With a view to bridging the skills gap in emerging technology areas, IBM, in association with Venturesity has launched a career challenge for engineering students who can be a part of workshops in mobile app development, cognitive computing and data analytics.
The workshops will be held in 8 regions throughout India for a total of 24 workshops. Following these, the students will be invited to take part in a hackathon where they will develop innovative apps using these emerging technologies.
The initiative was launched across many leading educational institutions in India in partnership with Venturesity and IBM India’s University Relations team. The online registrations started on July 15. So far, around 11,800 students across India have registered for this.
Mona Bharadwaj, Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives, University Relations, IBM India/South Asia, said, “The main focus of this initiative is to help make students industry ready, therefore more employable and to serve as an open platform enabling hidden talent across the country to have the opportunity to be spotted.”
Before attending the workshops, students will be required to take part in a small online quiz that will test their preparedness. Over 11,800 students have already cleared this preliminary challenge.
Six workshops have already been conducted over the weekend of August 27 and 28, 2016, with over 1,600 students attending the same. The workshops were mentored by industry experts and experts from IBM.
At the end of the challenge, participants get to win prizes and stand a chance to have their resumes reviewed by IBM India’s recruitment team for potential placement interviews and internships.