IBM issued a press release today that mixes technology, money, and social agendas in an interesting way
IBM and King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), the Saudi Arabian national research and development organization, today announced a multi-year agreement to collaborate on advancing machine translation technologies, advancing intellectual property development and establishing a National Women Software Development Centre. Under terms of the agreement, KACST will purchase an IBM Blue Gene supercomputer to enable KACST scientists to perform complex simulations and computational modeling.
More in the release about some of the specific research that KACST and IBM will be working on. I’ll leave that as an exercise for the reader and skip to the societal part of the release
IBM and KACST will collaborate on establishing a national Software Development Center aimed at becoming a world-class organization with highly-skilled female specialists acting as a catalyst for the growth of the software development industry in the Kingdom, and delivering solutions to domestic and global clients.
The Center will create a unique opportunity for female Saudi software professionals to grow their technical skills while providing high-quality services and products to local and global clients. The staff will benefit from a hands-on training environment as well as the opportunity to draw on best practices from IBM under the initial mentorship of accomplished IBM scientists.