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Back To School

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It’s back to school for Big Blue.

Earlier today, we announced how students at universities around the globe are going to be collaborating on projects to improve cities, transportation, and healthcare — with a little help from IBM.

Fifty professors from 40 universities in 14 countries have been recognized with a Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation award.

IBM created the $10,000 awards to help universities develop innovative new curricula that address the global challenges of infrastructure and services such as education and transportation, with the solutions being implemented in each city for evaluation and improvement.

The idea being, of course, to have these new curricula prepare students for future leadership in a variety of industries by exposing them to Watson-like technologies in the classroom, cultivating collaboration skills and new approaches to innovation.

A couple of examples from this year’s winners:

  • SUNY Buffalo’s project will analyze U.S. Border control data to learn how technology solutions may help improve the sustainability of transportation systems (Each year, American drivers waste an estimated 3.7 billion hours sitting in traffic!)
  • RMIT University in Australia, halfway around the planet, will explore how advanced technology and sensors can help build smarter, interconnected cities.

All the new courses will be taught in the 2011-2012 school year.

Visit here to read more about the winners.

Better yet, check out some of these videos explaining the program and highlighting some of the winners’ efforts.

And go here if you’re interested in learning how to provide submissions for your university for the fall 2011 Smarter Planet Innovation Awards.  Nominations will open the week of May 16th!

Written by turbotodd

May 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm

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