In The Smarter City all learning is lifelong learning

There have been advances in education technology—cloud computing, open source systems, virtualization, analytics—that can help our systems refresh outdated infrastructures with new functionality. They can become more interconnected, instrumented and intelligent. In a word, smarter. And it is already happening.

Education for a Smarter Planet:

Smarter Education:

Research and collaboration with universities

IBM University Relations
Work with IBM to advance your academic research, find new opportunities to explore, and connect with colleagues and programs worldwide

  • twisty Academic Initiative Programme

    Become a member and get access to software, hardware, course materials, tools, training, discounts, books, and more...at no charge

  • twisty Open Source Competition

    The IBM competition to promote open source gives university students an opportunity and access to leading software development experts from the Ireland Lab, and it gives them the chance to win a valuable IBM ThinkPad -- there is one laptop to be won in each University.

    IBM Open Source Student Competition Winners 2010:
    – winners were presented their awards at Extreme Blue Expo held at the IBM Campus in September 2010

    Dublin City University School of Computing, Final Year Projects Expo 2010 was a great success. For over 20 years the School of Computing, DCU have run an event to promote and celebrate their final year graduates on the BSc in Computer Applications course. IBM ran a competition for those students who used open source software, to win a laptop. James Flynn from IBM announced the winner at the event.

  • twisty IT Architecture Module at DCU

    Lecturers at DCU's School of Computing along with experienced IBM IT architects hosted a two-day workshop in IT architecuture. The workshop offered DCU computing students the opportunity to learn, apply and demonstrate architectural thinking through a series of practical exercises. Assessment of the module involved students presenting written proposals along with making individual and team presentations. This workshop has run successfully for the past four years and has been developed by IBM in conjuction with DCU and several UK universities. The IBM's IT architects all work at the Global Services division in Ireland and the UK and act as mentors, guest lecturers and tutors during the workshop.

  • twisty IBM Faculty Award

    The IBM Faculty Awards Program is a competitive worldwide program intended to foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities worldwide and those in IBM research, development and services organizations; and to promote courseware and curriculum innovation to stimulate growth in disciplines and geographies that are strategic to IBM. The awards are made annually to outstanding candidates who have been nominated by an IBM employee with common interests, who serves as a liaison for the collaboration.

  • twisty IBM Shared University Research Awards (SUR)

    The SUR Awards program strives to connect the research and researchers at universities with personnel in IBM: in organizations such as IBM Research, IBM Life Sciences, IBM Global Services and our development and product labs. This program is not aimed at supporting a single individual or research project. Rather, the intent is to support and have an impact in an area of significant interest to the university and IBM.

    The SUR Awards program is designed to:

  • twisty Fellowship Award

    The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards is an intensely competitive worldwide programme, which honours exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM, fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines, while creating social and business value.

  • twisty David Dier Memorial Prize awarded to TCD student

    IBM is privileged to be supporting the David Dier Memorial Prize over the past six years, which is awarded to the best final year student project within the Management Science Information Systems Studies Course. We find this course is most relevant to IT practitioners as it provides a combination of Computing and Business content.

Cloud Computing

Introducing IBM Smart Business cloud solutions. Whether you choose to use clouds built behind your firewall, or the IBM cloud, these secure workload solutions provide superior service management and new choices for deployment.

  • twisty Cloud Consulting

    To help you capitalize on the full spectrum of cloud computing benefits, IBM cloud consulting services provide the experience and proven cloud strategies you need—evaluation and readiness assessment, tailored adoption strategies, and implementation.

  • twisty IBM Cloud Academy

    A global forum for educators, researchers and information technology (IT) personnel from the education industry to pursue cloud computing initiatives, develop skills and share best practices for reducing operating costs while improving quality and access to education.

  • twisty IBM Academic Skills Cloud

    The IBM Academic Skills Cloud will provide academia an opportunity to use IBM software at no charge without having to install and maintain it themselves. Building on the IBM Cloud Academy program for educational institutions, the new Academic Skills Cloud provides academia access to cloud computing resources for workforce skills development. IBM is partnering with educational institutions to leverage the power of cloud computing and enhance teaching and research services with more efficient IT environments.

  • twisty Smart Business Desktop Cloud

    IBM Smart Business Desktop cloud computing services provides anytime, anywhere access to applications, information and resources. A resilient and secure desktop environment behind your firewall or on the IBM Cloud.

  • twisty Software as a Service

    IBM is helping ISVs move from a traditional software delivery model to one that offers a mix of on-premise and cloud computing applications in a SaaS model using IBM technology. With cloud computing, you can design, build, market, and deliver services that enable clients to easily access their applications from virtually any location. Cloud services can also promote rapid innovation and support core business functions.

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John Evans, Client Manager


Alan Lowry, Client Manager


James Flynn, University Relations

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