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Qualcomm technology is at the heart of the modern digital world, but it wouldn’t be possible without the work of a lot of very creative and dedicated people. Innovators @ Qualcomm, or IQ for short, is our Q+A series highlighting the makers, thinkers, and doers helping Qualcomm build the future.

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Today, we go in-depth with Senior Vice President of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and President of Qualcomm Cyber Security Solutions (QCSS) Kim Koro.

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Koro joined Qualcomm in 1989 as legal counsel. In her 28 years, she’s taken on a number of key roles and responsibilities, from overseeing international programs and business development of the company’s OmniTRACS business to VP of operations and division counsel for CommSystems to VP and GM of government systems and digital cinema.

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We talked with Koro about her experiences helping to shape Qualcomm’s business from its earliest days, how she sees the company’s role in supporting national security, and how a diverse staff helps companies do better work.

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This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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OnQ: Back in 1989 you were working at a large, established law firm. What appealed to you about joining Qualcomm?

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Kim Koro: At the time, there wasn’t a roadmap for women in the legal profession who were trying to strike a balance between motherhood and a desire to stay on the partnership track. I had my first baby and had to make a decision: stay on the partnership track or opt out by making a schedule with fewer billable hours. I chose to opt out, but the irony was that my hours didn’t change.

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Late one night, a colleague, (future Qualcomm President) Steve Altman, was leaving work and stopped by my office to ask why I was always working so late. He told me he was leaving the firm to go join Qualcomm as general counsel. He encouraged me to look into the company. That was the beginning.

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OnQ: Tell us about your first job here.

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Koro: I started in 1989 as a lawyer focused on OmniTRACS. Qualcomm really was just a start-up back then. There wasn’t much in the way of formal structure or processes. It was all new and incumbent upon everyone to do what was needed, so there were plenty of opportunities to broaden one’s experience — there still are.

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OnQ: What made you transition to more of a business/leadership role?

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Koro: In 1992, I was approached by executive management about taking on program management for the OmniTRACS international programs. I remember asking Harvey White, who was president of Qualcomm at the time, “Why me? I’m not an engineer, and program management means development, right?” He told me it was more of a business management role and said, “We think you can do this.” That was quite validating and inspiring.

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So, I was faced with a choice: keep focusing solely on legal matters, which I was completely comfortable with, or shift towards a business operations role, which I had no experience in. I decided to tackle something new.

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OnQ: What did your transition away from legal teach you?

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Koro: I learned how much I like a challenge; I like blank slates because I am a problem solver. While I had a background as a lawyer, I discovered that what I really like is strategic leadership and business management.

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OnQ: What came next?

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Koro: After growing into a role with additional responsibility in the OmniTRACS division — from director of contracts and international programs to vice president of business development and programs — I realized I was ready for more challenge. In 1995, I was moved into another division of Qualcomm called CommSystems as VP of operations and division counsel. CommSystems included several burgeoning businesses, including Globalstar as well as a small government systems focus, and our business exploration into digital cinema.

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As Globalstar grew, the company reorganized CommSystems into a separate division focused solely on Globalstar. In 1997, I moved into a new division, responsible for building the government and digital cinema businesses, and I was eventually named VP and general manager. This was an exciting time when several government projects seeded commercial efforts for Qualcomm. Both QChat and our compression work were initially government projects that were then leveraged into the commercial sector. Additionally, our digital cinema business was Qualcomm’s first foray into developing trusted relationships with the entertainment industry.I ran both until 2003, when we made the decision to sell our digital cinema business to our joint venture partner, Technicolor. Our division then focused solely on government relationships and became QGOV, now renamed to QCSS.

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OnQ: When were you promoted to SVP and president?

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Koro: That’s one of my fondest memories in my career. It was 2000, and I was briefing the board of directors. As I started my presentation, several board members smiled at me and said “congratulations.” I paused, confused, and said “thank you, but I’m not sure why you’re congratulating me.” (Former Qualcomm co-founder, Chairman and CEO) Irwin Jacobs looked over at my boss, (former Qualcomm President) Rich Sulpizio questioningly, and Rich said, “I haven’t told her yet!” So I got to find out in front of the board of directors that I had been named division president.

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OnQ: How would you describe Qualcomm’s relationship with government?

