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IBM Partners with 200 Universities Globally Ckl


BM  is introducing a new commitment to enable the next generation of developers with the Academic Initiataive for Cloud, aimed to mentor and energize them 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 announced today, is a series of industry Hackathons reaching tens of thousands of new developers and a set of diversity programs for women coders, all based onBluemix, aimed at creating innovative hands-on experiences that propel radical ideas and innovation in cloud application development.

By making the use of Bluemix available to these programs, IBM will help arm the developers of tomorrow with the latest capabilities and foster the necessary skills to join the workforce and create enterprise-class cloud applications at consumer scale. The developer-friendly, open-standards-based Bluemix catalog includes over 100 tools and services of the most prominent open-source technologies combined with IBM and third-party services like Watson, Internet of Things, Big Data & Analytics, and Mobile, among many others.

IBM’s new Academic Initiative for Cloud will introduce students to the latest cloud technologies and solutions as they build the transferable skills needed to launch their own businesses or become industry leaders in the workforce. This new program continues IBM’s leadership and commitment to closing the skills gap between higher education curricula and workforce needs, which already includes Big Data Analytics and Cognitive Computing academic programs.

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