Thursday, October 9, 2014

Intellectual Exchanges in the Course of One Day

Yesterday was a great day to be busy.  When I am not busy I sometimes wonder if I am missing something.  On the other hand, some days are so busy that you need a little time to digest the information and decide on which components you need to act on and which you simply had the pleasure of listening to.

The morning started with the set up for Weds 1 Million Cups Tacoma entrepreneurial meet up.  Now on its 20th week since the initiative was launched, we fill the Swiss with energetic business folks ready to learn from a South Sound presenter and figure out where they can help in the economic growth of the presenting company and the South Sound as a whole.

Bob Masterson from the Center for Commercialization (C4C) discussed the steps necessary to take solutions born from research through to licensing and application in businesses.  There were a good 50 people who came to listen and ask questions, but I could not stay until the end as I needed to head off to my class and introduce our guest speaker author Erik Hanberg from Side X Side Creative. 

Erik kept the class of 32 freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students intrigued with his story of exploring opportunities that have presented themselves through the evolution of the web.  From using new technologies to build the components to running a community theater, to web sites that both purposefully and accidentally have gained wide exposure to his foray into the online publishing world he provided insight and encouragement.

I then had to run over to the Center for Data Science where Girish Srinivasan, Clinical Solutions Leader at Samsung Electronics, gave a brief intro into Samsung's foray into the medical business. He'll also discussed his work on readmission risk prediction using CT imaging.

To cap the day off, I attended the 2014-15 Stadium High School Daffodil Princess selection where my daughter returned from her freshman year at UW to pass along the duties she had been carrying out over the last year.

Busy day.

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