To enable the next generation of developers, IBM has introduced the Academic Initiative for Cloud. The new program will create cloud development curricula using Bluemix, IBM’s platform-as-a-service, in more than 200 universities, reaching more than 20,000 students in 36 countries.
As part of the initiative, IBM is creating series of industry Hackathons reaching tens of thousands of new developers and a set of diversity programs for women coders, all based on Bluemix, to create 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 provide 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.
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