The Technology Institute is a biennial, invitation-only retreat that brings together leaders from Washington's technology business community, research institutions, education and government to address key public policy issues affecting our state's innovation community and economic competitiveness. 

The most recent Technology Institute was held on September 28-30, 2015, in Leavenworth, WA. The next event is scheduled for Fall, 2017.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Boeing Company
Intellectual Ventures
Washington State University

2015 institute SPONSORS

Apex Learning
Clark Nuber PS
F5 Networks
Fred Hutch
K&L Gates
McKinsey & Company
University of Washington

Past events

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,; 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