IBM has launched a new location for IBM academic software and tools. To address the skills gap, academia and industries must work together to develop the new competences required in the future. The initial step is to provide access to technology and share industry experiences. Through the IBM Academic Initiative (ibm.biz/academic), university faculty and students have easy and immediate access to IBM’s resources on emerging and critical technologies. These resources will empower students to gain hands-on experience in the same tools used by industries and required for many of tomorrow’s jobs.