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Qualcomm is looking to target educational institutions with its new buy

Qualcomm is looking to target educational institutions with its new buy

Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of chip-maker Qualcomm Inc., announced it has acquired EmpoweredU, a pioneer in mobile, cloud-based learning software, for an undisclosed sum. The company said it plans to use the platform as a fundamental building block for its education initiatives moving forward.

EmpoweredU, which was founded in 2011 by a team of education and mobile technology entrepreneurs and developed in conjunction with UCLA, offers a cloud-based learning environment for educational institutions.

The platform is device and operating system agnostic, and comes with real-time analytics so teachers can use data generated from student engagement on the platform to better understand learning material engagement trends and class performance, and use that information to further tailor curriculum.

“From the Company’s long involvement in the education space, including nearly 40 education projects funded by the Qualcomm Wireless Reach initiative since 2007 , we’ve learned that providing students with 24/7 access to their peers, teachers and learning materials can dramatically improve learning outcomes,” said Steve Sprigg, senior vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “However, the digital divide continues to widen as there has not yet been a viable solution to address the gaps for those students without 24/7 access.”

“Qualcomm has a long-standing focus and passion on the role of technology in education, and we are committed to driving the ecosystem forward with mobile-centric solutions like the EmpoweredU learning environment,” he said.

Steve Poizner, chief executive officer of EmpoweredU said the firm is excited to join Qualcomm and help bridge the “digital divide” in education.

Qualcomm has set up a new division in the wake of the acquisition, Qualcomm Education, which will continue to build on EmpoweredU’s cloud-based offerings. The company said that it wants to capitalise on the strong increase in reliance on digital platforms within educational institutions – where cloud services and big data seem to be playing stronger roles.