Innovation Summit 2014: Converge@Seattle




Women In Innovation Co-Leads

Converge@Seattle Pacific Northwest Innovation Summit 
November 20th, 2014

7:30-8:30am Joint Breakfast with Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) conference Wake-Up Jazz by Jacob Zimmerman & His Pals 
8:00-8:30 Welcome: Matt Morrison, CEO, PNWERDave Ramsay, President, PNWER, Egils Milbergs, Founder, Center for Accelerating Innovation, Opening Remarks: Bill Bryant, Commissioner, Port of Seattle, David Giuliani, Co-Founder and Board Chair, Washington Business Alliance
8:30-9:00 Welcome from Premier Sponsor Alaska Airlines Tammy Young, VP, Human Resources, Alaska AirlinesKeynote Address: Kat Taylor, CEO, Beneficial State Bank Kat Taylor
9:15-10:30 Converge@Seattle Welcome: Egils Milbergs, Founder, Center for Accelerating Innovation, Kristiina Hiukka, Founder, Women in Innovation, Sharon Wong, Director, Chief Technology & Architecture Office, Cisco Systems, Jim Kastama, President, Jim Kastama & Associates LLCHigher Education: What must higher education do to adapt to tomorrow’s realities? David Helfand, President & Vice-Chancellor, Quest University Canada, Sam Smith, Former President & Trustee Western Governors University,  Anne Condon, Professor & Head of Computer Science Department, University of British Columbia, Kristin Smith, CEO, Code FellowsModerator: Jim KastamaJim Kastama
10:45-12:00pm Digital Economy: How can we thrive in an increasingly connected world? Michael Docherty, CEO, Venture2 Inc., Kris Kutchera, VP Information and Technology Services, Alaska Airlines, Jeff Loucks, Chief Insights Officer, Cisco Consulting Services, Cisco Systems, Charlie Brock, CEO, Launch TennesseeModerator: Sharon WongSharon Wong
12:00-1:45 Joint lunch with PNWER. Disruptors and Convergers – Entrepreneur Panel with Brier Dudley of The Seattle Times: Scilla Andreen, CEO and Co-Founder, Indieflix, Marc Nager, CEO, UP Global, Stacy Flynn, Founder, Future Resource CollectiveStacy -Scilla-Marc
1:45-3:00 Women in Innovation: How are women changing the innovation paradigm? Jennifer Gilhool, CEO, Gender Economics Lab & Pink Streak Ink, Dr. Ann McMahon, VP of Science and Education, Pacific Science Center, Hannah & Haley McConnaughey, Annika Hustad, Atlantis ROV TeamModerator: Kristiina HiukkaKristiina Hiukka
3:15-4:30 Manufacturing: What role will humans play in the next generation of manufacturing? Greg Herlin, CEO, Cashmere Molding, Bonnie Wade, Sr. Research Engineer, Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Lab, Matt Brown, Commercial Leader, GE CorporateModerator: Egils MilbergsEgils Milbergs
4:30-5:00 Kris Kutchera: Drawing for 2 first-class Alaska Airlines ticketsCommitments & Closing RemarksEgils Milbergs, Jim Kastama, Sharon Wong, Kristiina Hiukka 

The Women in Innovation Session at Converge was highly engaging and productive. The speakers, Jennifer Gilhool, Ann McMahon and the Atlantis ROV Team members Hannah McConnaughey with her sister Haley and partner Annika Hustad were energizing and thought provoking with their 5 minute lightning talks. Read the Report 2014 here:


The photos form Converge@Seattle tell the story of a highly energetic and productive conference, see the photos here.

The interviewed some of the speakers at Converge@Seattle. You can watch a few here:

Scilla Andreen
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Kristin Smith
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Jennifer Gilhool at Converge@Seattle 2014
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