Dr. Paul Jacobs and his daughter Jessica with the Muppets.
The Muppets celebrated mobile this week, awarding Qualcomm its annual Corporate Leadership Award for technology advances in early childhood education at the 11th annual Sesame Workshop Gala in New York City.
Dr. Paul Jacobs spoke in front of a tough crowd—Oscar the Grouch was in attendance, as well as Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, a bunch of singing chickens and penguins, and many more of the furry residents of Sesame Street. “Mobile is the technology that will transform how children learn today and for years to come,” he said, just as television transformed learning in the 1960s with the birth of Sesame Street.
Jacobs spoke about some of the innovative apps Sesame and Qualcomm have developed together. They include Big Birds Words, which uses Vuforia technology to help children recognize words in the environment around them, and Abby’s Fairy Rock, which turns a tablet into a guitar thanks to AllJoyn peer-to-peer technology.
The event, which was hosted by Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos, also honored philanthropist Susan Alice Buffet.