This summer I got the chance to participate in IBM's Extreme Blue program and I would like to drop a few lines for people who think about doing the same thing.
As a student I was very curious how it may be like in one of the busiest development and research facilities of the big blue. Thinking about some superlatives I also wondered how the place itself is, who and how are the guys working there and if we could have a nice time together doing some cool stuff.
Bottom Line upfront: Extreme Blue rocks!
and these are some reasons:
- It is during the semester holidays... and if you are not from around Stuttgart there additionally is a great town to discover.
- There are 4 teams in 4 different projects with 4 members each adding up to 16 nerds from all over wherever that you can spend a summer with. A lot of them became good friends.
- This bunch roughly multiplies by 5 during the Extreme Blue Expo. This is where all European teams meet somewhere in Europe to present and discuss their projects. Naturally there is a hell of a party afterwards :-)
- Participating seems like a small team start-up simulation with all the aspects, which means you have to go through the whole project foobar process and you are included in nearly any choice. The big pro: There is a countless crowd of consultants behind your back.
- Besides the mentioned team members you will work and meet with people from all over the world. Managers, Researchers, Developers, Specialists etc. that all tell their own story. Individually helpful.
- Although one might think the project is challenging enough, the timetable is enriched with social skill training, technical seminars and social events.
FYI. the direct link to the Boeblingen page.