Industry: Technology & Telecommunications Partnership: Thinkabit Lab Business Need: Recruiting & Efficiency

Qualcomm works hard to inspire and cultivate the next generation of STEM workers. This STEM initiative engages a broad range of students through exposing them to the possibilities that lie ahead of them.

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"Qualcomm is committed to inspiring the next generation of innovators. Our STEM initiatives inspire and engage students at all levels and from all backgrounds by showing them the possibilities that lay before them in areas such as robotics, connected cars, Internet of Things and 5G."
Steve Mollenkopf, Chief Executive Officer of Qualcomm Incorporated.

THE CHALLENGE

A more diverse group of computer science students must be better represented in the field in order to close this growing skills gap.

THE SOLUTION

Qualcomm is engaging and training youth from all backgrounds through its Thinkabit Lab program, and its support of the WeTech (Women Enhancing Technology) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) programs.

THE OUTCOME

  • Since its launch in 2014, Thinkabit Lab has hosted 400 classes and camps
  • Over 8 Thinkabit Lab expansions sites have opened since 2015

Source: How CEOs Are Helping Close the Skills Gap. Business Roundtable Report. June 2017. p. 55.

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