The State of Technology Luncheon is the Technology Alliance's largest annual event and the premier gathering for Washington's innovation community.

Every year, 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.

2015 Luncheon


On June 5, the Technology Alliance is proud to host a keynote conversation with Steve Singh, CEO of Concur. 

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With a client list that includes more than half of the Fortune 500, Concur emerged over the past two decades as one of the Puget Sound's most successful companies. From its days as a scrappy startup in the mid-1990s, CEO Steve Singh, his brother Raj, and their team built the company into a global brand that currently employs over 4000 people. 

In this keynote conversation with legendary investor Tom Alberg of Madrona Venture Group, Singh will discuss a number of timely topics, including how we can advance our tech economy while preserving Pacific Northwest values; the ways cutting-edge businesses benefit the entire community; the importance of STEM education; growing a world class company with a culture of innovation; and the journey from a small village in India to the sale of Concur for over $8 billion to SAP this past December. 

Still at the helm of Concur within SAP, Steve will share his amazing story and lessons learned with our region's innovators, entrepreneurs and community leaders.

Register today for the State of Technology Luncheon, the premier annual event of Washington’s innovation industry!

2014 Luncheon

Keynote presentation by Geoffrey Moore 

  • Author, Crossing the Chasm, The Gorilla Game, Inside the Tornado

  • Managing Director, Geoffrey Moore Consulting

  • Venture Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures

  • Chairman Emeritus, TCG Advisors, The Chasm Institute and The Chasm Group

Geoffrey Moore is a best-selling author and innovation expert who has advised technology companies of all sizes, from small start-ups to global enterprises. He also wrote Crossing the Chasm, the seminal guide to bringing new innovations to market that became required reading for every technology business leader. Two decades later, Moore revisited Chasm, updating that groundbreaking work with timely new insights and strategies for the digital world. On May 19th, more than 700 business, research, and government leaders came together to explore how social, mobile, analytics, and the cloud - the SMAC stack - are reinventing the enterprise and our economy.


Other highlights:

  • The Economic Impact of Technology-Based Industries in Washington State 
    Highlights from the Technology Alliance's latest study of the size and economic contributions of our state's diverse innovation community 
    Presentation: Cheryl Vedoe, CEO, Apex Learning Inc. and Chair, Technology Alliance

  • Innovation Showcase Company of the Year, honoring SNUPI Technologies
    Presentation: Jonathan Sposato, Chairman, GeekWire 
    Acceptance: Shwetak Patel, Co-founder, SNUPI Technologies and Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering, University of Washington

2013 Luncheon

Featuring a keynote conversation with Rich Barton

  • Co-founder & Executive Chairman, Zillow

  • Co-Founder & Non-executive Chairman, Glassdoor

  • Founder and former President & CEO, Expedia

Rich Barton has a passion for using technology to empower people, increase transparency, and challenge the status quo - building multi-billion dollar companies and disrupting entire industries in the process. He forever changed the travel landscape while building Expedia into a household name. He demystified residential real estate at Zillow, putting more information than ever before at homebuyers' fingertips. And, he brought us unprecedented access inside the halls and cubicles of America's employers with the creation of Glassdoor.

This keynote conversation was facilitated by Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington.



Other highlights:

  • Welcome remarks from the Honorable Jay Inslee, Washington State Governor

  • Benchmarking Washington's Competitiveness 
    Highlights from the Technology Alliance's latest study of our state's performance in education, research, and entrepreneurial climate 
    Presentation by TA Chair Cheryl Vedoe, CEO, Apex Learning Inc. 

  • Innovation Showcase Company of the Year Award, honoring Cadence Biomedical 
    Presentation by Jeremy Jaech, CEO, SNUPI Technologies
    Acceptance by Brian Glaister, President & CEO, Cadence Biomedical

Past Luncheons

Past luncheons have featured keynote speakers such as Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman; Jeff Bezos, President and CEO; 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; and Google CEO Eric Schmidt.