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Ground zero for mobile computing and ICT

A lot has happened over the last 40 years. Perhaps no technology has changed the world as profoundly as mobile communications and computing and Washington State is proud of our legacy as the birthplace of mobile services in the United States.

Today, the state continues to lead the way, offering businesses a vibrant and diverse information and communication technology sector that is home to some of the most well-known and innovative companies in the world.

Seattle is considered by many to be ground zero for software, e-commerce, digital media, gaming, and life sciences and automotive IT. Washington is second only to California in the number of apps economy jobs, clocking in at 49,800 in 2012. All told, the state employs more than 267,500 people in the ICT sector, which generates $25 billion in revenue annually.

The major players in mobile and ICT are drawn to the state by our highly-skilled engineering, software and mobile development workforce, our culture of innovation and our pro-business environment where new ideas are quickly brought to market.

Quick Facts:

    • With our 30 years of carrier, software, broadband and Internet experience, Washington State is second only to London in terms of contributions made to the worldwide mobile ecosystem.
    • The state ranks #1 in the U.S. when it comes to creating new software companies.
    • We are one of the biggest employers of software publishing workers in the United States with a workforce of more than 50,000.
    • Washington is well connected. 98.7% of the state’s residents live in areas where broadband is available, 83% of the state’s population live in households with Internet access and 73.8% of the state’s population regularly use their home broadband connection.
    • Income from broadband-enabled electronic shopping in Washington grew for the third straight year topping $3.1 billion.
    • More than 350 game design and development companies or divisions are located in the state, the biggest concentration in the country. Washington is home to some of the most well-known names in the gaming industry.
    • Washington is an emerging leader in cloud computing and virtualization, thanks to our low-cost renewable energy. Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Parallels, Skytap, Isilon Systems and Symform all have a presence in the state.
    • PATH, Fred Hutchinson, the Gates Foundation and Seattle Genetics are among the global health and life sciences leaders driving pioneering discoveries in bioscience and medical IT, including mobile-based solutions.
    • Virtually every major U.S. web-based company has a significant presence in Washington, including Google, Facebook, eBay, Twitter, Intel, and YouTube.

Your partner in mobile

Washington State maintains a network of foreign offices to provide no-cost international business development assistance and attract foreign investment. Our team of business experts stands at the ready to help you do business in and with Washington State, where innovation is in our nature and businesses become legends.

Visit us at Booth 8.1L2 at the show!
Feb. 25-27
Special Happy Hour – 16:30-18:00 daily

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Some of the most innovative, forward-thinking ICT businesses in Washington State will be attending Mobile World Congress. Get our show directory so you can pre-plan your show strategy so you can meet with some of our leading companies.

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Washington has the critical mass in ICT to take your business to the next level. Feel free to “geek out” with our 4-pager on the ICT industry and how your business can take advantage of the many opportunities that abound here.

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