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Learn more about the future of the cloud and tech industries from Merrie Williamson, Corporate VP of Azure Infrastructure in a virtual talk this upcoming Tuesday, April 26, at 5:00 p.m. Learn about new advancements in the cloud and tech industries, and what the next generation of innovators will contribute. Merrie is responsible for Microsoft’s global commercial sales, strategy and execution for the core multi-billion dollar Azure business.⁠
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Before joining Microsoft Merrie worked in the technology sector for over 20 years. She directed strategic investments in products from technical inception to launch, typically in a cutting-edge area for the business, bringing together organizations, corporate partnerships, and leading sales teams to deliver revenue. With a background in Manufacturing Engineering, Merrie is ardent about finding solutions for the under-representation of women and underrepresented people in STEM and sales. ⁠
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RSVP: https://forms.zohopublic.com/gix/form/Registrationfor042622MerrieWilliamsonTalk/formperma/Um1BupiEOcL1ED21I18lri0Oc2rFv2ieJnTZiV2qCHM⁠

Learn more about the future of the cloud and tech industries from Merrie Williamson, Corporate VP of Azure Infrastructure in a virtual talk this upcoming Tuesday, April 26, at 5:00 p.m. Learn about new advancements in the cloud and tech industries, and what the next generation of innovators will contribute. Merrie is responsible for Microsoft’s global commercial sales, strategy and execution for the core multi-billion dollar Azure business.⁠

Before joining Microsoft Merrie worked in the technology sector for over 20 years. She directed strategic investments in products from technical inception to launch, typically in a cutting-edge area for the business, bringing together organizations, corporate partnerships, and leading sales teams to deliver revenue. With a background in Manufacturing Engineering, Merrie is ardent about finding solutions for the under-representation of women and underrepresented people in STEM and sales. ⁠

RSVP: https://forms.zohopublic.com/gix/form/Registrationfor042622MerrieWilliamsonTalk/formperma/Um1BupiEOcL1ED21I18lri0Oc2rFv2ieJnTZiV2qCHM⁠
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Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 GIX Innovation Competition! ⁣
First prize is awarded to Cody Birkland, Amy Swanson, and Lloyd Dees of Team Ultropia. Their project uses ultrasonic energy to clean and dry clothing, resulting in significant energy usage reduction and increased access to clean clothes for those around the world. Judges were impressed with both the technical aspect of the team’s work, as well as the plan for bringing their solution to the market. Team Ultropia wins the first prize of $8,000 and three #Oculus Quest 2s. (Pictured) ⁣
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Second prize is awarded to Tantai Davis, Jessie Zhao, Euphie Zhao, Niall O’Rourke, and Taihong Chen of Team FuchsiaBand. Their project combines motion tracking with a custom software solution that aims to help the post-operative rehabilitation of breast cancer surgery through motivation, gamification, and instruction. Judges were impressed by the team’s efforts to improve the lives of a very targeted group and the public at large, as well as the solution's low cost and ease of use. Team FuchsiaBand wins the second prize of $5,000. ⁣
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Third prize is awarded to Sai Jayanth Kalisi, Khai  Lam, and Stefhany Alves Ferreira of Team Osto-Mate. Their project uses phone LiDAR scanning to give ostomy users the ability to create custom fitted, low-cost ostomy wafers. These custom wafers reduce pain and the risk of infection, while simultaneously costing less than traditional hand-cut wafers. Judges were impressed by the novel approach, affordability, and high-quality demo. Team Osto-Mate wins the third prize of $2,000. ⁣
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Honorable mentions go to teams Mind Mine and Signal Technologies. Mind Mine is a remote monitoring application for mental health and wellness, and Signal Technologies has created software that helps visually impaired people identify foods with ingredients to which they are allergic.
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Congratulations to all of the finalists and our thanks to all entrants. We encourage everyone to continue developing these novel solutions to improve the lives of people at home around the world. ⁣
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Again, thank you to our sponsors @meta and the Mitsubishi Corporation of the Americas.

