What the Watson Analytics Academic Program can do for you

Expertise in data discovery and exploration, and analytics aided by cognitive, diagnostic, and predictive capabilities will be in high demand for years to come. It's not enough for businesses to practice reporting. The ability to craft dynamic stories and deliver them with beautiful, easy-to-understand visualizations is a highly sought-after skill in the workforce. To ensure that educational institutions have access to leading analytics technology and can prepare their students for the workforce, IBM Analytics offers the Watson Analytics Academic Program (WAP).

Access to easy, fast and powerful data discovery and analysis

Through this program, Watson Analytics is available for teaching and research at no charge. Whether you’re a student, researcher, or professor, you can explore datasets to unearth hidden patterns and find new relationships within your data, get automated predictive insights, and create visualizations. In addition, students will gain the opportunity to participate in yearly global competitions and hackathons, by putting their analytics skills to use.

Winning with Watson Analytics Academic Program

Engaging students and faculty is central to the Watson Analytics Academic Program, and one way to achieve academic engagement is through worldwide competitions. A recent competition included 125 participating teams from 32 universities, with contestants hailing from 6 countries, including 3 teams from Canada, Slovenia, and Australia, all vying for the big prize. Students who compete are able to practice their analytics and storytelling skills, in order to better prepare them for jobs in big data and analytics.

Watson Analytics Academic Program benefits

  • Students gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace upon graduation.
  • Educators have access to the most powerful analytical tools for data discovery and exploration, analysis, and visualization.
  • Academic institutions foster long-term relationships with corporate institutions to better serve both students and employees.
  • More graduates are proficient with analytics, the fastest growing software category for company spend.

Becoming an analytics professional is easy

Faculty: Accelerate research

Analyze research data quickly and easily with guided analysis and automated visualizations.

Download the application, complete, and return it to us by email. And now, ask about Watson Analytics for Social Media Classroom in order to understand what audiences are saying across millions of social media data sources.

Students: Get ahead of the curve

Gain competitive advantage in a job market that values data analytics skills.

Obtain your own access for classroom use (up to 5 years) with a valid student email address.

Campuses: Offer analytics to all

Build relationships with corporate partners, and link students with skilled graduates to ensure continued success.

Partner with IBM and make Watson Analytics an available resource for all your students.

Giving our students access to IBM Analytics solutions enables them to quickly pick up marketable skills, setting them up for success.

—Richard Self, Senior lecturer in Analytics and Governance within the College of Engineering and Technology, University of Derby