The agenda is organized under four major themes to address some big questions: Register NOW
Digital Economy: How do we thrive in an increasingly connected world?
Manufacturing Renaissance: What role will humans play in the next generation of manufacturing?
Higher Education: What must higher education do to adapt to tomorrow's realities?
Women in Innovation: How are women changing the innovation paradigm?
It will be a day of thought provoking ideas, debate and interactive activities. Expert speakers will stimulate discussion. Small group conversations will unlock insights and high impact strategies for expanding the opportunities, prosperity and sustainability of the Pacific Northwest. You will be part of unique group joined together for larger purposes and becoming skilled at acting strategically across regional boundaries. Plenty of time is set aside to problem-solve.
The summit is being held in conjunction with the PNWER 2014 Economic Leadership Forum with public officials, business executives, scholars, educators, economists, and entrepreneurs from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories.
Our major sponsors include Alaska Airlines, Washington Business Alliance and Lamborghini (- when you come, you might even get a close up of their latest carbon fiber invention). A limited number of seats available at the Hyatt Olive 8. So please, check out it out, fit the day into your schedule and do not delay – register now! We look forward to the conversation with you.
The water field is experiencing unprecedented change and unpredictability. Learn what's next in clean water innovation, regulations, resource recovery and economic development in the face of drinking water emergencies, climate change, extreme weather, stormwater events and natural disasters. The Washington Business Alliance cordially invites you to a special half-day program at 7:30 am – 12:15 pm, Wednesday, October 15 as part of the Wellspring 2014 Conference in Tacoma, Washington.
Join the discussion with industry experts on whether regulations are driving or hindering clean water innovation. Find out about a unique strategy that applies lean design principles to stormwater management, permitting and regulations. Discussants include:
Moderator: Jeff Lape, Deputy Director, EPA Office of Science and Technology Sanjay Kapoor, Principal, s2 Sustainability Robert Adair, President, Convergent Water Technologies Kristen Sawin, VP Gov't Relations, EH&S, Weyerhaeuser
The creation of a national network of water innovation clusters will be the topic of a second panel. Cluster leaders from Washington, Ohio, Massachusetts, Oregon and Arizona will give insider perspectives on how water collaboration models can drive regional economic growth, exports and job creation. Discussants include:
Sally Gutierrez, Chief of EPA's Environmental Innovation Technology Cluster Development Glenn Schrader, Southwest Water Technology Cluster, University of Arizona David Kenney, CEO, Oregon BEST Michael Murphy, New England Water Innovation Network, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Joel Baker, Urban Clean Water IPZ, Center for Urban Waters, University of Washington Egils Milbergs, Chief Innovator, WaBA, Center for Accelerating Innovation
DETAILS 7:30 am – 12:15 pm Wednesday, October 15 Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center 1500 Broadway Tacoma, WA 98402
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You are invited to join with fellow business, research, education and government leaders in learning about where Washington stands in the National Innovation System. Dr. Rob Atkinson, author of Innovation Economics and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation will give his analysis on what it will take for Washington to succeed. He will provide an update on his New Economy Index Report for 2014 and dissect where Washington stands in the 50 state race for innovation excellence. We hope you can attend.
PLAN Washington was launched by the Washington Business Alliance at a sold out event at K&L Gates in Seattle. PLAN Washington is an initiative of the statewide and non-partisan Washington Business Alliance co-founded by Sonicare toothbrush entrepreneur David Giuliani with retired Starbucks President Howard Behar. It reflects over two years of engagement with diverse business, government, and community stakeholders, and research into best practices by issue committees. The plan focuses on six key topic areas: economic development, education, environment, governance, health, and transportation.
Egils Milbergs, founder of the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Alliance commented: "PLAN Washington is a significant step forward in defining the role of business in shaping the future of Washington state. Businesses have relevant knowledge, performance systems and financial resources that can be applied in building consensus and strategic direction for economic prosperity, job creation and quality of life. We cannot rely solely on the political process and government to shape that consensus. The key to success is collaboration and optimizing the role of each stakeholder to focus on what each does best."
