The IBM Smarter Planet Lab is an innovative collaboration between the Digital Art and Technology course, i-DAT (the Digital Art and Technology research group) and information technology giant IBM.
The lab is used by Digital Art and Technology students to develop their ideas around a networked culture where everyone and everything is connected. The Smarter Planet Lab is a test bed to explore how The Internet of Things is transforming our relationship with the world, building a more sustainable and stable planet.
What do we mean by a Smarter Planet?
The IBM Academic Initiative is a global programme that facilitates the collaboration between IBM and educators to teach students the information technology skills they need to be competitive and keep pace with changes in the workplace. It allows students open access to full versions of hundreds of IBM programmes and software, providing real world experience on industry-proven software.
In addition, IBM are offering work placements to Digital Art & Technology students and graduates and offer a prize for work created using their software at the Graduation Ceremony. This unique and valuable partnership is an example of the University's commitment to supporting new enterprise and dedication to giving students the best possible training to prepare them for the competitive life of the working world.