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IBM has a long-standing culture of playing an active role in the community. To celebrate its centennial in 2011, IBM decided that one of the best ways to leave a lasting legacy was to have a year long 'Celebration of Service'. IBM volunteers shared their time, skills and expertise in the places where they were most needed. Thousands of employees in the UK and Ireland registered to take part in events throughout 2011, pledging almost 95,000 hours in the process.

There were numerous projects for the Celebration of Service in Ireland.

In Dublin, for example, 'Silver Surfer' classes, run in conjunction with Age Action Ireland, aimed to train over 55's in basic computer skills. In Cork, meanwhile, IBM employees worked with Shine Ireland to enhance the talents and skills of autistic children using science and technology. In Galway, the Skills@Work program, a Business in the Community Schools Business Partnership, encouraged students to fulfil their potential by holding CV and interview workshops, as well as developing the students' teamwork and presentation skills.


'Silver Surfer' classes, IBM Dublin, 2011
All these activites complement the already well-established activites IBM Ireland are involved in. These activities include the BT Young Scientist competition, Science Week, the Extreme Blue internship and 'Bring Your Child to Work Day', not to mention the fun and fabulous flash mob which took place in Galway in July 2011, when IBM employees joined with the Samaritans to promote awareness of their helpline which provides support to those in distress.

IBM Volunteers who took part in Science Week 2011 and worked with local schools to promote the relevance of science, engineering and technology in our everyday lives.

IBM has also launched a 'Mentoring Charities' program, which aims to pass on the skills IBM employees have developed as part of their everyday work, and share them with various charitable organisations through one-to-one mentoring.


Bring Your Child to Work Day

Bring your child to work day is an initiative designed to be much more than just a career day. The event is run across all three sites in Ireland (Cork, Dublin and Galway) and is open to children aged between 8 and 12. It is an opportunity for IBM employees to show their children where they work and what they do. Also, because it can be run in conjunction with Engineer's Week in Ireland, it allows children to see what engineers do every day and gives them the opportunity to tackle some engineering challenges themselves. The activities that children have been involved in over the years include:Experiments such as making tie-dyed milk, a rocket pinwheel and a volcano.The Lego robot challenge (engineering a robot).'Be an engineer' K'nex challenge.Quizes.This event also gives IBM a chance to introduce its cutting edge projects to a whole new generation. As part of the 2011 event in Dublin, for example, children were given a presentation on smart technologies. Meanwhile in Galway, children were told about IBM's involvement with NASA. Demonstrations of IBM technologies are also given which help to increase the children's knowledge of what IBM do. Every bring your child to work day has been a success and it is hoped the children who participate will always remember the day they spent in IBM.

Locations

  • - IBM Ireland, Galway Lab

    Software Lab of over 80 employees working on the Service Management portfolio.

    IBM-Tivoli Netcool Wireless Products Engineering
    IDA Business Park
    Dangan, Galway, Ireland

    IBM Galway Map
    GPS coordinates:53.290514,-9.073548

  • - IBM Ireland, Cork Lab

    Software Lab of over 170 employees working on the Service Management portfolio.

    Building 5300
    Airport Business Park
    Kinsale Road Roundabout, Kinsale Road Cork

    IBM Cork Map
    GPS coordinates:51.85,-8.48

  • - IBM Ireland, Dublin Lab

    Software Lab of over 700 employees involved in the Social and Collaborative Computing, Smarter Cities, Cloud Computing, Data Warehouse and Analytics portfolios.

    Technology Campus:
    Damastown Industrial Estate, Mulhuddart,
    Dublin 15

    IBM Technology Campus Map
    GPS coordinates:53.41562,-6.421251

Galway Flash Mob

Watch the Video. Galway Flash Mob.