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Monday, 27 July 2015 13:16

IBM Partners with universities and sponsors hackathons to train cloud developers

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Big blue hopes to redress the cloud skills shortage with the Academic Initiative for Cloud, a partnership with 200 academic institutions across 36 countries and a worldwide series of Hackathons using cloud platform Bluemix

A new initiative from IBM sees the creation of the Academic Initiative for Cloud, a joint partnership between IBM and worldwide universities aimed at mentoring and inspiring students to innovate using IBM Cloud technologies. The new program will create cloud development curricula using Bluemix, IBM’s platform-as-a-service, in over 200 universities, reaching more than 20,000 students in 36 countries. 

Additionally IBM is also creating a series of industry Hackathons reaching tens of thousands of new developers and a set of diversity programs for women coders, all based on Bluemix, aimed at creating innovative hands-on experiences that propel radical ideas and innovation in cloud application development.

IBM hopes the new Academic Initiative for Cloud will introduce students to the latest cloud technologies and solutions and adds to their current Big Data Analytics and Cognitive Computing academic programs.

Starting this Autumn, universities around the world will commence more than 250 courses and programs that will utilise educational materials, technologies and methodologies from IBM with a focus on using Bluemix in a variety of courses ranging from computer science, information technology, analytics and data science to mobile and entrepreneurship.

Universities signed up to the partnership include, Imperial College London, Cambridge University, Stuttgart University, The National College of Ireland, University of Southern California, National University of Singapore, University of Tokyo, India’s International Institute of Information Technology, Israel’s Ben-Gurion University and Carnegie Mellon University.

Lecturers will receive 12 months of access to the Bluemix trial for themselves as well as up to six months access for students in the program. Both faculty and student accounts are renewable and do not require a credit card.

IBM will also be sponsoring 25 of the AngelHack hackathons in the Eighth Global Hackathon Series, a series that will reach 10,000 developers, designers and entrepreneurs. IBM is also working closely to create programs for developers to help them transform industry and enterprise, including Cloud-based open source technology, industry hackathons, and developer training programs.

Additionally, IBM is launching a new Student Developer Community that helps students get started on their journey of cloud education, and provides quick access to learning resources and information on how students can join Bluemix U, where students can showcase their accomplishments and the impact of their real-world projects. 

“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.”

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