The Planet NI Program

The mission of Planet NI, a National Instruments signature program, is to empower engineers in emerging countries to achieve sustainable prosperity by providing increased access to NI technology. The program focuses on nurturing local innovation through partnerships and supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs, and organizations building solutions that can contribute locally to the prosperity and sustainable development of emerging nations.

The Planet NI program is an extension of NI’s company mission to equip engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery. This program extends the reach of NI tools and technology into areas that can have a positive impact in the world, and supports the development of future growth markets for NI’s business.

2013 Program Goals

Increase the number of NI LabVIEW users in emerging countries who otherwise would not have access to NI technology.

Extend reach of the Planet NI program through partnerships with mission-aligned organizations.

Invest in the creation of affordable product offerings that are relevant for engineers in emerging countries.

By the Numbers


SMEs supported worldwide


partnerships with universities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations


emerging countries’ engineers now have access to NI technology

Planet NI Program Overview

Richard Sear

Frost and Sullivan, VP

“The Planet NI program is one of the more innovative and fascinating examples of enablement that I have seen.”