Pebble has announced today that they are launching the Education Project for Schools. The program will contribute 4,000+ Pebbles to the project for students in the computer science and engineering fields. Educators will be able to choose how to tailor the devices and developer tools to best fit the needs of the students. Participating schools include Stanford University, Virginia Tech and the University of Pennsylvania.
Pebble Launches Education Project for Schools and STEM Programs
The Pebble Education Project will initially contribute 4,000+ Pebbles, amounting to $600,000+.
Pebble’s new charitable program reinforces its continuing support of STEM-focused organizations that encourage excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Since crowdfunding over $10 million for its Kickstarter project, Pebble and its community of 10,000+ developers have built an ecosystem of 2,200+ apps.
Palo Alto, CA (December 16, 2013) – Pebble proudly announces the Pebble Education Project: a campaign facilitating donations of its customizable, app-enabled iOS and Android smartwatch to students of qualifying computer science (CS) and engineering programs. Pebble—a team with a large number of CS and engineering graduates—envisions the program as a key opportunity to give back to organizations who foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity in education.
“This program was born out of a desire to assist educators in engaging students more deeply in coursework related to systems and embedded programming, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Pebble’s open SDK really makes the sky the limit,” says Kean Wong, VP of Software Engineering at Pebble. “What we love about Pebble’s Education Project is its flexibility. Educators are free to tailor their donated Pebbles and our developer tools to best align with students’ educational goals.”
Organizations participating in the first round of Pebble’s Education Project—a $600,000+ donation of 4,000+ watches—include CS and engineering programs at:
- Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Stanford University
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- University of Pennsylvania
- The University of Virginia (UVA)
- Virginia Tech (VT)
“Pebble’s generous gift will enhance our faculty and students’ work in embedded systems, software engineering, and several of our other electrical and systems engineering and computer information science programs,” says Dr. Eduardo Glandt, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. “Providing our faculty and students access to development tools and products for the emerging ‘Internet of Things’ expands our world-class research and education in this important field.”
In addition to donations and dedicated support for participating organizations, Pebble is providing partner institutions a limited-time discount towards personal Pebble purchases from getpebble.com, to share with their respective communities.