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MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest to Host Science Fiction: Catalyst for Reality Event

Seattle, WA—April 28, 2015: MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest announces “Science Fiction, Catalyst for Reality,” a program featuring award-winning authors and technology visionaries in a deep exploration of the intersection between science fiction and reality. The event will be held at Microsoft’s Redmond campus on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

The evening begins with a fireside chat featuring Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief and publisher of MIT Technology Review and its special science fiction anthology, Twelve Tomorrows. Along with nationally-renowned authors and visionaries Greg Bear and Nancy Kress, participants will explore science fiction’s awe-inspiring vision of the future and its impact on reality.

Prominent University of Washington scientist and professor of bioengineering Paul Yager will also be participating. Yager, whose research includes low-cost diagnostic technologies, credits science fiction with influencing his work.

The evening will conclude with a presentation by Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Applications and Services Division, Rick Rashid, about executing the vision and turning science fiction into reality.

For more information or to register, visit

Media Contacts
Jan Greylorn
Program Chair, MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest
206 769-7314

Jimmy Jia
Chair, MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest
206 462-0331

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