IBM Sponsors Camp for High Schoolers

UT Dallas Professor Dr. Roozbeh Jafari works with students during the camp.

In 2012, IBM hosted its 3rd annual IBM Summer Innovation Camp in partnership with UT Dallas. This was the first time the free camp was hosted on a college campus. Seventy DFW high school students with computer science backgrounds spent three days at UT Dallas and a final day at the IBM Innovation Center in Dallas.

The camp brings together real-world technology skills through hands-on experience with virtualization, mobile application development, Linux and database systems. In addition to working in the computer lab, students watched demonstrations of UT Dallas research in mind control, gaming and robotics. To hear from students, watch the 2012 camp video.

At the IBM Innovation Center, the students heard from community and technical leaders about the importance of having advanced skills and future career opportunities in technology. They were also given a tour of the IBM data center. A highlight of the day was the IBM Watson presentation. Watson is an artificial intelligence computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language. Watson may be most famous for competing on and winning the quiz show Jeopardy! in 2011. During an interactive game, students learned how Watson is being used to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.

“This was the first year we hosted the camp on a college campus and it added another level of learning for the students,” said Sunil S. Patel, manager of the IBM Innovation Center in Dallas. “With more jobs requiring advanced technical skills, strong corporate/university relationships are necessary to support creating the pipeline of future workforce candidates.”

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