The African continent accounts for 14 percent of the world’s population and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. With a growth rate expected to average 7 percent annually over the next 20 years, Africa is poised to become a leading source of innovation in a variety of industries. IBM announced the formation of IBM Research – Africa and officially launched its first laboratory facility in Nairobi, Kenya, in October 2013.
IBM recognizes the huge potential impact of research and smarter systems in helping to build Africa’s future. For this reason, the IBM Recruiting team invites professors, scientists and qualified university students to participate in a Research Virtual Recruiting Event for several open positions at the recently opened IBM Research – Africa Laboratory.
Recruiting great employees is vital to our success and to building a Smarter Planet. So join us for our Research Virtual Recruiting Event on 5 December 2013 @ 19:00 EAT (17:00 CET, see more time zones) to learn more.
Based in Nairobi, Kenya, IBM Research’s twelfth global lab is the first science and technology research lab on the continent. Watch the video below to learn more about the lab.
Four distinct stories of progress show how a challenge once considered unsolvable was addressed: Sending a man to the moon, sequencing the rice genome, making medicine personal and reducing traffic congestion. Across the diversity of these examples, the film reveals how progress was made possible by a combination of people and technology, and by taking a distinct approach to making the world work better — seeing, mapping, understanding, believing and acting. Today, this very approach can be used to tackle challenges large and small. This film was originally presented in an immersive experience on forty 85″ screens in the IBM THINK Exhibit at Lincoln Center in New York, USA. Watch the Film.
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At Fortune’s recent Most Powerful Women summit, it was clear that many of the executives of the world’s most admired companies are making innovation a priority, as they talked about their willingness to embrace change as part of their strategies for staying ahead. During the conference, IBM CEO, Ginni Rometty, shared her approach to innovation. She spoke about IBM’s 102 year history of transition, starting in the business of cheese slicers and time clocks, which is very different from today, where the business is 80% software and services. She said,
“When I think of IBM, I don’t define it by a product – and I think that’s one of the reasons that it’s 102 years old. If you think of yourself as a product, you’ll miss the trends, you’ll miss the shifts. And you’ll miss dangerous ones, like business models.”
When asked how a company can continue to stay innovative and ‘look around the curves’, Ginni shared the following five avenues that a company of any size, as well as an individual, can leverage to help them look ahead and stay innovative:
- Original research
- Working with universities around the world
- Talking with clients to get their ideas
- Venture capital community
- Social within the enterprise (internal ideation)
Read the full story and watch the interview below:
(Fortune, 2013) – Ginni Rometty on Research, Social and Watson
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