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Indian colleges to compete in IBM's 'Blue Battle'

Posted: 02 Mar 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Gen-next technology  engineering colleges  computing problems  IT tools 

IBM has launched the first of its kind Gen-next technology challenge, dubbed the "IBM Blue Battle", in over 25 leading engineering colleges across India. This is an opportunity for students to get hands-on-experience on high end technologies and use IT tools to develop innovative solutions for difficult computing problems in real time.

IBM expects over 1000 students in each of the 25 hosting colleges to participate in 'IBM Blue Battle.' The first in the series has been launched at IIIT Hyderabad and is being conducted on IBM Multi-core architecture for gaming.

Colleges lined up in the IBM Blue Battle series include UVCE Bangalore on Green IT, JNTU Hyderabad, Madras Institute of Technology (Anna University) Chennai, few IITs and NITs.

Amol Mahamuni, Programme Director, WebSphere Solutions and Technology and University Relations—IBM India/SA said, "The challenge will enhance the students' knowledge on technologies that are at the helm of innovation across the industry and provide them with an opportunity to develop innovative solutions in real work scenario. It hones their technical skills while learning basic on-the-job skills such as teamwork, organisation, and working under deadlines."

IBM Blue Battle will put to test the participants' technical prowess and reflect local universities' talent and strengths. It will enable participants to work on technologies such as Multi processors/Nano technology, electronics, service oriented architecture (SOA), Multi Core Architecture, Enterprise Computing (IBM System z), Information Management, Web 2.0, cloud computing, virtualisation and High Performance Computing (HPC). Mentors from IBM, along with the college faculty, will closely work with the students throughout the programme.

This competition will also enable students to work on projects using IBM products, applications, tools and services in the future through further collaboration and mentoring by IBM experts.

"The participating students of the Tech Festivals go through a DVD or download a Fast Learning Material available in our Portal, Participate in the Online Preliminary Round followed by an Onsite Finals comprising Technical Quiz, Solving a Quick Integration Problem, and a brief presentation of the Technology Application, all in one conducted by professionals and judged by IBM Experts," adds Mahamuni.

The programme starts with an online test for interested students, followed by a written test which is more rigorous and test students� knowledge on the theme technology and then the final round comprising a pop quiz and a real life business problem scenario.

The winners of this battle will receive prizes including Lenovo Ideapad laptops along with certification from IBM.

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