Founded in 1968, Intel is the world’s leader in silicon innovation. The company develops technologies, products and initiatives in a relentless pursuit to advance how people work and live.
The company has approx. 98.000 employees worldwide, out of which approx. 11.500 work in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Intel has approximately 533 offices and facilities in 58 countries and in more than 213 cities worldwide.
Intel has been active in Europe for more than thirty years with the first office established in Brussels in 1969. Currently the company has offices in 21 countries in Europe: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and United Kingdom.
As an innovator in advanced silicon technology, Intel has more than 35 years of leadership in computing and communications. Intel scientists have contributed numerous major innovations to the industry, most famously in 1971 with the invention of the first microprocessor. Intel believes that the fundamental building blocks of competitiveness in the knowledge based economy are education, research and continued innovation. The more these can be structured in an open and collaborative manner the better. Improving education and intensifying research collaborations with European industry and academia will improve Europe’s and Intel’s competitiveness.
Intel is a big supporter of education in Europe region. The Intel Education Initiative strives to improve teaching and learning through the effective use of technology in order to promote 21st Century skills. At the forefront of this effort is ‘Intel Teach’, a professional development program for teachers, implemented in Romania since 2007. Intel focuses specifically on encouraging interest in mathematics and science and has been the primary sponsor of ISEF, the world's largest pre-collegiate science fair for 12 years, where Romania has become a traditional participant for 3 years in a row.
Intel has more than 30 Research & Development sites across EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). In January 2009, the company established “Intel Labs Europe” (ILE), its network of laboratories across Europe, which aims to drive closer collaboration with European researchers in business, academia and policy makers on EU initiatives including exploratory research, methods of using ICT to improve the efficiency of industries and increasing the overall quality and productivity of ICT. With the foundation of ILE, Intel is establishing a strong unified network of its existing labs in Europe and preparing a platform for advanced innovation activity and further investment. Now, Intel also wants to extend ILE to Romania.
Intel also owns Intel Capital, the world’s biggest investment fund of a private company. Intel Capital makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital is stage agnostic and invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software and services targeting enterprise, home, mobility, health, consumer Internet, semiconductor manufacturing, and cleantech.
About INTEL ROMANIA
Sales & Marketing Group
Intel Corporation opened its representative office in Bucharest in 2005, as local subsidiary of Intel Corporation UK. Some of the main goals of the Intel office in Romania include introducing and promoting the latest computing technologies for end-users. Also, the local office keeps a constant cooperation with guvernmental organizations, regulation authorities, associations in the industry and other multinational companies, in order to develop a stable and prosper ICT ecosystem in Romania.
Moreover, Intel is an active supporter of the educational system at all levels - primary, secondary, high school and university studies. For the past five years, Intel has implemented a number of educational projects for primary, secondary, high school and university education (described below).
Intel is an active member of AmCham Romania.
INVESTING IN THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM
Projects for primary, secondary and highschool environments
Through working with the IT ecosystem, Intel supported the Euro200 Governmental initiative, to support young students acquire a PC at special price.
In October 2010, Intel and the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports signed a Collaboration Protocol for the ongoing training of teachers with the support of technology. As part of this partnership, 60,000 teachers shall be trained online between 2010 and 2013, including teachers from primary/secondary schools and high schools from across the country. The training will focus on designing, developing and evaluating teaching projects. Training courses are to be held online, using the Intel® Teach Advanced Online Platform, and will be accredited by the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports.
Since 2007, Intel has been implementing the Intel® Teach Program on national level. This professional development program targets teachers, providing them with support in integrating technological resources and tools into the classroom, in order to generate a modern, student-focused educational process.
Collaborating with the Academic Community
The local office of Intel Romania is closely collaborating with the academic community in Romania, especially with the ICT faculties. Mark Harris, Director of Intel Higher Education & Research Programs for Europe, Middle East and Africa, was teacher for a whole year at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, where he also earned his Doctor Honoris Causa degree. In 2009, Craig Barrett – who at that time was the Chairman of the Board – was awarded the same distinction by the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, for merits in developing an education based on ICT infrastructure across the world.
For the past three years, the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, the University of Bucharest and the Technic University of Cluj Napoca have been involved in one of the most ambitious global financing projects for students’ business ideas: Intel Challenge, organized in cooperation with Berkeley University, USA.
INVESTING IN THE PRIVATE ENVIRONMENT
In 2006, Intel Capital, Intel’s investment division, invested in Siveco – the leading software company in Romania. Siveco is a major provider of educational software and the developer of a platform that has won multiple international awards. Also, Siveco has been involved in various projects, developing IT solutions for agriculture, the health system or the customs system in Romania etc.
About INTEL ROMANIA
Software & Services Group
In November 2010 Intel, through the Software and Services Group, made a multi-million investment in Romania, establishing the Intel Romania Software Development Center (IRSDC). The center was set to initially conduct research and development for the MeeGo open source platform by a division of the Open Source Technology Center.
IRSDC focuses on software solutions needed to create the best possible user experiences on a variety of Intel architecture based smart devices including smart phones and other common devices like smart TVs or in-vehicle infotainment systems. The center will initially conduct R&D for the MeeGo open source platform which provides great flexibility for smart devices and software developers.
Since January 2011, the center has also expanded its area of activity with the deployment of a team of skilled software engineers from the Platform Technologies and Analysis Center, managing chipset and processor benchmarking, tracing and performance tuning.
Intel as a global company is committed to continuing its history of education, higher education and university partnerships. The Intel Romania Software Development Center will aim to drive future collaborations with academic and government institutions and work closely with European software industry partners.