Cool news coming out of the Rochester Institute of Technology today...

IBM today announced the launch of the first software Innovation and Collaboration Lab on the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus in Rochester, N.Y., where future software developers will work on 21st century enterprise technologies -- including open collaboration products -- that harness Web 2.0 and social networking features. ...

During their six month co-ops, RIT undergraduate students selected by IBM will perform design, development and technical support roles from within IBM's lab on RIT's campus. This lab will draw on students of various majors from three of RIT's colleges: Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, and the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. ...

IBM's contribution to the development and design lab include dedicated servers and laptops for student co-ops, plus on-site staff and mentors who will be working together with students both in person and virtually to train students on gaining new business skills combined with technology expertise. Students will initially be working on Lotus and collaboration tools, such as Lotus Symphony and Lotus Connections.
Read the IBM press release here.  May also be coverage coming in the local Rochester Business Journal.  I also learned this afternoon that IBM has assigned an executive full-time to focus on this effort.

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