fifth in a series of CoMotion Innovation Chats. Joining him were Ana…


January 31, 2017

CoMotion Labs expands to Spokane

CoMotion, the University of Washington’s collaborative innovation hub, is pleased to announce the expansion of CoMotion Labs to Spokane. This expansion of CoMotion services will connect the region’s vibrant startup community more fully with western Washington’s. Called CoMotion Labs @ Spokane, its mission is to contribute to the growth of the innovation community in eastern…


November 9, 2016

The necessity of innovation

Tom Alberg, co-founder and managing director of Madrona Venture Group in Seattle, writes that innovation is at the heart of wealth creation. Innovation is at the heart of job creation. Innovation is at the heart of building better lives for everyone. And innovation can be increased by conscious support.


November 3, 2016

Is good design a result of science, or an evolution of ideas?

Axel Roesler, associate professor and chair of the Interactive Design Program at the UW, writes that any innovation has to fit into people’s daily routines and lives. The human element is the measure of all things innovative.


Emotional intelligence or math and science: Which is essential to innovation?

Dan Kranzler, founder of the Kirlin Charitable Foundation, explores whether innovation can be nurtured or taught.


August 10, 2016

Exploring the Seattle tech universe

The Seattle region’s technology landscape was in the spotlight in Davos, Switzerland, where top corporate executives and global leaders were gathered for the World Economic Forum. Brad Smith, Microsoft president and chief legal officer, cited the UW in an example of the connection between leading universities and innovation ecosystems.


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