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Koro: We help the government stay on top of the commercial curve. It’s not only important to provide them with the connectivity and security that meet — or surpass — their standards, but they need to understand where our industry is growing and how they can leverage all these innovations. It’s a unique relationship. We aren’t a government contractor as much as we’re a strategic partner.

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OnQ: Can you give me an example of how this has worked?

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Koro: Let’s go back to 2005 and Hurricane Katrina. We had been working with the DoD and DHS/FEMA on how deployable cellular communications could help them in overseas situations or crises at home. At that time, the wireless industry didn’t have effective deployable cellular infrastructure, so we built some units to prototype what could be possible. Then Hurricane Katrina hit and all communications went down. Our R&D prototypes were the only things available to help.

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FEMA leadership called us to see if we could help. So we put engineers on Irwin Jacobs' plane and flew out to the Gulf. Our team took the equipment out into some of the worst hit areas. I can’t begin to describe how thankful the first responders were. It was a huge moment for Qualcomm, for my division, and for me. That is our metric for success: how well we can leverage our commercial technology to work in mission-critical situations.

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OnQ: What are you working on right now?

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Koro: We’re working to leverage Qualcomm security suites with enhancements to showcase how commercial technology can tackle even the toughest DoD security requirements. One example is our work with the DoD on creating continuous multi-factor authentication (CMFA) on smartphones, so they can use commercial devices to authenticate users to their information technology systems.

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Right now, the DoD uses an identity card with a smartchip to provide single-factor authentication. With our CMFA code running on top of Qualcomm Snapdragon hardware, we hope to utilize multiple factors — facial recognition, gait detection, how you type, your voice, etc. — to create a secure authentication between a user and her smartphone.

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This is just one of many examples.

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OnQ: Does it feel like almost 30 years have passed?

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Koro: In some ways, yes. I mean, just look around at the size of our campus. We were in half a building when I started. Other times, I wonder where the time has gone? It has really flown by! I’ve never regretted a moment. This place is home. It’s family.

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OnQ: It sounds like you’re just as excited to work here now as you were when you first arrived — maybe more so.

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Koro: If I am, it’s because of two things. First, we work with government partners who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the rest of us, and I have the privilege to lead the teams that harness technology to help them. How could I not be enthused about that?

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The second reason is my division. It’s a really special team. They’re so committed to our company and our country.

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OnQ: CEO Steve Mollenkopf has said, “At Qualcomm, we believe the diversity of our employees makes us a stronger, more effective company.\" How do you think a diverse workforce impacts a company’s culture? Its products?

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Koro: Diversity is so important. The diversity of thought that comes from a team of dedicated professionals with varied life experiences has proven to be invaluable. When I began focusing on leadership, I learned I had to listen to different perspectives. It’s incredible how that can bring everyone to a deeper level of thinking and interaction. If we just adhere to our unconscious bias of leaning towards what we’re comfortable or familiar with, then all we get is more of the same.

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OnQ: Have you ever felt a diversity barrier?

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Koro: Throughout my career, I’ve been lucky to have mentorship from my management who saw my potential and what they felt I was capable of doing versus being solely focused on my experience. The opportunities they gave me allowed me to lean forward and grow. When we give a person opportunities based on both their performance AND their potential, we can position employees of any gender, race, or belief for success. That is why I believe I achieved my success.

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I want to also say as a female executive, I would have liked to see more women in leadership roles both during my career at Qualcomm and in our industry as a whole, and I am pleased with the more recent focus I’ve seen building in this arena.

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OnQ: Do you participate in any of the employee networks here at Qualcomm?

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Koro: I participate on the executive steering committee for the Women’s Leadership Program at Qualcomm for female VPs. I’m also the executive sponsor for Q-Emerge, which focuses on representing the interests of millennials and how they can positively contribute to Qualcomm culture and excellence.

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Finally, last year, I was selected by the World Economic Forum to serve on its Global Future Council for Cybersecurity. It has been very exciting to have worldwide interaction and impact in thought leadership on the future of cybersecurity.

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OnQ: What would you want prospective employees to know about the company?

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Koro: Rather than sell them on the company, I’d say “pay attention to what you want and think about if this company’s going to give that to you.” If you want to work in a company that has nothing but options, this is the place to be. If you’re interested in growing and exploring and figuring out your potential, come here. This is a company that’s always evolving and growing worldwide and provides a wonderful platform for meaningful impact.

