Converge@Seattle Pacific Northwest Innovation Summit 2014 was a new kind of conference experience. And the event turned out to be fantastic, inspiring and compelling. We witnessed incredibly powerful lightning talks, and a thunderstorm of conversations and commitments. The organizers of the Summit were inspired by the level of professionalism, heart and mind that was shared.
""Loved the discussions!" "This was so inspiring!" "The format was terrific." "Just the environment was conducive to creativity." "I could have listened to today's speakers for hours!" "The panelists were great."
Converge Innovation Summit was a second iteration and combination of the Pacific Innovation Summit 2012 and Women in Innovation Summit 2012 – now in partnership with The Pacific Northwest Economic Region, PNWER. This partnership gave a wonderful reach to people who probably would not have met and come together otherwise. We loved creating this new "convergence zone", and were so delighted it was kicked off to a great start with Jacob Zimmerman & His Pals. We will continue to explore all the impactful presentations and bring those to you in forms of blogs, postings and video.
None of the magic of the day would not have been possible without the commitment of our extraordinary sponsors: Alaska Airlines, Washington Business Alliance, DeshLaw, Renton Technical College, dbCreative Services Group, Rainmakers TV, Automobili Lamborghini – and the organizing producers: Women in Innovation, Center for Accelerating Innovation, Cisco Systems and Jim Kastama & Associates. And the very delighted winner of the Alaska Airline's first class tickets was Sean O'Leary, President and Managing Director of Arctic Wolf Company, marketer of wild Alaskan salmon. We wish him happy travels!
We had terrific help throughout the day from many, many people like our photographer Tina Marable, SaraJoy Pond of Conveners.com who stepped in to manage the PowerPoint slides, and the graphic facilitator Lori Rock of BigIdeaZoo. Marilyn Schoeman provided us with "Greenlight" tips for the best brainstorming outcomes. We are also grateful to designer and branding expert Margaret Spencer who designed our logo and helped us throughout the day in many different ways.
Many organizations lent their help to spread the word to their members: Center for Advanced Manufacturing CAMPS, West Sound Technology Association WSTA, Washington Technology Industry Association WTIA, WBBA, WSU, UW and BizEnrich.
We encourage you to stay in touch with us, continue the conversation by sharing your stories: What was your favorite part of the day? What most inspired you? What are you going to do? How are you keeping the momentum going? You can share your stories, pictures and videos from the day on Facebook and Twitter.
Egils Milbergs, Kristiina Hiukka, Sharon Wong and Jim Kastama
Converge@Seattle Co-Leaders and Producers