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Mission & Vision

Building the talent that leverages emerging technologies to address local and global challenges.

Developing Leaders in Innovation

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. Founded by the University of Washington, Tsinghua University, and Microsoft, GIX is a global collaboration between leading academic and cross-sector partners.


To find solutions to global challenges, we must cooperate across traditional boundaries. GIX brings top faculty and learners from across disciplines and around the world to work in close collaboration with industry partners and leading entrepreneurs from diverse industries. Through a project-based learning model, students, researchers, and industry professionals create solutions to global challenges such as health, sustainability, and social equity. Our goal is to have GIX be top of mind for innovators, learners, and dreamers looking for a place to bring their drive, creativity, and desire to make an impact on the world.


The interdisciplinary curriculum of GIX and project-based coursework teaches students to take an innovative idea from concept to development and on to launch. The interplay between design thinking, technology development, and entrepreneurship prepares students to contribute solutions to a range of global challenges and business needs. Industry and nonprofit partners help identify challenges and provide ongoing mentoring and support to a global student cohort, driving solutions from idea to impact.

GIX extends far beyond the walls of its Seattle region building, attracting innovators and encouraging collaboration across borders and disciplines.

Diversity Statement

The Global Innovation Exchange welcomes people from all backgrounds. Our community celebrates differences and views diversity from a very broad perspective. Our definition of diversity includes, but is not limited to, ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, ability, and age, as well as nationality, academic discipline, and professional experience.

GIX is part of a larger vision…it builds a bridge across the Pacific between Puget Sound and Asia and China. It builds a stronger connection between Puget Sound and British Columbia and between Seattle and Vancouver, and it really builds a bridge between the higher-education community and the business community. It's one of the few projects that I’ve had the opportunity to work on where I’ve felt...people will look back and say, "What they did made a difference”, and it’s a difference that continues to pay dividends a century later.

Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft


From smart homes to smart health, GIX graduate degree programs teach you how to design, build, and launch the connected solutions of the future.

Launch Projects

Explore some of the accomplishments made by our recent graduates


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