Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
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October 3rd, 2014

Or at the very least, inspire change for the better in some capacity?  While you should aim to ‘make your mark’ on a global scale, sometimes starting small makes sense – take into consideration financial constraints and that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.  But, don’t stop dreaming on a large scale!  Every idea that comes to fruition began with a dream…

Here’s an event being held in October in the U.S. that is worth investigating (click the pic for full details). 


BBC World Changing Ideas

 Speakers are to include:

  • Professor Mary “Missy” Cummings, Director of Humans and Autonomy Laboratory, Duke University
  • Ezekiel Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania
  • Julius Genachowski, Former Chairman, FCC
  • Alexis Ohanian, Partner, Y Combinator and Co-founder, reddit
  • Alfred Spector, Vice President of Research, Google


NOTE: I’m aware it’s a pricey event for a Grad Student.  If you aren’t able to attend, you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter!

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June 12th, 2014

NEW Students for a Smarter Planet Award
One more option to get funds for your school: use IBM’s new cloud platform, IBM Bluemix™, to write an application to improve the world in some way that you make freely available.  The app needs to be related to any smarter planet theme, and should be connected to your school work – helping to build your skills. Write it, make it available, and apply for $1,000 award for your school to use to celebrate your achievement.

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In February 2012, IBM had setup a Centre of Excellence for Smarter Commerce at the India Software Lab, Bangalore, India. By bringing together a powerful combination of technical expertise, domain knowledge, and best practices from IBM’s extensive global engagements, the CoE will offer innovative solutions to automate and accelerate the purchasing, marketing, sales and customer service functions to organizations across India, South Asia and Asia Pacific.

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Check out the Mobile App Challenge 

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January 25th, 2012

It would be great if we could hear/see about student projects here on videos — you are encouraged to collect segments and edit them to tell the other teams about what you have going on at your school.   Here’s an article about how it’s working  as a research journal.

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