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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 ( … )

April 26, 2019

GIX Announces Four New Consortium Members for 2019

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The global innovation leadership program for graduate students adds new members Vulcan, Harman, Roobo, and Lung Technologies who work directly with students on launch projects BELLEVUE, Wash (April 26, 2019) — The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), a collaboration between major research universities and companies from around the world to develop leaders in innovation, is pleased to ( … )

March 15, 2019

Mourning the loss of Vikram Jandhyala

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Dear GIX friends & colleagues, It is with great sadness that we share with you that we have lost our dear colleague and leader Vikram Jandhyala. We are grateful for your support at this time, as we grieve his loss. Please read University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce’s blog post with more information and resources for ( … )

March 04, 2019

Professional Development Opportunities for GIX Graduate Students

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GIX offers many ways for students to network, learn from, and collaborate with top entrepreneurs and experts from leading nonprofits, startups, and corporations. Whether integrated into the Master of Science of Technology Innovation (MSTI)/Dual Degree curriculum, or facilitated outside the classroom, opportunities for students to connect with the extended GIX network is a top priority. ( … )

February 28, 2019

GIX Graduates: Where Are They Now?

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The interdisciplinary, project-based nature of GIX graduate programs opens the door to a variety of potential career paths, positioning graduates for success in a diverse range of roles and industries. Since GIX’s inaugural graduation last December, we’ve already seen a number of graduates transition into exciting, impactful positions. Some have chosen to work in large-scale ( … )

January 31, 2019

Meet Rutuja Jadhav, Current GIX Dual Degree Student…

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What types of learners are suited to GIX programs, and why? GIX Cohort 2 student, Rutuja Jadhav, began her GIX Dual Degree over three months ago, and specifically chose this program for its interdisciplinary curriculum and hands-on approach to learning. With a background in computer science, Jadhav says GIX has already helped her approach problems ( … )

January 15, 2019

Applicant Advice (Part 2 of 2): Test Scores,…

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Many of the most frequently asked questions from GIX graduate applicants relate to the requirements for the Dual Degree and standardized test scores. In Part 2 of our Applicant Advice series, we asked our Admissions Committee to provide insights into a few of our important MSTI and Dual Degree requirements – as well as general last-minute ( … )