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Earn a badge on Open P-TECH and then have fun while learning tech with “Squads After School”

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Learning tech is cool. But experimenting with the hottest tech alongside friends? That's game-changing. Want to develop your own 3D game in Unity? Make mods for Minecraft? Start a YouTube channel?

IBM is offering over 200 seats to “Squads After School.” Follow the steps below for a chance to have a free spot at Squads After School!

Step 1

Enroll in the competition

If you’re 13 to 17 years old and a resident of the US or Canada, click on the sign-up link below (so that we know you are interested and can contact you).

Step 2


Register for Open P-TECH and access hundreds of exciting courses on essential professional skills and cutting-edge technologies.

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Step 3

Earn a badge

Earn any one of Open P-TECH’s digital badges. (Cool--you now have something to put on your first resume!)

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How it works

Earn your badge by November 5th (2020, midnight US Eastern Time to be precise). We’ll let you know on Nov 6 if you’ve earned a seat to a Squad After School.

Be available for the “Squads After School” experience which will run from Nov 16 through Dec 18. Your Squad will meet once a week for 90 minutes starting at either 4 or 7pm US Eastern Time. (There’s a vacation break the week of Nov. 23rd)

Have access to a computer and the Internet (at home, at a library, at a friend’s house) to participate with your Squad. (Depending on which Squad you are interested in, you might need something a bit more powerful than a Chromebook)

IBM will award seats on a first-come / first-served basis. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. IBM also reserves the right to tweak the rules if there’s some sort of problem (like a global pandemic or whatever).

Build your skills. Earn a badge for your resume. Connect with peers while learning to code!