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July 06, 2020

Students, Consortium Members, and GIX Partners Begin 2020…

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In their first step towards debuting their capstone-like Masters level Launch Projects in December, students in the Masters of Science in Technology Innovation (MSTI) program recently met and formed into teams with GIX Consortium members and partners. Consortium and partner representatives from Microsoft, T-Mobile, Vulcan, PATH, Port of Seattle, The WA State Department of Natural ( … )

June 22, 2020

GIX Hosts Online Spring Seminar Series

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The Global Innovation Exchange recently concluded its seven-part Spring Speaker Series, with topics including data science, public health, artificial intelligence and more. Hosted virtually, these topics provided MSTI and Dual Degree students the opportunity for additional learning and upskilling even within the current physical distancing guidelines. Magali Eaton From Idea to Impact: Accelerating the Commercialization of ( … )

May 05, 2020

Update: GIX Makerspace Produces PPE for COVID-19 Response…

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An interdisciplinary team comprised of faculty, students, and staff from UW Medicine, UW College of Engineering, Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, Design that Matters, and the Global Innovation Exchange has been producing personal protective equipment (PPE) for the UW Medicine hospital system. Since March 30, the team of staff and student-workers at the ( … )

April 27, 2020

Leveraging the power of two-factor authentication with blockchain-based…

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In partnership with GOVTECH (a Singaporean government agency), a student-team at GIX has created a two-factor authentication device that compares identification documents to user biometrics using blockchain-based OpenCert certification. GOVTECH connected with GIX students to explore the use of the software in a hardware/software embedded system.  This ensures both the authenticity and completeness of the ( … )

April 21, 2020

Students create Apple Watch app to remind wearers…

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Students at GIX have created an Apple Watch app called Facespace designed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by helping wearers avoid touching vital transmission spaces on the face. Research has shown that people touch their faces an average of 23 times per hour. Facespace uses accelerometer and gyroscope data to recognize when a ( … )

April 10, 2020

GIX student team SnapSort! competes in Microsoft Imagine…

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UW MSTI students Chun-An Ku, Yun Liu, and Joey Wang recently competed in both the Microsoft Imagine Cup Regional and Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge where they pitched their project, SnapSort! They have created an AI trash sorting assistant that uses computer vision and machine learning to help people sort compost, recyclables, and trash in real ( … )

March 06, 2020

Global Innovation Exchange Suspends In-Person Classes

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No members of the GIX community have reported symptoms of the COVID-19 infection. Bellevue, WASH (March 6, 2020) — Out of an abundance of caution for the health and well-being of its students, faculty, staff, and community, the Global Innovation Exchange will suspend all in-person classes and large meetings and events at the Steve Ballmer ( … )

February 28, 2020

Taking GIX to the Next Level

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By Shwetak Patel, Interim Executive Director, GIX GIX has made tremendous progress since it was first announced a little less than five years ago. The new GIX Steve Ballmer Building located in Bellevue’s Spring District was designed and built, academic and industry partnerships have thrived, and two student cohorts have graduated with the third cohort ( … )

February 27, 2020

GIX students’ lab projects focus on social impact

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A crucial step in their eventual work towards partnering with a Consortium Member on a Launch Project, students recently revealed their work in Dr. Raiti’s Hardware/Software Lab. This class combines prototype building with hands-on user research. Expanded for 2020, many groups are partnered with researchers and subject matter experts at the University of Washington (UW), who help enhance their ( … )

January 17, 2020

Cohort 2 Launch Projects Revealed

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In collaboration with GIX’s Consortium, which includes companies like Microsoft, T-Mobile, Roobo, and Vulcan, graduate students formed interdisciplinary teams to develop high-impact projects that address local and global challenges. The Launch Project enables a thorough exploration, development, and prototyping of a solution to a unique problem in partnership with a Consortium member. Below is a selection of ( … )

December 14, 2019

The Global Innovation Exchange graduates its second cohort…

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GIX develops innovators who can navigate and lead in a changing landscape SEATTLE (December 14, 2019) — Following in the footsteps of last year’s inaugural group of students, 42 students from eight countries and regions will graduate from the Global Innovation Exchange with the Master of Science in Technology Innovation (MSTI) degree on Saturday. The ( … )

November 20, 2019

How GIX students utilize emerging tech to address…

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The students of MSTI Cohort 2 passed the second milestone of their launch projects in mid-November, 2019. The Launch Project is a culmination of months of joint technology development work between a student group and industry partner, focused on a full product or solution lifecycle. The milestones are designed to serve as a status update ( … )

October 17, 2019

How GIX prepares students for successful careers in…

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By December 2019, GIX will have graduated two cohorts of students into a strong technology sector. According to a July 2019 report by industry tracker CompTIA, the U.S. technology sector added more than 56,000 new jobs in the first half of 2019. The number of jobs available in tech continues to expand at a rate ( … )

June 05, 2019

The Global Innovation Exchange Announces New Master’s Degree…

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New track bridges business, human-centered design, and engineering to be first truly interdisciplinary Robotics degree The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), a collaboration between major research universities and companies from around the world, is pleased to announce a new track in Robotics for the Master of Science in Technology Innovation (MSTI) degree, beginning in fall 2020. The MSTI ( … )

May 10, 2019

Shwetak Patel named Co-Executive Director of GIX

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We are pleased to announce that Shwetak Patel has been named Co-Executive Director of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) effective immediately. Patel succeeds the late Vikram Jandhyala, his close friend and mentor. He joins Mary Lidstrom, current Co-Executive Director of GIX and UW Vice Provost for Research. Patel was a key member of developing GIX from ( … )

May 01, 2019

UW Provost Mark Richards Visits Tsinghua University

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On the occasion of Tsinghua University’s 108th anniversary, University of Washington Provost Mark Richards made a visit to discuss further expanding and deepening future cooperation between the two universities. He met with Chen Xu, Chairperson of Tsinghua University Council, as well as Tsinghua University Vice President and Provost Yang Bin. Among the topics they discussed were ( … )