July 24, 2008

Intel Celebrates 40 Years Of Innovation – World Mural Project Empowers The World’s Youth To Envision The Future Of Technology

Intel Corporation celebrates a milestone anniversary today by looking 40 years in the past and 40 years in the future. To celebrate this milestone, Intel unveiled the World Mural Project, a digital artwork that captures the vision of young people on how computers will transform the world in the next 40 years.

Since its founding, Intel has introduced countless examples of technology innovation, its crowning breakthrough being the introduction of the microprocessor. Commonly referred to as the "brain" of a computer, the microprocessor has led to unimagined advances in entertainment, education and business productivity.

This project is truly a global one with Intel computer clubhouses across the globe participating to achieve one of the world's largest ever online Web-based digital mural designed by youth. "Intel has a 40-year history of serial technology breakthroughs and innovation," said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. "When we introduced the microprocessor no one could have predicted that the market for PCs would be greater than 350 million units a year. Over the next 40 years Intel technology will be at the heart of breakthroughs that solve the big problems of health and environment. For Intel this is just the beginning of its journey."

The World Mural Project, unveiling on the day of the anniversary, is a Web-based digital art piece that includes visual and written contents from the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network a worldwide after-school community-based technology learning program that enables youth in underserved communities to acquire skills necessary for personal and professional success.

Working closely with about 300 Intel volunteers at 70 Clubhouses around the world, more than 500 young people in over 21 countries submitted graphic design "tiles" that were incorporated into an overall mural design. The project weaves together the individual submissions into one expansive and exciting digital mural that speaks to the youth's creativity and passion about technology.

In the Middle East, 3 clubhouses are participating: JOHUD and e- Village in Jordan and Ramallah clubhouse in Palestine. "It's great to see global projects coming together so seamlessly. I have worked directly with some of the young people in Jordan and it is fascinating to see how much interest there is in technology and how much they understand that if we work together we can create a better world for the future," said Rula Habash, Intel Corporate Affairs Manager for Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.

The World Mural Project exemplifies how computers can provide youth in underserved communities with powerful tools to express themselves creatively and connect with other communities globally. The project is also one of the volunteer activities that support Intel CEO and President Paul Otellini's commitment to giving back a million volunteer hours in 2008 to celebrate Intel's 40th anniversary. Intel employees has a long history volunteering in local schools and communities through the Intel Involved Program and raising matching grants from the Intel Foundation for the organizations they volunteer.Ms. Suha Najjar, JOHUD Clubhouse manager in Jordan commented: "This is a great initiative and one that has attracted a lot of interest from the kids at the Clubhouse here in Jordan. We are really proud to be part of this mural and love to see that the messages that are coming through are all positive and about technology as a tool creating space for creative expression in the next 40 years, a world where peace and environment are priorities."

Also participating is the newly revamped clubhouse in Ramallah, Palestine. Young people there used their imagination to prepare their mural submissions and saw a world were technology will reach such levels of artificial intelligence to start understanding and mimicking human behaviors. This will open new doors for the future.

Intel researchers are already working on a number of technology areas that are similar with what some of the youth envisioned. The company will continue focusing in new areas where the company believes the application of highly integrated Intel architecture will create a better future for the world, including energy- efficient, affordable mobile Internet devices, high-performance visual computing solutions, and low-cost PCs designed to meet the needs of first-time computer users in emerging markets.

Intel's global presence now spans 60 countries and approximately 500 offices and facilities, with 80 percent of revenue coming from outside the United States. The Intel family includes approximately 85,000 employees globally who help earn the company top spots on lists such as Fortune's Most Admired Companies, CRO Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens, and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom and blogs.intel.com.Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

2008 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

Originally published by By Al-Bawaba Reporters.

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