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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 will grow to include 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

  • September 1, 2018

    Applications Open

  • September 13, 2018

    Online Information Session for MSTI & Dual Degree

  • September 13, 2018

    Information Session at GIX for MSTI & Dual Degree

  • October 11, 2018

    Information Session at Seattle's UW campus for MSTI & Dual Degree

  • January 21, 2019

    Application Deadline

News & Events

October 17, 2018

Steve Ballmer Shares His Views on Leadership and…

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At last year’s September launch of the Global Innovation Exchange, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that the new GIX facility would be named the “Steve Ballmer Building” to honor Ballmer’s leadership in driving Microsoft to be a global company during his tenure as CEO. Nadella noted that Ballmer has always been an advocate for business ( … )

October 12, 2018

GIX Staff Member, Marleny Monterrozo, Inaugural Recipient of…

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GIX staff member Marleny Monterrozo was announced as one of the two inaugural recipients of the WE Communications academic award. Marleny is a communications and administrative assistant at GIX. Established in honor of Pam Edstrom, a public relations industry pioneer and one of the founders of WE Communications, the academic award is part of a ( … )

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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 a unique educational model that not only focuses on interdisciplinary education but is driven by industry engagement. To solve pressing global challenges we need greater collaboration between academia and the public and the private sector...GIX is dismantling these boundaries.

— Talha Sabri, GIX student

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