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December 30, 2020

University of Washington and Tsinghua University Renew GIX…

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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

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As part of the MSTI curriculum, students work closely with GIX Consortium members and other faculty members to create an integrated, problem-to-prototype Launch Project in small teams. This year, ten teams worked on projects leveraging emerging technologies in areas including global population health, wildland firefighting, and memory therapy. Team AMS Team: Yingru Feng, Cody Gagnon, ( … )

December 21, 2020

43 Students Graduate from the UW MS in…

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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…

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“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…

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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 ( … )

October 16, 2020

Exploration, curiosity, and empathy: A look inside the…

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There are no “typical” students in the UW’s MS in Technology Innovation degree. They bring a shared love of technology and come with diverse educational backgrounds, interest areas, and levels of experience. Each brings a unique perspective and skillset to their team projects, class discussions, and coursework. We interviewed two current students, Vivian Wang and ( … )

August 24, 2020

Robotics Track of UW MSTI Degree Launches at…

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As new robotic applications continue to transform industries and sectors from medicine to manufacturing, the demand for an innovative workforce able to design and implement meaningful robotics solutions is growing.  The Global Innovation Exchange is working toward meeting these needs through a suite of highly-focused, hands-on graduate degree programs in technology innovation developed in collaboration ( … )

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 ( … )