Wednesday, February 25, 2015

18 Washington State Tech Companies to 2015 Mobile World Congress

                    18 Washington state tech companies are bound for Barcelona, 2015 Mobile World Congress.

The Washington State Department of Commerce aims to increase awareness and sales in international markets for innovative technology businesses.

Demonstrating the state’s leadership in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, the Washington State Department of Commerce is leading a delegation of 18 companies at GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the world’s largest conference for the mobile tech industry. This is the fourth consecutive year Commerce has showcased new platform solutions and services in mobile apps, game design, productivity, security and location mapping developed by some of the state’s most creative and forward-thinking businesses.

“Washington is one of the nation’s vital hotbeds for established and new businesses that are pushing the envelope in digital media and mobile technology development,” said Brian Bonlender, state Commerce Director. “By putting our delegation on the international stage at Mobile World Congress, we are providing them with an opportunity to increase global awareness of their technologies and pave the way for future growth.”

The Washington State Department of Commerce Pavilion, themed “Choose Washington,” features a mix of established mobile technology businesses and startups for conference attendees to view demonstrations and learn more about their unique solutions. Pavilion exhibitors include: APImetrics,Apptentive, autograph, Black Pixel, Buddy Platform Inc., Codeproof, General UI, Glympse, Guppy Games|Media, IndoorAtlas, INRIX, Studio Pepwuper, PlayFab, Orca Wave, Sequitur Labs, Sirqul, and Syntonic, TouchBase, plus the non-profit organizations, One Redmond and Washington Interactive Network.

“As a startup, Mobile World Congress offers tremendous opportunity to introduce our technology to major global brands. We participated in the conference as part of the Washington State Department of Commerce delegation two years ago and found the experience to be extremely valuable as we were able to focus on our business goals instead of logistics. After participating last year on our own, we enthusiastically signed up for 2015, and we are already seeing the benefits from being a part of this great community,” said Bryan Trussel, co-founder and CEO of Glympse.

The Department of Commerce team organizes business matchmaking introductions for their exhibitor companies to meet with mobile carriers, hardware manufacturers, enterprise mobility strategists and marketers to negotiate licensing agreements and grow global awareness of their unique technologies and services. Though customer relationships often take years to develop, Washington State companies have already reported nearly $8 million in new sales as a result of their participation in this event over the last three years.

Many of these companies are smaller startups that wouldn’t be able to attend international trade shows of this caliber without the export vouchers provided by Commerce. Made possible through the Small Business Administration’s State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) program, these funds help offset the cost of attending major international trade events.

Washington State ICT Industry Snapshot:
14,000 companies with 176,600+ workers
90,000 software developers
300 game design companies
$700 Million in 140 VC investments, another 260 startups financed by founders and angels
$600B in market cap among the top 10 public ICT companies
$2.6 Billion in mobile app development

Washington state has grown its presence each year as the world becomes more familiar with the region’s leadership in mobile technologies and role in shaping the future of information and communication technology, Bonlender said.

For more information on the Choose Washington Pavilion’s featured companies, download the free iPad app for iOS users at: The app also provides handy quick reference information from GSMA about the show venues, hours, badge pick-up and more for all attendees.

The WA Dept. of Commerce's event press kit is available HERE.

Friday, February 13, 2015

UWT Part of Cyber P3i

The U.S. Army Reserve is creating the U.S. Army Reserve Cyber Public Private Partnership Initiative, or Cyber P3i, a center for enhanced cybersecurity training with six universities involved in the program.

Universities involved in the initial program include the Drexel University, University of Washington Tacoma, George Mason University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Norwich University and the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs.

Jeffrey Talley, chief of the Army Reserve, said each of the schools were chosen for their "excellence in cybersecurity research, teaching and their experience in helping the public and private sectors address cybersecurity issues."

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Seattle National Cybersecurity Summit Open House

The Seattle National Cybersecurity Summit Open House will be held on February 13 from 8:00 AM -­-2:00 PM at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, Cascade Building Auditorium, 19010 1st Avenue South, Burien, WA 98148.

Parking is available on-­-site, follow the signs for the Cascade Building and proceed to the Lobby.

If you plan to attend please register at HERE by February 11.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Techcrunch Disrupt-like Pitch Competition at NFTE’s StartUp Tech Expo

WHO: Witness young tech titans in the making! Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship will host its first ever StartUp Tech Expo with high school students from Tech Access Foundation, a STEM focused public school for students of color for grades 6-12.

WHAT/VISUAL: Experience first-hand the energy and innovation of the Techcrunch Disrupt-like Pitch Competition. Four teams will be given a few minutes to pitch their app idea to an audience filled with local business owners, executives, entrepreneurs, students and educators.

App ideas will include a sign language learning app, a real-time local natural disasters help and alert app, a STEM gaming tool and even an app that allows users to change battery draining settings on their phone, plus a prototype of a solar powered phone. Teams will be awarded a cash prize - winners will announced at the Expo.

WHEN: Thursday, February 5th
Crew Arrival: 11am       Wrap: Noon
WHERE: Google Seattle Campus –
601 North 34th Street Seattle, WA 98103

WHY: The Pitch Competition and the Expo are the culmination of the StartUp Tech program – a pilot tech entrepreneurship program developing high school students entrepreneurship and coding skills which is running in four cities nationwide.

The event will also include a Q+A session with Googlers about what it’s like to work at the Internet product and services behemoth. 

EXAMPLE: The award winning team of 7th graders, JSark Industries (the J is silent) had been working on their solar powered phone case prototype in their Engineering class with Mr. Diaz, founder of SODO Makerspace.

When the team entered the StartUp Tech Incubator this semester they learned how to add a software component to their hardware plans.

In addition to submitting their idea to the Verizon App Challenge in November, they also presented their concept at the TAF Academy STEM Pitch Event at Impact Hub Seattle.

Catch teammate, Ravi who’s starting a crowdfunding campaign at the Expo, with the hopes of travelling to the 11th International Fab Lab Conference & Symposium in Boston this summer.