Software major Infosys has set up digital innovation and design centre in Providence, Rhode Island, US and has also partnered with the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) to build and launch the Digital Economy Aspirations Lab (DEAL), a company statement said.
The Providence Center will close the gap for design and human-centric skills in technology fields and enhance Infosys’ ability to provide digital technologies and breakthrough innovations at the intersection of industry and design for its clients, the statement added.
The centre offers early-career designers and design graduates training opportunities to develop in-demand digital skills, including exposure to systems, platforms, strategy and organisation domains. The aim behind the centre is to generate jobs and to make graduates employable for digital-based jobs. Infosys has already hired over 100 employees in Rhode Island, the statement said.
By studying everything from user-experience to how people interact with systems, these design-focused hires will be equipped to create 360-degree solutions to business challenges.
“Critical thinking led by the practice of strategic design is key to building the world-class, human-centric solutions our clients need to accelerate their digital transformations. We are excited to inaugurate our flagship Digital Innovation and Design Center in Providence and continue our partnership with the state of Rhode Island,” said Salil Parekh, Chief Executive Officer, Infosys.
The Digital Economy Aspirations Lab will be housed at Infosys’ Providence Center, with plans to open more labs at CCRI campuses and expand nationally. Infosys will form a joint task force with CCRI representatives from across the state to co-develop bridge programming to support four-year degree programmes and enable community college students to pursue careers in information technology.
“We are thrilled to partner with Infosys to launch the Digital Economy Aspirations Labs, or DEAL, to deliver our students meaningful learning, relevant skills, valuable work experience, and access to professional connections necessary to pursue quality careers in the digital economy,” said CCRI President Meghan Hughes.
Infosys previously partnered with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to foster the continued development of top designers at the firm and to explore new ways of solving complex challenges at the intersection of design, technology and industry.