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OnQ: Who has helped inspire you in your career? Did you have mentors?

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Koro: I’d say Rich Sulpizio, whom I mentioned earlier, Dee Coffman (one of our founders and CFO at the time), and Paul Jacobs.

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Rich, because he helped me break through that ceiling to become SVP/president. Dee, because she was the only woman executive at the time and was a role model. Paul because he really challenged me to up my game and grow to another level. And then there’s Irwin. What a privilege it was to work with him. Each of these individuals provided strong, positive support and leadership. They called me on my stuff. They gave me feedback, believed in me, and provided me with opportunities that stretched me beyond my experience. That’s mentorship to me.

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And of course, I have to say above all, there was my mom.

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OnQ: If you could give advice to your 16-year-old self, what would it be?

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Koro: Balance is so important. We should never feel that we don’t have the time to grab a cup of coffee in the morning or take time off for that vacation with our loved ones. Time moves too quickly, and we become one-dimensional if all we do is work.

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Fun FAQs About: Kim Koro

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OnQ: What’s your favorite thing about working at Qualcomm?

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Koro: My team and my partners. The talent in this company is amazing, and the work my team accomplishes daily is inspiring. I also take joy in the fact that my daughter is what brought me to Qualcomm, and now she too works here.

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OnQ: What one word best describes you?

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Koro: The first word that came to mind is “intense.”

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OnQ: What book is on your nightstand?

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Koro: I read my fantasy novels on my iPad. My Bible and my daily readings are on my nightstand.

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OnQ: Favorite place?

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Koro: Serenity Ranch in Colorado.

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OnQ: What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

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Koro: My family, including my two cats and six horses.

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OnQ: If you weren’t doing what you’re doing now you’d be a … ?

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Koro: I’d be a contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance” because I love to dance. I love music. But I’m never going to be able to do the splits, so that would be a stretch (pun intended).

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Interested in a career inspired by innovation? Connect with Qualcomm on LinkedIn or visit our career page.

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A decade is a lifetime when you realize how fast technology has matured from one generation to another, when innovation occurs at a torrid pace, and when mobile devices keep going through iterations of awesomeness. That’s because Qualcomm Technologies and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform have been there every step of the way, and it’s great to look back to see how far we’ve come, and to wish Snapdragon a happy 10th anniversary.

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When Qualcomm was founded in 1985, its earliest products were exclusively cellular modem technologies for quality communications. The most popular use for modems back in those days was for tracking and communications among trucking fleets. Fast forward a few years and people were soon carrying these modems in pocket-sized computers. We started calling them smartphones.

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Qualcomm Technologies set out to develop technology that would deliver more than just the communication requirements of smartphones — to design a full-blown computer system with handheld portability in mind. Unlike traditional PCs, smartphones aren’t always plugged into a power source, nor do they have fans that keep them from overheating. Our computer system solution had to be fast, but it also had to stay cool while sipping as little power as possible to support all day battery life.

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Ten years ago, we introduced our first smartphone computer system-on-a-chip, the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform. Snapdragon is engineered to integrate the technology required to drive the features you love in your smartphone: a GPU, CPU, DSP, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Camera ISP, cellular modem, and much more.

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Each new generation of Snapdragon packed in more technology, more performance, more battery life, while staying within its miniature physical footprint. The first-generation Snapdragon was built using a 65nm process node. Generally speaking, smaller process nodes mean smaller transistors, which reduces power and increases speed. Today’s flagship Snapdragon 835 was developed on a process node that is 6X smaller — just 10nm. And it features more diverse technologies than most desktop computers: cellular modem, GPS, NFC, support for multiple high-quality cameras, and more.

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While Snapdragon was originally designed with smartphones in mind, its evolution in features, performance, and power consumption has made it desirable for many different products, including tablets, automobiles, smartwatches, drones, virtual and augmented reality glasses. And we expect that early next year you’ll be able to purchase Windows PCs powered by Snapdragon.

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Snapdragon mobile platform, and we’re thrilled to see how much Snapdragon has driven innovation in the mobile industry and beyond. We can’t wait to show you what the next big things will be.

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A decade is a lifetime is the technology world. The Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform is celebrating 10 years of awesomeness. Here's a short look back to see how far we've come. 

