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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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"Who are you? Where are you in your career path?" "Who are you? Where are you in your career path?" These are some of the questions posed to students by Brian Velazquez, Global Business Solutions Architect at Cisco Systems. "I encourage you, when you find the opportunities to engage with people, to share who you are and your experiences. If you don't build trust with people, it doesn't matter the technology that you're talking about."⁣
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In his hour-long talk as a part of the ongoing, weekly GIX Speaker Series, Brian shared the importance of empathy in design and technology. "It's the process of showing empathy that you care about them as a customer. Understanding the problem helps you define it better, but being transparent about the process and challenges is important too. It's about focusing on understanding, truly, what their challenges are."⁣
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Lastly, Brian conveyed to students the importance of being able to tell a story, their own or the technology solution they're working on. "Stand and deliver. It's about being the person who can tell the best story. I want to ensure that you have the most powerful tool, which is your voice." ⁣
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Learn more about applying to GIX, joining the GIX Consortium, or becoming a speaker at the link in our bio.⁣
#MadeAtGIX #DesignBuildLaunch⁣
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#speakerseries #GIXSpeakerSeries #Techspeakers #cisco #ciscosystems #seattletech #technews⁣

"Who are you? Where are you in your career path?" These are some of the questions posed to students by Brian Velazquez, Global Business Solutions Architect at Cisco Systems. "I encourage you, when you find the opportunities to engage with people, to share who you are and your experiences. If you don't build trust with people, it doesn't matter the technology that you're talking about."⁣

In his hour-long talk as a part of the ongoing, weekly GIX Speaker Series, Brian shared the importance of empathy in design and technology. "It's the process of showing empathy that you care about them as a customer. Understanding the problem helps you define it better, but being transparent about the process and challenges is important too. It's about focusing on understanding, truly, what their challenges are."⁣

Lastly, Brian conveyed to students the importance of being able to tell a story, their own or the technology solution they're working on. "Stand and deliver. It's about being the person who can tell the best story. I want to ensure that you have the most powerful tool, which is your voice." ⁣

Learn more about applying to GIX, joining the GIX Consortium, or becoming a speaker at the link in our bio.⁣
#MadeAtGIX #DesignBuildLaunch⁣

#speakerseries #GIXSpeakerSeries #Techspeakers #cisco #ciscosystems #seattletech #technews⁣
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Parkinson’s disease affects seven to 10 million Parkinson’s disease affects seven to 10 million people worldwide and is the second most common age-related neurodegenerative condition behind Alzheimer’s disease. It is characterized most commonly by hand tremors, limb stiffness, weakness and slowing of movement, and general imbalances. Joohyung Kim, Yuanwei Zhang, Gero Bergk, and Yewei Zhang developed a sensor package and companion app that automatically tracks tremor data for long-term, high-accuracy analysis to improve treatment options. “There’s just a lack of information around tremors,” said Gero Bergk. “We wanted to open a window into the individual’s lives where they can gather quantifiable data on how their tremors progress over time and what affects them. Finding the right balance of medicine is critical for their quality of life.” Long-term trends are crucial to understanding the impacts that variables are having on the person, so the app automatically compares tremor severity to food timing, medicine, and more.

And what’s the team dynamic like? “I think having our different backgrounds has been really beneficial to our team," he said. "No one can be good at everything or have the time for everything. It’s beneficial that everyone has different interests and can focus on the things they’re good at.” #MadeAtGIX #DesignBuildLaunch #MadeInSeattle #TechIndustry #FutureTech #EmergingTechnology #TsinghuaUniversity #UniversityofWashington #Seattle #Makerspace #DesignThinking #Bellevue

Parkinson’s disease affects seven to 10 million people worldwide and is the second most common age-related neurodegenerative condition behind Alzheimer’s disease. It is characterized most commonly by hand tremors, limb stiffness, weakness and slowing of movement, and general imbalances. Joohyung Kim, Yuanwei Zhang, Gero Bergk, and Yewei Zhang developed a sensor package and companion app that automatically tracks tremor data for long-term, high-accuracy analysis to improve treatment options. “There’s just a lack of information around tremors,” said Gero Bergk. “We wanted to open a window into the individual’s lives where they can gather quantifiable data on how their tremors progress over time and what affects them. Finding the right balance of medicine is critical for their quality of life.” Long-term trends are crucial to understanding the impacts that variables are having on the person, so the app automatically compares tremor severity to food timing, medicine, and more.

