Innovation Forum

Innovation Forum

Innovation Forum programs delve into a cool or disruptive technology or a venture of interest to our audience of entrepreneurs, investors and technology enthusiasts. Led by innovators, thought leaders, researchers, and business luminaries, they often take the form of a panel presentation.

Audience participation is encouraged. As with all MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest events, Innovation Forums provide opportunities for attendees to share advice and network with peers.

Upcoming Innovation Forums

21st Century Art

Technology is disrupting every industry in some way, shape, or form. This is even true of the arts community. Augmented and Virtual Reality are playing a large role in the visual arts, music, dramatic arts, and even in the written word. As we look forward into the 21st century, we ask ourselves--what will art look like in future generations? How will it be produced? How will it be appreciated? How will it be valued? 


Throughout the popular press is more information about how individuals are using Virtual and Augmented Reality to provide insights to individuals with disabilities. These new technologies are still in their infancy, but they have undeniable potential to help solve some of the challenges that regular citizens have navigating our fast-evolving world. 


Education in the 21st Century

While there are a number of different technologies that are considering different ways and strategies to educate our children, there is a larger question. If education is responsible to empower the next generation and to enable them to be successful in the coming generations, how should we align our priorities to make sure our children will be the leaders of the next generation.

Previous Innovation Forums

Making a difference: The role of technology in fighting, treating and living with cancer

According to the World Health Organization, one in six deaths in the world is due to cancer. In 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and more than 600,000 will die from the disease. The national expenditure for cancer care in 2017 were $147.3 billion, and that cost is projected to increase as the population ages. It is no wonder that this year’s Nobel Prize for medicine went to two cancer researchers for discoveries that have revolutionized cancer care.


Human-Machine Interfaces & The Future of Interaction

As the Spring session of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest comes to a close, we thought it was only appropriate to consider the human and societal impacts of new machines and their interactions with humans. These interactions are already starting to take place, but what will change first and how does it impact our daily lives? What does this new world create in terms of communication opportunities?

Of course, this event will also include audience interaction--bring your smartphone and get ready to voice your opinion.