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Eclipse Foundation teams with 42 Wolfsburg/Berlin

23rd January 2023
Harry Fowle

The strategic partnership between the Eclipse Foundation and 42 will enable a new generation of software developers specialising in automotive by leveraging the open-source Software-Defined Vehicle innovations developed by the Eclipse SDV WG.

The Eclipse Foundation has announced that it has teamed with 42 Wolfsburg/Berlin, a software engineering academy using a new pedagogical approach to training software developers. The two companies have entered into a strategic alliance under the auspices of the Eclipse Foundation’s Software-Defined Vehicle (SDV) Working Group (WG).

“Unlike more general open-source software subjects, such as Cloud-native applications and AI, there has been a dearth of resources focused on designing for the automotive industry,” said Michael Plagge, Vice President, Ecosystem Development for the Eclipse Foundation. “Together, the Eclipse SDV WG and 42 seek to strengthen the automotive software ecosystem by establishing new, modern, interconnected collaboration methods and turn the education of software developers into an agile, demand-driven process by enabling students to directly work on relevant automotive software.”

“Most software for the automotive industry is proprietary, making it inaccessible for the vast majority of learners, which means they don’t have the opportunity to work with ‘real’ software before they start their job,” said Max Senges, CEO and Headmaster of 42 Wolfsburg/Berlin. “Through our partnership with Eclipse SDV, we will build a curriculum of training projects around the SDV open-source stack for automotive. Given that the materials will be open educational resources they will enable students at 42, in companies and other educational institutions to learn, adapt and contribute to the evolution of relevant learning challenges. By doing so, we are helping to strengthen the automotive ecosystem while simultaneously growing the much-needed developer talent pipeline for the industry.”

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