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The only thing a developer community likes more than a cool, new programming frontier (like artificial intelligence) is the chance to win cool, new hardware (like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Hardware Development Kit) on which to develop it.

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That’s why we launched the Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Developer Contest in September. It’s our way of kick-starting and building up the community for AI developers around our Qualcomm Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine (NPE) SDK.

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About 200 developers submitted an entry during Round 1 of the contest to take on-device machine learning and artificial intelligence to the next level on a Snapdragon mobile platform. The 20 entries shown below will now move to Round 2 of the contest, and our judges have awarded each of them a Snapdragon 835 Mobile HDK on which to bring their AI idea to life.

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In other words, now the real fun starts.

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AI: Absolutely Inspiring

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The AI ideas we received covered a lot of ground and a wide variety of themes.

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About one-third of entries approved by our judges fall into the category of fun, like photography, music, poetry and fashion. Several others are related to health, biometrics, diagnostics and early detection. Long-tail entries fall into IoT, assistive, agriculture, drones, learning and automotive. We’ve been amazed by the diversity of applications for training and using neural networks.

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I think that the international breadth of entries has a lot to do with that diversity. Developers around the globe look at situations differently and come up with different ways to apply AI. About two-thirds of contest entries came from three countries - India, USA and Great Britain - with the long tail reaching as far as Turkey, Albania, Kenya, Honduras and Ghana.

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And The Finalists Are...

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Here, then, are the 20 finalists and a short summary of the AI applications they propose:

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1. Francois Lemarchand - Great Britain - This mobile app automatically evaluates the photographs you take based on aesthetic criteria using a deep neural network (DNN).

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2. Slava Vasiliev - Russia - Traditional market scales will be improved with 3D camera and machine language processing to identify the foods weighed and estimate the cost and nutritional value for each item.

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3. Ashish Mokalkar - India - DeepAgro captures real-time images of wide-area farmlands using drones and allows farmers to easily identify crop diseases. The app predicts the ideal height of the crop, recommends possible causes of the disease and suggests adequate fertilizer usage for higher crop yield.

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4. Bassel Ebeed - Egypt - This app will describe a scene captured by the camera in a mobile device or stored on the internet (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and answer speech-based questions related to that scene. It will help visually impaired people, especially when they’re outdoors or browsing the web.

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5. Pallab Sarkar - India - NeuralSense seeks to overcome the lack of a globally standardized sign language through an assistive application that empowers deaf and mute people to communicate efficiently among themselves and with people who hear normally.

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6. Henry Ruiz Guzmán - Colombia - This freely available mobile app will allow scientists, researchers and farmers to extract physiological information from the images of plants (rice, beans and cassava to start), collected during the crop monitoring process.

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7. Deane Landreth - New Zealand - To reduce the number of inevitable traffic accidents in drive-on-the-left-side countries, this application will monitor the road ahead and warn if it detects a vehicle on the wrong side of the road.

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8. Phong Nguyen - Viet Nam - This is an autonomous drone that uses an integrated processor for accurate, real-time landings in areas where GPS is unreliable or absent.

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9. Hakan Özkelemci - Turkey - This mobile app will employ deep learning techniques to guide users with step-by-step interactive tutorials and instant feedback for teaching them to play an instrument such as the guitar.

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10. Eric Kotonya - Kenya - AIRRAPP is a poetic chat mobile app that lets anyone chat with an AI friend in a personalized, entertaining, context-sensitive way through rhyming sentences generated by the AI engine.

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11. Gabriel Grand - United States - To forecast impending seizures minutes or even hours before they occur, this app runs a recurrent neural network (RNN) on a patient’s mobile device, monitors biometrics through wearable devices and performs computationally intensive time series analysis.

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12. Beven Sandengu - Great Britain - Coin-It is an augmented reality app that uses coins as markers to make precise distance/area measurements of objects in real time, as a convenient tape measure for mobile devices.

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13. Ognjen Todic - United States - This will be an SDK that provides on-device speech recognition for Snapdragon-powered devices.

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14. Md. Khairul Alam - Bangladesh - To help farmers take perfect care of their plants, this mobile app will give information on plant diseases by processing images of plant leaves taken through the device’s camera.

