The Innovation 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…


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.


June 2, 2016

Is technology crucial for innovation?

Technology is crucial for innovation — and innovation in technology is critical to innovation in just about every other arena. Why? Ed Lazowska, the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, believes the forward march of technology allows us to do more with less, improving our lives in the process.


April 29, 2016

Why every innovation can’t be the next iPhone

Is “innovation” an unquestionable good? Some innovation is clearly better than other innovation — and not all innovations are created equal. We should measure innovation by its ability to improve people’s lives, says UW Information School professor Jacob Wobbrock. And even though an innovation may only improve one person’s life or the lives of millions, a life-improving innovation is better than an idle innovation that gathers dust.


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