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Unlocking the Code

Posted By Betty Capestany, Monday, June 20, 2016
Trying to figure out how you can connect to the generations in the workplace and what motivates them? Or are you intrigued about technologies that are transforming the way business is done? Does the “inner geek” in you want to see what the future may hold in the way we work and live? If any of these statements intrigue you - then the Eastside Leadership Conference is a place for you.

The Eastside Leadership Conference encapsulates 15 years of melding, science, technology and the wickedly smart people transforming how business gets done. It’s known as the place to be to get an insider look into the disruptive technologies shaping our world and the companies that are on the forefront right here, at home.

The Eastside Leadership Conference is a rare opportunity for traditional business and civic leaders to get a peek at the people and technologies that are transforming the world. Daily our feeds are loaded with amazing discoveries or new technologies. We’ve distilled these large forces for you and are highlighting rapidly emerging clusters that are becoming multi-billion dollar industries.

Now, you may think “Why does it matter? We’re a traditional company providing traditional services.” I would challenge you on this one. My guess is you have a smartphone, your company has updated its IT and is taking advantage of consumer data to find your perfect customer. You are also probably dipping your toe in the water to figure out how to monetize social media to help expand your customer base. You might even use a 3D printer to manufacture prototypes or parts. Exponential growth in these areas is centered in our region – and you have an opportunity to join us for a fast, informative glimpse of what’s in store on topics like the Internet of Things (IoT); Artificial Intelligence, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Cybersecurity, 3D Printing, and Big Data; delivered in a manner even “non-geeks” can understand.

I know these all sound out there but you would be amazed at the small businesses that are taking these concepts and turning them into successful business strategies. You will get to meet these companies. You’ll also hear from Anna Liotta on how to unlock the generational codes in our workplace.

It’s amazing to look back on the cool stuff that was highlighted before it was common place in the market. A few years ago Dave Hasslinger from Washington Federal summed up the conference well. He said, “I left the conference wondering what the bank branch of the future would look like, or if we would even have branches or if the next branch would be on Mars!” The Conference will give you critical insights on how to integrate, respond, and adapt to the disruptive forces changing our world and to use these ideas to help shape our future!

With technology advancing at an exponential pace, hold onto your seats - the next big thing is happening right here, right now. Do you have your reservation? The Conference will sell out - only a handful of tickets remain so reserve your ticket today for the June 24 Eastside Leadership Conference!

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Pursuing Solutions to Global Challenges

Posted By Sara Garner, Monday, June 29, 2015
Kudos to the University of Washington, Tsinghua University and Microsoft for creating a groundbreaking partnership with the launch of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) which will be located in Bellevue’s Spring District!

Leaders at the press conference acknowledged that this is the first time a Chinese research university has established a physical presence in the United States. This public private partnership opportunity will create the GIX, an institute dedicated to educating the next generation of innovators. A shout out also goes to Microsoft for their $40 million in foundational support to help make this project a reality. GIX creates not only an innovative model, but a unique synergy bringing the brightest minds breaks down global boundaries and empowers the next generation of innovation focused on global solutions. It has been said that company innovations have happened all around our region. Now having the ability for talent from throughout the world to work together to solve global challenges offers a very exciting opportunity. We are thrilled that Bellevue has been selected as the location for this innovative opportunity.

According to the agreement, GIX will open its doors in the fall of 2016 with an inaugural master’s degree in technology innovation, and will grow with additional degree and certificate programs and fields of study over the next decade. GIX will bring together students, faculty, professionals and entrepreneurs from around the world to collaborate on real-world technology and design projects. GIX will pioneer new models of global teaching and learning by directly connecting students and faculty through equal collaborations with research-led companies and nonprofits in a holistic, project-based environment that will prepare students to help solve a range of global challenges, from the drive for sustainable development to the need for mobile health solutions.
 
GIX’s initial degree offering will be a 15-month Master of Science in Technology Innovation (pending approval), with an initial cohort of 30 to 35 students starting in fall 2016. New degree and certificate programs will be added over time in response to challenges and opportunities yet to be imagined. Private sector companies and nonprofits will actively participate, helping identify critical needs and providing mentors. By 2025, it is estimated that more than 3,000 learners will be part of GIX.

In addition to the University of Washington and Tsinghua University, GIX is being founded under a governance structure that will enable additional world-class research universities to join as equal partners in the future, according to a Microsoft press release and information on the two university websites. Additionally, GIX will contribute to the broader innovation ecosystem through partnerships with a select number of world-leading research and development organizations — both companies and nonprofit research institutions — with Microsoft being the first of several to support the new Institute in this capacity.

Greg Johnson, President of Wright Runstad & Company, noted that having GIX located in Bellevue’s Spring District in the Bell-Red corridor provides a great connection to multiple technology corridors in the greater Seattle area, and is just 10 miles from the UW campus. GIX will be housed in a state-of-the-art facility that will feature computing and design labs, a prototyping facility and collaboration and presentation spaces.

More information can be found at: www.washington.edu/gix

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