Robert R. Taylor Network students learn by doing

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Centered on the “ASTEM” fields—architecture, science, technology,
engineering and math—the mission of RRTN is to educate young
people on both the vast opportunities and the cultural legacy of black
achievement in these fields, and to connect them to a supportive
community in which related skills and aspirations can take root.
A central tenet is “learn by doing” within collaborative partnerships.

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  1. 1. IBM Software EducationCase Study Robert R. Taylor Network students learn by doing IBM SmartCloud Engage services help teach students what it means to build business-grade solutions Named in honor of Robert Robinson Taylor, the first known black Overview graduate of MIT (in 1892) and the first professionally educated black architect in the U.S., the Robert R. Taylor Network (RRTN) is an Limited staff, global focus economic empowerment and development organization focused on The Robert R. Taylor Network (RRTN) organization sought a simple, secure and technology entrepreneurship and innovation and dedicated to widening cost-effective way to support interactions the horizons of underserved and underrepresented youths, especially among program staff, partners, youths black youths. The organization serves a global base of students with and mentors who are widely separated nearly 20 staff members and a growing network of partners worldwide. by geography. Creating a virtual community Challenge RRTN chose IBM SmartCloud Engage, a suite of cloud-based collaboration Centered on the “ASTEM” fields—architecture, science, technology, capabilities that can help bring people engineering and math—the mission of RRTN is to educate young and information together quickly and people on both the vast opportunities and the cultural legacy of black easily across boundaries. achievement in these fields, and to connect them to a supportive Hands-on learning community in which related skills and aspirations can take root. With the high quality IBM cloud-based A central tenet is “learn by doing” within collaborative partnerships. collaboration service, RRTN eliminated the need for new hardware and IT support staff, saving substantial time and keeping The RRTN program currently encompasses three main components: the focus on delivery of products and an online historical timeline with links showcasing black achievers in solutions instead of building a global the ASTEM fields, a series of summer institutes, and entrepreneurial infrastructure. activities advanced by promising young students around the world in partnership with MIT-affiliated mentors. Solution Components: In its current early phase of development, RRTN has more than Cloud service 250 partners on its global network, including students, sponsoring • IBM SmartCloud™ Engage organizations, CEOs, community activists, engineers and many other professionals. An initial project centers on working with high-school youths from Brockton, Massachusetts, as that city undertakes economic redevelopment. Much of the organization’s work at this stage is in building its alliances with partners and co-creating the norms and standards for doing collaborative work. Solution As a global initiative, RRTN needed a simple, secure and cost-effective way to support interactions among program staff, partners, youths and
  2. 2. mentors who may be widely separated by geography. To achieve this objective, the organization chose the IBM SmartCloud™ Engage (formerly IBM LotusLive™ Engage) suite of collaboration capabilities that can help bring people and information together quickly and easily across boundaries. © Copyright IBM Corporation 2012 Delivered over the web as a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering, IBM Corporation the SmartCloud Engage suite provides a collaboration infrastructure, Software Group helping to create the identity and sense of community critical to Route 100 Somers, NY 10589 mobilizing a virtual organization. Using member profiles, a central documents repository, file sharing and web conferencing facilities, Produced in the United States of America March 2012 RRTN supports collaborative strategy and planning, community All Rights Reserved building, research, team projects and technology development. IBM, the IBM logo, ibm.com and SmartCloud are trademarks of International Business Machines Corp., registered in many RRTN will soon launch its Venture Network, using the SmartCloud jurisdictions worldwide. Other product and service names might Engage infrastructure to pair black youths with MIT graduates, venture be trademarks of IBM or other companies. A current list of IBM trademarks is available on the Web at “Copyright and trademark capitalists, angel investors and mentors in project-driven relationships. information” at ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml The goal will be to help the students generate, validate and develop entrepreneurial ideas and bring them to market as viable products This document is current as of the initial date of publication and may be changed by IBM at any time. Not all offerings are and services. available in every country in which IBM operates. THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT IS Benefits PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, • Eliminates the need for new hardware and IT support staff, saves EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR time, and puts more focus on delivery of products and solutions A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND ANY WARRANTY OR and less on the infrastructure for building a global organization CONDITION OF NON-INFRINGEMENT. IBM products • Overcomes connectivity barriers in underdeveloped parts of the are warranted according to the terms and conditions of the agreements under which they are provided. world with standards-based access using browsers and mobile devices via the web • Helps win sponsor confidence with a highly secure and reliable Please Recycle infrastructure that enables rapid mobilization and demonstrates to students what it means to build business-grade solutions For more information To learn more about IBM SmartCloud for Social Business service offerings, contact your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit: ibmcloud.com/social“Where we are creating something that has to be creditable from day one and withstand the test of time, I was committed to building on a platform I could rely on, from a brand of excellence. IBM was a simple choice.” — Darian Hendricks, CEO, Robert R. Taylor Network at MIT LOC14150-USEN-02

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