Joel Horwitz is VP of Partnerships & Ecosystem Development for the IBM Digital Business Group. He graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a Masters in Nanotechnology with a focus in Molecular Electronics. He also hails from the University of Pittsburgh with an International MBA in Product Marketing and Financial Management. Joel designed, built, and launched new products at Intel, Datameer and Alpine Data Labs resulting in breakthrough innovations. He set and executed upon strategies at AVG Technologies that led to accretive acquisitions. He established a Data Science team with the first Hadoop cluster in the Europe. Most recently, he spearheaded new branding and positioning for (formerly 0xdata) resulting in a new website, sales collateral, product messaging that resulted in significantly increased sales. He launched IBM | Spark and the Data Science Experience and is now focused on building strategic partnerships and ecosystem to attract cognitive developers.

The cognitive era is being defined by data scientists, builders and developers who are facing increasing pressure to make sense of Big Data, train cognitive systems and create new and innovative products and services on the cloud. Developers will code what needs to be learned, and the machine will learn what needs to be coded.

As a result, in businesses today, developers are front and center driving business process innovation. This requires a massive skills training effort, and IBM is committed to providing a way to bridge the skill gap.

At InterConnect 2017 we announced a partnership with Galvanize to deliver the Cognitive Curriculum, an online, self-directed, four-week program. Today we have made that announcement a reality.

Hosted on IBM Bluemix, the Cognitive Curriculum covers an introduction to machine learning and AI and the business problems cognitive technology can solve. It breaks from the traditional learning model, allowing developers to gain hands-on experience, building prototypes of cognitive products using Watson APIs to provide solutions for real world use cases. This kind of immersive learning gives developers the skills that the industry wants and demands.

As a result, developers will be able to identify key business applications where applying cognitive concepts can help drive better business outcomes, thus qualifying them for some of the most lucrative jobs in tech. The shortage of talent and expertise has resulted in a wealth of opportunities for the cognitive developer.

Here at IBM, we believe it is vital that we help grow expertise and skills that help build and sustain ecosystems for this era of computing. We have more than 40,000 learning opportunities for data scientists and cognitive developers around the world to access.

IBM’s Cognitive Class, formerly Big Data University, offers nearly 50 courses in cognitive computing, data science, and big data, for students, developers and business professionals. These courses include topics such as: machine learning, deep learning, Hadoop, Spark, Python, R, Scala and others.

And when you’ve completed the training, sign up for our IBM Watson Application Developer Certification. You’ll be able to validate your skills, show your value, and connect with companies that are in search of the talent that you have to offer.

I encourage you to sign up for the Cognitive Curriculum, and join our developer community and hub at IBM developerWorks. Engage with us and give us feedback, we welcome and appreciate it.

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