The University of Washington ranks seventh among national universities in a new Milken Institute report on technology transfer, “Concept to Commercialization: The Best Universities for Technology Transfer.” The report highlights the vital role research universities play in spurring economic growth.
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Bunker Labs has officially expanded to Seattle and has taken up residence within CoMotion Labs @ Startup Hall. Bunker Labs is a 501(c)3 organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to help other military veterans start and grow businesses. Veterans in the Seattle region interested in starting their own businesses will now have access to resources, programs, and curriculum at Bunker Labs Seattle.
Andrew Meltzoff, the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Endowed Chair in Psychology and co-director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), was interviewed recently by Southern California Public Radio on the topic of boys, girls, and math anxiety. The segment and accompanying story make for fascinating listening and reading.
Today, twenty-two teams gather at the Seattle Center for the final night of the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC). Now in its ninth year, the EIC brings together students from universities throughout Oregon and Washington (and this year, even as far away as Boston!) to identify an environmental problem, develop a solution for it, design and build a prototype, and create a business plan. Now, after several months of hard work, the teams will pitch their ideas to more than 250 judges from around the region, who in turn will evaluate the projects to determine who will walk away the winner of the $15,000 Grand Prize, sponsored by Wells Fargo. In all, up to $36,000 in prize money will be awarded.
Today's world is, on many fronts, full of uncertainty and disruption. Technology innovation, climate change, globalization, and geopolitics are all factors that contribute to disruption and uncertainty. In this environment, the need for agile thinking and action, frugal innovation with limited resources, and cross-border collaboration of every kind are all imperative.
Last week, the CoMotion MakerSpace hosted one of their quarterly Show & Tell events. These events are designed to welcome the community into the MakerSpace to experience first-hand some of the amazing work that happens throughout the year. This quarter, 21 participants volunteered to give demonstrations and display their work. The projects utilized a wide range of technologies such as 3D printing, laser cutting, virtual reality, touch-activated mechatronics, drones, in addition to many others.
This past June, CoMotion announced the opening of its new headquarters (HQ) in addition to its newest startup incubator space focusing on early-stage virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) startups. Since then, CoMotion Labs @ HQ now houses 15 different VR/AR startups, possesses a fully operational mixed reality lab, and has served as the hub for a variety of different community events such as Seattle Startup Week and the Seattle VR/AR Collective meetup.
The topic of “fakenews” is of course in the news (real or fake!). Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department, Sareeta Amrute, is interested in understanding the fake news problem from a sociological viewpoint. It appears that the top technology companies are, in their own image, looking for primarily technology solutions to a social and societal challenge.
For expectant parents, to hear their baby’s heartbeat for the first time is a magical moment. For Martin Frasch, the sound of an unborn baby’s heart is potentially full of unmined data. Frasch is a research assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. As part of his research, he is developing new, non-invasive ways to monitor fetal health, and in so doing detect early signs of fetal distress, all with an eye to preventing brain injuries.
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s UW Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge – EpiForAll, BWB Anesthesia, and PlayGait. EpiForAll is an affordable EpiPen alternative, BWB Anesthesia is an electricity-free anesthesia machine for low-resource settings and PlayGait is a device to help children with spinal injuries walk.