IBM announced the opening of a new Bluemix Garage within the DMZ today. Following launches in San Francisco and London, the new addition to the Ryerson University incubator is the first of its kind in Canada.
The Toronto Bluemix Garage is tasked with mentoring developers and startups in the region on the development of cloud applications and services. In addition to providing its full suite of IBM Cloud technologies – including platform-as-a-service, Bluemix, of course – IBM will connect local startups with its rolodex of enterprise partners to scale growth.
“We are pleased to welcome the first and only Canadian Bluemix Garage into the DMZ,” said Abdullah Snobar, Executive Director of the DMZ at Ryerson University. “This new partnership will provide IBM with an opportunity to work with some of our country’s top tech talent to explore new ideas and methodologies. Our entrepreneurs will also greatly benefit from access to IBM’s expertise and vast business network.”
One notable early member of the Toronto Bluemix Garage is Canadian direct bank Tangerine, which has utilized Bluemix for its mobile services.
“Bluemix provides the advanced tools and technologies we need to streamline our infrastructure, become more agile and improve the customer experience,” said Charaka Kithulegoda, CIO, Tangerine. “Now with IBM’s Toronto Bluemix Garage, Tangerine can be part of a physical environment to learn quickly, collaborate and create the next generation of mobile banking technology to further enhance our business.”