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San Diego stars in the National Geographic Channel’s series World’s Smart Cities documentary

Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab shines as an example of innovative education.

Apr 23, 2015

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What do fresh kale, surfing, algae, drones, genome research, beer, and penguins have in common?

San Diego, of course!

As many readers of OnQ know, Qualcomm is a true native San Diegan, born here nearly 30 years ago. We couldn’t help but feel a bit proud when the National Geographic Channel (NatGeo) chose to feature our hometown in a new TV documentary, “World’s Smart Cities.” As this post is being written, San Diego is one of only four cities worldwide selected to be featured, and it’s the only city in the U.S. to make the cut. The other cities/documentaries are Bucharest, Romania; Adelaide, Australia; and Durban, South Africa.

A place where talent, innovation and technology thrive amidst a relaxed way of life… a city at the heart of cutting-edge invention.

Trailer for National Geographic Channel's World Smart Cities: San Diego

Before the screening, NatGeo Digital Nomad Andrew Evans briefly described what series producers were looking for in their search for the World’s Smart Cities. According to Evans, it’s what cities are doing today to prepare for 100 years from now. Evans summed up his presentation by saying “what you’re doing here [in San Diego] is cool.”

The San Diego documentary itself played out like a “Best of San Diego” reel, highlighting the city’s high adoption rate of Electric Vehicles, the flourishing biotech industry, the relaxed beach culture/outdoor lifestyle/small town feel, the research in applying drone technology for everyday use, human genome exploration, the fast-growing farm-to-table movement, the thriving craft-beer industry, wildlife conservation, and innovative approaches to education—a segment in which the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab played a leading role.

Following the screening, Qualcomm ImpaQt leader Navrina Singh joined others who helped bring the San Diego documentary to life on stage and explained the concept behind the Thinkabit Lab: set kids up for success early by helping them realize the technology-driven power they have in their hands and already understand, and nurture that understanding by giving them real-world experiences.

You can catch the TV premiere of World’s Smart Cities: San Diego on The National Geographic Channel, Saturday, April 25th at 8 a.m. and again on May 2nd at 8 a.m.