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Community Impact

Explore the ways that graduate students and industry partners are creating innovative solutions to challenges in our community and around the world.

GIX Prototyping Labs Produces PPE for COVID-19 Response Effort

An interdisciplinary team comprised of faculty, students, and staff from UW Medicine, UW College of Engineering, Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, Design that Matters, and the Global Innovation Exchange has been producing personal protective equipment (PPE) for the UW Medicine hospital system. Since March 30, the team of staff and student-workers at the GIX Prototyping Labs have produced more than 500 pieces of PPE like face shields cradles and no-touch door handles for the Steve Ballmer Building.

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GIX student team SnapSort! competes in Microsoft Imagine Cup, Environmental Innovation Challenge

UW MSTI students Chun-An Ku, Yun Liu, and Joey Wang recently competed in both the Microsoft Imagine Cup Regional and Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge where they pitched their project, SnapSort! They have created an AI trash sorting assistant that uses computer vision and machine learning to help people sort compost, recyclables, and trash in real time. In initial testing at GIX, SnapSort! improved recycling accuracy from 45% to 82%. ⁣

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Students create Apple Watch app to remind wearers to avoid touching their faces

Students at GIX have created an Apple Watch app called Facespace designed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by helping wearers avoid touching vital transmission spaces on the face. Facespace uses accelerometer and gyroscope data to recognize when a user is moving their hand upwards and alerts the user to remind them not to touch their face.

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Blending technology and biology to make life safer, easier to understand

GIX students use biofeedback technology to develop a wearable device that mitigates miscommunication between different languages and cultures.

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Women's Safety XPRIZE Team Project

GIX students, called Team Saffron, created a wearable sensor device that sends wireless alerts in threatening situations.

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GIX Student-led Teams Compete in Finals at the GIX Innovation Competition

Learn about the top five innovative solutions presented and pitched by GIX student teams at the GIX Innovation Competition finals.

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GIX Awarded the Puget Sound Business Journal Innovation Award

The Global Innovation Exchange was awarded the 2018 Innovation Award for the Education category from the Puget Sound Business Journal.

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