IBMers have a long tradition of volunteering their time, skills and expertise with schools and community organizations worldwide. Inspiring accounts of their dedication and accomplishments are described in these stories of service.

Most recent stories are listed first.

Excellence award: Building the bridge, an IBM volunteer in Hong Kong helps close critical IT skills gap

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
service (again)

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 in Germany

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 activity kit

Dale Lane created one of the most used IBM Activity Kits ever. Machine Learning for Kids is available 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 Argentina

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 Excellence Award.

All Things STEM—Voices of IBM volunteers: Puja Shankar, security specialist

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 award.

All Things STEM—Voices of IBM volunteers: Moira Casey, software engineer

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 that gap.

IBM volunteers use AI in India to help girls recover from the trauma of human trafficking

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 trafficking.

In Canada, IBM volunteers help high school students on their six-year journey to a tech degree.

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 model

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 more.”

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, Malaysia.

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