Connect your curious nature and passion for technology with your desire to improve our world in real and meaningful ways. This four-week online course explores how new technologies — such as artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, online gaming and medical robotics — can be used to help improve human lives, the environment and our global society.


4 Weeks


6–9 Hours/Week

English Level

Intermediate to Advanced

F-1 Visa

Not Eligible

What You’ll Do

  • Advance your understanding of technology as a means of improving life
  • Work both individually and in small groups to complete projects that advance your networking, communication and tech skills
  • Propose your own technological solutions to real-world issues

Program Features

  • Solo study time to explore new and innovative technology developments and uses
  • Interactions with UW professors, researchers and Seattle area business leaders working in the field of technology for good
  • Weekly guest speakers from the Puget Sound region who bring real-world tech case studies into the classroom
  • Opportunities to use technology in inventive and creative ways and build confidence
  • Stimulating projects that develop and hone skills, and help advance your personal, academic and professional goals

Who Should Register

This short course is for undergraduate students who are enrolled at a university outside of the United States. You don’t need a STEM background to participate.

You must have intermediate to advanced English skills to enroll. For specific requirements, see How to Register.


This four-week online course involves a combination of synchronous (live) instruction and asynchronous learning. Live classes meet online, Friday and Saturday, from 6 to 7:20 p.m. You can complete the asynchronous portions of class on your own time during the rest of the week. See a sample course schedule below.

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Sample Weekly Course Schedule

Monday45–90 minutesAsynchronous learning
Tuesday45–90 minutes
Asynchronous learning
Wednesday 45–90 minutes Asynchronous learning
Thursday 45–90 minutesAsynchronous learning
Friday6–7:20 p.m. Pacific TimeSynchronous class with instructor
Saturday6–7:20 p.m. Pacific TimeSynchronous class with instructor and guest speaker



Registration fee (nonrefundable)$55
Estimated total$845


Jason Frederick Lambacher, a lecturer in the University of Washington Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, is an international relations and political theory scholar. Lambacher’s teaching and research interests include environmental political theory, environmental ethics, global environmental politics, global justice and activism, and philosophy. He earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Washington.

Course Technology

This online course uses a learning management system like Canvas and Zoom video conferencing. To participate, you should have access to a computer with speakers and a microphone and a stable internet connection. A headset and a webcam are also highly recommended.