This past weekend, we held our first Virtual Reality Pop-Up shop at the New Holly Gathering Hall, in the Othello neighborhood. This event was entirely free, open to the public, and geared towards introducing communities to virtual reality that may not normally have access or exposure to the technology. More than 150 attendees were able to test out different VR/AR devices including HTC Vives, Oculus Rifts, RICOH Theta 360s, and Google Cardboards.
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Swurveys is the “All Swipe, No Type” survey tool. It’s disrupting the survey industry as it provides a solution to the boring task of making and taking surveys. Take one of our demos here and you’ll see how we do it differently.
OneRadio Corporation, a spinout from CoMotion at the University of Washington (UW), today announced that it would demonstrate its HDR receiver technology at the 2017 IEEE Radar Conference (RadarConf ’17) in Seattle, May 9th to 11th.
The UW Business Plan Competition (BPC) announced their Sweet 16 semifinalists last evening, and five of the teams have CoMotion connections. Some were assisted by a manager from our Innovation Development team, or were introduced to mentors, while others received funding in the form of development or seed grants, but all of them show CoMotion’s commitment to inclusive innovation at the University of Washington.
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.
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. CoMotion, in its own small way, is both itself impacted by uncertainty and disruption in higher education and also helps create an environment to help innovators navigate through this uncertainty and disruption.
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.