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15. Francis Walugembe - Uganda - This artificial intelligence algorithm and software product has the potential to detect the sound of a baby crying, analyze the sound and decode its meaning for parents or caregivers.

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16. Navin Bhaskar - India - With machine learning and AI, skin cancer can be detected at early stage, so this app will help people in rural areas where it is difficult to obtain a medical exam.

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17. Sunny Aditya - India - Emma is an app that will help people in figuring out which clothes look good on them.

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18. Bipul Das - Canada - Using the front camera of the device, this app will capture facial image streams and apply on-device AI to monitor users’ underlying emotional state and provide recommendations when they engage in social networking or similar media apps.

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19. Sergey Konvisarov - Finland - From a random drawing, SNPE-accelerated AI will recognize lines, curves, ovals, polylines, relative displacement, size and other attributes to control a module that generates in real time different styles of popular music.

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20. Devang Mohan - India - This app can apply style transfer filters to a real-time camera feed, giving users the artistic freedom to choose a frame that goes with how they feel during photo composition, instead of having to pick a filter that goes with a photo they have already taken.

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In Round 2, our 20 finalists will have their chance to develop using the Snapdragon NPE SDK, our software development kit designed for tuning the performance of AI applications relying on Caffe/Caffe2 and TensorFlow deep learning frameworks.

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Shout-out to the judges

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Speaking of Caffe2, which is Facebook’s open source deep learning framework, Qualcomm Technologies and Facebook are collaborating to optimize Caffe2 for the Snapdragon NPE SDK. As part of that collaboration, joining our judges from Qualcomm Technologies for the final round of the contest is Yangqing Jia, a research scientist manager currently leading Facebook's AI platform team. His team develops general-purpose AI solutions that serve as the backbone of Facebook AI products, such as ranking, computer vision, natural language processing, speech recognition and mobile AI and AR.

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Yangqing has a track record of developing open source deep learning frameworks, and is known as the creator/co-creator of Caffe, TensorFlow, Caffe2 and ONNX over the years. Before Facebook, Yangqing was a research scientist at Google Brain, after obtaining his PhD at UC Berkeley in Computer Science.

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Next steps

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There’s no place like Barcelona in late February, which is why the Grand Prize winner of the Artificial Intelligence Developer Contest will win his or her choice of a trip for two to Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, or a lump-sum, cash payment of US$10,000.

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I hope the variety of AI innovations this contest has inspired will inspire you as well. If you’re ready to get your AI game on, download the Snapdragon NPE SDK and have a look through the reference app we’ve included to get you started quickly. Also, install Caffe2 and TensorFlow on your development machine to build and train neural network models that will work with the SDK.

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These are the people that make AI absolutely inspiring and amazing.

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Qualcomm Developer Network November Developer of the Month is Steve Nix, CEO and Founder of ForwardXP, based in Dallas, Texas.

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ForwardXP develops immersive software applications for emerging platforms including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality. Their proprietary technology focuses on the intersection of these platforms with Voice User Interfaces and Artificial Intelligence.

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The Think F.A.S.T. VR medical training demo ForwardXP helped bring to life is a powerfully engaging VR simulation that puts viewers in the middle of a medical emergency. In this state-of-the-art virtual training center, medical students use VR to educate themselves on how to recognize symptoms of a stroke using the F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) system while interacting in real-time with a virtual patient.

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How was ForwardXP started?
\n\tForwardXP’s co-founder, Jah Raphael, and I originally met at id Software where we had the opportunity to work on some of our favorite all-time game franchises including DOOM, QUAKE, Wolfenstein and RAGE.

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We knew the number of VR devices in homes and businesses would grow quickly and there would be eventual demand for unique software to go with those devices. Where most of the initial VR content had been focused on entertainment or games, we wanted to focus on a broader range of content. The “XP” in ForwardXP stands for “experiences.”

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When we started talking with Qualcomm Technologies about creating a new kind of training experience in the medical space, we were instantly interested and intrigued by the possibilities and challenges. This is the first app we worked on that may actually save lives. We learned a lot about strokes during development, and we hope that people who experience the app will more quickly recognize a stroke so it can be quickly treated.

