Accenture, MIT hold lecture series on modern Web

IT outsourcing titan Accenture, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professional Education, recently held its 4th annual Shaping the Future Forum, in celebration of the company’s Technology Month in July.

In separate sessions in Manila and Cebu, Accenture invited select students of IT, engineering and related courses, as well as technology professionals, to listen to and interact with MIT’s Dr. Abel Sanchez, who talked about “Weaving the Modern Web Platform.”

The MIT professor in Software Construction, Software Engineering, and Software Architecture, enlightened about a thousand participants in both Manila and Cebu, on the fascinating evolution of the Web and the remarkable features and capabilities of the modern browser, the new frameworks, visualization capabilities, data stores, media support, and Web language, particularly JavaScript and HTML5, etc.

As she welcomed participants to Accenture’s Shaping the Future Forum, Ambe Tierro, who leads Accenture’s Technology business in the Philippines, China and other Asia Pacific countries, including South Korea, explained that the annual event aims to encourage current and future IT professionals to innovate and be at the forefront of what’s happening in the industry.

“Advancements in technology are very exciting. As IT practitioners, we should open ourselves to new developments and seek new information, to enable us to think out of the box and keep those creative juices flowing to help us become high performers in our specializations.”

Tierro shared that the annual technology event is a key part of the Accenture Technology Academy (ATA), a training and certification program for its IT employees, and an offshoot of the company’s continuing collaboration with the MIT Professional Education.

Aside from the MIT lecture, forum participants, especially the students, joined various activities to witness and experience first-hand the many features and solution capabilities of technologies such as analytics, mobility, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), infrastructure outsourcing, among others.

The schools that sent their students to the event include the University of the Philippines– Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University Manila, University of Santo Tomas, Mapua Institute of Technology, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and Adamson University in Metro Manila, and Cebu’s University of San Carlos, University of San Jose – Recoletos, University of the Philippines – Cebu, and Cebu Institute of Technology University.

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