When you’re ready, go to OnTheHub.com/IBM to get extended IBM Cloud access with a promotion code.

What is IBM offering?

IBM is offering faculty and students the opportunity to access services/service levels which may not otherwise be available though the free, no time limit, public cloud Lite plan. Those who qualify for and apply an academic code to their IBM Cloud account will convert their account type from Lite to Trial. Trial account users are entitled to access the free service levels ($Free Plan) as defined in the Standard pricing plan for each service. Please note that accounts which are converted from Lite to Trial will be expired at the end of the trial/promotional period if a new code is not applied which extends the account. Trial accounts do not require credit card information.

Faculty codes will set the users account type to Trial for up to one year (renewable) AND increase the memory allocation up to 8 GB and allow up to 40 services running concurrently. Student codes will set the users account type to Trial for up to six months (renewable) AND increase the memory allocation up to 2 GB and allow up to 10 services running concurrently.

Compare and learn more about $Free Plan vs $Lite Plan services.

Why is IBM offering this?

The explosion of Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, mobile, big data, and analytics is driving the need for students to learn and explore how flexible cloud platforms can enable innovation. Access to open-standards, cloud-based platforms will enable our ecosystem partners in academia to tackle critical skills for building, managing, and running apps of all types. With the access to additional cloud resources provided through this offering, users can quickly develop and deploy applications in the most popular programming languages including mobile apps for iOS, Android, and HTML with JavaScript. Users can also gain experience creating innovative solutions with access to various data options–from predictive analytics to big data to cognitive computing.

How do faculty and students qualify for this offering?

Faculty and students simply need to validate their institution credentials by signing-in to OnTheHub.com/IBM. Alternatively, you can request an account or complete registration by clicking on the Register button and following the prompts.

Extended Cloud Access Questions

IBM reserves the right to prioritize program processing or acceptance based on country restrictions or other criteria.

Now that I have a promotion code, how/where do I enter it?

To apply a code:

  1. When you are logged-in, look for the IBM Cloud console options in the upper right corner of your screen. Select to Manage > Billing and Usage > Billing.
  2. Select “Apply Code” in the Feature & Promo Code field, enter the code and hit apply.

What types of cloud services are being made available?

IBM regularly creates services and publishes them for use on the IBM Cloud. Through our offer, faculty and students will have access to a wide range of IBM services as they become available. As stated above those who qualify for and apply a code to their IBM Cloud account will convert their account type from Lite to Trial. Trial account users are entitled to access the free service levels ($Free Plan) as defined in the Standard pricing plan for each service. You can find a list of services with a filter to see a list of services with a $Free Plan here.

Note that infrastructure services typically do NOT have free service levels. Also, note that terms for Third Party services vary. As stated in the Cloud Notices, it is the user’s responsibility to evaluate and verify the operation of any non-IBM product, program, or service.

What about storage and things like API calls? How much comes with the offer?

Service levels (storage, API calls, …) vary by service and not all services have a $Free Plan. Filter to see services with a $Free Plan, then click on the service name in the left column to view the exact service level available for that service.

Are getting started and learning/training materials available?

Yes, please take a look at these resources:

Where can I find examples of how to create an application on the IBM Cloud?

Here are some good places to start:

  • Deploying your first app
  • Getting started with Watson and IBM Cloud
  • Watson IOT
  • Working with data
  • IBM Blockchain platform
  • Building cloud native projects
  • Are there local/on-line training events?

    Check the Academic Events and the IBM Cloud Events calendar for the latest training and enablement opportunities.

    How does IBM Cloud provide access to account and/or technical support?

    The best way to get support is to visit the Support Center on the IBM Cloud site. Here you will find links to faqs, status reports, troubleshooting, forums and if needed you can open/manage a ticket.

    Additional support documentation can be found at Getting Customer Support.

    How do I get help with my Cloud account if it is expired and there’s no where to put my promo code?

    If your account is expired/locked, try creating an account support ticket on the IBM Cloud Service Portal. Request for your trial expiration date to be reset to 60 days from when you submit the ticket and state that you need to apply an academic promotion code to reactivate your account.

    As an alternative, you can create a new IBM Cloud account and apply the code. Your IBM Cloud user name/password/email account do not have to be linked with your institution, so this likely a faster path. Please note your new user name/password for future log-ins.

    What are the terms/conditions and time limits of use?

    Please refer to the Extended Cloud Access Questions

    When logged into your Cloud account, a dashboard (under menu bar in left navigation) displays what is currently running in the account to insure you can see your service, application and memory usage. Because this is a cloud-based offer, all participants are responsible to provide their own internet access.

    How will audiences benefit from this offer?

    Educators: Maximize your time, and build student skills needed in the market.

    Spend more of your time teaching and less of your time setting up labs and worrying about IT administration. With the IBM Academic Initiative for Cloud, you can introduce innovative hands-on, cloud-based experiences in your classroom and around your campus. With the power of IBM’s Cloud Foundry open-standards-based Bluemix platform as a service in your students’ hands, the learning possibilities will be endless.

    You will empower your students to access useful sets of IBM (and third-party) APIs and services that are changing the way the world is innovating. For example, users can choose a package of sample code and services or start from scratch by selecting their preferred runtime. Then by combining API services, coders or business students alike can build solutions using enterprise class tools.

    By challenging your students to work out hypotheses and then immediately go into the cloud to build, test, and deploy solutions to problems presented in class, you are helping them to acquire knowledge that will have lasting value. By challenging students to discover the answers themselves, you help them understand the skills they will need to be adaptive as they launch their own businesses or become industry leaders.

    Academic Researchers: Innovate quickly.

    Now you can go immediately from concept to prototype while collaborating with your project’s key stakeholders. Try out the power of IBM Cloud platform services as your IT foundation for your pending research projects. You’ll find that innovation is more achievable and FASTER than ever before and when you need more resources there are no migration challenges.

    Students: Build critical skills as you tackle real-world issues, and connect with a global network of entrepreneurs and developers.

    Spend less time learning introductory deployment or debugging skills and more time applying critical thinking and building real-world solutions. With the power of the IBM Cloud, you can think and act more like an entrepreneur. You can use your cloud account as you build your skills in the classroom, as a part of a competition team, or to test out ideas you might want to try to commercialize in the future.

    Does IBM restrict the use of IP created by faculty or students built through this program?

    Faculty who are creating course materials and labs using the resources provided by IBM must give proper IBM attributions. Once those materials are created, faculty might also consider following the process outlined by the Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools prior to sharing with IBM or other faculty.

    Additionally, any new content, such as labs or applications, created by faculty or students are owned by them. We invite all participants to share and publish source code in public repositories, such as GitHub. When sharing your work with others, we suggest you consider an open-source license. GitHub created choosealicense.com, which is a website that helps you make decisions about how to license your code. The Open Source Initiative is another organization that can help you share your code as open source.