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Developing Leaders in Innovation

We collaborate across borders and boundaries to innovate on local and global challenges.

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What is GIX?

The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) is a new model of experiential education and practice to develop leaders in innovation. Starting with our project and team-based graduate degree programs, GIX includes a broad array of innovation experiences for students, executives, and working professionals.

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What's Happening at GIX

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Important Dates

  • October 17, 2019

    GIX Info Session
    Location: UW Bothell

  • November 5, 2019

    GIX Open House
    Location: Steve Ballmer Building

  • January 6, 2020

    Admissions deadline for students starting in fall 2020. The application will open on our website soon.

  • January 24, 2020

    Admissions deadline for the Dual Degree program at Tsinghua University.

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October 17, 2019

How GIX prepares students for successful careers in…


By December 2019, GIX will have graduated two cohorts of students into a strong technology sector. According to a July 2019 report by industry tracker CompTIA, the U.S. technology sector added more than 56,000 new jobs in the first half of 2019. The number of jobs available in tech continues to expand at a rate ( … )

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Connected Global Ecosystem

We bring together the strengths of leading universities and cross-sector partners from around the world.

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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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GIX is like going to a hackathon every single day – you come up with a rough idea, build a quick prototype. But because it actually isn't just one day you get to iterate on it until you're happy with it.

— Bety Mehide, GIX MSTI graduate


GIX is proud to welcome Cohort 3 to the Steve Ballmer Building! The 44 students are from China, India, Taiwan, Colombia, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, and the United States. #DesignBuildLaunch #MadeAtGIX #MadeInSeattle #GIXGraduateDegrees #TechIndustry #FutureTech #emergingtechnology #TsinghuaUniversity #UniversityofWashington #Seattle #Makerspace #designthinking #bellevue ...

Welcome to the students of GIX Cohorts 2 & 3 who are at the Steve Ballmer Building for the start of classes today. 🚀 We look forward to seeing what you #DesignBuildLaunch #MadeAtGIX #MadeInSeattle #GIXGraduateDegrees #TechIndustry #FutureTech #emergingtechnology #TsinghuaUniversity #UniversityofWashington #Seattle #Makerspace #designthinking #bellevue ...

Ideas become things. GIX graduate Padraic Casserly, who received a #fullbrightscholarship this year, helped develop sensors that estimate groundwater depth in his @tsinghua_uni thesis research during the last six months of the GIX Dual Degree program. He’ll soon be traveling to the island nation of Mauritius (off the east coast of Africa near Madagascar), where he’ll work to deploy the technology. The goal is to create a better understanding of the natural water resources that will contribute to water security for the health of the population and future economic development. ➡️ Link in bio. #beyondGIX #MadeAtGIX #MadeInSeattle #techexperience #LeadersinInnovation #gixgraduatedegrees #tsinghuauniversity #universityofwashington ...

Sunshine, yummy food, and great people make for a fantastic combination! This summer’s #GIX student & staff BBQ was a great time for everyone to take a break from their hard work and celebrate what the beautiful Seattle area has to offer. 🍔☀️ What are you best summer memories? Tag a friend you want to hang out with! #GIXThrowback #ThrowbackThursday #LeadersinInnovation #GIXGraduateDegrees #MadeInSeattle ...

*Meet GIX Mentor, Michael Tjalve, Principle AI Architect at Microsoft Michael has worked in the field of conversational AI for a long time focusing primarily on turning disruptive innovation into engaging user experiences. His focus in the industry has been on research management, collaboration, and product strategy and he currently work as an AI Architect at Microsoft. Michael is also an affiliate assistant professor at University of Washington where he teaches conversational AI and innovation. #LeadersinInnovations #GIXGraduateDegrees ...

First iteration of a low cost, 3d printed Mecanum wheel, created by GIX student Jay Luo in the Makerspace! @diedansemacabre #GIXGraduateDegrees ...

Check out our GIX Makerspace! Video credits to Blake Hannaford. @hannafordblake #GIXGraduateDegrees ...

GIX announces a new track in Robotics for the Master of Science in Technology Innovation (MSTI) degree. Applications open this fall. ...