Predixion Software is providing its data analytics products at no charge to universities, joining many other vendors in seeking future sales among the next generation of data scientists, CruxialCIO reports.

On Jan. 28 the company launched the Predixion in the Classroom (PIC) program, which provides the company’s software and related training materials. The program gives students hands-on experience in building predictive models and analyzing large data sets to extract useful business intelligence.

Educational institutions already using Predixion products for free include the University of Washington, University of Western Michigan, St. Joseph University and the University of Maryland University College.

Many tech companies provide schools with software at no charge for use in the classroom or sell their products under an educational license to students and faculty at reduced prices.

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