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Where does your team get inspiration?
\n\tWe look at most problems through the lens of a game developer, with an intense focus on the end user experience. As a team, we are naturally drawn to early hardware and creating new software that pushes the limits in new and creative ways. We are also continuously looking at other technology trends across platforms and devices and then mapping those together. For example, the proliferation of voice user interfaces in the home with services like Alexa and Google Assistant has strongly influenced our key technology roadmap in VR.

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Who are your technology heroes?
\n\tThere are several technology leaders that have inspired my career and current path. John Carmack really created the game genre that I spent so many years in, and he continues to be an incredible advocate in VR for high-quality end user experiences and ways that new technology can improve those experiences. Gabe Newell and the team at Valve have done amazing work on user driven design and responding to their community. I was able to partner with Valve early in my career and I’m grateful for everything I learned during that time about building software for real users, not just the stuff I was interested in or thought would be fun. Jeff Bezos has also been a huge inspiration and I read everything that I can about Jeff and his philosophy. His whole approach is about removing barriers to a great customer experience and that has massively shaped Amazon’s unique culture and process.

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How did the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 835 VR development kit help in creating Think F.A.S.T.?
\n\tQualcomm Technologies continues to lead in the mobile space with their tools and other breakthroughs. The Snapdragon 835 development kit is really on the leading edge for VR developers and we could not have created the robust experience in Think F.A.S.T. without it.

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In addition, the Qualcomm VR SDK for Unity3D was essential to the success of Think F.A.S.T. This SDK provided a stable backbone for integrating with the headset’s position and view tracking systems. Once integrated we were able to start building the experience with the game-changing ability to move freely around the virtual world, completely untethered.

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The 6DoF technology and motion tracking were key to everything we created on Think F.A.S.T. Actually being able to walk around the virtual training facility and examine the stroke patient by simply moving around him, dramatically adds to the experience and makes it feel like you are really there.

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Where do you see VR technology in 10 years?
\n\tVR will begin to legitimately displace traditional displays in gaming and entertainment with the ambitious content that is already in development, built specifically for VR. The bigger and more pronounced [transformation] will be in training and education. A well-executed experience in VR can be the closest thing to an intense, potentially dangerous or life-threatening situation without being there. This will bring massive cost savings for everyone involved, but more importantly, it will give people better training opportunities that just are not available in the current 2D world. We are just starting to scratch the surface and untethered motion tracking, hand controllers and voice interfaces will be key drivers adding the necessary immersion for this shift to VR training.

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Anything else to share with our developer community?
\n\tAt ForwardXP, we enjoy working with emerging technology and the support we received on all aspects of this project from the team at Qualcomm Technologies has been amazing. We were impressed throughout by how much attention Qualcomm commits to the software side and development tools for their hardware platforms. Without that help, we could not have created what we think will be seen as an important milestone in VR.

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We believe Think F.A.S.T. and the experiences that follow have the potential to change the way we think about training and education over the next decade. We appreciate the opportunity to help pioneer this area with the help of Qualcomm Technologies and their Snapdragon 835 VR development kit.

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At Qualcomm Technologies, we’ve been calling 2017 the year of Gigabit LTE. It has been an exciting 9 month non-stop marathon for us and Gigabit LTE momentum globally. It all commenced in January, at The Gigabit LTE Experience event in Sydney where, along with Telstra, Ericsson, and Netgear, we marked the arrival of the world’s first commercial Gigabit LTE mobile device and network.

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Fast forward to present day and there are now 41 operators in 24 different countries deploying or trialing Gigabit LTE, including the four major U.S. operators. This is coupled with 16 capable Gigabit LTE devices with 10 Gigabit LTE premium smartphones available, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform featuring the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, and only on Android.

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The real-world benefits reported in this post make it clear why Gigabit LTE has seen such rapid wide-scale adoption. These benefits — significantly faster download speeds and dramatically better network and spectral efficiencies — are based on real-world user experience testing that Qualcomm Technologies commissioned with Signals Research Group (SRG), a well-known firm with deep expertise in wireless performance benchmarking, comparing a Gigabit LTE smartphone (Category 16) like the Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. a smartphone that only supports Category 12 LTE (up to 600 Mbps peak download speed). The latter represents the LTE capabilities of some recent non-Android flagship smartphones.

