Raise a Beaker to Seattle’s First Science Fest

Seattle's first ever science festival brings a plethora of nerdy topics and the one-and-only Stephen

Organized by the Pacific Science Center and timed to coincide with the Seattle Center’s Next 50 celebration, the first-annual Seattle Science Festival features a galaxy of family-friendly festivities.

Science Expo Day (6/2) kicks things off with a big bang. Taking place across the Seattle Center grounds, this free event features more than 150 happenings: exhibits, demos, hands-on experiments, games and live performances by science-loving musicians and performance troupes.

Happening throughout June, the Science Luminaries Series offers a series of lectures on different themes from hackers, evolutionary scientists, rocket scientists and gaming gurus. No joke, the lecture series features the king of science himself: Stephen Hawking. The world's most famous physicist will join renowned palaeontologist Dr. Jack Horner and biologist Dr. Leroy Hood to discuss evolution at the Paramount Theater (June 16, 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary). 

Festival Week (6/3–6/10) includes a huge range of science-centric activities across the city, including the Seattle Mini Maker Faire (6/2–6/3), where makers of robots, tools, games and weird stuff you never imagined gather and show off their inventions; Physics Made Alive (6/4), during which the University of Washington’s Department of Physics will demo fascinating items, including a monkey gun, a rocket wagon, an astro-blaster, the 55-gallon-drum crusher, antigravity magnets and an artificial rainbow; “Better Science Through Chocolate” tours at Theo Chocolate (6/4–6/5); and the Seattle middle school science fair (6/7), during which local students reveal their brave new ideas at the Museum of Flight.

Times, prices and locations vary. seattlesciencefestival.org 

This article has been edited since its original publication.


Capital One Reimagines Banking With Its First Retail Locations in Seattle

Capital One Reimagines Banking With Its First Retail Locations in Seattle

The new Capital One Café brings banking and living together
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A rendering of the new Capital One Cafe

Sponsored by Capital One

Residents and workers in Bellevue and South Lake Union neighborhoods will soon be doing their banking Seattle-style—in a new community space, hanging out, drinking coffee and taking care of business—as Capital One brings its new Capital One Café concept to Seattle in 2017.

The Capital One Café is an entirely new approach to banking in the Seattle region, providing a space where individuals can recharge their bank accounts, devices and lives while learning new ways to manage their finances, try innovative digital and financial tools, and grab a great cup of coffee. The Café is intended to serve as a community hub and the open layout will have a range of lounge seating and work spaces. Throw in free Wi-Fi and the resulting mix invites people to relax, get some work done, host study groups or community meetings, learn about finances, or just hang out with friends.

“We know industries are being disrupted by bold technologies and banking is no exception,” said Ryan Laudenbach, Seattle Market Lead for Capital One Café. “Customers want a swift, convenient banking experience, and sometimes, they want a personal connection, too. Our Capital One Cafés blend these needs giving individuals the ability to bank on their own terms.”

The newly announced second Capital One Café location will open in South Lake Union (333 Westlake Ave.), home to a growing number of top technology and life science companies, giving workers an extension to their offices or just a place for that area’s mobile workforce to take a break.

The Bellevue Capital One Café, located at The Bellevue Collection in the Lincoln Square Expansion along Bellevue Way (418 Bellevue Way NE), will be approximately 7,800 square feet with four ATMs on premise, three nooks and two meeting rooms for customers, partners and community members to use for work space.

Capital One has partnered with Fuji Bakery to provide freshly baked goods with a Japanese artisanal touch delivered from Seattle’s Interbay and International Districts. Each Café will also serve Peet’s handcrafted espresso, coffee and tea beverages.

In addition to bringing the Café concept to Seattle, this October Capital One will host a live streamed #CapXTalk to look beyond the natural confines of ‘finances’ and explore how visionaries are reimagining the role that technology and money play in our day-to-day lives. The panel discussion will include personal finance experts, such as Jake Fuentes, co-founder and CEO of Level Money, Stefanie O’Connell, author of The Broke and Beautiful Life, and Erin Lowry of Broke Millennial. Be sure to watch the live stream at http://capxtalk.fora.tv and participate using #CapXTalk on Thursday, October 13 at 10 a.m. PT.