And what’s the team dynamic like? “I think having our different backgrounds has been really beneficial to our team," he said. "No one can be good at everything or have the time for everything. It’s beneficial that everyone has different interests and can focus on the things they’re good at.” #MadeAtGIX #DesignBuildLaunch #MadeInSeattle #TechIndustry #FutureTech #EmergingTechnology #TsinghuaUniversity #UniversityofWashington #Seattle #Makerspace #DesignThinking #Bellevue
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To date, UW and GIX have produced more than 1,000 To date, UW and GIX have produced more than 1,000 pieces of personal protective equipment for local medical workers. GIX is proud to be a part of a coordinated effort to help slow the spread of COVID within our community. 
#designbuildlaunch #MadeAtGIX #UWMedicine #PPE #3dprinting #ppeproduction #faceshieldsforfrontliners #faceshield #personalprotectiveequipment

To date, UW and GIX have produced more than 1,000 pieces of personal protective equipment for local medical workers. GIX is proud to be a part of a coordinated effort to help slow the spread of COVID within our community.
#designbuildlaunch #MadeAtGIX #UWMedicine #PPE #3dprinting #ppeproduction #faceshieldsforfrontliners #faceshield #personalprotectiveequipment
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In partnership with @vulcaninc , students at GIX d In partnership with @vulcaninc , students at GIX developed a real-time emotion analysis system for adults with autism. By leveraging Vuzix’s HD camera and noise-canceling mics, they collect face images and audio data to analyze. After computing on the cloud, the glasses provide haptic and visual feedback to users, so that they are aware of their conversation partner’s emotions in real-time. Watch the video to learn more about the project and how students and mentors worked together. 
#MadeAtGIX #DesignBuildLaunch #MadeInSeattle #GIXGraduateDegrees #TechIndustry #FutureTech #EmergingTechnology #TsinghuaUniversity #UniversityofWashington #Seattle #Makerspace #DesignThinking #Bellevue
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In partnership with @vulcaninc , students at GIX developed a real-time emotion analysis system for adults with autism. By leveraging Vuzix’s HD camera and noise-canceling mics, they collect face images and audio data to analyze. After computing on the cloud, the glasses provide haptic and visual feedback to users, so that they are aware of their conversation partner’s emotions in real-time. Watch the video to learn more about the project and how students and mentors worked together.
#MadeAtGIX #DesignBuildLaunch #MadeInSeattle #GIXGraduateDegrees #TechIndustry #FutureTech #EmergingTechnology #TsinghuaUniversity #UniversityofWashington #Seattle #Makerspace #DesignThinking #Bellevue
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Collaboration Across Boundaries

A New Model

Bringing together leading universities and organizations from all over the world, our interdisciplinary, project-based model teaches students how to take an innovative idea all the way from a workable prototype to a market-ready product.

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Built for Innovation

Designed specifically for the GIX program, the GIX Steve Ballmer building offers a hands-on learning environment featuring electronic prototyping labs, design studios, AR/VR technology, and more.

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Real World Challenges

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

What's Happening at GIX

Stay current on key dates and events and read about the real-world impact of our learners.

Important Dates

  • October 1, 2020

    Applications for fall of 2021 for both the MSTI and Dual Degree will open.
    We are no longer accepting applications for fall of 2020.

News & Events

July 06, 2020

Students, Consortium Members, and GIX Partners Begin 2020…

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In their first step towards debuting their capstone-like Masters level Launch Projects in December, students in the Masters of Science in Technology Innovation (MSTI) program recently met and formed into teams with GIX Consortium members and partners. Consortium and partner representatives from Microsoft, T-Mobile, Vulcan, PATH, Port of Seattle, The WA State Department of Natural ( … )

June 22, 2020

GIX Hosts Online Spring Seminar Series

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The Global Innovation Exchange recently concluded its seven-part Spring Speaker Series, with topics including data science, public health, artificial intelligence and more. Hosted virtually, these topics provided MSTI and Dual Degree students the opportunity for additional learning and upskilling even within the current physical distancing guidelines. Magali Eaton From Idea to Impact: Accelerating the Commercialization of ( … )

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