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Here is a quick summary of the LTE capabilities of the two smartphones:

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Benefits of Gigabit LTE devices with real-world applications

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For the user experience testing, SRG performed a number of test scenarios that were largely consumer focused. This included:

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To quantify the performance SRG used user experience KPIs including video freezes as it relates to overall performance, and download times for the other Google Play Store and Google Drive scenarios. Other, more generic, metrics were also included, such as MIMO Rank (the number of maximum data streams a device can successfully receive and decode) and Network Resource Blocks (the small chunks of spectrum used by the network to send data to the device).

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The below table summarizes the stellar performance and better user experience observed on the Gigabit LTE-capable Galaxy S8 compared to the Cat 12 smartphone, on a network that supports 4x4 MIMO on a single LTE carrier with 256-QAM, for peak download speeds of 400 Mbps. So while the network itself is not a Gigabit LTE network, the Gigabit LTE device is able to realize better performance than the Cat 12 smartphone:

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In excellent signal conditions, the Samsung Galaxy S8, with support for 4x4 MIMO, added up an additional layer of data lanes on top of the existing ones to carry more data on the same amount of spectrum, compared to the Cat 12 smartphone. At the edge of the cell, the two extra antennas helped lock on to a stronger, cleaner signal from the tower — a technology called “4-way receive diversity” — allowing the Galaxy S8 to receive more streams of data and boosting download speeds. Figure 1 shows the mix of MIMO rank (Rank1 means 1 data stream, Rank2 means 2 data streams, and so on and so forth) for both smartphones.

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To sum up:

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Benefits of Gigabit LTE with LAA devices with real-world applications

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Gigabit LTE with LAA (License Assisted Access), an LTE Advanced Pro technology, combines unlicensed spectrum (5GHz) with licensed spectrum through carrier aggregation to increase network capacity. More and more networks are deploying LAA small cells, given its performance boost for smartphone users, and the capacity gains it provides optimizing network resources.

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Google Play downloads were tested by comparing Galaxy S8 to the Cat 12 smartphones on LAA small cell that supports a single 20MHz Licensed cell along with three 20MHz unlicensed carriers – for a total of 80MHz spectrum.

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Here is a summary of the results:

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Although the median download speed with LAA for Galaxy S8 was a stellar 285 Mbps, the real benefit of LAA lies elsewhere. LAA distributes traffic between the licensed and unlicensed bands, freeing up capacity on the licensed spectrum connection, which can improve speeds for other users on those bands. A breakdown of bandwidth distributions is shown in Figure 2.

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Impact of Gigabit LTE devices on overall spectral efficiency

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SRG also analyzed spectral efficiency benefits to operators across a range of network conditions, from near cell — right next to the base station — to far cell, with more challenging conditions at the edge of cell. The study showed a significant gain (up to 50 percent) in spectral efficiency when using the Samsung Galaxy S8 with Gigabit LTE, providing a better experience not only to those who use Gigabit smartphones, but to all users on the network. Figure 3 shows the Physical Layer resource block (RB) normalized data rates at signal conditions. The RB normalized data rates are the implied data rates if the mobile devices had been assigned all available network resources (RBs) by the network:

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There’s nothing better than real world results to prove the benefits of a Gigabit LTE technology. I will leave you with a few good nuggets to remember:

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2017 is the year of Gigabit LTE: 41 operators in 24 different countries deploying or trialing Gigabit LTE, including the four major U.S. operators; 16 capable Gigabit LTE devices, 10 Gigabit LTE premium smartphones available, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform featuring the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, and only on Android.

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Snapdragon Live with Pandora at SXSW

Mar 15, 2013

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Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors sponsored the Pandora Discovery Den where they showcased a great and eclectic mix of bands.  If you couldn't make it to SXSW this year, you can still hear all the music on the Pandora Discovery Den mixtape.

While visitors browsed the Music Discovery Wall, they also had a chance to play our Capture The Dragon contest on the video wall, where 10 Dell XPS 10 tablets were given away.

Capture the Dragon Sweepstakes at SXSW

You may be familiar with our dragon from our video – he's fast, and he may be hard to catch with your phone (it's easier, of course, if you have a Snapdragon processor in your phone, since our technology helps reduce shutter lag). Here are some examples of people who did capture it:

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Our brand ambassadors, Josh and Jess:

Pandora and Snapdragon Ambassadors at SXSW

The band Surfer Blood plays to a packed crowd at Antone's Nightclub.

Surfer Blood plays at Antone's during SXSW