Seattle 2035

Seattle 2035

Xconomy's founder and editor-in-chief Bob Buderi opens the event.

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Seattle 2035

Seattle 2035

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Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality

From left: Geoff Entress of Pioneer Square Labs, Forest Gibson of Pluto VR, Brian Vowinkel of VRstudios, and Bob Berry of Envelop VR discuss the nascent immersive technology market.

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Taking questions...

Taking questions...

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... and comments

... and comments

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Networking Break

Networking Break

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JobBox

JobBox

The JobBox team, working on homeless youth unemployment issues, with advisor Ken Myer.

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Sustainable Urban Agriculture

Sustainable Urban Agriculture

Institute for Systems Biology's Nitin Baliga talks about sustainable urban agriculture.

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Discussing

Discussing "Scientific Wellness"

From left: Seattle Children's Research Institute's Dr. Andrew Scharenberg with Dr. Leroy Hood and Clayton Lewis of Arivale.

Dr. Leroy Hood, center, speaks at Xconomy's Seattle 2035 conference last fall.

Network

Network

Institute for Systems Biology and Arivale co-founder Dr. Leroy Hood, left, meets an attendee.

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Space Panel

Space Panel

From left: Kraig Baker of Davis Wright Tremaine, Jason Andrews of Spaceflight, Joe Landon of Space Angels Network, and Ryan Stevenson of Kymeta.

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Nice to meet you

Nice to meet you

Christopher Richins, left, and Geoff Entress.

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Reception

Reception

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Self-driving cars. Conferences you attend virtually. People visiting outer space for tourism and work. A denser Seattle, perhaps one with ultra energy efficient buildings and sophisticated aquaponic systems for growing food in the city.

These were just some of the visions that emerged from Xconomy’s conference on the future of our regional innovation ecosystem, Seattle 2035. In the coming days, we’ll be reporting on these ideas and the great discussion, predictions, trends, and other highlights from last Friday’s event, so stay tuned for more over-the-horizon thinking.

For now, here’s a few images of the event, which took place at Northeastern University’s modern South Lake Union campus, as Amazon trick-or-treaters streamed by outside. Check back for more later this week.

We are grateful to our fantastic speakers, moderators, sponsors, including our event host and platinum sponsor Northeastern University-Seattle; fellow platinum sponsors Davis Wright Tremaine and Seattle Children’s Research Institute; our silver sponsors Fenwick & West and Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center; National Partner Alexandria Real Estate Equities; and most of all to the engaged audience that spent time with us Friday. We couldn’t have done it without any of you, and we thank you.

Benjamin Romano is editor of Xconomy Seattle. Email him at bromano [at] xconomy.com.