Guest Contributors

El éxito de la cultura colaborativa

Written by Jose Maria Perez | June 20, 2016 | Guest Contributors, IBM Impact Grants

Si lo haces acompañado,  el camino será más llevadero. Es el lema que nos mueve en  las Lanzaderas de Empleo; por eso creamos el programa en el 2013, para ayudar a personas desempleadas a emprender un nuevo rumbo hacia el mercado laboral. El paro es la mayor lacra social que arrastra nuestro país; no podemos more

IBM P-TECH: Redefining Possibilities for a New Generation

Written by Rashid Ferrod Davis | June 2, 2016 | Economic Development, Guest Contributors, P-TECH...

Last June, we were proud to welcome our first six early P-TECH graduates to the ranks of educated men and women prepared for success in both the workplace and in higher education. Today, we are proud to announce that 32 more have joined their ranks – bringing to 38 the number of P-TECH scholars who more

Help an International Research Team Fight the Zika Virus

Written by Carolina Horta Andrade | May 19, 2016 | Global Health, Guest Contributors, World Community Grid

(Brazilian Portuguese Version Below) Few people had heard of the Zika virus before 2015, when it began rapidly spreading in the Americas, particularly in Brazil. The virus is mostly spread by mosquitoes, although sexual and blood transmission are also possible. Some pregnant women who have contracted the Zika virus have given birth to infants with more

IBM Impact Grant Helps Strengthen Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Written by Kirsten Pauwels | April 13, 2016 | Global Health, Guest Contributors, IBM Impact Grants

Suicide is a significant cause of death in many OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries and Belgium is among the most affected European nations. A key strategy in the prevention of suicide in the Flanders Region is the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, coordinated and operated by the Flemish Suicide Prevention Center. Here, skilled and trained more

World Community Grid Volunteers Help Power New Tuberculosis Research

Written by Anna Croft | March 24, 2016 | Data Analytics, Global Health, Guest Contributors...

Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major global killer. More than 1.5 million people, including 140,000 children, died from the disease in 2014 – a year in which 9.6 million new cases (more than 1 million of them children) were diagnosed. The World Health Organization has declared TB to be the world’s deadliest infectious disease, along with more

Why America Needs P-TECH to Succeed

Written by Stanley S. Litow | March 15, 2016 | Economic Development, Guest Contributors, IBM Leadership...

by Rashid Ferrod Davis and Stanley S. Litow However successful, innovative models in education can become subject to critiques – especially if the model has received national and international acclaim. IBM P-TECH was launched with ambitious goals in 2011. At stake was the future of an underserved generation of young people, the yawning gap between more

Supporting Quality Education in Turkey

Written by Mete Meleksoy | January 28, 2016 | Economic Development, Guest Contributors, IBM Impact Grants

(Turkish version below) Education is the best legacy that a nation can give to its citizens. A robust education system in a country reflects and strengthens the social, cultural and moral values of the people. In addition, education is a vital investment for human and economic development. That’s why the Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey more

Supporting Chronically Ill and Rehabilitating Children

Written by Els Janssens | January 26, 2016 | Accessibility, Guest Contributors, IBM Impact Grants

Chronically ill and rehabilitating children face quite a number of psychosocial challenges. Disruption of school and social activities during treatment and recovery are particularly troublesome, leading to isolation and a downfall in school performance which could ultimately result in a lack of motivation to get better. Plugging the educational gap in Belgium, Bednet enables long-term more

Supporting Persons with Disabilities in India

Written by G.K. Mahantesh | December 23, 2015 | Accessibility, Corporate Service Corps, Economic Development...

In India – where the population of persons with disabilities is estimated to be greater than the overall population of the UK – people with disabilities (PwD) often are considered liabilities. Despite the 1995 Persons with Disabilities Act, which was revised in 2015 to guarantee jobs to persons with disabilities, more than two-thirds of that more

Engaging Children from Low-Income Families in Belgium

Written by Pierre Pirard | December 17, 2015 | Data Analytics, Guest Contributors, IBM Impact Grants

At Teach for Belgium, we believe that a child’s success in life should not be limited by the socioeconomic background of his or her family. That’s why we recruit and train inspirational leaders from all academic disciplines to serve for two years as teachers in low-income communities. Supported by the Teach for All international network, more

IBM Employees Help to Save and Improve Lives

Written by Nancy Brown | December 15, 2015 | Global Health, Guest Contributors, IBM Culture of Service...

In 2015, contributions through the IBM’s U.S. Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign (ECCC) surpassed the $1 billion mark. Though primarily a fundraising campaign, ECCC also encourages volunteerism through the IBM On Demand Community. Active and retired IBMers contribute money and expertise to a growing list of nonprofit beneficiaries in just one example of IBM’s Culture of more

Celebrating P-TECH’s Scholar-Athletes

Written by Rashid Ferrod Davis | November 23, 2015 | Economic Development, Guest Contributors, P-TECH...

On November 23rd, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Gregory Thornton, Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels and IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Vice President Stanley Litow announced Maryland’s commitment to open as many as four IBM P-TECH grade 9 – 14 schools in the City more

From Seoul to Kathmandu: The Power of Volunteers for Development

Written by David Caprara | November 19, 2015 | Disaster Relief & Recovery, Economic Development, Environment...

On the heels of the U.N.’s adoption in late September of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, an Asia Pacific volunteering alliance recently convened a forum for hundreds of youth and development partners from northeast Asia at the Korea Council on Foreign Relations in Seoul. In his keynote address highlighting the role of volunteers in more

Tracing the Spirit of Innovation

Written by Louise Mirrer | November 13, 2015 | Cognitive Computing, Data Analytics, Guest Contributors...

The New-York Historical Society’s latest exhibition, Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York begins with an event that was an unforgettable part of my life – the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Taking my first excursion on public transportation without parents or older siblings, I ventured with my friends to the Fair grounds in more

Driving Economic Development in Portugal’s Algarve Region

Written by Rogério Bacalhau | October 26, 2015 | Economic Development, Guest Contributors, Smarter Cities Challenge...

(Versão em português abaixo) We are still living in difficult times. Governments, municipalities, businesses and families have been going through strong financial constraints, causing development delays in the so called “intelligent territories” — areas using ICT (information and communications technology) to help drive economic development. But we have capitalized on these circumstances to create opportunities more