University Awards

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Nominations for the IBM Students for a Smarter Planet Award must be initiated by a student with the support of a faculty member.

About the program

The IBM Students for a Smarter Planet Award is a competitive worldwide program intended to demonstrate that:

  • Students can use technology to make the world a better place to live.
  • Students participate in projects to benefit our communities.

Students for a Smarter Planet Awards are cash awards granted per semester. IBM Students for a Smarter Planet Awards are not contracts and no intellectual property rights are stipulated as part of a Students for a Smarter Planet Award. Students are asked to assign a blogger for the duration of the project and to post regular updates to the Students for a Smarter Planet blog.

Eligibility:

To qualify for this internationally competitive award, the student must be a member of the Students for a Smarter Planet community, and can be of any age. Most projects are executed by student teams, not individuals. The project must meet three criteria:

  1. Be related to their studies; helping to build the students' skills
  2. Be associated with any aspect of Smarter Planet themes (eg. energy, sustainability, analytics, water, public safety, etc) See "What is a Smarter Planet"
  3. Be linked to any size community or ecosystem with the goal of making improvements therein (making the planet smarter!)

Nomination:

IBM does accept unsolicited requests or proposals for Students for a Smarter Planet Awards. Access the nomination form here, edit the form and return it to IBM as directed.