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Innovation Exchange

Innovation stemming from the Pacific Northwest has changed the world. Seattle is, and always has been, home to distinguished visionaries. From products and services, to music and aeronautics, to medicine and social well-being, the ideas cultivated here have a global impact.

How has this small corner of the country had such an enormous impact? What are the stories of this unique region that bring people together? What are the objects and narratives from the past that delight, disturb, and inspire? MOHAI programs and exhibits bring these questions to life, and the annual Innovation Exchange celebrates and explores Seattle’s distinct role as an innovation incubator.

 Innovation Exchange

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

MOHAI’s 10th annual Innovation Exchange brings together leaders and influencers from the Puget Sound region to take part in vital civic conversations that explore how this region’s diverse history has created a fertile field for innovation.

The 2019 event will shine a spotlight on the dramatic transformation of South Lake Union as one of the world’s great hubs for innovation, and explore how the neighborhood, and the larger Seattle community, can stay competitive in the global marketplace. Join the conversation with some of the leading figures and institutions from the neighborhood, including:

  • Ada Healey, Chief Real Estate Officer, Vulcan Inc.
  • Dr. Christof Koch, Chief Scientist and President, Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • Dr. Paul G. Ramsey, CEO, UW Medicine
  • John Schoettler, Vice President of Global Real Estate and Facilities, Amazon
  • Matthew Trunnell, Chief Data Officer, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

The Innovation Exchange will be moderated by civic leader Maggie Walker and MOHAI Executive Director Leonard Garfield.

Proceeds from the event support MOHAI’s mission to highlight our region’s tradition of innovation and imagination, including our K-12 education programs that serve nearly 30,000 students and teachers, and thousands of families each year.

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Please note that the fair market value of each individual ticket is $30.

2018 Innovation Breakfast

The 2018 What’s Next: Innovation Breakfast featured Former Washington State Governor and Challenge Seattle CEO Christine Gregoire discussing the region’s future as a global innovation hub.

During the event, Featured Innovators from some of the area’s most influential companies and institutions, like the Allen Institute for Brain Science, City of Seattle, Google, Facebook, GeekWire, and Puget Sound Energy, led table conversations on what’s hot in Seattle innovation.

Thank you to the 2018 Innovation Breakfast sponsors: B2Launch, The Boeing Company, Google, Product Creation Studio, and Michele and Stan Rosen. Generous in-kind support was provided by CORT Party Rental and Kaspars Special Events and Catering.

2017 Innovation Breakfast

The 2017 What’s Next? Civic Innovation Breakfast featured a stimulating discussion about the impressive steps our region is taking to better our communities through civic innovation.

Moderator Matt McIlwain of Madrona Venture Group led a panel discussion about fostering innovation as a community characteristic. Panelists were Chelo Picardal, Chief Technology Officer of the City of Bellevue; Preeti Shridhar, Deputy Public Affairs Administrator of the City of Renton; and Hannah Hill, Program Manager of Innovation Team at the City of Seattle. These local leaders spoke about their roles and projects that are improving the lives of their community members.

Thanks to the 2017 Innovation Breakfast sponsors: the Boeing Company, Google, and Michele and Stan Rosen. Generous in-kind support from Kaspars Catering & Events.

2016 Innovation Breakfast

The 2016 What’s Next: Innovation Breakfast featured entrepreneur, venture capitalist, civic activist, and author Nick Hanauer discussing the important role of diversity in innovative communities, and how it strengthens our ability to compete on a global stage.

2019 Innovation Exchange Presenting Sponsor
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2019 Innovation Exchange Silver Sponsors

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