IBMers have a long tradition of volunteering their time, skills and
expertise with schools and community organizations worldwide. Inspiring
of their dedication and accomplishments are described in these stories
Most recent stories are listed first.
Excellence award: IBM volunteers in Taiwan guide young people in career prep and giving back
IBM volunteers provide career guidance to university-aged youth volunteers bringing about
education reform in rural Taiwan, while also giving them the methods to recruit their proteges.
The IBM team received the Volunteer Excellence Award.
Excellence award: IBM volunteers lead and grow a mentoring program for
university students in North Carolina
The Pathfinder Mentoring program has been an IBM volunteer-led initiative
at North Carolina State University for 15 years—helping students with career
guidance. The IBM volunteer team received a 2018 IBM Volunteer Excellence Award.
Mission driven—IBM volunteers help veterans identify and prepare
for civilian careers
For over ten years, IBM volunteers have been on a mission with American
Corporate Partners to help veterans and their spouses transition from
military to civilian careers. Three IBM volunteers share their experiences
working with veteran proteges.
Excellence award: IBM volunteers in Japan help cancer patients
tell their stories—providing
strength in the shared experience
Thousands of people in Japan have heard the collected stories of
cancer patients with help
from IBM volunteers and a local NGO—providing strength in the shared
experience. The IBM
team received a 2018 IBM Volunteer Excellence Award.
Excellence award: Taking Watson to class is a success for
students and IBM volunteers in Spain
IBM volunteers lead "Watson goes to class" to introduce AI to
students in schools in Madrid—making
the topic part of educational requirements in Spain for the first
time. The IBM volunteer team received
a 2018 IBM Volunteer Excellence Award.
IBM STEM camp for girls in Texas celebrates 17 years of tech
activities and fun
Hammering a nail with a banana is one example of how girls at the
GIGAWOT camp in Texas are introduced to science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM). The camp has been a fixture for girls
IBM volunteers in the Dallas area for 17 years.
One team: IBM volunteers and their business clients come
together in a Week of Impact to serve their communities
Volunteers on IBM’s communications sector services team partnered
with their business clients in
eight cities to deliver service projects during their Week of Impact
initiative in mid-September.
Excellence award: A tech bootcamp by IBM volunteers in the
Philippines helps students learn
new skills to change the world
A team of IBM volunteers lead the IBM Innovation Bootcamp in Cebu,
Philippines, giving students
access to technology, tools and practices to become makers of
solutions. The IBM team received a
2018 IBM Volunteer Excellence Award.
Excellence award: In Belgium, IBM volunteer creates organization
to help battle education
Rihab Hajjaji learned about an education gap impacting immigrant
children in Belgium and in 2017
founded an organization to address the problem. Her NGO has been
recognized as a best practice
and she received a 2018 IBM Volunteer Excellence Award.
IBM marketers in India provide expertise and activities for
Working both behind the scenes and in the field, over 50 volunteers
from the IBM Marketing
Services Center in Bangalore, India, are helping a local NGO provide
care for disadvantaged
Excellence award: IBM volunteer in Costa Rica raises profile of
Yohanna Alvarez is an active advocate for people with disabilities.
Her IBM resource team has
used high-visibility events to raise the profile of people with
disabilities at IBM and in Costa
She received the IBM Volunteer Excellence Award.
Excellence award: Volunteers with expertise in analytics help
organization enhance service
While analytics are helping businesses innovate, a team of IBM
volunteers is applying similar
to help a not-for-profit improve its reach and quality of service.
The team won the IBM Volunteer
Influencers help take IBM Activity Kits to the next
IBM Activity Kits give volunteers a fast start with skills-based
volunteering. New kits are on the
way—shaped by IBM influencers.
Volunteer in Germany helps students build dreams by helping them
One thing leads to another and ten years later, IBM volunteer David
Roung has shared robotics and
the excitement of STEM with
hundreds of students in Hamburg, Germany.
Excellence award: Building the bridge, an IBM volunteer in Hong
Kong helps close critical IT
In Hong Kong, nearly 100% of CIOs surveyed cited concern with IT
skills for growth. Samson Tai,
the IBM chief technology officer in
Hong Kong, has spent years voluntarily and actively addressing the
issue. He received an IBM
Volunteer Excellence Award.
Excellence award: IBM volunteers in India help create learning
that knows no bounds
Personal leadership, technology and a desire to improve society are
driving IBM volunteers with
the Nirmaan organization in India to
strengthen learning opportunities for students in rural conditions.
The team won the IBM
Volunteer Excellence Award.
IBM marketers around the world answer the call for
In 2019, IBM marketing teams will once again apply their expertise
and skills in day of service
initiatives to help local non-profit
organizations—with some “days” lasting all year long.
The robotic story of a partnership by IBM, volunteers and an NGO
It didn’t start as a beautiful relationship, but eleven years later
IBM and an NGO are helping
thousands of young people in Germany
learn about STEM through the World Robot Olympiad.
Excellence award: UK volunteer Dale Lane amplifies his impact
around the world with a popular
Dale Lane created one of the most used IBM Activity Kits ever.
Machine Learning for Kids is
in 12 languages, and on any school day hundreds of students around
the world may be using it.
Dale received a 2018 IBM Volunteer Excellence Award.
Excellence award: Excellence award: Whales get “finger printed”
thanks to IBM volunteers in
IBM volunteers in Argentina, led by German Santini, are using IBM
Watson and advanced drone
imagery to classify and catalog whales for a conservation
organization. The IBM team received an
IBM Volunteer Excellence Award
Excellence award: UK and US volunteers race the clock to build
websites for NGOs
An unprofessional website can harm the best intentions of a
not-for-profit. IBM volunteers in the
UK and the US are working with 48in48 to help
organizations create high quality websites. The volunteers received
a 2018 IBM Volunteer
All Things STEM—Voices of IBM volunteers: Puja Shankar, security
Puja Shankar has been a volunteer helping with the Science Olympiad
for nearly ten years. She
brought her passion and commitment to a new school
when the family moved.
2018 IBM Volunteer Excellence Award winners announced
IBM awards its highest form of volunteer recognition—the Volunteer
Excellence Award—to 15 IBM
teams and individuals around the world, honoring
their community impact. NGO and school partners will receive a USD
10,000 grant as part of the
All Things STEM—Voices of IBM volunteers: Moira Casey, software
Despite being near a hotbed of technical innovation, some students in
Silicon Valley are not
learning about the latest in technology. IBM
volunteer Moira Casey and other IBM volunteers are helping close
IBM volunteers use AI in India to help girls recover from the
trauma of human
Human trafficking impacts a person’s mind as well as body. A team of
IBM researchers is using AI
to accelerate the delivery of mental health
services in India for girls recovering from the trauma of
In Canada, IBM volunteers help high school students on their
six-year journey to a tech
Inspired by the need for practical knowledge and experience in
technology and science, IBM
volunteers in Canada are helping students at SNP
Academy in Ontario acquire new collar skills for the new job market
All Things STEM—Voices of IBM volunteers: Vincent Cipollone on
being a diversity role
Part fourteen in a series. Last June, Vincent Cipollone
volunteered to become a
diversity role model facilitator for primary school
children in London. The experience was “clear inspiration to do
All Things STEM—Voices of IBM volunteers: In Malaysia, role
models and a rover activity show
kids the possibilities of STEM
Part fifteen in a series. IBM Volunteers spoke to Anita
Devasahayam to learn about her
experience leading a STEM activity for
underprivileged children in a tough neighborhood in Petaling Jaya,