Thursday, April 21, 2011

5/5/11 Jim Spohrer (IBM) Future of ICT to Build a Smarter Planet

Jim Spohrer (MPICT's 2011 Winter Conference key note speaker) will be speaking as part of UC-Berkeley's CITRIS on ICT.

The Future of ICT to Build a Smarter Planet: i4science series

Lecture | May 5 | 1:15-2 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

James Spohrer, Director, IBM University Programs World-Wide, IBM

This talk will review the exciting current trends and future directions in ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) to enable a Smarter Planet. The implication for society, ICT workforce, and technical education will be explored. With an anemic economic recovery underway and globalization concerns creating uncertainty, community-minded ICT educators should take heart and continue to be motivated for several key reasons that will be presented The ICT transformation that happened in the private sector is about to happen for the public sector, but in some surprising ways that will increase demand for local ICT education especially. This talk will provide a broad, high-level view of local and global changes, and what will drive the local, regional demand for ICT talent in the future.

About the speaker
Dr. James Spohrer works to align IBM and universities in regional innovation ecosystems globally. Previously, he helped found IBM’s first Service Research group, the global Service Science community, and was founding CTO of IBM’s Venture Capital Relations Group in Silicon Valley.


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