Grants of software and service to community partners
IBM provides grants of IBM software, services and consulting to local non-profit organisations to improve their effectiveness. This mirrors the assistance IBM provides to its clients.
Corporate Service Corp (CSC)
Each year, IBM will choose several hundred employees from different countries and business units to participate in the Corporate Service Corps. This program offers high-potential IBM employees a chance to develop their leadership skills while performing community service in strategic emerging markets of Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.
The Corporate Service Corps teams employee groups with small and medium enterprises, non-governmental organisations, universities, and governmental agencies to work in select developing and emerging markets for one month on the world’s toughest problems, such as global economic opportunity, environmental challenges, and access to education resources. Projects may range from assisting networks of entrepreneurs and small businesses trying to grow and reach export markets to the utilisation of information technology by communities left behind the digital divide. Project destinations are emerging and developing
Smarter Cities Challenge
The Smarter Cities Challenge is a competitive grant program awarding $50 million worth of technology and services over the next 3 years to 100 cities around the globe. These grants are designed to address the wide range of financial and infrastructure challenges facing cities today.
The services grant provide each selected city with unprecedented in-kind support and exclusive access to technology experts who provide insights into helping that city make smarter decisions.
In Australia, Townsville (Queensland) was chosen in 2011, Geraldton (Western Australia) was chosen in 2012 and then Gold Coast (Queensland) was chosen in 2013.
World Community Grid uses idle computer time to power societal research
IBM and a group of leading foundations, public organisations and academic institutions have joined together to form the World Community Grid to support research that benefits humanity.
World Community Grid’s mission is to create the world’s largest public computing grid and make the resulting computing power available to public and not-for-profit organisations to use in humanitarian research that might otherwise not be completed due to the high cost of the computer infrastructure required.
The grid uses the idle time of hundreds of thousands of computers around the world to give researchers tremendous amounts of power, exceeding that of several supercomputers, to run complex computations. The grid accelerates the pace of research by performing computations in days or even hours, when they may have taken years on a PC.
To become part of the grid, volunteers download and install a no-charge, small software program on their computers.
The Genographic Project supports genetic research
The Genographic Project, a five-year research partnership between the National Geographic and IBM, is analysing DNA samples contributed by hundreds of thousands of people to more clearly map how the Earth was populated. The resulting public database will house one of the largest collections of human population genetic information ever assembled, serving as an unprecedented resource for geneticists, historians and anthropologists.
The project, which is led by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Spencer Wells, PhD, comprises a team of international scientists and IBM researchers. Members of the general public are able to participate in The Genographic Project by purchasing a kit and allowing their own results to be included in the database. These individuals can follow the progress of their own migratory history.
As part of the Genographic program there is the Genographic Legacy Fund (GLF) which funds projects seeking to strengthen indigenous and traditional communities through education initiatives and cultural and indigenous language preservation and perpetuation programs. It is hoped that the GLF, funded by net proceeds from the sale of the Genographic Project Public Participation Kits, will establish a positive and ongoing legacy for the Genographic Project that will benefit indigenous and traditional peoples.