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GIX Innovation Competition 2021

Compete to design and build a technologically inventive solution that addresses global farming challenges.

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The UW Master of Science in Technology Innovation Program

The M.S. in Technology Innovation prepares you to develop connected devices and robotics solutions that address real-world problems. In this intensive 15-month program based at the Steve Ballmer Building in Bellevue, Washington, students learn how to take an innovative idea from concept to development and launch.

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The GIX Prototyping Labs has a wide variety of tools and machines available for students to use, including a full woodshop! 🌲🔨 What's your favorite part of the space?

📸: Paula Sigala, Design Specialist

 
#designbuildlaunch #msti #uwmsti #graduatedegree #techdegree #Seattle #seattletech #innovation

The GIX Prototyping Labs has a wide variety of tools and machines available for students to use, including a full woodshop! 🌲🔨 What's your favorite part of the space?

📸: Paula Sigala, Design Specialist


#designbuildlaunch #msti #uwmsti #graduatedegree #techdegree #Seattle #seattletech #innovation
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👉Registration for the GIX Innovation Competition 2021 is now open! Sponsored by Microsoft Farmbeats, we are seeking original, technologically inventive projects in areas such as the internet of things, intelligent hardware, low-cost sensors, drones, robotics, computer vision and machine learning algorithms, and cloud computing to help address farming challenges anywhere across the world. ⁠
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Registration is open now through February 16. Interested undergrads and recent graduates should join us for a virtual info session on November 16 at 6:30 p.m., featuring Dr. Ranveer Chandra, Chief Scientist, Azure Global at @Microsoft. The info session will be hosted by Dr. John Raiti, Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. ⁠
🔗 in our bio to sign up for the info session, learn more, see prizes, and register to compete! Tag a friend who should attend.⁠
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#microsoft #farmbeats #microsoftfarmbeats #internetofthings #computervision #machinelearning #agtech #agriculture #smartdevices #Azure #microsoftAzure #technologyforgood

👉Registration for the GIX Innovation Competition 2021 is now open! Sponsored by Microsoft Farmbeats, we are seeking original, technologically inventive projects in areas such as the internet of things, intelligent hardware, low-cost sensors, drones, robotics, computer vision and machine learning algorithms, and cloud computing to help address farming challenges anywhere across the world. ⁠

Registration is open now through February 16. Interested undergrads and recent graduates should join us for a virtual info session on November 16 at 6:30 p.m., featuring Dr. Ranveer Chandra, Chief Scientist, Azure Global at @Microsoft. The info session will be hosted by Dr. John Raiti, Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. ⁠
🔗 in our bio to sign up for the info session, learn more, see prizes, and register to compete! Tag a friend who should attend.⁠

#microsoft #farmbeats #microsoftfarmbeats #internetofthings #computervision #machinelearning #agtech #agriculture #smartdevices #Azure #microsoftAzure #technologyforgood
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“Our work is learning how to be empathetic to the user and understand the underlying factors that make up the entire situation,” said MSTI student Chuck Scott. “You delay the technical development until you understand what you need to make for the user, and then you begin the iterative process of making the solution. Using a full design-thinking lens has been interesting because it allows you to tackle any problem.”⁣
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Students in the UW MSTI program bring a shared love of technology and come with diverse educational backgrounds, interest areas, and levels of experience. Each brings a unique perspective and skillset to their team projects, class discussions, and coursework. Visit the link in our bio to read the full interviews from MSTI students Chuck Scott and Vivian Wang. ⁣
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“Our work is learning how to be empathetic to the user and understand the underlying factors that make up the entire situation,” said MSTI student Chuck Scott. “You delay the technical development until you understand what you need to make for the user, and then you begin the iterative process of making the solution. Using a full design-thinking lens has been interesting because it allows you to tackle any problem.”⁣


Students in the UW MSTI program bring a shared love of technology and come with diverse educational backgrounds, interest areas, and levels of experience. Each brings a unique perspective and skillset to their team projects, class discussions, and coursework. Visit the link in our bio to read the full interviews from MSTI students Chuck Scott and Vivian Wang. ⁣


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#MadeInSeattle #GIXGraduateDegrees #TechIndustry #FutureTech #emergingtechnology #TsinghuaUniversity #UniversityofWashington #Seattle #Makerspace #designthinking #bellevue⁣

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👉 Sign up for a virtual info session! Interested in learning more about the UW MSTI program? Sign up for Thursday's evening info session now to learn about how the MSTI will teach you to solve complex global problems using emerging technology. We'll also share information about the student experience, career outcomes, and the application process. Visit our webpage for a full list of upcoming information session dates. RSVP now at the link in our bio, or on gixnetwork.org/msti

👉 Sign up for a virtual info session! Interested in learning more about the UW MSTI program? Sign up for Thursday's evening info session now to learn about how the MSTI will teach you to solve complex global problems using emerging technology. We'll also share information about the student experience, career outcomes, and the application process. Visit our webpage for a full list of upcoming information session dates. RSVP now at the link in our bio, or on gixnetwork.org/msti ...

