What is Apprentice Garage?

Apprentice Garage
The Apprentice Garage program, hosted by IBM Advanced Studies, guides postsecondary students to apply Garage™ Methodology, Enterprise Design Thinking, and IBM technology to intra-curricular and extra-curricular projects. 

Students work with clients, IBM teams, educators, and universities to identify and build solutions to business and societal challenges. Each Apprentice Garage is uniquely co-created, co-developed, and co-executed in response to specific stakeholder and project needs.

As a campus-based community of practice, the program provides assessment and recruitment of campus talent by public and private sector organizations of all sizes, including IBM and its clients. Students build transformative skills, discover pathways to career building and change-making, and support continued economic development and diversification. 


IBM Garage is a collaborative exchange of ideas, knowledge, experimentation and support. When you work with IBM Garage, it brings customer pain points into focus and creates a culture of innovation. Your team is empowered to take manageable risks. You help organizations adopt leading technologies, speed up product development and measure the value of everything you do. We support you and the community in achieving goals and we are dedicated to making sure that your team is more capable, just for having worked with us.

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Current Projects

Sustainable Watershed Integrated Management Project (SWIM)

In collaboration with the University of Calgary, the Sustainable Watershed Integrated Management (SWIM) project pools together data from multiple sources – sensors, scientists, and citizens – to create an accessible information reservoir that enhances watershed education, science, policy, and management across Canada. Apprentice Garage contributors are currently focusing on user experience, data integration, and technical challenges on the SWIM platform.

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Precision Cities: Responding Precisely to Human Needs

In collaboration with Carleton University, the Precision Cities project aims to support local organizations and community leaders in Vanier, Ottawa in providing self-sustaining, community-driven solutions to food insecurity within their vulnerable populations.

Utilizing IBM Garage Methodology, the IBM Precision Cities Apprentice Garage Team focuses on the iterative process of co-creation, co-execution, and co-operation whilst incorporating IBM Enterprise Design Thinking, and IBM Agile Principles to identify key stakeholders, focal pain-points, and possible solutions, in collaboration with the Vanier community.

The Precision Cities Apprentice Garage Team focuses primarily on seeking opportunities to build capacity amongst community organizations to more equitably distribute available resources to the users who need it most.

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