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April 05, 2022

University of Washington Students Win Microsoft Imagine Cup…


This March, thousands of students from across the Americas competed in the regional finals of this year’s Microsoft’s Imagine Cup. Now in its 20th year, the competition challenges students to address social issues in the areas of earth, education, health, or lifestyle using technology. Team Melodic, composed of Xiaoyang Qiu, Jinyao Ouyang, and Shuoxuan Wang ( … )

March 07, 2022

Team Ultropia Wins the 2022 GIX Innovation Competition


Congratulations to teams Ultropia, FuchsiaBand, and Osto-Mate for taking the top prizes in the 2022 GIX Innovation Competition! Now in its fifth year, the competition aims to spur innovative and inclusive solutions to pressing global problems. For 2022, entrants were challenged to create a novel technological or robotic solution for the home that addresses a ( … )

February 07, 2022

Q&A with MSTI Students About Their Robotics Stockroom…


The market for new consumer-facing robots is growing rapidly, with the service robotics market expected to increase 300% by 2026. The robotics industry is responding in kind, shifting focus from industrial automation to assistive and service robots that support everyday health, efficiency, and wellbeing. MS in Technology Innovation robotics students Daniel Azua, Yifei Fang, and ( … )

November 22, 2021

Q&A with the Team Behind an Augmented Reality…


“Our shared value was to learn the new technology (AR). We wanted high-quality outcomes, and we got them.”  For every MSTI student, the last six months of the program truly is the time to shine. They form teams and apply the knowledge and experience accumulated from previous quarters to create their industry-sponsored Launch Projects. These projects ( … )

October 11, 2021

How the University of Washington Prepares Students for…


“These problems are not just robot problems, they’re human/robot/environment problems,” said Sarah Elliot, Robotics Engineer at Fetch Robotics. Eighty-eight percent of businesses worldwide expect to integrate robotic automation into their infrastructure, with sales and investment into robotic systems increasing at a record pace (source). The robotics track of the MS in Technology Innovation (MSTI) program, ( … )

October 08, 2021

5G Open Innovation Lab Opens Office in Steve…


The 5G Open Innovation Lab (5G OI Lab) has opened its first office, making the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) building in Bellevue’s Spring District its home and giving the lab a physical foothold in an emerging area of the booming Eastside city. GIX, a partnership between the University of Washington and Tsinghua University in Beijing, is ( … )

September 14, 2021

Sean Carr named Executive Director and CEO of…


Sean Carr has been named Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX). Carr will assume the role in January 2022 and will be based at the Steve Ballmer Building, GIX’s home in Bellevue, Washington. “GIX is a wonderful example of how the UW maximizes impact through partnership and academic innovation,” ( … )

May 27, 2021

Inside the MSTI Experience: How UW Grad Students…


The University of Washington’s MS in Technology Innovation (MSTI) program blends high-quality faculty instruction and collaborative learning experiences with mentorship from GIX Consortium companies. The Launch Project program pairs students with professionals to tackle real challenges facing their companies, the MSTI curriculum leverages industry expertise, and the GIX Prototyping Labs provide a space for professionals ( … )

April 22, 2021

Five Ways the UW MSTI Prepares You for…


Design thinking, knowledge of product development, and proficiency with emerging technologies are crucial for today’s design, consulting, and technical product manager roles. The MS in Technology Innovation (MSTI) program combines technical coursework with human-centered design to give graduates a critical advantage in securing tech industry roles.   Ninety-five percent of MSTI graduates are working in a ( … )

April 16, 2021

Team HydroFarm Wins 2021 GIX Innovation Competition


Congratulations to Team HydroFarm for winning the 2021 GIX Innovation Competition. Now in its fourth year, the GIX Innovation Competition aims to spur innovative and inclusive solutions to global challenges. This year’s competition, sponsored by Microsoft FarmBeats, the UW MS in Technology Innovation Program, and the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, sought original, technologically inventive projects in areas such as the internet of ( … )

March 16, 2021

GIX Welcomes 2021 Consortium Members and Partners


Members of the GIX Consortium gathered Friday to mark the start of a new project year working with UW students in the MS in Technology Innovation (MSTI) program. Over the next six months these interdisciplinary student and industry Launch Project teams will create high-impact technology solutions to address societal challenges in the areas of health, ( … )

December 30, 2020

University of Washington and Tsinghua University Renew GIX…


Tsinghua University and the University of Washington recently renewed the GIX Dual Degree the two universities launched five years ago as part of their Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) partnership. Tsinghua President Qiu Yong and UW President Ana Mari Cauce virtually signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) through an online ceremony. The signing ceremony was hosted ( … )

December 21, 2020

UW MSTI Cohort 3 Reveals Final Launch Projects


As part of the MSTI curriculum, students work in small teams with GIX Consortium members, partners, and UW faculty members to create hardware and software prototypes that solve real-world problems. This year, ten teams worked on projects using emerging technologies in areas including global population health, wildland firefighting, and memory therapy. Team AMS Team: Yingru ( … )

December 21, 2020

43 Students Graduate from the UW MS in…


On Saturday, December 12, 2020, 43 students from the University of Washington’s M.S. in Technology Innovation (MSTI) degree graduated in a virtual ceremony streamed live to hundreds of viewers around the world. The event marked the culmination of 15 months of intensive virtual and in person work at the GIX Steve Ballmer Building in Bellevue. Some graduates are preparing to start their careers, while ( … )

December 01, 2020

From UW student to UX designer: how the…


“I come from a background of industrial design from when I did my undergrad in China. I tried many kinds of design like digital user experience but also art and physical installation. I was interested in developing physical products, but when I learned about the Internet of Things, I became more interested in digital and user experience (UX) design.   When I joined the University of Washington’s MSTI program, I didn’t know ( … )

October 28, 2020

UW Graduate Students at GIX Developing Technology to…


As we look back on the historic wildfires that ravaged much of the west coast of the US in the summer of 2020, an important question arises: how can we use technology to better protect the firefighters who protect us? Generally, wildfires are unplanned and uncontrolled burns of vegetation that occur in hard-to-reach areas. Due ( … )