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April 17, 2020

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


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…


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…


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

January 30, 2020

Springing Into Action


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


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…


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]

December 12, 2018

Tomorrow’s innovators: First class graduates from Global Innovation…


From interpreting chicken vocalizations with AI to identifying wildlife with machine learning, the inaugural projects from the first GIX graduating class demonstrate how collaborative, global education can lead to technology innovation for the greater good. [Read full Microsoft On the Issues Article]

December 11, 2018

Bellevue’s GIX grad school is a smart U.S.-China…


The United States’ escalating tensions with China highlight the value of GIX, the graduate school launched in Bellevue by the University of Washington, Microsoft, and Tsinghua University. [Read full Seattle Times article]