EXTREME BLUE is
IBM 's premier internship program for both graduate
and undergraduate students ; it also serves as a placement opportunity
IBM employment due to the significant effort put into
placement of the interns.
* 1 History
* 2 Projects
* 3 Laboratory locations
* 3.1 North America
* 3.2 South America
* 3.3 Asia
* 3.4 Europe
* 4 References
* 5 External links
Extreme Blue was created in 1999 by Jane Harper. It began at the
Lotus Software site in
Cambridge, Massachusetts . In 2003, Extreme
Blue participants filed 98 patents .
In 2007, 10,000 applications were received for 92 positions in the
U.S.; over 10,000 students applied for 220 positions worldwide. At the
2008 National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) award ceremony, the
Extreme Blue program received the "Over 250 Employees – Short
term placement" award. In 2009, according to an
Extreme Blue manager,
over 10,000 applications were received for fewer than 50 US positions.
Since its inception, the program has expanded to include 15 active
international locations. Former
Samuel J. Palmisano , now
chairman (far right) speaking with interns at
Extreme Blue in 2009
Extreme Blue uses
IBM engineers, interns, and business managers to
develop technology and business plans for new products and services.
Each summer an
Extreme Blue team also works on a project. These
projects mostly involve rapid prototyping of high-profile software and
hardware projects. Publicly released projects include the following:
* AmalgamR (2009) amalgamates social information from multiple
sources, including Twitter, and displays relevant and timely
* BreadCrumbs (2009) is an iPhone application that scans grocery
food barcodes and gives consumers information such as ingredients,
manufacturing history, and product recall alerts with the use of food
traceability servers .
Malaria Clinic in Tanzania helped by SMS
for Life program, an
Extreme Blue project
* SMS for Life (2009) fights malaria in Africa by utilizing cell
phones, texting and web mapping technology to track and manage
antimalarial drugs .
* exSEL (2007) is an end-to-end marketing tool which provides a
virtual tour and allows virtual interactions with the exhibits in the
IBM Solutions Experience Lab .
* SiSi Say It Sign It (2007) converts from spoken English directly
British Sign Language which is then signed by an animated digital
character or avatar.
IBM Peridot (2004) checks web sites for broken links and assist in
updating them. IBM, and the student inventors, have two patents (US
7290131 and US application 20040267726 ) on this technology.
* GameGrid (2003) created a distributed computing
MMOG based on the
open-source version of ID Software\'s
Quake 2 first-person shooter .
In 2004, there were 44
Extreme Blue teams in North America. In 2002,
there were 101 interns in North America from 42 schools.
IBM Almaden Research Center located in San Jose, California, USA
* 4 teams in 2009
* Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (1999–2004)
* Debut location of
* Did not host EB in 2001.
* Raleigh, North Carolina, USA (2002–current)
* Started 2002
* Lab manager:
* (2006-current) Ross Grady
* Austin, Texas, USA (2001-current)
* Started 2001
* Lab manager:
* (2015-current) Marjean Fieldhouse
* Technical lead:
* (2015-current) Matthew Glover
Ontario , Canada
Toronto , Ontario, Canada
* São Paulo,
* Started in 2004 with 9 students in 2 teams
* Started in 2010 and is currently active.
Haifa Research Laboratory located in Haifa,
* Cork, Ireland
* 3 teams in 2002
* La Gaude,
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Extreme Blue wins \'Over 250 Employees – Short
term placement Award\'
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* ^ Richard Macmanus (October 26, 2009). "
IBM Debuts Food
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World? IBM\'s Are". Fast Company. Retrieved 21 Dec 2009.
* ^ "Saving Lives with SMS for Life". IBM. 14 Dec 2009. Retrieved
21 Dec 2009.
* ^ Mitch Wagner (15 Dec 2009). "SMS Project Fights
Africa". InformationWeek. Retrieved 21 Dec 2009.
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Department of Lost and Found". NYTimes. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
* ^ "Broken Links No More?". Slashdot. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
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BBC . Retrieved 21 May 2014.
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