The Washington Business Alliance is pleased to invite you to the launch of PLANWashington-- a new non-partisan initiative by the business community focused on making Washington a top 5 state in shared economic prosperity and quality of life. The event will be held at K&L Gates in Seattle starting at 5 PM, Thursday, February 27 and conclude by 7:30 pm. The address for K&L Gates is 925 4th Ave. Suite 2900, Seattle, WA.
At this meeting you will hear about the origins of this initiative and receive the first version of PLANWashington presenting a goal-based framework for enhancing our lives in six key domains: economic development, education, environment, governance, health and transportation. You will value meeting a community of business leaders working toward an inclusive and sustainable economic future for our state. Seating is limited so reserve your place right away on the website: http://www.wabusinessalliance.org/schedule/event/planwashington-launch-event
It was a long and arduous legislative session in Washington state (167 days) but finally House and Senate legislators and the Governor came to an agreement on the operating budget for the next 2013-15 biennium. It is with great regret that funding for the Washington Economic Development Commission (WEDC) is eliminated. Furthermore, the STARS and Entrepreneurs in Residence program which the commission shepherded with outstanding results is also eliminated. The WEDC will no longer have an independent full time staff. The strategy, oversight and performance evaluation functions of the WEDC will be absorbed by the Department of Commerce. Modest transition funding of $75K is provided for convening a working group of former commissioners and Associate Development Organizations (ADOs) to address specified tasks.
The WEDC leadership worked hard at making the case that a non-partisan, public-private forum with an impartial view was worthy of continued state support. We emphasized the value of the private sector working jointly with the state's leading policymakers in shaping a long-term and cohesive economic growth strategy, establishing benchmarks for performance accountability and ensuring rigorous data standards for evaluating economic development programs, taxes and regulations. Many legislators appreciated the merits of an independent entity championing these values and goals—but in the end other priorities prevailed in budget deliberations.
It has been an honor to work with a fantastic group of commissioners in building a forward-looking strategy, organizing numerous innovation conferences and events, preparing research reports, managing policy development and engaging hundreds of business, education, and civic leaders in our priority-setting process. We covered every latitude and longitude of this wonderful state. Collectively we designed a potent policy framework for talent development, innovation and entrepreneurship, infrastructure, regulatory efficiency and international business. I am confident many elements of this policy framework will endure and help guide policymakers in the future.
We played a central role in designating 15 Innovation Partnership Zones across Washington State. The IPZ program garnered recognition as a best practice by the National Governors Association and in a national competition won a first place Innovation Award from the Council of State Governments. This bottom-up and essentially no-cost initiative has leveraged millions of federal, state and private sector resources for their unique innovation focused strategies.
Through our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program dozens of new start-up companies were launched commercializing the intellectual capital of the University of Washington and Washington State University. The STARs program guided by the Innovation Advisory Committeeprovided the critical seed funding for recruiting world class entrepreneurial researchers and enabled the establishment of two outstanding research commercialization centers: Bio- products, Sciences and Engineering Laboratoryand the Energy Systems Innovation Center.
It was an impressive team effort facilitated greatly by the stewardship of Roger Woodworth (chair), Bruce Kendall (former chair) and Steve VanAusdle (vice-chair). I also salute my superb and productive staff—especially the amazing operational skills of Noreen Hoban who has been with me since the beginning and Spencer Cohen who set the bar for high quality analysis and rigorous standards for evaluation.
As the next steps are undertaken for the state's economic development, we should refresh our pledge to make Washington the leading birthplace of innovation and world changing ideas, business models, products and services. An enduring public-private commitment to action will be essential for this vision to be realized.
It has been a great honor and privilege to be of service to Washington State.
As the nation's signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America's community colleges, the Prize recognizes institutions for outstanding achievement in four areas: student learning outcomes, degree completion, labor market success in securing good jobs after college, and facilitating minority and low-income student success.
Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, joined John Engler, president of Business Roundtable and former Governor of Michigan, Richard Riley, former US Secretary of Education and South Carolina Governor, and Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine, at the Newseum in Washington, DC in celebrating the program and the hard work of the applicants. The winners were selected by a Prize Jury of 12 prominent leaders in education, business, civil rights, and public service.
