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September 14, 2021

Sean Carr named Executive Director and CEO of…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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

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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…

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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 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…

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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 ( … )