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The Innovation Imperative

August 31, 2017

Taking tech ideas global: Connecting an innovation ecosystem

The word ecosystem conjures up a rain forest in Ecuador, where sunlight, soil, water, and a multitude of species exist together in a self-sustaining environment that is constantly evolving. This image from biology translates perfectly into what many people like to call an innovation ecosystem.


August 28, 2017

Innovation Summit: Unique opportunity to hear from industry leaders and researchers

The Innovation Summit on Sept. 14, 2017 will be an amazing day of discussions, food and networking with leaders from academia, industry and community organizations.


July 30, 2017

Innovation hubs are becoming more protective than innovative

LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman spoke this past May at the Tech Alliance luncheon in Seattle, and something he said got me thinking about Silicon Valley – and all innovation hubs — in a different way.


July 10, 2017

UW student teams create pilot solutions for future road usage charge

The gas tax is the state’s principal source of revenue for its road, bridges, and ferries. Industry forecasts predict that fuel efficiency will rise from its current 20.5 mpg to 35 mpg by 2035. As that happens, state gas tax revenue will decline by as much as 50 percent. In partnership with the state, UW students have created smartphone apps that track road usage, while giving the user privacy control.


June 1, 2017

Innovation Fund Spring 2017 winners

The CoMotion Innovation Fund is a partnership between CoMotion and the Washington Research Foundation to support innovations that have a high chance of creating impact but are unlikely to get there without additional funding.


April 10, 2017

How early do girls decide math isn’t for them?

Andrew Meltzoff, the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Endowed Chair in Psychology and co-director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), was interviewed recently by Southern California Public Radio on the topic of boys, girls, and math anxiety.


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

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 of change to the region, and to help them develop big new things.


March 23, 2017

Driving Inclusive Innovation within the UW community and beyond

Today’s world is, on many fronts, full of uncertainty and disruption. Technology innovation, climate change, globalization, and geopolitics are all factors that contribute to disruption and uncertainty. In this environment, the need for agile thinking and action, frugal innovation with limited resources, and cross-border collaboration of every kind are all imperative.


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…


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