In a series of ongoing and one-time volunteer activities and in partnership with the Shanghai Science Education Development Foundation (SSEDF), Yang Gu and Wei Jun led a large team of IBM volunteers to promote technology science across several audiences.
At year’s end, 33 IBMers had partnered with SSEDF to provide voluntary service to over 500 students, 300 citizens and 25 women scientists—contributing more than 380 volunteer hours, demonstrating several of IBM’s practices, using resources from the On Demand Community, and enhancing personal and professional skills.
- IBM and SSEDF held a seminar with women scientists in Shanghai—more than 40 attended. Christine Cui from IBM’s China Development Lab participated, along with several other IBM female leaders, to promote female leadership in science and technology and develop philanthropic activities for female students in science education. The one-time seminar opened the window for women scientists to learn more IBM social responsibility initiatives.
- As an extension of the women’s seminar, IBM established the "Tomorrow Technology Star" training center supported by the Shanghai Municipal Science Technology Commission, and sponsored by SSEDF and the Shanghai Association of Women Scientists. Students in the program participate in science and technology projects under the guidance of scientists. As part of the training center, IBM volunteers will act as mentors for students at the Shanghai Foreign Language School, advising them in practical IT innovation and research projects as well as guidance in the Smarter Planet Challenge competition.
- “Technology Lecture” was launched as an on-going program between IBM and SSEDF to showcase the magic of technology to young students. About 200 students attended the first lecture, “Science and technology make the world beautiful,” last November at the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. IBM volunteers presented topics ranging from 3D printing to Watson. Many students expressed an interest being scientists in the future.
- In an ongoing program with the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, IBM volunteers guided about 200 children from migrant worker families through the museum’s exhibits. The volunteers shared scientific principles with the children to offer them an experience not available in their communities.
- Mobile Science and Technology Museum is an ongoing program sponsored by SSEDF to promote science and technology knowledge by taking science exhibitions and equipment into communities. IBM volunteers, acting as knowledge ambassadors, have provided voluntary service for this program for over two years.