Meet the winners of the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge

The sixth annual University of Washington Environmental Innovation Challenge took place Thursday in Seattle, with 23 teams competing with new technologies that re-imagined alternative fuels, recycling, solar power, water treatment and more. Here’s a look at the six winners of the event, chosen by a field of more than 170 judges from the community, with descriptions from… Read More

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Amazon: Education’s passive lurker gets aggressive

If you want to see the future of Amazon in education, don’t look to Seattle. Look to Sao Paulo. For months, I’ve wondered what Amazon’s strategy for the Kindle in education might be. Amazon’s presence in the K-12 school market has been notable largely by its absence. No grand, sweeping announcements. No blow-out presentations at… Read More


Education startup General Assembly lands $35M, tops 100,000 students

General Assembly has reeled in $35 million in fresh funding, money that the New York-based company will use to continue expansion of its unique educational community. The company also announced that more than 100,000 students have participated in the community to date. Maveron, the Seattle venture capital firm behind companies such as Zulily and Capella… Read More

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Koru allies with 13 universities, looks to help grads find jobs

Seattle startup Koru, which charged on the scene last year with $4.45 million in funding from Maveron, Battery Ventures, First Round Capital and Andreessen Horowitz, is pushing ahead with its mission to help college grads land great jobs. The company, led by Onvia co-founder Kristen Hamilton and Josh Jarrett, who previously oversaw the higher education innovation efforts at the… Read More

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Alma wants to help ease administrative burden for educators with cloud-based platform

While some K-12 schools may use a modern tech solution that performs one task really well — like information management systems or grade-book apps, for example — not many have a one-stop platform that can help educators and administrators accomplish multiple tasks. Portland-based startup Alma wants to give them one, and today the company unveiled a… Read More


Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, VC John Doerr invest $14.5M in DreamBox Learning

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, venture capitalist John Doerr and two undisclosed Seattle education philanthropists are investing $14.5 million in DreamBox Learning, a Bellevue company that’s pioneered a new interactive and adaptive educational system for teaching kids math. In addition, GSV Capital has tripled its investment in the 7-year-old company. “DreamBox Learning’s adaptive technology is fueling… Read More

Kristen Hamilton

Onvia co-founder raises $4.35M for Koru, helping college grads find impactful jobs

We’ve certainly seen a lot of activity in the online education arena in recent months, including large financing rounds for startups such as CreativeLive and Coursera. Now, here comes another startup that’s got a unique spin on things. Koru, which is announcing $4.35 million in funding from Maveron, Battery Ventures, First Round Capital and Andreessen Horowitz,… Read More

CreativeLive co-founder Chase Jarvis at the company's offices on Thomas Street in Seattle.

CreativeLive launches free 24/7 live online education broadcast network

CreativeLive, the fast-growing online education startup founded by photographer Chase Jarvis and entrepreneur Craig Swanson, today announced something relatively unique: The first-ever free 24/7 live online education broadcast network. At any time of the day, wherever you may be in the world, creativeLive will have live classes being taught by experts on five free channels: Art &… Read More

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UW computer science professor Ben Taskar passes away at 36

Ben Taskar, a rising star in the University of Washington’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering, passed away on Sunday after an unexpected and sudden illness. He was 36. The passing of Taskar, an expert in machine learning, computational linguistics and computer vision who arrived at the UW earlier this year, left colleagues and friends grief-stricken. “Ben… Read More


University of Washington part of 5-year, $37.8M effort to apply data science to genetics, economics and other fields

It’s becoming an increasingly data driven world. And those organizations that can make sense of the vast arrays of information are poised to lead the way to new innovations, and hopefully a better way for all of us to live. Now, the University of Washington, along with a consortium that includes the University of California,… Read More


Startup Spotlight: EdStart accelerates student learning with personalized mobile experiences

With more and more children using mobile devices, the education space is certainly ripe for innovation. Kirkland-based EdStart is another ed-tech startup hoping to help students learn faster and give teachers immediate feedback with innovative mobile solutions. Founded by four entrepreneurs in April 2012, the 19-person company provides real-time education technologies backed by instructional strategies. “We want… Read More


Tech happens: When tablets and schools don’t mix

Memo to Microsoft: When it comes to Surface tablets in the classroom, be careful what you wish for. Because you might be the next victim of education’s Curse of the Bright Shiny. Much has been made of the news that the Los Angeles Unified School District’s bold billion dollar bid to give every one of… Read More

L to R: Sebastian Thrun and Gavin Newsom

Udacity announces Open Education Alliance to prepare students for tech jobs

SAN FRANCISCO–If you want to land a job at Google, a new industry alliance, not a fresh B.S. in Computer Science, may be the key to your future. Sebastian Thrun, Udacity’s CEO, took the stage at Monday’sTechCrunch Disrupt conference alongside California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom to talk about the future of higher education. While there,… Read More

Rob Bishop, Raspberry Pi

GeekWire Radio: Ballmer stepping down, Plants vs. Zombies 2, the ‘Jobs’ movie and a slice of Raspberry Pi

We’ve got an epic GeekWire podcast for you this week, with an extended version of our weekly news segment, featuring our thoughts on Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s announcement that he’ll be retiring from the company within the next 12 months. Our guest in the studio is the Raspberry Pi Foundation‘s Rob Bishop (no relation), who… Read More