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Welcome to Qualcomm’s Invent-Off [VIDEO]

Jul 17, 2015

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Qualcomm is a company of invention. We invent transformative technologies, and we measure the success of a technology by its impact. How much everyday value can it provide, for how many people; and what real problem does it solve?

Not least, Qualcomm technology also enables other inventors to bring their ideas to life.

We thought a great way to illustrate both concepts would be to bring together people from diverse backgrounds into teams that will compete to invent something new, using Qualcomm-powered technologies. And Qualcomm’s #WhyWait Invent-Off Web series, in partnership with tech blog Gizmodo, was born! The first episode goes live on July 20.

Each of the two competing Invent-Off teams consists of four members: an engineer, an artist, a college student, and a high-school student. All of the competitors are into technology, of course, but in varying ways and with diverse viewpoints. Everyone on the teams has a passion for technology—whether the focus is on robotics, teaching, or coding—they each bring a unique skill set.

Here’s how it works: Each team is challenged to invent something that uses an Arduino Yún board with integrated Qualcomm wireless connectivity. It also must be able to communicate with a Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered device—a smartphone, tablet, or smartwatch. The teams are also supplied with other materials (speakers, wheels, duct tape, LEGO pieces, and lots more) with which to build their inventions.

Hosting the Invent-Off is Jason Silva (at right, above), futurist and host of National Geographics’ “Brain Games.” “I love the notion of Invent-Off,” said Silva. “It reminds me of the adjacent possible: ‘Here are a couple of raw materials. Here are the Qualcomm tools. What are you going to create with these new construction kits for our reality?’”

At the contest finale, a three-judge panel will determine the Invent-Off winner. The winning team will be profiled on Gizmodo.com. They will also receive flight, hotel, and admission to CES 2016—and the winning invention will be on display in the Qualcomm booth. Plus... they'll receive $5,000 cash!

Viewers will be able to follow along with and influence the teams’ progress every step of the way. You’ll even be able to participate by sending a lifeline to one of the teams, voting to add a new requirement, or providing technical help like coding or engineering tips. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Tune in to each of the six Why Wait Invent-Off webisodes by following @Qualcomm on Twitter or checking qualcomm.com/inventoff.


Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.


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