Dirk Nicol is the Director of Developer and Mobile Communities leading IBM’s overall strategy for reach and engaging the worldwide developer community. Prior to his current position, Dirk lead IBM’s Mobile Strategy and Product Management. In addition, Dirk was the product management lead for Lotus’ application development. Dirk also conceived and led the development of the developerWorks project, which is IBM’s mechanism for establishing a loyal worldwide developer community. Dirk holds a masters degree in electrical engineering and an MBA at the University of North Carolina.