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MediaTek and Telefonica plan IoT innovation lab in Cambridge

Steve Rogerson
July 24, 2015
 
Taiwanese fabless semiconductor design company MediaTek has helped Spanish telco Telefonica to set up its first temporary innovation lab outside of Spain. Based in Cambridge, UK, the lab will use ten engineering students from Spanish universities to work on proof-of-concepts for IoT and wearable devices.
 
The agreement will allow for the development of a temporary innovation cell co-hosted by MediaTek Labs at its R&D offices in Cambridge from September to December this year. Members of the lab will be coached through a number of tasks, including developing demonstrations for key tradeshows, working on proof-of-concepts for IoT and wearable devices built using MediaTek LinkIt development platforms, learning how to produce 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 organisations on specific challenges posed by new technologies and the digital revolution. Labs builds on the existing Talentum start-ups programme, part of Telefonica's Open Future innovation initiative, that seeks to foster entrepreneurship, innovation, new technologies and the development of young talent by offering opportunities for students 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," said Carlos Lopez Blanco, global head of public affairs and regulation at Telefonica. “MediaTek's participation in the programme will allow Labs to extend the international reach of the programme and expose more students to international work experience and technology innovation.”
 
Through the Labs initiative, MediaTek Labs seeks to share its 18-year heritage of innovation in the broader electronics value chain and products. It is a developer hub that gives the maker and developer communities the support they need to develop innovative hardware and software based on MediaTek products. From smart light bulbs, to the next-generation of fitness trackers, to smart watches, it forms a robust ecosystem supporting device creation and application development for creative and driven pioneers.
 
"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 Telefonica, 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."