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Warwick Students Tie Weblinks with IBM

Two third year University of Warwick students, James Bell and Julian Friedman, have been recognised by IBM as technology talent for the future. This summer, they have spent 12 weeks
participating in Extreme Blue - IBM’s premier student internship scheme for
top students from all over the world.

James, studying Computer Science and Julian, studying Physics and Computer
Science, participated have been working at IBM’s Hursley Labs near Winchester. Only 12 students from the UK are selected for the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology alongside some of IBM’s top technology engineers.

James and Julian are taking part in the ‘Peridot’ team, alongside a business student. They
are responsible for a web-based programme called ‘Fingerprinting’, which aims to eliminate broken or outdated links when surfing the Web. The team hope the finished product will allow organisations to spot and remedy flaws in their- often extremely complex – websites, allowing them to trust in the integrity of their internet personae and increasing the productivity of its users, ensuring a satisfying customer experience and positive company impression.

Next week on September 16 and 17, James and Julian’s team will present the findings of their project to IBM Executives in Amsterdam, along with other Extreme Blue teams from across Europe. In October, they return to Warwick to complete the last year of their studies.

Further Information

Extreme Blue is a world wide programme in its sixth year and is IBM’s premier student internship scheme, operating in over twelve sites world wide. The main aims of the programme are to attract some of the most talented students and to encourage students to develop leading-edge technology and business opportunities for IBM.