Throwback Thursday: Starting Digilent

How did Digilent begin?


Digilent was founded in 2000 by two Washington State University electrical engineering professors, Clint Cole and Gene Apperson. Cole and Apperson saw a need for a basic programming board to integrate with their class lectures. Students learn best by doing, so Cole and Apperson developed a teaching method that integrated lecture with hands on learning, by utilizing their boards. Soon, they were producing boards and selling them throughout the world, fulfilling their desire to make technology understandable and accessible to all.


Digilent has grown from its humble beginnings, where the “office” consisted of three people to our current office that includes around 50 employees. We’re now part of the NI family and have connections all over the world.

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About Amber Mear

I was the Digilent blog editor, and now I'm a contributor. I love learning about wearables and writing about social issues in STEM. Outside of work, I can be found watching Netflix with my cat, working on an art project, or trying to find new, delicious local foods.

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