Software for a Cause
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Now that we are in December, it is starting to feel like the holidays. We had our first snow (and subsequent ice) of the season in Raleigh, North Carolina, this weekend – and I’ve been busy buying a few special items for my family – even my dog Teddy. Of course, this time of year isn’t just about presents. In fact, it is a time that a lot of us start thinking about giving more and looking for ways we can have a positive impact on the world.
We try our best to make IBM a company that “gives back” to the world as well. One of the fun and yet important initiatives we are exploring here at IBM is something we are calling “Software for a Cause.”
The goal of this initiative is to pair student programming teams with selected non-profits who are in need of a software application to better serve their constituents. This gives students some “real world” programming experience while creating something of real value for the non-profit.
Software for a Cause is currently in pilot phase with two universities in Canada and one in the US. The students chosen for the pilot are thousands of miles apart, but they have been working together remotely during winter semester using IBM’s Rational Team Concert. Their goal is to create an embeddable info-graphics Facebook application for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I’m anxious to see the finished product in a few weeks!
Do you have connections at a non-profit who may want to be paired with a student team? If so, leave a comment or send an email to Alex Harvilchuck (harvilch at us.ibm.com).