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

Art in the 21st Century

The rise of the digital economy has taken the art world by storm. Even the sacred cow of visual arts, dramatic arts, and music are being infiltrated by the disruptive nature of technologies. How far will these disruptions extend and what sort of disuptions will they be in the next 20 years?


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

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.


AI, Automation, and the Impacts on Society and Work

Machines and equipment are already making inroads into our society and are quickly putting their stamp on the labor market.

Within the labor market, these changes have been brought on by the drive for companies to be more efficient. Undoubtedly, these forces will continue and will reshape the frontier to determine what is possible for automated machines to manage in the workforce of the 21st century. While these machines have staggering potential, they must also be carefully examined through the lens of humanity and the greater good for our society.