IBM Woos Cloud Developers via New Programs
IBM also introduced a new effort to help the next generation of developers in the Academic Initiative for Cloud, which is aimed at teaching college students about using IBM Cloud technologies. The new program will create cloud development curricula using Bluemix in over 200 universities, reaching more than 20,000 students in 36 countries. And IBM announced a series of industry hackathons, expected to reach tens of thousands of new developers, and a set of diversity programs for women coders, all based on Bluemix. By making the use of Bluemix available to these programs, IBM is offering up its Bluemix catalog of more than 100 tools and services including both open-source technologies and IBM and third-party services like Watson, Internet of Things, big data and analytics and mobile, among others. “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, in a statement. "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.”IBM also announced enhanced support for Girls Who Code. With only 14 percent of computer science graduates being women today, down from 37 percent in 1984, IBM is committed to supporting programs that empower women in technology and address the lack of women in technology professions, the company said. IBM is 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 for a seven-week summer immersion program. For 2016, IBM says it will further expand its relationship with the organization to support additional programs in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Austin, alongside continued support for the New York City summer immersion program. IBM also announced a new collaboration with GSVlabs on the ReBoot Accelerator for Women, a program designed to help women in tech become current as they return to work after a multi-year sabbatical.
Starting this fall, universities around the world will offer more than 250 courses and programs that will use educational materials, technologies and methodologies from IBM with a focus on using Bluemix in a variety of courses. These range from computer science, information technology, analytics and data science to mobile and entrepreneurship. Carnegie Mellon University, University of California at Berkeley and Irvine, Northwestern University, University of Southern California and International Institute of Information Technology in India are among participating universities. Additionally, IBM is launching a new Student Developer Community that helps students get started on the cloud and provides access to learning resources and information on how students can join Bluemix U.