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Outreach Programs

Now more than ever, technology is capable of addressing the issues that we face both as individuals and as a society. Our outreach programs provide opportunities for students to explore new technology areas and help solve problems together.

Access Computing Program

Undergraduates Work to Improve the Lives of People with Disabilities

The Access Computing Summer Program invites the next generation of global talent in computer science and related fields to develop highly impactful solutions that address the lack of assistive technology for people with disabilities. Interns in this three-month program will be able to practice a variety of human-centered design methods to develop novel sensing techniques, user-friendly interfaces, and cutting-edge computer technologies. The Access Computing Summer Program will also include lectures on topics within ubiquitous computing and human-computer interaction from academic and industry speakers.

Learn more and apply for the 2021 internship program.

Tech Exploration Summer Program

This immersive four-week program allows undergraduates and high school students explore a new area of technology in a collaborative, team-based learning environment. Participants can choose a track to gain an in-depth look at one of the following technology areas: Robotics, Internet of Things Devices, Design + Fabrication, or Data Science Tools.

No matter which track you pick, you will gain a basic understanding of each of these technologies and how they are shaping our future.

Learn more about the 2021 Theme: Light + Sound + Music

GIX Innovation Competition

Undergraduates & Recent Graduates Address Global Farming Challenges

Studies have demonstrated the need to significantly increase the world’s food production by 2050, but climate change and limited available land present challenges. Although technology could help, the adoption rate of new technological solutions is slow due to factors including cost, maintenance, and limited power and internet connectivity.

Data, coupled with the farmer’s knowledge and intuition about his or her farm, can help increase farm productivity and reduce costs.

We are seeking original, technologically inventive projects in areas such as the internet of things, intelligent hardware, low-cost sensors, drones, robotics, computer vision and machine learning algorithms, and cloud computing to help address farming challenges anywhere across the world.

Learn more about the 2021 Competition that took place on April 15.