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Purple power: Here’s the Chevy Malibu that UW students modified to win 2nd place in the EcoCar challenge

This is one of the most important car races on Earth, but it’s not about speed. Nope, this competition is all about methodically building a highly-efficient eco-friendly vehicle. Welcome to EcoCar 2, an international competition that pits 15 student-led teams against one another. The University of Washington’s Advanced Vehicle Works team just took second prize… Read More

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From flu finders to sauerkraut: Meet the winning teams from the UW biz plan competition

Innovation was on full display Thursday night as leaders from the technology community gathered for the 17th annual University of Washington Business Plan Competition. What started months ago with nearly 100 business plans from 10 colleges and universities, ended with one top-prize winner walking away with a big $25,000 check. That prize went to Projected… Read More

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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

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Here are the 16 student-led teams that advanced in the University of Washington’s business plan competition

Wireless routers. Influenza diagnostic tools. And even a new recipe for healthy sauerkraut. Those are among the 16 finalists who advanced Tuesday in the University of Washington’s annual business plan competition, as more than 300 judges from the Seattle community (including GeekWire’s Daniel Rossi) reduced the field of 36 student-led teams. The $25,000 grand prize winner… Read More

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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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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

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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

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Paul Allen backs research project to restore hand, arm movement after spinal cord injuries

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is providing a $1.5 million grant to researchers at the University of Washington to continue work on a system that uses neural signaling and other technologies to restore hand and arm movements for those who’ve suffered from spinal cord injuries. The effort is known as the Brain-Computer-Spinal-Interface Project, and… Read More

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Going beyond Siri and Watson: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen taps Oren Etzioni to lead new Artificial Intelligence Institute

Perhaps no one has been more synonymous with the startup ethos at the University of Washington than computer science professor Oren Etzioni, a mainstay on campus for more than two decades and an inspiration for budding entrepreneurs in academia. An expert in search, data mining and machine learning, Etzioni’s technologies have formed the basis of startup… Read More

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UW partners with not-for-profit edX to offer free online courses

In another attempt to help expand university-level instruction access on a wide scale, the University of Washington announced a new partnership Tuesday with edX, an online learning platform founded by MIT and Harvard that provides Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. MOOCs are online courses that use streamed lectures, auto-graded exams and peer-led collaboration to bring free courses from elite… Read More

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Heralded UW computer science professor scores $6.75M for GraphLab, looking to make better online recommendations

It was a major coup last summer when The University of Washington hooked computer science professor Carlos Guestrin, a leading data scientist and expert in machine learning. What wasn’t widely known at the time was that the Guestrin-led open source project, an ambitious undertaking known as GraphLab.org, would soon sprout into its very own startup. But that’s… Read More

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PolyDrop turns paint into conductive coatings, wins $10K at UW environmental challenge

College students are saving the world. Well, maybe not all of them. But the teams that participated in last week’s Environmental Innovation Challenge at the University of Washington are certainly impressive by our standards. Teams from universities and colleges around the Northwest congregated at the UW to pitch their innovations that addressed energy, urban agriculture,… Read More