"Santa Barbara City College and Walla Walla Community College offer outstanding models for achieving exceptional levels of student success at a time when our nation needs community colleges to do even more than they have in the past. The Prize co-winners are especially strong in two key areas every community college aims to achieve: preparing students for jobs and to transfer to four-year colleges," said Josh Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program. "At Santa Barbara City College, faculty and staff are providing students just what they need to transfer and complete a four-year degree – a rigorous classroom education surrounded by first-rate supports from remedial math to college level writing. Walla Walla Community College's visionary leaders stay on top of local economic job trends and job growth, and the entire college provides the kind of excellent training that students need to access well-paying jobs and that employers know will ensure future investments in the regional economy will pay off."
Nearly half of America's college students attend community college, with more than seven million students – youth and adult learners – enrolled across America, working toward degrees and certificates.
Washington State can accelerate job growth and become the leading innovation hotspot of the world. So concludes the Washington Economic Development Commission's final report, Driving Washington's Prosperity -- A Strategy for Job Creation and Competitiveness.
In accepting the commission's report, Governor Inslee observed: "This is a new era for economic development, an era where embracing innovation, inclusiveness and accountability brings out the best in us." He added, "I appreciate the Commission's efforts to set this foundation for our state's future economic opportunity, jobs and quality of life."
In short, the plan offers a roadmap for the state to differentiate itself, attract new investment and help grow family wage jobs. According to Commission chairman Roger Woodworth, "Growth is stronger when resources are leveraged for impact and aligned with a cohesive policy framework. A focus on fundamentals, coupled with leadership and a long view, will yield a more resilient economy for our state," he said.
Among the Commission's findings, the state's substantial economic development efforts have tended to be short-term, narrowly focused, and rarely coordinated across agencies. Commission Executive Director, Egils Milbergs observed that, "Rigorous evaluation of economic development programs is infrequent, limiting the evidence policy makers and taxpayers need to judge performance. We can and must do better if we're to unleash creativity, accelerate job growth, and secure our technological leadership over foreign competitors."
The Commission's report advances a strategy to overcome this fragmented approach to economic development, identifying five key drivers for ensuring job creation and competitiveness:
Make talent a top priority
Invest in entrepreneurship
Connect through reliable infrastructure
Regulate in the smartest ways
Expand international business
The report includes an analysis of the State's competitive strengths (such as in research and development, patent production, technology jobs growth, venture capital investment, manufacturing and exports) and weaknesses (such as in the rate of jobs recovery particularly in rural regions, in-state production of scientists and engineers, workforce skills, household income, investment in transportation infrastructure and foreign direct investment).
The Commission prepares the legislatively authorized report every other year. This year's plan is the result of multi-stakeholder dialogue among leaders in business, education, labor, economic development, and government. More than 650 stakeholders participated at 15 regional strategy forums.
Below are links to the strategy report and the series of evaluation reports to inform the plan and economic development mission of the State.
The Washington Economic Development Commission (WEDC) is an independent, non‐partisan commission established to assist the governor and legislature by providing leadership, direction, and guidance on a long‐term and systematic approach to economic development that will result in enduring global competitiveness, prosperity and economic opportunity for all the state's citizens. For more information on the state's economic development strategy, policy reports, meeting schedules and status of recommendations visit Washington Economic Development Commission at www.WEDC.wa.gov.
Governor Jay Inslee has put forward a bold plan for revitalizing the Washington economy and creating jobs. The key principles of the plan are strongly aligned with the economic development strategy developed by the Washington Economic Development Commission. Governor Inslee said that innovation, human intellectual capital and better alignment with the industries of the future are the foundations for his five focus areas: 1) education; 2) business climate and workforce; 3) aerospace; 4) clean energy, climate action and water; and 5) health care. Representatives Jeff Morris (chair) and Norma Smith (ranking member) of the House Technology and Economic Development Committee and ex-officio members of the Economic Development Commission participated in today's roll-out press conference.Governor Inslee "Washington Jobs" Press Conference
"We applaud the commitment Governor Inslee gives to innovation, STEM education, efficient regulations, freight mobility, start-up businesses, energy efficiency and alternatives, and investing in a workforce better matched to the demands of our increasingly knowledge intense industries," stated Egils Milbergs, executive director of the independent 24-member Commission. "These are significant proposals for guiding policy and budget priorities to give rise to more jobs and our future competitive advantages."
