Greetings Alumni and friends,
The University of Washington Bothell has become a regional leader for creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development.
In light of that fact, I have launched an annual series of events that will be titled the Innovation Forum: Exploring Innovation and Creativity. The first forum in the series is scheduled this winter for February 13 to 17. The gathering will include a series of activities, workshops, presentations, and performances – all intended to stimulate new ideas and drive a deep conversation in the region on how to increase the university’s capacity as a leader for innovation.
Having a week-long event provides the opportunity for community members, students and faculty to experience and contribute to the buzz of intellectual,
artistic, technological and entrepreneurial projects that will influence the future campus and region.
Led for 2012 by Professor Alan Wood, the forum will delve into a host of questions surrounding creativity and innovation. For example, what is the relationship between the micro-innovations we all make each day and the institutionalization of innovation? How do universities both encourage and discourage innovation? How can UW Bothell best serve as an incubator of innovation for a region so fertile with entrepreneurial vigor?
This issue of INSIGHT offers a look into some of the innovative work that is occurring at UW Bothell. I hope you enjoy reading about some of the faculty, alumni, and students who are contributing to our growing reputation as a stirringly innovative campus.
To learn more about the forum, follow our blog at http://uwbothellforum. wordpress.com/. And please save the dates: February 13 to 17, 2012! I look forward to seeing you there.
Kenyon S. Chan