The Innovation Imperative


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.

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 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 11, 2016

A new innovation model for the 21st century

American universities are more able now than ever before to compete with technology start-ups. Specifically, on innovation leadership. That’s the premise of a commentary in Real Clear Education written by the UW’s David Baker, Tom Daniel, Ed Lazowska and Dan Schwartz.

February 12, 2016

Can innovation improve the quality of life for vulnerable children and families?

Benjamin de Haan, executive director of Partners for Our Children and an affiliate professor in the UW School of Social Work, says a lack of data and technology tools should not get in the way of improving services for the most vulnerable children and families in our communities.

February 3, 2016

How scientific social work helps people flourish

Which of these innovations will have more impact on society — a first-of-its-kind experimental vaccine to prevent HIV/AIDS that’s been developed by a venture-capital-backed biotechnology company, or a big-data research study from a social work scholar that identifies the role that alcohol consumption plays in the contraction of HIV/AIDS? UW School of Social Work Dean Edwina Satsuki Uehara says the answer is both.

October 22, 2015

Seattle’s next major breakthrough — democratic innovation 

Vikram Jandhyala, vice provost for innovation at the University of Washington, thinks that Seattle is at a crossroads right now. It can go one of two ways. It can become another San Francisco, with all the successes, but also all the failures that San Francisco represents. Or it can be something different, and go the Seattle way.