2017 Technology Institute

The biennial Technology Institute brings together tech, education and policy leaders from across Washington state in a retreat-like atmosphere to make connections, build bridges, and begin scoping action plans - all focused on strengthening the state’s innovation economy. It’s a by-invitation only, two-day, structured conversation that addresses issues fundamental to the state’s continued tech-driven growth.

The 2017 Tech Institute will focus on two primary themes:

  • Innovation-driven economic development throughout the state - We will explore data and stories that show where tech-driven innovation is occurring both by sector and geography; we will discuss the backbone for this growth (talent & workforce training, entrepreneurs, capital, infrastructure) and the implications for industry, education and policy makers; and we'll map out a path forward and how the Tech Alliance can help. 
  • Immigration, innovation and growth - We have set aside some Tech Institute time to partner with WTIA and together explore how immigration fuels innovation and immigration's contribution to the state's talent needs (on both sides of the mountains). We'll hear from experts and have the opportunity to 'INVENT' creative (state-oriented) solutions to immigration pain points.

The upcoming event is scheduled for September 25-27, 2017 in Leavenworth, WA. To read the full retreat agenda, click here.

For more information, contact: events@technology-alliance.com or (206) 389-7261.


Past events

2015 Technology Institute

Participants in the 2015 Technology Institute explored the theme 21st Century: Opportunities for Education, Healthcare and Research Funding in Washington State. Major topics addressed during the retreat include keeping our students competitive; engaging employers and lawmakers in our research institutions' evolution; helping people improve their health; understanding the impact of education funding with the growing innovation economy; STEM workforce pipeline issue and how are both the private and public sectors addressing it; leveraging technology to advance education; implications of the future given the current federal and state funding landscape; and climate change risks and opportunities for Washington state. 


2013 Technology Institute

Participants in the 2013 Technology Institute explored the theme Beyond Benchmarking: Nurturing Talent, Innovation and Job Creation in Washington State. Major topics addressed during the retreat include growing our innovation economy; perspectives from sector leaders, perspectives from state policy leaders, priorities of the State Department of Commerce and U.S. economy; situation today, growth opportunities, and implications for Washington State, K-12 education; maintaining a commitment to rigor, creating a culture of success, bridging the divide; strategies to address the skill gap, the future of higher education and the public research university, innovation and job creation; scaling a company in Washington, Code.org; every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn to code.


2011 Technology Institute

Participants in the 2011 Technology Institute explored the theme Models of Success: Educating and Innovating for Washington's Economic Future. Major topics addressed during the retreat include the university as an economic engine; promoting college and career readiness for all students; blending tradition and innovation in K-12 and higher education to increase access, reduce costs, and expand economic opportunity; strategies for turning research into results; and how public-private partnerships advance state economic development.

Photo credits: Kristin Osborne


2009 Technology Institute

Participants in the 2009 Institute explored the theme Washington 3.0: Learning and Leadership in the New New Economy. Featured speakers included nationally recognized education advocate Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust; Mark Heesen, president of the National Venture Capital Association; U.S. Representative Jay Inslee; and Accelerator Corporation Chairman & CEO Carl Weissman. Through a combination of expert presentations and interactive panel discussions, participants discussed the actions Washington needs to take over the next several years in order to sustain and grow our state's innovation economy.

Photo credits: Annie Laurie Malarkey