The Commission's long term economic development strategy is aimed at "making Washington state the most attractive, fertile and creative investment climate for innovation in the world." The Commission also invests in bio-fuels, energy efficiency, energy storage and smart grid research teams at the University of Washington and Washington State University through the STARs program. The WEDC sets designation criteria and performance metrics for a network of regionally led Innovation Partnership Zones targeted to strengthen the innovation capacity of industry clusters. Read more about the Washington Economic Development Commission at www.WEDC.wa.gov, Washington State STARS program at www.WASTARS.organd the Innovation Partnership Program atwww.ChooseWashington.com.
We must do better…. Washington state is among the most innovative regions in the world, home to forward-thinking firms and a magnet for creative talent. However, the overall pace of job recovery from the great recession is tepid and unemployment levels remain unacceptably high. Innovative and lean approaches which align programs and services with stakeholder needs are required. The starting point is to adopt and sustain a clear, cohesive, and proactive strategy. The Washington Economic Development Commission has approved a final draft report—Driving Washington's Prosperity: Strategy for Job Creation and Competitiveness--which includes recommendations for growing jobs by boosting the state's competitiveness. It is the product of an in-depth collaboration among leaders in business, education, labor, regional economic development, and government. Over 650 stakeholders provided input at 15 regional strategy forums. The Commission identified five key economic drivers for ensuring job creation and competitiveness. They are:
Make talent a top priority
Invest in entrepreneurship
Connect through reliable infrastructure
Regulate in the smartest ways
Expand international business
For each driver, the report presents a roadmap of policy priorities. The recommendations are not all dependent on new funding; more important is to align current resources in ways that are directly responsive to sector and regional needs. In short, the alignment must drive private-sector job creation, lean and efficient regulations, and expanded trade. If we do this we will do better.
Job creation, innovation and bringing disrupting change to Olympia were major themes in Governor Jay Inslee's inaugural address to a joint session of the Legislature Wednesday."We must move, swiftly and boldly, to put this recession behind us and bring forward a unique economic strategy that brings the best of Washington State to the world," said Inslee. "A new world economy is emerging from the depths of this recession, and while its contours and relationships are not fully understood to us, we do know two things. One - with our uniquely powerful fusion of values and talents, Washington State has the potential to lead the next wave of world-changing innovations. Two. The world will not wait for us….We truly live in extraordinary times. We also live in an extraordinary state, filled with extraordinary people. We have a spirit of innovation here in Washington that has changed the world…and you know what? We are not done."
The 2012 State New Economy Index showcases the regions that are at the forefront of the nation's movement toward a global, innovation-based New Economy. The index, produced by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), ranks states on a series of indicators that analyze the environment for innovation and high-tech job growth.
The top five states in this year's index are Massachusetts, Delaware, Washington, California and Maryland. Mississippi and West Virginia have lagged the most in making the transition to the New Economy.
The State New Economy Index uses 26 indicators in five categories to assess states' fundamental capacity to transform their economies and incubate innovation. The categories are: knowledge jobs, globalization, economic dynamism, the digital economy and innovation capacity. The authors argue that state strategies should focus on establishing policies that reduce within-state zero-sum competition, spur "win-win" economic results that benefit the local and national economy, and enhance state-federal innovation-based economic development partnerships.
"In today's highly competitive environment states must work together and with the federal government to overhaul their economic development policies," says Robert Atkinson, president of ITIF and co-author of the Index. "Too often, states still view their economic competitors as next door, rather than halfway around the world. If, instead, they used incentives to expand broadband, support entrepreneurial assistance programs, or invest in research and technology transfer, they – and the nation as a whole – would be far more globally competitive."
