The Innovation Imperative

Innovation mindset

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.

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.

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.

March 30, 2016

Can we predict the innovative needs of the future?

There are some questions that are really interesting, challenging and stimulating — but also unanswerable. And when we ask whether we can predict the innovative needs of the future, the response is both “yes” and “no.” Here’s the “yes” answer, writes Ronald Howell, chief executive officer at the Washington Research Foundation/WRF Capital.