Seattle Center's Sept 2012 Next 50 Programming Highlights Commerce and Innovation

Just as the 1962 Seattle World's Fair focused on innovation and the future, the Next 50 devotes the month of September to Commerce and the Innovation Economy. Trade summits, high level discussions, career development activities, startup weekends and lively forums will consider the place of alternative energies, transportation, IT, global development, women and much more in future regional prosperity.

The most event-packed month of the Next 50 provides many opportunities for the Seattle community to engage, participate and learn about the place of regional innovation, education/training, entrepreneurship, infrastructure and immigrant contributions to the sustainability of Washington State and the world beyond.

Highlights of Commerce and Innovation Economy month:

Commerce & Innovation Video Contest: Commerce and Innovation Economy month seeks two-minute inspirational videos on innovation in the next fifty years, advances that currently shape the way we live, work and play or your vision for future innovation possibilities. Great prizes for winning entries. Deadline is Sept. 1, in partnership with the Washington Economic Development Commission.

Evergreen Apps Final Presentations: Designed to encourage the development of applications using government data to stimulate economic development in our state, the Evergreen Apps Challenge is open to people who live, work or study in Washington. 10+ prizes totally more than $75,000 are available for winning apps. The challenge officially opened on July 9 and will close on Sept. 6. A panel of judges will rank the top ten apps and award prizes at the Final Presentations. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Oct. 1, in partnership with the City of Seattle, King County and Washington State, free.

Startup WA / Commerce & Innovation Launch: Join us for a look at this month's numerous activities – to discover which innovators and entrepreneurs are striving to make Washington the Innovation State. Contribute your voice and energy to the movement. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Sept. 6, Intiman Playhouse, in partnership with StartUp Washington, free with advanced registration.

Electric Vehicle Showcase: Watch alternative energy infrastructure in action at an exhibit of alternative fuel vehicles of all sorts. Evening, Sept. 6 and all day, Sept. 7, Founder's Court between The Playhouse and Phelps Center, in partnership with Plug-In America, free.

Beyond Oil Conference: Transforming Transportation in Century 21: Hear from government and industry leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators on how our region is driving a convergence in advanced information and smart grid technologies, communications and electric vehicles to make transportation safer, faster, more affordable and greener. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sept. 7, Intiman Playhouse. Advanced registration required.

Titans of Innovation Speaker Series: Featuring leadership teams from our region's most innovative companies, including Costco, Nordstrom and Phillips. Each evening presents one of the three in an informative and inspirational discussion of what motivates their companies to succeed. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25, Intiman Playhouse, in partnership with the Foster School of Business, free.

The Eternal Glow of Electric Hearts: Alive sculpture/theater performance investigating these questions through the frame of the World's Fair. A cast of actors, dancers, musicians, and visual artists perform on a machine run on energy generated by the performers. Directed by Tim Smith-Stewart. 8 p.m., Sept. 7–8; 7:30 p.m., Sept. 9, Intiman Playhouse Studio, free.

Start-Up Weekend: developers, marketers, product manager and startup enthusiasts have 54 hours to share ideas, for teams, build products and launch startups? Join them with your innovation dreams, and you might find that they can come true. Working sessions, Sept 14 – 16; Final presentations 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sept. 16. Fee of $99. Register online:

Cultural Exchange Tours: Learn about the contributions our diverse communities are making to the economy and culture of the Pacific Northwest on organized tours to four Seattle neighborhoods: South Park, Martin Luther King Way, International District and Ballard. The tours start and end at Seattle Center and include lunch. Cost varies. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturdays, Sept. 15, 22 and 29.

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