Gov. Chris Gregoire will deliver the opening keynote address at the 2008 Washington Technology Center summit, April 15 in Bellevue.
 
This annual summit, now in its fourth year, has become Washington state’s premier innovation conference. This year’s summit aligns with the next-generation industry focus of the state’s business plan, “Next Washington.”
 
Companies and researchers at the forefront of Washington’s emerging economic sectors will be present throughout the summit.
 
A wide variety of activities include: plenary sessions, targeted industry tracks, vendor showcase and a networking reception.
 
The four industry track sessions include:
 
  • Clean Technology panels will discuss emerging research that will help to conserve resources and reduce global warming. The discussion will focus on the latest innovations in reducing energy consumption for big businesses and theirIT networks.
  • Renewable Energy panels will review the emerging ideas in research and what holds the most promise for the future. The session will feature new products and the latest renewable energy innovations.

  • Global Health panels will discuss how research is being utilized to address the most challenging health problems worldwide. Leading Washington state companies will share their success stories of innovative products combating diseases across the globe.

  • Advanced Materials & Manufacturing panels will feature how breakthrough research is being utilized to create lighter, more durable products and the impact this will have on the industry in the future and on businesses in Washington state.