Greater Seattle Region
Seattle, Bellevue and surrounding communities – also known as the Puget Sound region – are in close proximity to major international markets on the Pacific Rim. It is home to a highly educated workforce and the University of Washington, ranked by Reuters as the most innovative public university in the world. Multiple industries – including aeronautics, biotechnology, clean energy, medicine, software and hardware, gaming, manufacturing, and retail – are deeply engaged here. This diversity drives the economy and uniquely positions the region for global partnership. GIX further strengthens the region’s position as a hub for leading edge technologies and a key connection point between the U.S., Canada, and Asia’s dynamic economies.
GIX Steve Ballmer Building
GIX’s home is a new 100,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art building in Bellevue’s growing Spring District. As part of a 36-acre mixed-use development built around planned light rail, the GIX building, named in honor of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, is located 10 miles from the UW campus and offers proximity to multiple technology corridors. Designed specifically for the program, the building features design studios, an incubation space, electronics prototyping labs, presentation spaces and one of the largest and most comprehensively equipped makerspaces in the region.
Special thanks to Wright Runstad & Company, the developer and owner of the Steve Balmer building, and the incredible team of professionals who delivered the project in record time: architect NBBJ, general contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis, along with Skanska and Bora Architects who partnered to finish out the interior improvements of the building.
The building also hosts the GIX Makerspace, a fabrication and prototyping facility designed specifically to support GIX programs and related projects.
Tsinghua University Campus
Advancing a tradition of academic excellence, Tsinghua University is a pacesetter for innovation in China. A leading world university, Tsinghua excels in its fundamental task of high-level training and research, and serves as an indispensable base for China’s scientific and technological innovation. Situated in northwestern Beijing, it is among the most selective universities in the Asia-Pacific region, and a trusted global partner for researchers and academics.
Among its alumni are many leaders in various fields. They have made outstanding contributions to China’s technology development, economic growth and social progress. They also offer new perspectives and insights on the world’s biggest challenges.