The State of Technology Luncheon is the Technology Alliance's largest event and the premier annual gathering for Washington's innovation community. Approximately 800 attendees from business, research, education and government from across the state come together at the luncheon to celebrate our state's progress in building a vibrant innovation economy and gain insights from world-renowned technology leaders and visionaries. The 2013 luncheon featured Rich Barton, Co-founder & Executive Chairman of Zillow; Co-founder & Non-executive Chairman, Glassdoor; and founder and former President & CEO, Expedia.
Past luncheons featured keynote speakers John McAdam, President, CEO & Director of F5 Networks, Inc.; Clay Christensen, bestselling author of The Innovator's Dilemma; the nation's first Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra; Internet pioneer Vint Cerf; Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer; Amazon.com President, CEO and Chairman Jeff Bezos; and Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
The Technology Institute is a biennial, invitation-only retreat that brings together leaders from Washington's state legislature, executive branch, technology businesses, and research and educational institutions to address key public policy issues affecting the technology sector. The most recent Institute was held September 23rd - 25th, 2013 in Leavenworth, Washington and featured keynote presentations by Eric Kutcher, Managing Director, U.S. Western Region at McKinsey & Company and Hadi Partovi, Co-founder & CEO of Code.org, and a conversation with U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer.
Designed to focus on what really makes innovation economies grow, the Washington Innovation Summit is the must-attend event for our state's innovation-driven business and economic development community. More than 200 leaders attend this day-long conference to identify new, effective strategies that will promote high-impact job growth and innovation-based economic development in our state with the help of leading technology, business, and policy experts.