Right now, on this day, at this point in time, connections are being made like never before. From people to cities to farms to everything in between, technology weaves through our connected world to bring us closer together, make us smarter… and help us solve some of the earth’s biggest environmental challenges.
This Earth Day we’re taking a moment to think about how all of this technology can create a better tomorrow for our planet.
Twenty-two million. That is the staggering number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices that are now connected by AT&T across the world. During the first quarter of this year, AT&T connected 70 percent more smart devices than the same quarter a year ago and there’s no projected slowdown. In fact, according to IDC, the market for IoT is expected to nearly triple to $1.7 trillion by 2020.
ConnectEd students had the opportunity to meet with high-level Alcatel-Lucent employees in Indonesia during a visit to the corporate office in Jakarta. Employees and volunteers shared their personal journeys, career goals, and professional success.
Nana was enthusiastic, but not prepared to teach a classroom of students in Indonesia until he was trained by ConnectEd. He learned to confront everyday challenges, design and manage curricula, and lead a class. His improvements have benefited his students’ learning.
Girls in India face many gender barriers when pursuing a career. English classes taught by Alcatel-Lucent employee volunteers, and virtual mentorship sessions with high-level staff prepare and motivate girl students of ConnectEd to develop and achieve their career goals.
Despite her husband’s objections, Rashmi joined the ICT course offered with ConnectEd India. ConnectEd opens conversations among students about gender roles and helps address the technology gender gap.
Read more about how Rashmi is closing the gender gap in technology and preparing for work in Delhi.
Alcatel-Lucent employee volunteers joined migrant students at the Long Hai migrant school for a Sports Day, which created a sense of community between over one hundred parents, children, educators and volunteers.
As a migrant and new to Beijing, Yi-Yu did not feel at home in her new school and was not willing to engage in lessons or make friends. ConnectEd puts a focus on the holistic education of its students, including psychosocial education, so through continued encouragement Yi-Yu was able to engage in school.