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November 12, 2021

Bellevue’s boom: City’s tech industry is poised to…

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Bellevue is home to The Spring District and the Global Innovation Exchange. Tech companies are driving an unprecedented economic expansion in Bellevue, the 63-year-old city located just 12 miles east of downtown Seattle and just west of Microsoft’s sprawling campus in Redmond. And what’s driving the boom? Tech execs say it’s Bellevue’s low crime rate, ( … )

June 02, 2021

Spring District Sees Continued Commercial Success

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Another major office building in Bellevue’s Spring District has sold — this one for $200 million. The recently completed Block 24 office building, which is leased to Facebook, was sold to a Brookfield Asset Management real estate fund, according to a news release today from the building’s developers. The deal follows Brookfield’s purchase of a ( … )

June 01, 2021

Tsinghua University President Gives Remarks on Global Innovation

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Over the past 16 months, higher education has been tested by a once-in-a-century global health pandemic which has brought access and mobility challenges that have required us to find global solutions. But COVID-19 has only added to a long list of severely disruptive global challenges, like climate change, social inequality and the threat to international ( … )

May 26, 2021

Ballmer Building Tenant Companies Secures $12million in Funding

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Educative, an interactive hands-on skill development platform for software developers and the companies that employ them, today announced a $12 million Series A fundraising round. Matrix Partners led the round with additional funding from new and returning investors, including Trilogy Equity Partners. Lookout founder Kevin Mahaffey, Mercury.com founder Immad Akhund, Segment founder Ilya Volodarsky, and several other angel investors ( … )

May 26, 2021

MSTI Student Work Highlighted at GamesBeat Summit

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On the last day of GamesBeat Summit, leaders from Roblox, Fair Play Alliance, and Accenture discussed the issue of digital civility, and what challenges need to be addressed as games lean more firmly into the mainstream. “Over time what you want to do is use machine learning and AI to understand the experience at an individual ( … )

April 17, 2020

These mask-making efforts during the COVID-19 crisis reveal…

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It’s impossible to mask our appreciation for the stories of people and companies across Seattle and the Pacific Northwest going out of their way to help in any way possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve reported on a variety of efforts when it comes to the grassroots production of personal protective equipment over the past ( … )

March 06, 2020

GIX student team “SnapSort!” advances to finals of…

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For nearly two decades, students from around the world have competed in the Imagine Cup, Microsoft’s premier international technology competition for young developers, for the chance to win travel, mentoring, cash and prizes, not to mention the coveted trophy. The SnapSort! team is comprised of members Chun-An Ku, Yun Liu and Joey Wang, graduate students who are studying ( … )

February 28, 2020

GIX 2.0: U.S.-China tech institute revamps program as…

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The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) is shaking things up. The first-of-its-kind educational institute — created by the University of Washington, China’s Tsinghua University, and Microsoft — plans to revamp its curriculum and launch a search for a long-term executive director to lead the institution. Read the full story at Geekwire.com

January 30, 2020

Springing Into Action

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Mid-2020 will mark a pivotal period for Bellevue’s rapidly developing Spring District, as the REI and Facebook moves begin and apartments fill. One major tenant with more than two years of experience in the Spring District is the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), which opened in September 2017 in a 96,000-square-foot office Wright Runstad owns. GIX, ( … )

October 25, 2019

University of Washington world’s most innovative public university

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For the third year in a row, the University of Washington has won the title of the world’s most innovative public university, according to an annual ranking by Reuters and Clarivate Analytics. The institution also ranked No. 5 among all universities, public and private, with Stanford taking the top spot. Read the full story on Geekwire.

May 31, 2019

A baby monitor for chickens and other projects…

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Some of GIX graduates’ launch projects were covered on Microsoft’s “On the Issues” blog. It highlights a baby monitor for chickens and other projects solving real-world problems. [Read full story in Microsoft’s “On the Issues” blog]