Project Build-A-Thon

Building Practical Skills Through Hands-on Projects

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About IBM Project Build-A-Thon

IBM Project Build-A-Thon is a unique tech building program launched by IBM University Relations Team & SmartBridge exclusively for students to provide project-based learning experience in emerging technologies. The program is packed with technical learning, hands-on guided labs, exciting projects, exposure to IBM Cloud & Watson services and access to courseware & skill badges.

As part of the Project Build-a-thon, students will be exposed to company like project development environment with various integration & communication tools via SmartInternz Platform.


Exciting Benefits


Free IBM Academic Initiative Student Account (Refer Link)


Free IBM Cloud Access with Feature Codes


Access Free Courseware & Download Software


Earn IBM Skill Badges


Access to Project Workspace & Mentoring Support


Guided Labs to Explore IBM Cloud Services


Build & Deploy Projects on IBM Cloud


Project Completion Certificate to Level-up Your Profile

How it Works?


Register with SmartInternz & Enroll for a Project


Create IBM Academic Initiative Account & Download Software (Click Here )


Earn IBM Skill Badges by Completing Free Courses ( Click Here) & Earn Skill Badges


Refer the Guided Labs & Develop the Enrolled Project on SmartInternz


Submit the Completed Project for Mentor Review


Get Mentor Feedback on Your Project & Approvals


Receive Project Completion Certificate (Verifiable E-Certificate)


Build Your Profile & Get Access to Exciting Internships

Get an IBM Academic Initiative Account (Mandatory)

Every participant of this program must enroll for IBM Academic Initiative Account & Download the necessary Software. Refer to the options below to get IBM Academic Initiative Student Account


If you have an institutional email ID (e.g. or etc) follow the detailed procedure by clicking the button below

Click Here


If you don’t have an institutional email ID, Click the button below to request a SmartInternz Email ID. Once you receive the SmartInternz email ID, follow the process mentioned in Option-1

Click Here

Choose a Project to Start

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Important Dates



Build-a-Thon Starts

Register early!! Limited participation only.



Build-a-Thon Ends

Last date of project submission for review

Note: Project must be submitted within 30 Days of project enrollment.

Project Submission Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions ?


1. What is the Eligibility Criteria to Participate

Current UG / PG students of engineering institutions in India.


2. Am an BCA / MCA Student. Am I eligible to participate in this program?

Yes. Current MCA / MSc / BCA / B.SC Computer students from India can also apply for this program.


3. I don’t have much coding knowledge but I am interested to participate. Can I?

Yes. You will be provided with lots of learning resources so that you can learn & complete the project


4. Can I participate as a Team?

No. This program is for individual eligible students only, team participation is not allowed.


5. Can I get mentor support to clarify my technical queries?

Yes. You must join the slack / telegram channel to interact or clarify your queries with a mentor.


6. I don’t have an institutional email ID, Am I eligible to get IBM Academic Initiative Account?

Yes. All eligible students enrolling in this program will get access to IBM Academic Initiative Account. Please Apply here


7. I have the IBM Academic Initiative Account already. Can I use the same?

Yes. You can use the same account for IBM Cloud Access & Project development


8. Is it mandatory to complete the IBM Courses & Skill Badges?

Yes. The participant must complete at least one skill badges from from following portal


9. Can I register for multiple projects?

You can enroll for only one project and you must submit the same within 30 days from date of enrollment.


10. When will I receive the project completion certificate?

Project completion certificate will be generated on portal as soon as your project is approved by the mentor. You can access the e-certificate from your dashboard.

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