November Event Recap

Since it’s nearly impossible to attend every tech event in the area, the WTIA has decided to provide you with a monthly recap of the key event happenings for you to either relive or check out fresh. Our event recaps will include brief write-ups, photos, and videos of our own events, as well as other industry events that we will highlight through our partner involvement.

Check out what happened in November:

To kick off the month, WTIA welcomed an interesting perspective from a technical executive of a non-technology company.  Attendees were engaged in an informative discussion of how Nordstrom’s unique customer-centric approach to business is using technology as a strategic asset to deliver innovative new customer experiences. We were pleased to have Tim Goggin, CEO of WTIA member company, Morse Best Innovation, interview Wayne Heller, Sr. Director of Nordstrom at our final Executives in Technology event of 2013. You can watch the entire event and view the slideshow here.

prize table

We brought things back old school and partnered with WTIA member company, Blucora, for a fun and interactive Video Games Through the Years Party at their awesome space in Bellevue.

duck hunt

Old school arcade games like Pac-Man, Galaga, and Skee-Ball were available for attendees to play for raffle tickets which they could redeem for prizes at the prize table. After finding a tube TV, we were able to get Duck Hunt working (which apparently doesn’t work with LED TV’s – perfect reason to keep those old clunkers!).

The biggest hit of the night was definitely the CEO Rockband Competition that took place with ceo rockbandCEOs from local technology companies. Chris Chung, CEO of Motiga (on guitar) and Bill Ruckelshaus, CEO of Blucora (on drums) battled it out against Derrick Morton, CEO of FlowPlay (on the mic) and Michael Schutzler, CEO of WTIA (on the guitar). In the end, Derrick and Michael proved to be victorious by doubling the score of Chris and Bill. Karaoke has paid off!

It was a night to remember with good “gamer” food, awesome prizes donated by Monoprice, PopCap Games, and First Tech Credit Union and 100+ people reminiscing and celebrating the way games used to be played. Photos.

We were excited to partner and participate at some great events throughout November, including:

- Xconomy’s Big Insight – Making Sense of Big Data event – among a packed room, Xconomy brought in some great speakers to dispatch the hype around the term “big data”, and get down to what everyone’s really after: managing our data abundance to get to new discoveries, businesses, and insights. Speakers discussed everything from advanced sensor networks, to data engines, to the future of data-centric science and artificial intelligence. Recap and photos.

- The Seattle Angel Conference – an investor driven conference, whose goal is to connect new angel investors with early stage and seed businesses in the Greater Seattle Area. At the Nov 20 Seattle Angel Conference, Booktrope, was selected as the winner of its fourth investment competition. They will receive a $205,000 angel award investment while 37 new Angel Investors gain hands on investment training.

- WhitePages Open House – new WTIA member, WhitePages, welcomed the Seattle tech scene to their amazing newly renovated Seattle office. Out with the uninspiring cubicles, in with the whisky bar and custom-built kegerator. Video tour. Photos.

- Startup Weekend Education – Startup Weekend brings together education rockstars, marketing maestros, design gurus, relentless hackers, and serial entrepreneurs for a weekend dedicated to changing the future and revolutionizing the education space. WTIA was excited to partner with Startup Weekend EDU and offer the winning teams free WTIA memberships. Congrats to MyWorksheets and LittleProgrammers.

Be sure to check out our upcoming December events! We’ve got something for everyone, including panel discussion on cloud security and APIs, and a holiday boat cruise you won’t want to miss! Event page. 

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