Dirk Nicol is the program director for IBM Mobile Strategy and Product Management at IBM. He has spent years helping IBM advance new and
emerging technologies. He has held a variety of roles at IBM, which included semiconductor development, programming, hardware development, marketing,
Dirk has worked extensively with helping to educate and build communities around new technologies. Prior to his current position, Dirk led IBM’s cloud standards program and was a founder of the Cloud Standards Customer Council initiative. Dirk also conceived and led the development of the developerWorks® project–one of the largest worldwide developer communities. Dirk holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and an MBA degree in management and strategy at the University of North Carolina. He calls North Carolina his home but is often seen presenting about the latest technology trends and strategy around the world. When home, he enjoys time with his wife and three boys jogging along the North Carolina Tobacco Trail.