The IBM SkillsBuild Changemaker Programme

The IBM SkillsBuild Changemaker Programme
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The IBM SkillsBuild Changemaker Programme


The purpose of the programme is to uplift Changemakers with the skills required to thrive in tomorrow’s economy, changemaking skills and leadership skills and launch thousands of Changemaker projects will build a more sustainable, joyous, prosperous, and fairer future. The Changemakers are trained in the key skills of being a changemaker, including inspirational and visionary leadership, innovation skills, agile execution, the future of technology and data, etc. They apply these skills to a pressing societal challenge in the community they come from. The challenges they are taking on include:

  • Combatting child marriage, human trafficking, and gender-based violence
  • Improving road safety
  • Enabling health eating in their communities
  • Protecting trees and soil health
  • Replacing wood fires with clean stoves in homes to reduce air pollution  
  • Providing opportunities and facilities for sport in the community

IBM provides mentorship and the extraordinary SkillsBuild platform, which provides free digital learning on cutting-edge technology and workplace skills, from AI, coding, interview skills, change, leadership, etc. We believe our future will be so much better and full of hope when everyone sees themselves as a Changemaker, and believes, “I am the Solution”. This is the vision of the programme.

Partner organisations


The International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), is an American multinational technology corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York and is present in over 175 countries. It specializes in computer hardware, middleware, and software, and provides hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. IBM is the largest industrial research organization in the world, with 19 research facilities across a dozen countries, and held the record for most annual U.S. patents generated by a business for 29 consecutive years from 1993 to 2021.

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS)

Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is the largest Educational Institution for Indigenous Children and Youth. It is a fully free residential home for 80,000 students in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since the year 2015. Its higher education unit, KISS Deemed to be University has been declared Deemed to be University under Section 3 of UGC Act, 1956 by the Ministry of Human resource development, Government of India, New Delhi since 2017. KISS has been conferred UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize 2022 for its contribution to preservation of indigenous languages.