About our Academy

Academy Overview

Our IBM Academy of Technology (AoT) was formed in 1989 as a community of the best technical minds in IBM to provide innovation, technical advice and critiques as well as the support cultural change across all business units and across the globe. Today, our AoT continues to be a community of selected IBM top technical leaders organized to advance the understanding of key technical areas & trends, enable attract & retain the technical community, and engage our clients in technical pursuits of mutual value. The Board of Governors is the ruling body for our Academy of Technology and consists of 10 Senior Technical Executives and the Academy President. These executives provide guidance for our Academy value, assist in evangelizing our value and shaping our impact.

Our Affiliates

Our  IBM Academy of Technology has fifty two world-wide Affiliate teams. Affiliate teams consist of lead technologists from IBM that are passionate about technology and serve as an incubator for technical skills within  IBM. Affiliates can be “local” to a geography or “virtual” across IBM. Every year each of our Affiliate teams sets their agenda, based on the overall Academy agenda, and determines what kinds of activities they will drive in support of their community.  Each Affiliate team communicates their accomplishments and shares best practices with  other Affiliate teams and across IBM.  Our IBM Academy of Technology monitors activities delivered by the Affiliate teams and recognizes the top contributing Affiliates with  “Exemplary  Affiliate” status.

We also have a Google Map that plots the  location of each Academy Affiliate throughout the world.  Click on any individual map point for the affiliate name and leader information.

About our Graphic

What is our Academy graphic and why was it chosen?

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The figure inside the circles is an icosahedron, a three-dimensional form bounded by twenty regular triangles.
One  hundred years before Euclid, the Greek mathematician, teacher, and philosopher Plato studied polyhedra, which are solids with plane  surfaces. The five regular polyhedra still bear his name, the Platonic solids, and the icosahedron is the most sophisticated of the five.  In 387 BC, Plato also founded the first Academy, near Athens, which preserved the tradition of classical thought or over eight centuries. It was the most influential school of the ancient world and the western world’s first center of higher learning.

The circles serve two purposes:

  • From a graphical  point  of view, their smooth lines give contrast and balance to the edges of the icosahedron. And, as the Greeks thought of circles as spheres of knowledge, they convey an expanding involvement of our Academy in technical issues important  to IBM.
  • The logo thus has its antecedents in the first academy, a mathematician, a teacher, and a philosopher. And it hopefully portrays the IBM  Academy as spheres of increasing knowledge and engagement.