There are more than 250 UW computer science students in one class — intro to coding. Photo via

Analysis: The exploding demand for computer science education, and why America needs to keep up

The chart above tells quite a story. That blue line — the one that looks like a hockey stick — shows how interest in computer science from freshmen at the University of Washington in Seattle has skyrocketed since 2010 compared with other engineering fields. The UW is not alone. Countless other U.S. universities, from Harvard to Stanford to the University of Michigan, are seeing… Read More


Here’s how many freshmen want to study computer science at the University of Washington

Everybody wants to learn how to code — well, at least it certainly seems that way. The latest “intended major” statistics from the incoming freshmen class at the University of Washington show more than 700 high school seniors planning on majoring in computer science — a number that has seen exponential growth in the last few years. Here’s a… Read More


The geography of tech: Seattle’s oft-forgotten tech ecosystem

The October 21st story in The New York Times —  “Tech Wealth and Ideas Are Heading Into News” — includes founder Jeff Bezos among “Silicon Valley and its various power brokers.” News flash: is not located in Silicon Valley. Nor is the company that pioneered PC software (Microsoft). Nor the company that invented desktop publishing… Read More


From shopping advice to walking devices, startups with UW ties show off their successful ideas

The entrepreneurial talent coming out of the University of Washington was on full display Tuesday evening at the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering. For the fourth installment of the Seattle Tech Meetup, five local startups with UW ties gave five-minute pitches to a crowd of several hundred on the UW campus. But perhaps the… Read More


UW’s Ed Lazowska: ‘Washington is the ass end of the donkey in just about every aspect of education’

The incredible talent that the University of Washington pumps out every year was on display during Tuesday’s Seattle Tech Meetup, as five startups with UW ties gave five-minute pitches to the crowd at the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering. But unfortunately for the state, the UW is one of the few bright spots… Read More

Ed Lazowska

Ed Lazowska: The iPad wouldn’t be here without federal research dollars

University of Washington computer science professor Ed Lazowska is known for his strong opinions. And he got to share some of those Thursday, testifying before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education. Lazowska’s main point: Federal research dollars play a critical role in helping to spark innovation. Lazowska was making… Read More


UW computer science profs immortalized in Google T-shirt

Ed Lazowska and Hank Levy are two of the University of Washington’s best known computer science professors. And while they are mainstays on campus and in the community, we’ve never seen them quite like this before. Headshots of Lazowska and Levy replace the “Os” in a T-shirt for Google’s 2012 Seattle Summer internship program, as… Read More

The Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering (Ed LaCasse photo)

Forget MIT and Stanford: UW computer science department wins high praise in NYT piece

A few weeks ago, I interviewed Madrona Venture Group’s Matt McIlwain and asked him pointedly to name one missing ingredient that’s holding back Seattle’s technology community. The veteran venture capitalist didn’t hesitate, suggesting that outsiders (and even Seattleites to some degree) don’t fully appreciate what’s being built around them. “The Pacific Northwest culture of humility… Read More


Introducing the GeekWire Summit: Our new conference will go inside the future of tech

As journalists and participants in the Pacific Northwest tech community, we’ve long believed that Seattle deserves a world-class tech conference that involves people not only from our region but also from other tech hubs such as Silicon Valley and Boston — bringing leaders together for a conversation about the future of technology and innovation in the Northwest and… Read More


Why Northeastern University chose Seattle, and what the UW’s Ed Lazowska thinks about it

In the words of Steve Ballmer, it’s all about “developers. developers. developers.” Seattle needs more of them, and the University of Washington and other state-run institutions just aren’t producing enough. Enter Northeastern University, a private university which announced this week plans to set up a branch campus in Seattle to grant graduate degrees in key… Read More