IBM Aims to Partner with Boston Technology Startups

What does “Smartcamp,” which debuted in Ireland last year, have to do with Boston-area technology companies? It’s a program IBM is extending into the Boston area in an effort to partner with the next-generation of startups that develop technology networking for a “smart planet.”

The computing giant recently announced a business-plan competition in the Bay State, hoping to partner with five area tech companies with less than $1 million in revenue. Speaking to Mass High Tech, Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive of IBM’s software group, defined “smart planet” as being “about things that are instrumental, interconnected and intelligent,” such as systems that monitor activities or enable interactivity or automation.

Mass High Tech says IBM is working with the Mass Technology Leadership Council and Cambridge tech incubator Techstars Boston.

— Sonia R. Lelii