The new robotics track of the UW MSTI degree is ready for launch at GIX! 🤖 Starting this fall, the new cross-disciplinary robotics track bridges business, human-centered design, and robotics fundamentals. Graduates will be well-equipped to pursue a variety of roles in product management, design, validation, and testing. “While there is certainly a need and place for heavy tech understanding, especially in robotics, our program uniquely integrates design with the human-centered outlook,” said Dr. Caspi, director of the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology.⁣
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The program was designed to integrate all aspects of a product’s lifecycle, including design, building, and launch, which fills a niche in the field of robotics education. “Students should expect a dynamic experience with both the technology learning and the deployment of a real robotics system, but with an overarching understanding of bringing humanoid robotic agents into society and what that role might be like,” said Dr. Caspi. “My hope is that students bring an open mind and their own perspectives and think about how robotics can bring good into quality of life,” she added.⁣
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The UW MSTI already includes coursework related to sensors and circuits, programming, hardware/software integration, but the robotics track adds a new emphasis. “The way that we’re trying to approach these courses isn’t about making the people masters in robot programming, but rather understanding how to make decisions for a system and how you can get it to do anything,” said Dr. Cabrera, who will be assisting with the courses.⁣
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Learn more about the robotics track or how to apply at the link in our bio!⁣ 🚀⁣
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#robotics #robots #fetchrobotics #mobilemanipulator #technology #tech #seattletech #designbuildlaunch #uwmsti #mstidegree #uwgix⁣

The new robotics track of the UW MSTI degree is ready for launch at GIX! 🤖 Starting this fall, the new cross-disciplinary robotics track bridges business, human-centered design, and robotics fundamentals. Graduates will be well-equipped to pursue a variety of roles in product management, design, validation, and testing. “While there is certainly a need and place for heavy tech understanding, especially in robotics, our program uniquely integrates design with the human-centered outlook,” said Dr. Caspi, director of the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology.⁣

The program was designed to integrate all aspects of a product’s lifecycle, including design, building, and launch, which fills a niche in the field of robotics education. “Students should expect a dynamic experience with both the technology learning and the deployment of a real robotics system, but with an overarching understanding of bringing humanoid robotic agents into society and what that role might be like,” said Dr. Caspi. “My hope is that students bring an open mind and their own perspectives and think about how robotics can bring good into quality of life,” she added.⁣

The UW MSTI already includes coursework related to sensors and circuits, programming, hardware/software integration, but the robotics track adds a new emphasis. “The way that we’re trying to approach these courses isn’t about making the people masters in robot programming, but rather understanding how to make decisions for a system and how you can get it to do anything,” said Dr. Cabrera, who will be assisting with the courses.⁣

Learn more about the robotics track or how to apply at the link in our bio!⁣ 🚀⁣
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#robotics #robots #fetchrobotics #mobilemanipulator #technology #tech #seattletech #designbuildlaunch #uwmsti #mstidegree #uwgix⁣
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GIX learners have opportunities to collaborate with leading industry and nonprofit organizations on key projects to develop high-tech solutions to local and global challenges.

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The great part about GIX is they encourage you to take risks; you have all the facilities and resources you need. Fundamentally, the University of Washington is a collaborative space, and we’re all working toward the same goal.

— Will Buchanan, MSTI graduate

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Important Dates

  • October 1, 2020

    Applications for the MSTI and dual degree programs for fall 2021 now open

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December 01, 2020

From UW student to UX designer: how the…

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“I come from a background of industrial design from when I did my undergrad in China. I tried many kinds of design like digital user experience but also art and physical installation. I was interested in developing physical products, but when I learned about the Internet of Things, I became more interested in digital and user experience (UX) design.   When I joined the University of Washington’s MSTI program, I didn’t know ( … )

October 28, 2020

UW Graduate Students at GIX Developing Technology to…

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As we look back on the historic wildfires that ravaged much of the west coast of the US in the summer of 2020, an important question arises: how can we use technology to better protect the firefighters who protect us? Generally, wildfires are unplanned and uncontrolled burns of vegetation that occur in hard-to-reach areas. Due ( … )

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