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Our beginning………Team IBM Nigeria Smarter Cities Challenge

From the moment I stepped off the plane in Abuja, Nigeria I sensed there was something very special about this city and the people who live here.  The warmth of Nigerians, plus the extraordinary welcome we’ve been given have made us feel less like visitors and more like extended family members.  In Nigeria, extended families are still the norm and the backbone of the social system.  Grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers and in-laws all work as a unit through life – similar to how our 5-member IBM team will be working together over the next 3 weeks as part of IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge.IMG_2846I’m honored to have been selected to participate in IBM Smarter Cities Challenge!  This is IBM’s largest philanthropic initiative that contributes the skills and expertise of top-talent IBMers to address key challenges facing cities around the world.  Over the past 3 years, 100 cities have been selected to receive grants based on having a critical issue to resolve, coupled with a desire to take action and drive change.

Our IBM Nigeria Smarter Cities Challenge team comes from all parts of the globe:  Philippines, Dubai an Continue reading


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