Monday, July 6, 2009

DB2 on Campus Thailand 2009

From June 29th to July 3rd the DB2 on Campus program was presented to several universities in Bangkok, Thailand. As usual, Sunicha E. (IBM Thailand) provided great support and logistics work. Also as usual the schedule was packed with activities. The first two days were spent on a 2-day workshop for instructors which included one full day on DB2 9.7's new features where tutorials were performed using the "Technology Explorer" open source software originally developed at the Toronto lab. The following days were spent at different universities (SIIT, KMUTT, KU, etc) reaching approximately 400 attendees. There was also a 'celebration' event for DB2 Student Ambassadors to thank them for their contribution to the translation of the DB2 Express-C book to Thai (currently under review by IBM Thailand before publishing it). Within this tight schedule, the organizers also managed to squeeze in a customer visit to present to DBAs and developers the new features about DB2 9.7.

The DB2 on Campus program has visited Thailand at least 4 times now. Its impact has been felt as we see several universities adopting DB2 in their curricula, the most number of participants (2000 students) in ASEAN for the XML Superstar challenge, and the fact that Thai students won at the ASEAN level on all three categories of the contest (video mania, Query challenge, and programming contest). Congratulations to Thailand universities and students!


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