#gixinnovationcompetition

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 GIX Innovation Competition! ⁣
First prize is awarded to Cody Birkland, Amy Swanson, and Lloyd Dees of Team Ultropia. Their project uses ultrasonic energy to clean and dry clothing, resulting in significant energy usage reduction and increased access to clean clothes for those around the world. Judges were impressed with both the technical aspect of the team’s work, as well as the plan for bringing their solution to the market. Team Ultropia wins the first prize of $8,000 and three #Oculus Quest 2s. (Pictured) ⁣

Second prize is awarded to Tantai Davis, Jessie Zhao, Euphie Zhao, Niall O’Rourke, and Taihong Chen of Team FuchsiaBand. Their project combines motion tracking with a custom software solution that aims to help the post-operative rehabilitation of breast cancer surgery through motivation, gamification, and instruction. Judges were impressed by the team’s efforts to improve the lives of a very targeted group and the public at large, as well as the solution's low cost and ease of use. Team FuchsiaBand wins the second prize of $5,000. ⁣

Third prize is awarded to Sai Jayanth Kalisi, Khai Lam, and Stefhany Alves Ferreira of Team Osto-Mate. Their project uses phone LiDAR scanning to give ostomy users the ability to create custom fitted, low-cost ostomy wafers. These custom wafers reduce pain and the risk of infection, while simultaneously costing less than traditional hand-cut wafers. Judges were impressed by the novel approach, affordability, and high-quality demo. Team Osto-Mate wins the third prize of $2,000. ⁣

Honorable mentions go to teams Mind Mine and Signal Technologies. Mind Mine is a remote monitoring application for mental health and wellness, and Signal Technologies has created software that helps visually impaired people identify foods with ingredients to which they are allergic.

Congratulations to all of the finalists and our thanks to all entrants. We encourage everyone to continue developing these novel solutions to improve the lives of people at home around the world. ⁣

Again, thank you to our sponsors @meta and the Mitsubishi Corporation of the Americas.

#gixinnovationcompetition
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🚀 We are proud to present the GIX Innovation Competition 2022 judges! These experienced professionals will select winners from the ten finalists on Feb 16. More than $15,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs!
 
Adam Loving graduated with a CS degree from UW before working in a range of companies from startups to large organizations. He is now is principal engineer at Pioneer Square Labs where he helps validate and launch startup teams.
 
Ted Fuse is Vice President and General Manager of Mitsubishi Corporation Seattle. In his 25 years at Mitsubishi Corporation, he has worked in business development in various fields including clean energy and decarbonization.
 
Deli Zhang is a software engineer at Meta, where he leads development of capacity management tooling. Previously, he worked at Microsoft Research as a Senior Research Software Development engineer working to improve datacenter efficiency.
 
Aaron Nech is a Software Engineering Manager for Meta and is currently working on Facebook's new smart glasses project. Previously Aaron was a technical lead / engineer at Facebook in which he built and set direction for parts of Facebook Marketplace, now a prominent part of the Facebook App.
 
Keyu Chen is a research scientist at Google. His research is the intersection of sensing and machine learning, particularly in HCI, ubiquitous computing, wearables / mobile sensing and novel interaction.
 
Gabe Cohn is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, where he works in the Biomedical Computing Group on improving the processing of large-scale genomic workloads in the cloud. He was a co-founder of SNUPI Technologies, a sensor and services company built around his Ph.D. thesis work on the SNUPI ultra-low-power wireless sensor network, and acquired by Sears in 2015.
 
(Pictured top left to bottom right)
 
The GIX Innovation Competition 2022 challenges students to create an innovative technological or robotic solution for the home that helps address a problem related to health and wellness or the environment. Thank you to our sponsors Meta and the Mitsubishi Corporation of America for providing more than $15,000 in cash and prizes.
 
#gixinnovationcompetition

🚀 We are proud to present the GIX Innovation Competition 2022 judges! These experienced professionals will select winners from the ten finalists on Feb 16. More than $15,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs!

Adam Loving graduated with a CS degree from UW before working in a range of companies from startups to large organizations. He is now is principal engineer at Pioneer Square Labs where he helps validate and launch startup teams.

Ted Fuse is Vice President and General Manager of Mitsubishi Corporation Seattle. In his 25 years at Mitsubishi Corporation, he has worked in business development in various fields including clean energy and decarbonization.

Deli Zhang is a software engineer at Meta, where he leads development of capacity management tooling. Previously, he worked at Microsoft Research as a Senior Research Software Development engineer working to improve datacenter efficiency.

