T-Mobile Contributes $1 Million to The Smithsonian’s New Exhibit on the Impact of Wireless Connectivity
Un-carrier Advances Importance of STEM Education by Supporting Interactive Exhibition Focused on Technology’s Role in Connecting People to their World
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From the first brick-style devices and flip phones to the smartphones we all rely on today, cell phones and wireless networks have revolutionized the ways we communicate and interact. And the mobile revolution has just begun. The Smithsonian’s new exhibit will share the technological, environmental and cultural impact of wireless connectivity, showcasing leaders who built the industry and the technology and infrastructure that make mobile devices work. T-Mobile, an industry leader in providing wireless and broadband connectivity to customers on America’s leading 5G network, is one of two key supporters of the exhibit that will open for visitors on
“I love that T-Mobile is helping bring the dynamic story of how wireless connectivity has changed the ways we work and live to life through this new Smithsonian exhibit,” said
T-Mobile’s contribution to the Smithsonian complements the Un-carrier’s ongoing initiatives to use its network, scale and resources for good to connect people to the possibilities that technology enables. These include:
Project 10Million, a
$10.7 billionprogram aimed at closing the education gap by providing free wireless hotspots and connectivity to millions of underserved students across the country.
Changemaker Challenge, a nationwide contest that gives young leaders ages 13 to 18 in the
U.S.and Puerto Ricothe opportunity to bring their innovative ideas to life to change their communities for good.
Hometown Grants, a five-year,
$25 millionprogram for small town grants that fund community projects and spur economic development.
Support for higher education through a donation to University of Washington’s
Interdisciplinary Engineering Building.
Support for minority entrepreneurs and owned businesses through T-Mobile for Business’ Magenta Edge along with educational workshops and events with the
U.S. Departmentof Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency.
- Digital literacy programs with Unidos US and LULAC and donations of connected devices and 5G hotspots to public libraries in rural and urban communities.
About the Cellphone: Unseen Connections Exhibit
Through a focus on cultural objects and the raw materials, human labor, technology and infrastructure that makes our devices work, the exhibition tells the global story of cellphones that helped usher in the means to both sustain cultural traditions and create new ones globally. Educational programming and outreach — including an after-hours opening celebration, ongoing workshops and games within the exhibit along with field trip, after-school and drop-in programs — will further complement exhibition content to inspire and educate the public around the nation.
For more information, go to Cellphone: Unseen Connections.
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