State of Technology Luncheon
The State of Technology Luncheon is the Technology Alliance's largest annual event, bringing together business, research, and government leaders to celebrate Washington's progress in building a vibrant innovation economy and to gain insights from visionary leaders of innovative, globally recognized companies and institutions.
The State of Technology Luncheon
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Registration & Networking: 11:00 am
Luncheon: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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. He brought us unprecedented access inside the halls and cubicles of America's employers with the creation of Glassdoor. And he is just getting started.
Join us on May 29th as we explore, with one of Seattle's most prolific and successful entrepreneurs, how far we can go in using technology to revolutionize business as we know it - and how Washington is positioned to succeed in this new transformation economy.
Honorable Jay Inslee, Washington State Governor
Jeremy Jaech, CEO, SNUPI Technologies
Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington
Cheryl Vedoe, CEO, Apex Learning
State of Technology Luncheon sponsors enjoy premium seating at the premier annual event for Washington's innovation community, extensive visibility, and other exciting benefits. Click here for details and contact Katy Tollefson at (206) 389-7259 to reserve your package today.
- Individual tickets:
- Advance online purchase: $85
- At the door: $100
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As a TA Patron, you will enjoy two reserved seats at the luncheon and a membership in the 2013-14 season of the Science & Technology Breakfast Series, our popular breakfast program featuring Washington's leading researchers and technologists.
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The 2012 luncheon, "Building a Billion Dollar Business, Optimizing Economic Opportunity," featured a keynote conversation with John McAdam, President, CEO & Director of Seattle-based F5 Networks, Inc. McAdam explained to facilitator Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, about how F5 technology intelligently optimizes internet traffic and applications, and how the company successfully navigated the challenges of the dotcom bust and grew into a billion dollar business. McAdam also noted F5 is aggressively hiring technical talent, advising Washington that the best way to ensure continued growth is to invest in education.
King County Executive Dow Constantine opened the luncheon with a welcome address. TA Chair Jeremy Jaech shared highlights from our latest economic impact study measuring the growing contributions of Washington's technology-based industries to statewide employment. In addition, TA Chair-elect Cheryl Vedoe, CEO of Apex Learning Inc., recognized Mobisante, developer of the world's first smartphone-based ultrasound imaging system, as the 2012 Innovation Showcase Company of the Year during the luncheon program.
Watch the 2012 luncheon program online, courtesy of the Seattle Channel
View our 2012 luncheon photo gallery: click on a photo below to view full-sized image and description
Photo credits: Ashley Genevieve
Highlights of Past Luncheons
The 2011 State of Technology Luncheon featured a keynote conversation with the USA's first-ever Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra. Chopra serves as Assistant to the President and Associate Director for Technology in the Office of Science & Technology Policy. Chopra shared his vision for harnessing the power of technology and innovation in a keynote conversation facilitated by Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington.
Governor Chris Gregoire delivered the welcome address to open the luncheon program, while TA Chair Jeremy Jaech delivered an impassioned speech in which he urged Washington business and policy leaders to rally behind strategic investments and innovative reforms to improve K-12 and higher education outcomes in our state. Chad Waite, Managing Director at OVP Venture Partners, announced the latest investment results of the Alliance of Angels and recognized LiquidPlanner, developer of online project management software, as AoA Company of the Year.
At the 2010 State of Technology Luncheon, keynote speaker Clayton Christensen challenged the way we think about our work and our community in a keynote address exploring the impact of disruptive innovation.
Other featured speakers included TA Chair Jeremy Jaech and TA board members Kris Klein, managing partner at Lenati, and Vicki Phillips, director of education-U.S. Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Modumetal was recognized during the luncheon program with the Alliance of Angels 2010 Company of the Year Award.
Previous Keynote Speakers
- Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie
- Internet pioneer Vint Cerf
- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
- Amazon.com President, CEO & Chairman Jeff Bezos
- Google CEO Eric Schmidt
- Intellectual Ventures Co-Founder Nathan Myhrvold
- Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Alan Mulally
- Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates
- Corporate strategist and best-selling author Geoffrey Moore
- Western Wireless and T-Mobile Chairman John Stanton
- Biotechnology pioneer Leroy Hood