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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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“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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👉 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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Perhaps not since the early 1900s with the transition from horse to fossil-fueled engines have we witnessed a more fundamental change in transportation than the combination of electric drivetrains and autonomous tech currently penetrating vehicle designs. In part five of the GIX Speaker Series, Spencer Reeder, director of government affairs and sustainability at @audi, talked about the adoption of electric vehicles within the global automotive market, the future of Audi, and challenges faced by automakers in this transitional period.

Will the apparent success of these technologies result in true mass adoption in pursuit of a cleaner environment and the safety and convenience of autonomous vehicles? “It turns out that most people in the market right now are buying these cars because they’re cool, because they’re a better experience, and because they have neat technology.”

“When someone gets in a battery elective vehicle, they love them,” said Spencer. “Test drives show the true benefits of the technology: it’s cleaner, quieter, has more torque and better acceleration.”

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 #autonomousvehicles #selfdrivingcars #electriccars #seattletech #technews

Perhaps not since the early 1900s with the transition from horse to fossil-fueled engines have we witnessed a more fundamental change in transportation than the combination of electric drivetrains and autonomous tech currently penetrating vehicle designs. In part five of the GIX Speaker Series, Spencer Reeder, director of government affairs and sustainability at @audi, talked about the adoption of electric vehicles within the global automotive market, the future of Audi, and challenges faced by automakers in this transitional period.

Will the apparent success of these technologies result in true mass adoption in pursuit of a cleaner environment and the safety and convenience of autonomous vehicles? “It turns out that most people in the market right now are buying these cars because they’re cool, because they’re a better experience, and because they have neat technology.”

“When someone gets in a battery elective vehicle, they love them,” said Spencer. “Test drives show the true benefits of the technology: it’s cleaner, quieter, has more torque and better acceleration.”

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 #autonomousvehicles #selfdrivingcars #electriccars #seattletech #technews
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“If you’re highly visible with the work and the progress that’s happening, it gives everyone an understanding of what they’re getting.” This insight is just one of countless given to students by Carlos Lugto in the last week's GIX Speaker Series talk. Carlos is an engineering manager at Google with 25+ years of experience managing and leading software development teams. He’s worked on a variety of projects, including low-level enterprise software for telecom, medical, and defense industries, creating hardened enterprise software and creative consumer applications. ⁣
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“One thing worth brutally prioritizing is focusing on what we can do. We also focus on lean thinking: ‘what are the things we don’t have to do to get the same job done?’” In his 60 minute talk, Carlos provided a detailed explanation into Agile software development with examples and case studies. “We focus on finishing the small tasks as we move forward rather than having a notion of a big thing we’re going to finish at the end and de-scoping pieces that we worked hard on.” By prioritizing what his team can complete, and emphasizing lean thinking, quality, technical excellence, and finishing tasks, Carlos is able to create a unique and successful team culture that is healthy for his engineers.⁣
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Learn more about applying to GIX, joining the GIX Consortium, or becoming a speaker at the link in our bio.⁣
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#MadeAtGIX #DesignBuildLaunch⁣
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#speakerseries #GIXSpeakerSeries #Techspeakers #Google #seattletech #technews⁣
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“If you’re highly visible with the work and the progress that’s happening, it gives everyone an understanding of what they’re getting.” This insight is just one of countless given to students by Carlos Lugto in the last week's GIX Speaker Series talk. Carlos is an engineering manager at Google with 25+ years of experience managing and leading software development teams. He’s worked on a variety of projects, including low-level enterprise software for telecom, medical, and defense industries, creating hardened enterprise software and creative consumer applications. ⁣

“One thing worth brutally prioritizing is focusing on what we can do. We also focus on lean thinking: ‘what are the things we don’t have to do to get the same job done?’” In his 60 minute talk, Carlos provided a detailed explanation into Agile software development with examples and case studies. “We focus on finishing the small tasks as we move forward rather than having a notion of a big thing we’re going to finish at the end and de-scoping pieces that we worked hard on.” By prioritizing what his team can complete, and emphasizing lean thinking, quality, technical excellence, and finishing tasks, Carlos is able to create a unique and successful team culture that is healthy for his engineers.⁣

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 #Google #seattletech #technews⁣
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"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 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 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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October 16, 2020

Exploration, curiosity, and empathy: A look inside the…

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There are no “typical” students in the UW’s MS in Technology Innovation degree. They 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. We interviewed two current students, Vivian Wang and ( … )

August 24, 2020

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As new robotic applications continue to transform industries and sectors from medicine to manufacturing, the demand for an innovative workforce able to design and implement meaningful robotics solutions is growing.  The Global Innovation Exchange is working toward meeting these needs through a suite of highly-focused, hands-on graduate degree programs in technology innovation developed in collaboration ( … )

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