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IBM woos cloud developers

Thor Olavsrud | July 23, 2015
IBM has announced a three-pronged approach aimed at helping developers build and deploy open source cloud apps, including the developerWorks Open platform, the release of 50 projects to open source and partnerships with universities.

The program will put cloud application development technologies, including Internet of Things applications and the cognitive capabilities of Watson Analytics, into the hands of students. Through the program, faculty will receive 12 months of access to the Bluemix trial for themselves and up to six months of access for students in their program. The accounts will be renewable and won't require a credit card.

Participating institutions include the following:

  • Ben-Gurion University (Israel)
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Imperial College of Science (England)
  • International Institute of Information Technology (India)
  • National College of Ireland
  • National University of Singapore
  • Northwestern University
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of California Irvine
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Stuttgart
  • University of Texas Austin
  • University of Tokyo

Big Blue also announced an expansion of its partnership with Girls Who Code and a new collaboration with GSVlabs on the ReBoot Accelerator for Women program to aid in the diversification of the tech talent pipeline.

IBM has been hosting a class of female high school students in New York City for a seven-week summer immersion program with Girls Who Code. It plans to further expand the relationship in 2016 to support additional programs in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Austin.

Meanwhile, ReBoot Accelerator for Women is designed to help women become current, connected and confident when they return to work after a multi-year sabbatical. IBM plans to hose a number of instructional sessions focused on cloud development using Bluemix. It will also provide mentorship and assistance with job placement strategies in an effort to attract more women back to the workplace, including at IBM.


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