IBM launches 'Blue Battle' university competition
By siliconindia | Thursday, 26 February 2009, 11:10 Hrs
Bangalore: IBM has announced the launch of the Gen-next technology challenge, IBM Blue Battle, in over 25 leading engineering colleges across India. This is an opportunity for students to get hands-on-experience on high end technologies and use IT tools to develop innovative solutions for difficult computing problems in real time, stated the company press release. IBM expects over 1000 students in each of the 25 hosting colleges to participate in 'IBM Blue Battle.' The first in the series has been launched at IIIT Hyderabad and is being conducted on IBM Multi-core architecture for gaming. Also, colleges lined up in the IBM Blue Battle series include UVCE Bangalore on Green IT, JNTU Hyderabad, Madras Institute of Technology (Anna University) Chennai, few IITs and NITs, said the release. Amol Mahamuni, Programme Director, WebSphere Solutions and Technology and University Relations, IBM India / SA said, "The challenge will enhance the students' knowledge on technologies that are at the helm of innovation across the industry and provide them with an opportunity to develop innovative solutions in real work scenario. It hones their technical skills while learning basic on-the-job skills such as teamwork, organization, and working under deadlines." IBM Blue Battle will put to test the participants' technical prowess and reflect local universities' talent and strengths. It will enable participants to work on technologies such as Multi processors / Nano technology, electronics, service oriented architecture (SOA), Multi Core Architecture, Enterprise Computing (IBM System z), Information Management, Web 2.0, cloud computing, virtualization and High Performance Computing (HPC). Mentors from IBM, along with the college faculty, will closely work with the students throughout the program. This competition will also enable students to work on projects using IBM products, applications, tools and services in the future through further collaboration and mentoring by IBM experts. The winners of this program will receive attractive prizes including Lenovo Ideapad laptops along with certification from IBM.