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Global Innovation Exchange Announces 2018 GIX Innovation Competition

The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) today announced that it is accepting applications for its third GIX Innovation Competition. The competition, for full-time university students or innovators who have graduated within the past five years, was created to spur solutions to global challenges.

The theme for this year’s competition is “Connected Devices” which includes areas such as IoT, wearable devices, intelligent hardware, virtual and augmented reality, ubiquitous computing, intelligent sensors and natural interactions. The competition is adding a new FinTech track this year focused on fraud prevention and cybersecurity.

Teams made up of three to five members must submit an application here by May 10, 2018. From this pool, judges will select 120 teams. Then on July 12, the semi-final round will select the top 20 teams to move on to the next round of the competition.

These 20 teams will have access to mentors in July and August to help prepare their projects for the final round. The finalist teams will be flown to China for a late August event where they will present their final prototypes to the judges. The winning teams will be announced at that time, competing for a prize pool of up to $150,000 USD. Renrendai is the key sponsor of this year’s competition, with Meituan as a sponsor and TusStar as an organizer and sponsor.

In previous years, the GIX Innovation Competition attracted over five hundred entries from China, the United States, Britain, France, Australia and other countries. The winning projects included solutions in the areas of healthcare, air pollution, navigation for the blind, and renewable energy.

YANG Bin, vice president and provost of Tsinghua University, will once again be a part of this event. “The last two years’ competitions were a great success, and showed just how innovative teams of motivated students can be,” said Vice President Yang. “With this year’s competition, we’re hoping to raise the bar even higher.”

About the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX)
The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) is a collaboration between major research universities and industry partners from around the world focused on developing leaders in innovation. The founding academic partners are the University of Washington and Tsinghua University, with initial support from Microsoft.

Design. Build. Launch. Through intensive courses in design thinking, technology development and entrepreneurship, the Master of Science in Technology Innovation (MSTI) teaches the skills needed to take an innovation from concept to development and on to launch. For students interested in developing a global perspective on technology innovation, we offer a dual degree that combines the UW MSTI with a Master of Engineering in Data Science & Information Technology at Tsinghua University in China.

Contact:
Donna O’Neill
Marketing & Communications
GIX and CoMotion at the University of Washington
p: 206.685.9972
f: 206.543.0586
e: donnao3@uw.edu

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