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Moonshots for Health Care & Technology
WhenThursday, Apr. 14, 2016, 6 – 8 p.m.
WhereWashington Technology Industry Association - 2200 Alaskan Way. #390. Seattle, WA 98121


Moonshots are massive ideas that can change the world for the better. The term “Moonshot" derives from the 1969 Apollo 11 space mission, and in recent years, with the launch of Google’s “moonshot factory” and President Obama’s initiative to cure cancer, the Moonshot movement has become a galvanizing force for big thinkers and doers around the world. Join hosts and former Disney Imagineers Lauren Baldesarra and Laura Youngkin, in partnership with Artemis Connection, for a two-part creative workshop and take the first step to launch your Moonshot into reality.
Leading up to SFWL 2016, registered participants will have the opportunity to submit “Moonshot” to be used in the workshop. An example would be: “to eradicate US homelessness by 2026”. Baldesarra and Youngkin will then tailor the session to represent the interests and suggestions of the group. Remember, Moonshots are massive ideas to change the world for the better – the sky is the limit!

Moonshots: what they are and how to develop them.
- Teams choose an area of focus, and deep dive into the challenges and ideas they’d like to solve for.

Giving Context: aligning industry values with Moonshot goals.
- Teams deep-dive on chosen ideas and identify goals and actions for getting their Moonshot off the ground.

At the end of the session, each team will do a 5-minute report out on their Moonshots as well as strategize next steps.

This event is hosted by the Washington Technology Industry Association, and is part of the Spring Forward with Women Leaders event series.

Space is limited. RSVP required.

Presented with support from Series Sponsors Women’s Funding Alliance and 100% Talent.

Laura Youngkin is a theatrical producer and creative consultant. With a decade of experience in the entertainment industry, Laura's work covers a broad range of disciplines including off-Broadway and commercial theater, opera, independent film, arts education, advanced robotics, and large-scale themed attractions. Laura spent five years at Walt Disney Imagineering where she produced projects for Shanghai Disney Resort, Disney Research & Development, and Walt Disney World. She also oversaw creative development for Pandora, The World of AVATAR, a new themed land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Laura holds an MFA in Producing from CalArts, a BFA in Theatre from Baylor University, and a Certificate in Virtual Design & Construction from Stanford University.

Lauren Baldesarra is a communications designer and creative business strategist. She spent six years as a creative producer at Walt Disney Imagineering, working on projects including the re-imagining of EPCOT, New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, and was a member of the core team developing new Star Wars lands and attractions. She also founded and spearheaded a “Moonshot" initiative at Imagineering, leading teams to dream up big ideas that can change the world for the better. Lauren is currently the Chief Creative Director at the Randvest group of companies. She has a BFA in Communications Design from Syracuse University, and continued education in filmmaking from UCLA and Art Center College of Design.

About the Spring Forward with Women Leaders Event Series:
The Spring Forward with Women Leaders event series grows out of our region's collective commitment to do better on topics such as gender pay equity, diversity and inclusion in leadership and in technical and STEM-based fields, entrepreneurship and investing.

The Spring Forward with Women Leaders series is presented as a joint effort of Ada Developers Academy, Artemis Connection, Cambia Grove, CoMotion (at the University of Washington), Galvanize Seattle, the Washington State Department of Commerce and Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA).

All events in the series are free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT) 

Washington Technology Industry Association - 2200 Alaskan Way. #390. Seattle, WA 98121

Event typesConferences, Information Sessions, Lectures/Seminars, Special Events, Workshops
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