Founding Partners

Following are the founding partners of GIX.

University of Washington

Driven by a determination to transform our world, the University of Washington seeks solutions to today’s global challenges, from autism and Ebola to poverty and environmental sustainability. One of the world’s leading public research universities, the UW’s engaged community of students and faculty are united by a steadfast belief in what’s possible.

With multiple campuses in the Seattle region, the University of Washington is consistently rated one of the top universities in the United States and the world. It ranked 11th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 ranking of best global universities, and it boasts top-ranked programs in computer science, education,  medicine, public affairs and more.

At the UW, innovation is an imperative. The University of Washington was recently named the most innovative public university in the world by Reuters. The UW ranks among the top universities for technology start-ups, with 20 new companies launched in 2015.

Tsinghua University

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.

Microsoft Corporation

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft has an enduring commitment to serve globally the needs of communities and fulfill its responsibilities to the public. As the company has grown, this commitment has extended far beyond its own products and services and has been amplified many times over through its network of partners, including governments, nonprofits and other organizations.

The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) is pleased to announce that it has been joined by eight Academic Network members, five Industry Consortium members, and our supporting partner, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Supporting Partner

Academic Network Members

Academic Network members promote GIX to their students, connect faculty with relevant areas of research expertise, and may offer projects to GIX learners in connection with industry partners. They benefit by gaining connections to UW research and Seattle’s innovation ecosystem.

Industry Consortium Members

Industry Consortium members gain access to the GIX community of faculty, inventors and learners, and may submit projects for students in the launch phase of the curriculum. The goal shared by this member network is to forge connections and foster long-term relationships leading to technical exchange, co-invention, and collaboration.