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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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Perhaps not since the early 1900s with the transit 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 th “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?" "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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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.

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Important Dates

  • August 6, 2020

    Info session for fall 2020 admission. Learn More

  • August 11, 2020

    Info session for fall 2020 admission. Learn More

  • August 17, 2020

    Round two application for fall 2020 MSTI degree closes.

  • October 1, 2020

    Applications for fall of 2021 for both the MSTI and Dual Degree will open.

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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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