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Seattle In The Spotlight March 22nd -28th, 2019

Seattle in the Spotlight: March 22nd -28th, 2019

As the first quarter of 2019 wraps up, be sure to check out Seattle in the Spotlight for the latest news surrounding the Seattle tech scene, including: Microsoft, T-Mobile Brand Together With Blockchain Startups for New Cascadia Blockchain Council, How Statewide Internet Access Would Work in Washington, Women in Tech Work to Debut the Industry’s Diversity Problem at HopperX1 Seattle Conference, and more.

Microsoft, T-Mobile Brand Together With Blockchain Startups for New Cascadia Blockchain Council

GeekWire | James Thorne | March 28

“A group of blockchain entrepreneurs, institutions and tech giants are banding together to make the Pacific Northwest a hub for the burgeoning technology. The Cascadia Blockchain Council is an effort to give blockchain organizations a unified voice around public policy and marketing, as well as to create community and share resources. The 20 founding companies include enterprise players such as Microsoft and T-Mobile, blockchain startups Strix Leviathan, Bittrex and CryptoSlate, as well as organizations like the Washington State Department of Commerce, the University of Washington and the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA). The council first formed three months ago and launched its website today.”

Seattle Upzones 27 Neighborhood Hubs, Passes Affordable-Housing Requirements

Seattle Times | Daniel Beekman | March 28

“Taller buildings in the hearts of more than two dozen neighborhoods, denser housing on some nearby blocks and requirements that developers help create affordable housing. That’s what Seattle is getting after the City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve some of the most sweeping zoning changes in the city’s recent history. Getting there took a number of years, as the policy was subjected to community conversations, analysis and legal wrangling. During that time, Seattle witnessed a record-breaking boom.”

How Statewide Internet Access Would Work in Washington

KING 5 | Jennifer King | March 27

“A proposal to bring high-speed internet to every community in Washington is working its way through the state Legislature. Gov. Jay Inslee introduced the idea in June 2018 during a 3-day tour of communities with unreliable internet coverage or no access at all. His proposal would establish a Statewide Broadband Office to coordinate public and private partnerships, with a special focus on connecting rural and tribal communities to high-speed internet access over the next decade. Senate Bill 5511 and House Bill 1498 would expand “affordable, resilient broadband service to enable economic development, public safety, health care, and education.””

Women in Tech Work to Debut the Industry’s Diversity Problem at HopperX1 Seattle Conference

GeekWire | Tony Lystra | March 23

“The annual Hopperx1 Seattle conference kicked off Friday with a stirring call to boost the number of women working in the tech industry, and the agenda revealed one of the strategies for accomplishing that goal. “Are you tired of spending too much time debugging?” read the description for one workshop called “Time Travel Through Your Code.”…In other words, you wouldn’t necessarily know that this was a women’s advocacy conference from the focus of the sessions. And that’s precisely the point, said organizers of the conference, which was hosted by, the group behind the well-known Grace Hopper Celebration.”


  • Marrione Camacho

    Marrione Camacho is a strategy consultant and a contributor at WTIA. He helps organizations understand their purpose, maximize their value, and scale their impact. He is currently based in Manila, Philippines and you can contact him at and through LinkedIn.

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