The Council of State Governments choose the Innovation Partnership Zone (IPZ) program of Washington State as a winner of the 2012 CSG Innovations Award. The award was accepted by Senator Jim Kastama, chair of the WA Senate Economic Development, Trade and Innovation Committee and Egils Milbergs, executive director, Washington Economic Development Commission. Innovation Partnership Zones (IPZs) are formally designated areas wherein businesses, government, and academic institutions work together to promote economic development. The zones are designed around specific industry clusters within geographic regions in the state. IPZs are "organically" driven partnerships administered at the local level by an economic development council, port, workforce development council, city, or county. The administering agency and partners develop a business plan and apply to the state department of commerce to be designated an IPZ. IPZs reapply every four years to keep that designation. Currently, there are 15 IPZs targeting a variety of commercially important technical fields, including green IT, medical devices, interactive media, financial services, clean transportation, global health, sustainable manufacturing, alternative energy, viticulture, water management, and aerospace.
Founded in 1933, The Council of State Governments is the nation's only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy.
Washington State ranks number one in the nation for broadband adoption, network speeds and economic structure according to a study released today by TechNet, a network of CEOs and senior executives that promote the growth of technology-led innovation. The study cites leadership, planning, cooperation and state funding as keys to success.
"The state's ranking reflects state broadband planning going back to 2008 and more than $2.3 billion in public and private investment in infrastructure and training during that period," said Will Saunders, program and policy director for the Washington State Broadband Office. "The study also confirms that we are ideally positioned for economic growth based on this work."
The state's index rating is based on measures that "promote economic development, build strong communities, improve delivery of government services and upgrade educational programs," according to the study's lead researcher, John B. Horrigan. Horrigan helped write the National Broadband Plan and was a researcher for the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
A high broadband adoption rate (77 percent in 2010), network speeds as measured by Akamai, and the state economy's orientation to broadband including information, communication and technology jobs all contributed to Washington's ranking. The full report is available at www.technet.org
"Building a World Class Innovation Ecosystem" updates the Washington Economic Development Commission's first strategy report, The Washington Innovation Economy (February 2009). In this latest draft we assess our progress, benchmark Washington's economic performance and offer recommendations for economic transformation to the world's greatest innovation ecosystem. This final draft is the basis for over sixteen strategy and feedback sessions the WEDC is currently conducting around the state to prioritize its final recommendations to the next Governor and legislative session.
Our state is at a critical juncture. There are signs that our economy is starting to recover from the Great Recession, creating new business and employment opportunities across all areas of the state. However, the outlook is still uncertain and the overarching imperative for accelerating the recovery is the implementation of an integrated and comprehensive strategy for sustained growth.
The first step in transforming our economy is to be realistic about the challenges. Not only do we have to restore the thousands of jobs lost to the recession, we also have to create thousands of new jobs over the coming decade. It's clear that in many industries the same jobs will not be coming back. Equally clear is the futility of hoping for "cyclical recovery" – simply hanging on to the coattails of a national economic recovery would be a short-sighted.
By transforming our economic development model and the policies that drive it, we can take advantage of immediate opportunities and position our state for long-term economic growth. This transformation requires a thoughtful approach to setting priorities in a time of fiscal constraints – so that we don't overlook important fundamentals of long-term prosperity. It also requires collaboration among business, government, research and education; policy creativity; and strong leadership. We call this transformative process building an innovation ecosystem – an economic environment in which strategy, collaboration, creativity, and leadership coalesce to help grow businesses – and jobs. The architecture of the innovation ecosystem must be driven by private- sector jobs, and fueled by investment in innovation, new workforce skills, modern infrastructure, and exports. This requires a fundamental reset of policy focused on the talent we need, innovating in high-potential areas, producing and manufacturing more of what we invent, and exporting more. No single institution will lead the way. The next economy will be led not from the top, but from the bottom up. We see an opportunity for leaders in business, government, research, and education across Washington to step forward to implement revolutionary – not incremental – change. Countless organizations, communities and innovators, thinking and interacting within a larger system, of which they are a part, will evolve the innovation economy. This capability of seeing the economic development system as a whole –and collaborating across boundaries – will be the essential insight and tool for the state's future prosperity. The pillars of our future prosperity – talent and workforce, investment and entrepreneurship, infrastructure and regulations, and international business – require clarity of vision and alignment of efforts. With such leadership, public and private sector confidence will grow, and our state's growth and job creation will increase.
