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Like so many tech industry players, IBM is constantly on the lookout for, and working to, groom new talent, and to encourage the next generation of up-and-coming software developers and high tech entrepreneurs. So next week, IBM is going back to school by helping to co-host the inaugural Lowekey Lab, a week-long camp designed to equip high school students with mobile technology and entrepreneurship skills. The camp will be hosted at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Cleveland, Ohio from August 8-13 in partnership with IBM and Lowekey, a New York City-based firm focused on mobile applications.

At the camp, roughly twenty high school students from Maple Heights City Schools will get hands-on experience in mobile application development and business development, working side-by-side with industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and IBM developers. Over the course of the camp, the participating students will be divided into teams focusing on one of five emerging tech categories, including “Internet of Things,” “Bots,” “Messaging,” “Music,” and “Wearable Technology.” The students will work together to build an iOS mobile application using the Swift programming language from start to finish, all while utilizing IBM Bluemix, IBM’s cloud development platform.


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Each team will be partnered throughout the camp with mentors from Lowekey, IBM, and legal firm Goodwin Proctor to focus on real-world technology skills such as user experience (UX) and interface design, as well as business skills such as the principles of building a business, an introduction to intellectual property, and even presentation skills.

At the week’s end, one team will win the opportunity to participate in a year long incubation and development program under Lowekey along with business development and legal assistance for their app from Goodwin Proctor.

Alisa Maclin, Vice President for IBM Mobile Enterprise Marketing, explained IBM’s rationale for partnering with Lowekey Lab on this important initiative. “Today’s high-schoolers, part of Generation Z, are more inclined towards entrepreneurship rather than traditional career paths. In fact, 72 percent of current high school students want to start a business and expect to have access to information at their fingertips, making them one of the largest users of mobile apps. IBM is excited to partner with Lowekey Lab to teach the next generation of entrepreneurs how to develop and create new business ideas powered by cloud and mobile technologies.”

Keep an eye on the @developerWorks Twitter feed for highlights from the event!

In the meantime, no matter what grade you’re in (or even if you’ve long since graduated), check out some of the resources below to help you bolster your mobile and Swift development skills.

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