2017 Luncheon

In May 2017, the Technology Alliance welcomed Co-Founder of LinkedIn and Partner at Greylock Partners Reid Hoffman and angel investor Sarah Imbach at its annual State of Technology Luncheon. The event showcased the region’s tech and innovation strengths and pointed to areas where more work is needed. A summary of the data shared is noted in this brochure. The message at the luncheon was clear: innovation drives economic growth, both opportunity and impact, and it is incumbent on all of us to work together on the areas that need strengthening (view full presentation).

Following Hoffman and Imbach was surprise guest speaker UW President Ana Mari Cauce to introduce and recognize Ed Lazowska for his advocacy and contributions to advancing computer science across the state for nearly four decades. Lazowska is the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at UW and a long-time Tech Alliance board member. Lazowska then provided closing remarks.

The State of Technology Luncheon is the premier annual event for Washington’s innovation community, and this year brought nearly 800 leaders from more than 250 businesses, educational institutions, leading non-profits, and government to listen and learn from one of the tech and innovation industry’s foremost leaders. Washington has a robust economy, and the Tech Alliance works to broaden and deepen the reach of our tech-driven economic growth.