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September 15, 2008
For Immediate Release
Pat Meier Associates PR
Openmoko OpenLab Opens the Path for Open Learning
Openmoko, the leading open source mobile phone maker, launches OpenLab for students
at Tsing Hua University; plans to expand curriculum to universities worldwide
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - September 15, 2008 -- Renowned National Tsing Hua University of
Taiwan has decided Openmoko will be used as a major teaching and researching platform
in its curriculum. Openmoko is an open source mobile communications platform that
empowers people to customize their phone, much like a computer, in any way they
Starting this coming semester students at the university will have the opportunity
to work at Openmoko's OpenLab on campus at Tsing Hua. The full lesson plans take
students from powering on the device to writing complete mobile applications. All
content developed during the course as well as the course content itself is released
under a creative commons share-alike license.
A hub for research and student interaction, OpenLab will enable students to research
and work in an electronics environment to develop their own projects based on Openmoko
software and hardware,
National Tsing Hua University of Taiwan's announcement of this first step in Openmoko
education was hailed as the beginning of a welcome trend by teachers and educators.
"We're very glad to get Openmoko as our major mobile platform for researching,"
said Prof. King, from National Tsing Hua University, "we're going to put Openmoko
in our school courses for the coming semester."
Three of Prof. King's students, who joined Openmoko for a summer internship program,
now offer their projects on Google Code for download. The OpenLab will enable more
students to actively explore their skills and creativity. "The lab is great, and
we have Neo FreeRunner phones right at our students' fingertips," said Jyuo-Min-Shyu,
Dean, College of Electronic Engineering and Computer Sciences.
The current relationship with Tsing Hua University is definitely just the beginning
of a unique and creative period in education. Openmoko, the company that makes open
source mobile products, has been venturing into the field of education over the
last six months.
Openmoko's motto "Open. Mobile. Free." could soon become the mantra of students
as plans to popularize Openmoko education around the country and the world unfold.
Prof. King will be working with the groundbreaking company towards this goal.
"The future of Openmoko rests with the imaginations of developers and innovators,
and students are an important part of the Openmoko community. We will provide e-courseware
to the world in the near future," said Openmoko CEO, Sean Moss-Pultz.
Openmoko is the commercial and community driven effort with a mission to create
open mobile products that empower developers and consumers to personalize their
devices, much like a computer, in any way they see fit. Openmoko is dedicated to
helping innovators bring freedom and flexibility to consumer electronics and vertical
market devices. For the latest information about Openmoko, visit www.Openmoko.com.
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