IBM introduces new program for students and women

IBM has joined hands with 200 universities to enable next-generation of cloud developers with the Academic Initiative for Cloud.

The new program will create cloud development curricula using Bluemix, IBM’s platform-as-a-service, to reach 20,000 students in 36 countries.

The company said open-standards-based Bluemix catalog includes over 100 tools and services of the open-source technologies combined with IBM and third-party services like Watson, Internet of Things, Big Data & Analytics, and Mobile, among many others.

The Academic Initiative for Cloud provides latest cloud technologies and solutions to students required to launch their own business in future.

The new program continues IBM’s commitment to closing the skills gap between higher education curricula and workforce needs which already includes Big Data Analytics and Cognitive Computing academic programs.

Universities like National College of Ireland, National University of Singapore, University of Cambridge, University of Southern California and University of Tokyo will start more than 250 courses and programs to utilize educational materials, technologies and methodologies from IBM.

Company officials said universities will use Bluemix in a variety of courses from computer science, information technology, analytics and data science to mobile and entrepreneurship.

Additionally, faculty can extend their teaching beyond theory to practical by using Bluemix in the classroom.

IBM will provide faculty with 12 months of access to the Bluemix trial and 6 months access for students in their program.

Meanwhile, new Student Development Community provides cloud education and quick access to learning resources and information on how students can join Bluemix U.

IBM is also working with Girls Who Code to introduce the next generation of women developers to cloud innovation by hosting a class of female high-school students in New York City.

Also, ReBoot Accelerator for Women will help women to become current, connected and confident.


Additionally, IBM has also introduced new platform for developers to collaborate with IBM on a newly released set of open source technologies.

IBM has unveiled 50 projects to the open source community to fuel cloud development innovations around mobile, analytics and other high-growth areas.

The company said developers can access emerging IBM technologies through developerWorks Open which is a cloud-based environment.

Besides downloading the code, developers can also access blogs, videos, tools and techniques to accelerate their efforts.

Company officials said the current model of development in the open source community lacks strategic focus business requirements and for this IBM has launched a set of projects in industries including healthcare, mobile, retail, insurance and banking.

The company will also offer the services on its programming platform for cloud software development, Bluemix.

IBM Ready App for Healthcare will help tracking patient progress for at-home physical therapy programs via mobile device while IBM Ready App for Retail personalizes and reshapes the specialty retail store shopping experience through direct line of communication.

Insurers can improve their relationship with homeowners using IBM Ready App for Insurance and uses internet of Things sensors to synch home with utilities on the other side financial institutions can address the mobile needs business owners and attract prospects using IBM Ready App for Banking.

This apart, IBM is also open sourcing several Analytics technologies including Activity Streams, Agentless System Crawler and IBM Analytics for Apache Spark.

IBM participates in and contributes to more than 150 open source projects including Spark, OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Open Contain Project, Node.js, CouchDb, Linux, Eclipse and Apache.

Shilpa Khatri

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