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December 09, 2018

The Global Innovation Exchange Graduates Its First Cohort…

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GIX develops innovators who can navigate and lead in a changing landscape Read press coverage here: GeekWire | Seattle Times | Microsoft On the Issues Blog SEATTLE (December 9, 2018) — A little more than a year after the launch of the Global Innovation Exchange — a partnership between the University of Washington, Tsinghua University ( … )

December 06, 2018

Academic Paper by GIX Students Accepted to the…

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An academic paper written by a group of students in our first cohort, Yu Yang, Xincheng Li, and Junfeng Xiong, was recently submitted and accepted to the distinguished IEEE UEM (Ubiquitous Computing, Electronics and Mobile Computing) Conference. This achievement marks the first academic paper published by GIX students. The paper, titled Building Towards “Invisible Cloak”: ( … )

December 04, 2018

GIX Students Pursue Roles in Emerging Technologies and…

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Graduation for the first cohort of our GIX Master of Science in Technology Innovation (MSTI) and Dual Degree students is just around the corner! This means many of our soon-to-graduate GIX students are focused on finding or creating jobs that match their career goals. Students have begun their employment search and are interviewing with companies ( … )

Student PostNovember 08, 2018

How My Passion for the Environment Led Me…

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This week, we’re featuring a guest blog by Peiling Li, a MSTI student who recently joined GIX as one of the 44 Cohort 2 students. Below, Li writes a firsthand account of her academic background, passions, and more recent experiences as a GIX graduate student. She also shares her accomplishments at CoMotion’s Imagine Mobility Ideathon, ( … )

November 06, 2018

GIX Students Win First Prize in the Singapore…

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On October 27, a team of GIX Cohort 1 students, including Zoe Zou, Xu Yan, and Chengxi Xia, claimed first prize in the 2018 Singapore Airlines AppChallenge. They won a $5,000 SGD cash reward and a roundtrip flight from the United States to their destination of choice. For the fourth year in a row, the ( … )

October 30, 2018

Chairman of Tsinghua University Council, Madame Chen, visits…

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On Saturday Oct 20th, Madame Chen, Chairman of the Tsinghua University Council, visited GIX’s Steve Ballmer Building for the first time since it was completed and officially launched in September 2017. What’s now the three-story, state-of-the-art Ballmer Building – home to one of the largest and most comprehensively equipped makerspaces in the region and populated by ( … )

October 29, 2018

Jim Medalia’s Top Tips for Interviewing and Landing…

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Why study at GIX? Whether it’s developing high-impact projects in collaboration with GIX industry and nonprofit partners or hearing exclusive talks from successful CEOs of companies and nonprofits like Accolade and PATH, the value of the GIX graduate student experience goes beyond the four walls of the classroom. In our Beyond the Classroom series, we’re ( … )

October 17, 2018

Steve Ballmer Shares His Views on Leadership and…

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At last year’s September launch of the Global Innovation Exchange, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that the new GIX facility would be named the “Steve Ballmer Building” to honor Ballmer’s leadership in driving Microsoft to be a global company during his tenure as CEO. Nadella noted that Ballmer has always been an advocate for business ( … )

October 12, 2018

GIX Staff Member, Marleny Monterrozo, Inaugural Recipient of…

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GIX staff member Marleny Monterrozo was announced as one of the two inaugural recipients of the WE Communications academic award. Marleny is a communications and administrative assistant at GIX. Established in honor of Pam Edstrom, a public relations industry pioneer and one of the founders of WE Communications, the academic award is part of a ( … )

September 28, 2018

GIX Welcomes Second Student Cohort

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The start of our second school year is an exciting time at GIX. Last week, GIX welcomed 44 new students from diverse backgrounds and around the world into our MSTI and Dual Degree programs. While our current student cohort gears up for a busy last quarter, where most of their time will be spent on ( … )

TechnologySeptember 19, 2018

Can AI be Used for Social Good? Q&A…

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Why study at GIX? Whether it’s by developing high-impact projects in collaboration with GIX industry and nonprofit partners or hearing exclusive talks from successful CEOs of companies and nonprofits like Accolade and PATH, the value of the GIX graduate student experience goes beyond the four walls of the classroom. In our Beyond the Classroom blog ( … )

August 31, 2018

2018 GIX Innovation Competition Winners Announced

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The winners of 2018 GIX Innovation Competition were announced shortly after the finals event took place in Beijing last Sunday, August 26th. Running for its third year in a row, the GIX Innovation Competition strives to spur innovative solutions to local and global challenges. Competing teams, comprised of students, inventors, and entrepreneurs, are required to ( … )

August 28, 2018

Blake Hannaford joins GIX as the Technical Director

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We’re pleased to welcome Blake Hannaford as the new Technical Director for GIX. In this new role, Hannaford will be teaching and co-leading development of the MSTI curriculum, focusing on continuous improvement and the addition of new tracks over time. He is also leading the GIX Launch Studio course. “I’m so excited to help build ( … )

August 25, 2018

GIX Student-led Teams Compete in GIX Innovation Competition…

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Five student-led teams from the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) are gearing up to present their high-impact ideas, projects, and prototypes to a panel of world-renowned judges in the final round of this year’s GIX Innovation Competition taking place in Beijing on Sunday, August 26th. One hundred teams competed world-wide for one of the 20 finalist ( … )

May 29, 2018

Jill Pfaendtner joins GIX as Director of Operations

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We are pleased to announce that Jill Aronson Pfaendtner has joined GIX as Director of Operations. Jill has 15 years of experience working in higher education, most recently as the founding administrator of the University of Washington Collaboration Core, a shared services center supporting a number of interdisciplinary research institutes and facilities in engineering, science, ( … )