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Qualcomm, FIRST partner to foster future innovators

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Qualcomm Incorporated

FIRST Strategic Partner

As a FIRST Strategic Partner, Qualcomm is laying the groundwork for the next generation of innovators by supporting K-12 STEM education and inspiring greater diversity in the STEM workforce.

Background

Qualcomm is laying the groundwork for the next generation of innovators by supporting K-12 STEM education and inspiring greater diversity in the STEM workforce. As a FIRST Strategic Partner, Qualcomm provides a wide range of support that includes technology, thousands of volunteer hours from employees, as well as substantial philanthropic contributions of several million dollars.

Qualcomm’s FIRST Priority

During 10 years of collaboration, Qualcomm’s support has grown with FIRST. Today, it includes integration across all four programs that inspire tens of thousands of students each year, helping to prepare them for the job market. Qualcomm has also aided in FIRST global expansion, helped to implement a new game-changing control system for FIRST Tech Challenge, anchored the FIRST Championship for three years in a row, and more.

Why FIRST Support is Important

Qualcomm is helping to build a diverse STEM workforce — for its own future, and that of the world — and thinks FIRST plays a critical role in offering students exposure to real-world careers. With its support of FIRST, Qualcomm is doing its part to bring innovation, collaboration, and STEM education to students around the globe. In addition, with over 400,000 yearly participants, FIRST offers Qualcomm a unique opportunity to showcase products and technologies to its target audiences.

“The skills that FIRST participants learn are a great foundation for their future careers. These skills are critical to succeed in industries like ours, where brilliant minds need to constantly push the boundaries of what’s possible.” — Matt Grob, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.


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