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Learn more about the Steve Ballmer Building in the greater Seattle region, and Tsinghua University, located in Beijing, China.

Steve Ballmer Building, Seattle region

The home of the Global Innovation Exchange is a new 100,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art building in Bellevue’s growing Spring District. As part of a 36-acre mixed-use development built around planned light rail, the GIX building, named in honor of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, is located just eight miles from the UW campus and in close proximity to multiple technology corridors. Designed specifically for the unique curriculum of GIX, the building features design studios, an incubation space, electronics prototyping labs, presentation spaces and one of the largest and most comprehensively equipped makerspaces in the region.

Seattle, Bellevue, and surrounding communities–known as the Puget Sound region–are in close proximity to major international markets on the Pacific Rim. It is home to a highly educated workforce and the University of Washington, ranked by Reuters as the most innovative public university in the world. Multiple industries–including aeronautics, biotechnology, clean energy, medicine, software and hardware, gaming, manufacturing, and retail–are deeply engaged here. This diversity drives the economy and uniquely positions the region for global partnership. GIX further strengthens the region’s position as a hub for leading edge technologies and a key connection point between the U.S., Canada, and Asia’s dynamic economies.

The building is home to the GIX Makerspace, a fabrication and prototyping facility designed specifically to support GIX programs and related projects. The Steve Ballmer Building hosts a variety of events and organizations; click here for room rental information.

Steve Ballmer Building

Tsinghua University Campus, Beijing

Advancing a tradition of academic excellence, Tsinghua University is a pacesetter for innovation in China. A leading world university, Tsinghua excels in its fundamental task of high-level training and research, and serves as an indispensable base for China’s scientific and technological innovation. Situated in northwestern Beijing, it is among the most selective universities in the Asia-Pacific region, and a trusted global partner for researchers and academics.

Beijing is the capital of China, and the world’s third largest city. It is home to the most number of Fortune 500 companies of any city and is a major hub for technological innovation. Beijing is home to over 80 unicorn companies—startups worth more than one billion dollars. The majority of these companies are internet services, e-commerce, or online finance. GIX builds on this culture of growth and innovation and enables students to study in two vibrant tech-based economies.

Among its alumni are many leaders in various fields. They have made outstanding contributions to China’s technology development, economic growth and social progress. They also offer new perspectives and insights on the world’s biggest challenges.

Tsinghua Park (Qinghuayuan). Located in Tsinghua University, Beijing, China