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Innovation PopUp Event in Spokane fuels inspiration in Eastern Washington

Written by Gretchen Musgrove / April 17, 2018

Innovation is for everyone

That notion fueled the April 16 Innovation PopUp Event, hosted by CoMotion Labs @ Spokane at the Gonzaga University Hemmingson Center. CoMotion Labs Associate Director Elizabeth Scallon explained in her opening remarks, “The latest technologies, ideas, and tools should be democratized for the community.” Our intention for this special event was to connect the growing startup/innovation community in Eastern Washington, and demonstrate the opportunities ahead for anyone and everyone who’s interested in innovation.

Eastern Washington – a hotbed of innovation

In attendance were aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, high school students, and community members from Spokane, the Tri-Cities, and Pend Orielle and Stevens counties. This event, free to the public, was sponsored by the Economic Development Administration (EDA).

A day of insights, fun, and future gazing

The PopUp Event included three interactive workshops, led by field experts from UW CoMotion in Seattle.

3D Printing: Chue Yang, Operations Mangaer, UW CoMotion Makerspace

The first workshop explored the technical skill of 3D modeling as it relates to 3D printers. 3D modeling and 3D understanding is a growing skill requirement in high tech jobs of today and the future, particularly in the fields of engineering, manufacturing, and virtual reality.



Design Thinking: Magali Eaton, Innovation Training Program Manager, UW CoMotion

The second workshop explored design thinking and the mindset that is required to tackle the ever changing physical, economic, and societal environments and complexities. We reviewed the mental skills needed to adapt, learn, and create.



Introduction to Startups: Ken Myer, interim executive and leadership adviser. Ken is recognized as one of Seattle’s most influential business leaders.

The third workshop was an introduction to startups. Ken delivered an outstanding overview of what it takes to be an entrepreneur, an introduction to startups, and provided a tool to help create a one-page business plan.

The Innovation PopUp Event concluded with hands on demos, showcases and networking.

We thank our Eastern Washington innovation community for making this event such an exciting success!

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About CoMotion Labs: CoMotion Labs, a self-sustaining membership-supported program of CoMotion, provides a multi-industry labs system hosting 90+ startups inside and outside the UW community. This incubator supports startups with learning programs, mentoring, networking, and space — in three locations across the UW Seattle campus and a virtual lab in Spokane — across a variety of industries including engineering, IT, life sciences, medical devices, clean tech, blockchain, AI, and AR/VR.