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What’s Next: Innovation Breakfast

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

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

What’s Next? 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. Featured Innovators representing a wide range of industries across the region led table discussions on the future of innovation in our community.

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.

2018 Innovation Breakfast

Featured Innovators, representing 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.

MOHAI Board Co-Vice President Rebecca MacLeod shared the reasons why she supports MOHAI’s mission to highlight our regional tradition of innovation and imagination. Proceeds from the Innovation Breakfast benefit MOHAI’s educational programming, which inspires young people of all ages and backgrounds to become the next generation of innovators.

Former Governor Christine Gregoire spoke about Challenge Seattle and how it is leading the way to ensure that greater Seattle remains one of the most innovative and globally competitive regions in the world.

Innovation Breakfast attendees look on as Former Governor Gregoire discussed how education, infrastructure, job development, and telling Seattle’s unique story are all essential for the region’s continued prosperity.

Former Governor Gregoire answered questions from the audience, including questions about her perspective on the potential impact of a recently passed “head tax” on Seattle’s ability to compete globally.

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.

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