Aaron Nech is a Software Engineering Manager for Meta and is currently working on Facebook's new smart glasses project. Previously Aaron was a technical lead / engineer at Facebook in which he built and set direction for parts of Facebook Marketplace, now a prominent part of the Facebook App.

Keyu Chen is a research scientist at Google. His research is the intersection of sensing and machine learning, particularly in HCI, ubiquitous computing, wearables / mobile sensing and novel interaction.

Gabe Cohn is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, where he works in the Biomedical Computing Group on improving the processing of large-scale genomic workloads in the cloud. He was a co-founder of SNUPI Technologies, a sensor and services company built around his Ph.D. thesis work on the SNUPI ultra-low-power wireless sensor network, and acquired by Sears in 2015.

(Pictured top left to bottom right)

The GIX Innovation Competition 2022 challenges students to create an innovative technological or robotic solution for the home that helps address a problem related to health and wellness or the environment. Thank you to our sponsors Meta and the Mitsubishi Corporation of America for providing more than $15,000 in cash and prizes.

#gixinnovationcompetition
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What happens when you combine a @FetchRobotics mobile robot base with a @KinovaRobotics manipulator arm? Find out in our newest blog: ⁠
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https://gixnetwork.org/blog/2022/02/07/qa-with-msti-students-about-their-robotics-stockroom-system/

What happens when you combine a @FetchRobotics mobile robot base with a @KinovaRobotics manipulator arm? Find out in our newest blog: ⁠

https://gixnetwork.org/blog/2022/02/07/qa-with-msti-students-about-their-robotics-stockroom-system/
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The Year of the Tiger is here! Wishing everyone good health, happiness, and success. Happy Lunar New Year, 新春快乐, 새해 복 많이 받으세요, and Chúc mừng năm mới to all those celebrating! ⁠

The Year of the Tiger is here! Wishing everyone good health, happiness, and success. Happy Lunar New Year, 新春快乐, 새해 복 많이 받으세요, and Chúc mừng năm mới to all those celebrating! ⁠ ...

2021 Launch Projects! Team FireSpace worked with T-Mobile, AI2, and the Department of Natural Resources to enhance the safety of wildland firefighters in the field by continuing the  development of tools and applications that provide shared situational awareness, hazard marking, and location tracking. The app and hardware device provide firefighters the ability to mark hazards and gives supervisors real-time location data on their teams. The device leverages T-Mobile’s IoT network and can switch to long-range radio in low-signal areas. Well done to Hernan F. Herrera Polanco, Marcus Choi, and Natalia Stepanova!⁠
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#UWMSTI #MSTI #DesignBuildLaunch @uofwa #Tmobile5g #LoRa #firefighting #wildlandfirefighters

2021 Launch Projects! Team FireSpace worked with T-Mobile, AI2, and the Department of Natural Resources to enhance the safety of wildland firefighters in the field by continuing the development of tools and applications that provide shared situational awareness, hazard marking, and location tracking. The app and hardware device provide firefighters the ability to mark hazards and gives supervisors real-time location data on their teams. The device leverages T-Mobile’s IoT network and can switch to long-range radio in low-signal areas. Well done to Hernan F. Herrera Polanco, Marcus Choi, and Natalia Stepanova!⁠

#UWMSTI #MSTI #DesignBuildLaunch @uofwa #Tmobile5g #LoRa #firefighting #wildlandfirefighters
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April 05, 2022

University of Washington Students Win Microsoft Imagine Cup…

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This March, thousands of students from across the Americas competed in the regional finals of this year’s Microsoft’s Imagine Cup. Now in its 20th year, the competition challenges students to address social issues in the areas of earth, education, health, or lifestyle using technology. Team Melodic, composed of Xiaoyang Qiu, Jinyao Ouyang, and Shuoxuan Wang ( … )

March 07, 2022

Team Ultropia Wins the 2022 GIX Innovation Competition

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Congratulations to teams Ultropia, FuchsiaBand, and Osto-Mate for taking the top prizes in the 2022 GIX Innovation Competition! Now in its fifth year, the competition aims to spur innovative and inclusive solutions to pressing global problems. For 2022, entrants were challenged to create a novel technological or robotic solution for the home that addresses a ( … )

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