Jul 26, 2015

MediaTek and Telefónica Aim to Accelerate Innovation through collaboration in Labs Initiative

Team composed of ten engineering students from Spain will work in IOT and Wearable technology solutions. Lab will be hosted by MediaTek Labs in UK and will be supported by MediaTek platforms and technologies.The program will provide guidance and support to the next generation of IoT innovators 


MediaTek, a global leader in fabless semiconductor design, and Telefónica, one of the largest telecommunications providers globally, today announce their collaboration in Telefónica’s Labsinitiative. The agreement will allow for the development of a Lab, a temporary innovation cell co-hosted by MediaTek Labs, which will allow ten engineering students from leading Spanish universities to work at MediaTek’s R&D offices in Cambridge, United Kingdom, from September through December of 2015.

Members of the Lab will be coached through a number of tasks, including developing demonstrations for key tradeshows, working on new proof-of-concepts for IoT and Wearable devices built using MediaTek LinkIt™ development platforms, learning how to produce innovative Android applications using MediaTek’s 3D graphics SDK, testing, technology benchmarking, and creating digital content in Spanish and English. This collaboration is an important milestone since it marks the first time in which a Lab will be held outside Spain.
 
Labs are temporary innovation cells composed of multidisciplinary teams that work within companies and organizations on specific challenges posed by new technologies and the digital revolution. Labs builds on the existing Talentum Startups program, part of Telefonica’s Open Future open innovation initiative, that seeks to foster entrepreneurship, innovation, new technologies and the development of young talent by offering opportunities for students and/or new graduates to work in high innovation environments, either on existing projects or developing their own.

“Since their inception in 2014, more than 15 projects have been carried out through the Labs initiative with 150 high-potential students participating in them. MediaTek’s participation in the program will allow Labs to extend the international reach of the program and expose more students to international work experience and technology innovation,” said Carlos Lopez Blanco, Global Head of Public Affairs and Regulation, Telefónica.

“MediaTek Labs believes that students are one of the groups at the forefront of emerging technology innovation and an important source of entrepreneurship,” said Marc Naddell, Vice President of MediaTek Labs. “In collaboration with Telefónica, we are excited to support the next generation of creative and driven pioneers to work on interesting new prototype devices and applications using MediaTek technologies.”

Through the Labs initiative, MediaTek Labs seeks to share MediaTek’s 18-year heritage of innovation in the broader electronics value chain and product solutions. MediaTek Labs is a comprehensive developer hub that gives the maker and developer communities the support they need to develop innovative hardware and software solutions based on MediaTek products. From smart light bulbs, to the next-generation of fitness trackers, to smart watches, MediaTek Labs is a robust ecosystem supporting device creation and application development for creative and driven pioneers.

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