IBM has partnered with 200 universities and institutions of higher learning across the world to enable the next generation of developers with the Academic Initiative for Cloud. This initiative will mentor and energise these developers to innovate using IBM Cloud technologies.
The new program will leverage IBM's platform-as-a-service Bluemix to create cloud development curricula in over 200 universities, reaching more than 20,000 students in 36 countries. In Asia, some of the training centres include the National University of Singapore, and the International Institute of Information Technology in India.
IBM has also announced a series of industry Hackathons to reach out to new developers, and a set of diversified programmes for women coders.
Based on Bluemix, these Hackathons are aimed at creating innovative hands-on experiences that encourage radical ideas and innovation in cloud application development.
"Putting Bluemix in the hands of today's and tomorrow's innovators creates the opportunity to foster a new generation of talent in cloud application development," said IBM general manager for Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, Sandy Carter. "Our commitment to provide deep cloud expertise to programs aimed at future cloud developers from academics to professionals is necessary to sustain the growth our industry forecasts."
Teaching beyond theory
Using Bluemix in the classroom will enable faculty to bring new hands-on experiences around cloud application development into their curricula, and not depend simply on lectures or demos of cognitive capabilities.
Faculty will get a chance to put technologies into the hands of students. All faculty members participating in this initiative will receive 12 months of access to the Bluemix trial for themselves as well as up to six months access for students in their program. Accounts for both faculty and student are renewable and can be operated without a credit card.
"Leaders in business and higher education must come together to foster a new generation of digital-savvy talent," said Kevin Werbach, a professor and expert on gamification at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. "It's great that IBM is so committed to connecting with top universities like ours, and to giving students and faculty exposure to the latest cloud technologies and business concepts. This experience will help prepare our students as they enter the marketplace."
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