Janine Gerber and Andy Rindos tell you how to collaborate with IBM and use IBM’s Bluemix Cloud for free. And students talk about their development projects.

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At an open house for the IBM Education Collaboration Center at NC State, Calvin Powers talks to Janine Gerber, Worlwide Program Manager for the IBM Cloud Academy, and Andy Rindos, head of the RTC Center for Advanced Studies, about how students can collaborate with IBM and use the Bluemix Cloud platform.

Janine points out the extended free trial of the Bluemix platform and services that IBM and the university are offering students. Students can explore cloud, data analytics, IoT, and Watson services, as well as hook up with IBM’s Master the Mainframe contest.


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The collaboration center is a focal point for joint projects between IBM experts, faculty, and students using the company’s complete portfolio of products and services, including Watson, IoT, blockchain, and security, all supported by IBM Cloud services and Systems solutions.

Andy discusses how the center takes advantage of the engineering curriculum at NCSU; each student must be involved in an enterprise-scale development project and IBM makes cloud services and a platform available to these students. Some of IBM’s partners and customers contribute by shaping the projects for real-world application.

As an example, Gabriel Garza and Alex Leonov, both Electrical Engineering students at NCSU, created a project that took on the task of monitoring hospital-acquired infections by Bluetooth-enabling handwashing appliances in the hospital system. The wash stations connect with a staffer’s phone when the person uses the station. Watson services play a role in this proximity and triangulation solution.

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