Our competitive strength depends on our capacity for knowledge creation, a business climate conducive to transforming knowledge into successful products and services, and an effectively trained workforce. We also need strong regulatory and infrastructure systems that support productivity, growth and expansion of global trade. The Commission's recommendations in this report are not all dependent on new funding; what is more important is making funding more predictable and more flexible. In particular, we call for more "local leadership" and financing tools at the regional level to raise necessary capital for each region's unique economic development objectives and priorities. We also consider it essential for the business community to take a more active strategic leadership role for the industries and clusters in which they participate. If the recommendations are successfully implemented, we are confident that business performance will be enhanced, jobs will be generated, higher wages will be paid, and exports will increase.
Our vision for Washington is a place where citizens have access to the best learning resources in the world and are encouraged to capitalize on their abilities to create prosperity for themselves and for others. It is a place that has a global outlook, looking to emerging markets and nurturing collaboration across its diverse geography and industry clusters. It is a place that is a magnet for creative and entrepreneurial people and enterprises – where innovation is open and everyone can participate and share in its benefits. If we get it right, we have outstanding potential for economic, job and income growth.
Please review the innovation roadmap at the link below and we welcome your feedback.
Congressman Norm Dicks, representing the 6th District of Washington State, will discuss U.S. cyber security initiatives during the 11th annual West Sound Technology Association (WSTA) summit taking place on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 4:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton, Washington. Western Washington Summit 2012: Innovation & Leadershipwill focus on initiatives and public policies that advance American business and help shore up the economy. A full slate of speakers will join Congressman Dicks.
Gary Shapiro, CEO and President of the Consumer Electronics Association and
bestselling author of The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American
Dreamwill deliver the keynote address.
Derek Kilmer, Washington State Senator - 26th Legislative District, on technology and
innovation in a changing economy.
Egils Milbergs, Washington Economic Development Commission, on building a world-class
John Powers, Kitsap Economic Development Alliance, on creating globally competitive
Patty Lent, Mayor of City of Bremerton, on local government innovations that do more
"West Sound Technology Association is driving a technology future for the West Sound," says WSTA President, Charles Keating.Technology is a tool to stimulate economic development and operational efficiency. By engaging many audiences within our local communities and region we can transform lives and promote a better future."
Open to the public. Register on the WSTA website: http://www.westsoundtechnology.org/events/upcoming-events/oct-10-ww-summit
Innovation plays a critical role in American global leadership and economic growth. WSTA's 11th annual summit focuses on ways to mobilize in support of initiatives and public policies that advance American business and shore up our economy for future generations.
Who Should Attend: Western Washington business leaders, entrepreneurs, education, technology, government, nonprofit, and those interested in stimulating economic vitality for the region and promoting our local successes to the world.
Event Details: Western Washington Summit 2012: Innovation and Leadership
October 10, 2012 at 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Kitsap Conference Center at Harborside, Bremerton, WA
Keynote Speaker: Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), producer of CES, the world's largest Consumer Electronics Show
Voted one of the top most influential people in Washington DC by Washington Life, Gary Shapiro has testified before Congress more than 20 times on technology and business policy. Author of the New York Times Bestselling Book, The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream. Shapiro regularly writes for Forbes and Huffington Post. With CEA, launched The Innovation Movement, a grassroots movement of industry professionals and entrepreneurs with more than 200,000 members.
Egils Milbergs - Executive Director, Economic Development Commission for Washington State
Patty Lent-Mayor, City of Bremerton
John Powers-Executive Director, Kitsap Economic Development Alliance
State Senator Derek Kilmer
Innovation Showcase followed by dinner and presentations.
Searching for world changing ideas! www.N50contest.comis an opportunity for students, researchers, idealists, film-makers, futurists, technologists, digirati, artists, entrepreneurs, and just fascinating people, etc. to reveal visions for the Next 50 years. Submit an inspirational short video of two minutes or less. $5K top prize and trip for two to Seattle. Four runner-up prizes. Deadline is October 5, 2012. For video uploading and contest rules, visit www.N50Contest.com. Spread the word.
The contest is being conducted in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair. So much of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair was about future innovation, and so as we celebrate the Fair's 50th anniversary at Seattle Center, we are focusing once again on the place and importance of innovation. The Next 50 Innovation Video Contest seeks to capture the excitement and anticipation of future possibilities so prevalent in 1962.