Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that Ms. Chalise Morgan, a junior at Madison High School, and Mr. Sachin Gupta, a junior at Rancho Bernardo High School, won the "Stadium of the Future" contest for their super ideas for a state-of-the-art stadium. Winners will each receive two tickets for Super Bowl XXXII on January 25, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, and an academic scholarship. Qualcomm will also donate $1,000 to the winners' schools.
When asked to develop an innovative wireless technology that could be used at Qualcomm Stadium, both students responded with creative and resourceful suggestions. Morgan's winning application included a hand-held machine to connect to the snack bar, allowing people to order snacks from their seats and check football statistics during the game.
"This could be a way to prevent people from missing the game and reduce the time in the snack bar line," Morgan stated in her entry. She believes her idea is good for the fans, as well as the players. "I think that players would like this technology because they could get more publicity and fans might be able to recognize who is better."
Winner Sachin Gupta recommended that Qualcomm's Q phone be connected to the back of the stadium seats, similar to those in airplanes. "The Q phone will be helpful for all those who don't have cellular phones, as well as those who would like to surf the net at the game," Gupta suggested. "The primary use of the Q phone would be calling home...without missing a second of the action."
"I'm delighted with the students' interest in the 'Stadium of the Future' contest," said Dan Pegg, senior vice president of public affairs for Qualcomm. "Qualcomm is able to encourage and reward the creativity of students with a demonstrated interest in the field of wireless communications. That's a win-win for Qualcomm and San Diego."
To participate in the "Stadium of the Future" contest, students with an interest in science, engineering and technology were encouraged to submit their ideas for a futuristic wireless communications technology, communications network or other model to be considered for implementation at Qualcomm Stadium in 2002.
Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets, licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. The Company's primary product areas are the OmniTRACS system (a geostationary satellite-based, mobile communications system providing two-way data and position reporting services), CDMA wireless communications systems and products and, in conjunction with others, the development of the Globalstar™ low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications system. Other Company products include the Eudora Pro™ electronic mail software, ASIC products, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information on Qualcomm products and technologies, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.qualcomm.com/.
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