Different session types let you engage and learn your way.

  • Coding opportunities in hackers lounges, hands-on labs and coding competitions.

Two types of talks run concurrently:

  • Spotlights 45-minute sessions to give you a big-picture view and a look at what’s coming in the future
  • FlashTalks 20-minute sessions oriented around specific solutions followed by one-hour Meet the Expert deep dives with the speakers

AGENDA BY DAY

AGENDA BY TRACKS

Hacking with a Purpose: Safer Communities Through Mobile Tech

Abstract

The potential to revolutionize the use of IoT for social good has never been better. Social innovation is about the greater good—using IoT to help build healthier, safer, and smarter cities for those in need of greater access to critical services and improved living conditions. This wave of technology is already providing monumental support for those living in less fortunate communities. We need to empower smart cities, global startups and developer communities to spread knowledge that is vital to build high-impact IoT apps.

Speakers

America Lopez
Co-Founder
CyberCode Twins


Penelope Lopez
Co-Founder
CyberCode Twins

Track

Envision

Myca: Providing individualized career coaching anywhere, anytime 

Abstract

Cognitive computing can be used to advise users on topics as diverse as wine selection to wedding style, and now, career advice. Myca, the cognitive career advisor, interviews users, understands their needs, and provides instant, personalized career advice, from job opportunities to learning recommendations, mentoring options, and more. View the app in action, and learn how this team of developers used Watson cognitive APIs to take it from idea to functional demo in just 20 days!

Speakers

Reginaldo Marcelo dos Santos
Senior IT Specialist
IBM


Art Thomas, Jr.
STSM Chief Architect
IBM Analytics


Matt Davis
Research Staff Member
IBM Research

Track

Engage

Turning Visual Recognition Into Video Recognition

Abstract

By 2017 nearly 70% of Internet data will be composed of video. With the volume of content generation at an all-time high, video analytics is quickly becoming a critical tool to enable organizations to make sense of all this unstructured data. Join us to learn how to get more out of Watson’s Visual Recognition API by integrating it with your app to strategically analyze video. While visual recognition is typically intended to process still images, we are able to process videos and extract relevant tags by using a variety of open source tools and a simple algorithm. This opens up a whole new category of possible use cases for Watson services.

In this session we will create a simple API to process video using these tools:

  • Bluemix
  • ffmpeg
  • OpenCV
  • Node.js

Speakers

Robert Rios
Software Developer
BlueChasm


Ryan VanAlstine
CTO
BlueChasm

Track

Explore

Wednesday, 11:30am

Speakers

Reginaldo Marcelo dos Santos
Senior IT Specialist
IBM


Art Thomas, Jr.
STSM Chief Architect,
IBM Analytics


Robert Rios
Software Developer
BlueChasm


Ryan VanAlstine
CTO
BlueChasm

Wednesday, 2:00pm

Speakers

Madison Gong
Michelle Liang
Diana Nguyen
Karen Supandi
Alyssa Ungerer
Members
Girls Who Code


Francesco D'Orazio
VP of Product
Pulsar

Wednesday, 3:00pm

Speakers

Ryan Whitnah
Engineer
AlchemyData


Chris Messina
Developer Experience Lead
Uber


Matt Makai
Developer Evangelist
Twilio


Amir Shevat
Director of Developer Relations
Slack


Janani Mukundan
Researcher
IBM Research

Wednesday, 4:00pm

Speakers

Devarshi Shah
Head of Product
Twilio Marketplace


Giuliano Iacobelli
CEO and Co-Founder
Stamplay

Wednesday, 5:00pm

Speakers

Jeff Youngward
Expert IT Specialist
IBM


Jennifer Nolan
Mobile Solutions Architect
IBM


Dan O’Connor
Senior Software Engineer
IBM

Wednesday, 6:00pm

Speakers

Jeffrey Goodhue
Hybrid Cloud Process Transformation Solution Architect
IBM Cloud


Dave Wakeman
Technical Sales Specialist
IBM Cloud


Joseph Richardson
Full Stack Software Engineer & Former Student at San Jose State University (SJSU)

Wednesday, 12:45pm

Speakers

Eric Brown
Director
Watson Algorithms, Watson Health


Rob High
CTO, VP
IBM Watson


Track

Envision

Wednesday, 10:30am

Speakers

Josh Browder

Ashok Goel

Neal Henderson

Shay Strong

Ryan Leslie

Ryan Barley

Wednesday, 11:40am

Speakers

Dan Fox
Local Motors

Joe Speed
Watson IoT AutoLAB Product Owner

Wednesday, 1:00pm

Speaker

Amir Banifatemi
XPRIZE

From Jeopardy! to the Future

Abstract

Since the beginning of the computer age, scientists have been working to improve the ways computers understand us, reason through problems, and essentially ‘think’— ideas that represent the heart of artificial intelligence. In 2011, IBM took a giant leap forward with Watson, a cognitive computing technology that could answer Jeopardy! questions with the same level of skill as a human grand champion. Since then, Watson’s capacity to understand, interact, reason, and learn has grown exponentially. Here’s an insider's look at the origin of Watson— and its future.

Speakers

Eric Brown
Director
Watson Algorithms, Watson Health


Rob High
CTO, VP
IBM Watson

Track

Envision

Bluemix to BlueShop!

Abstract

During the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion program, five students created BlueShop—a single centralized shopping-specific platform where users view social media posts from their favorite stores and store reviews to access coupons, new arrivals, sales, and to learn more about the store from fellow consumers. In just two weeks, they developed this solution on Bluemix using Personality Insights and AlchemyAPI to power their shopping obsession. Check it out.

Speakers

Madison Gong
Michelle Liang
Karen Supandi
Members
Girls Who Code

Why Audience Intelligence Requires a Modular AI Approach

Abstract

Not all data is created equal. Different datasets, industries, audiences, and use cases require different techniques to make sense of the data and help craft insights beyond simple analytics. At Pulsar, we deal with complex and varied social and behavioral datasets that require a very diverse range of data mining techniques—and there’s only so much a single company can do to keep up with the level of specialism needed to make sense of it all.Pulsar has built a modular system for AI solutions. Integrating Watson has been essential in helping to support a wide range of research use cases – from image analysis to topic extraction and emotion analysis. Come explore different Watson-enabled use cases and hear plans for future integrations.

Speakers

Francesco D'Orazio
VP of Product,
Pulsar

Track

Explore

Engage and be Engaging: Using Cognitive Technology to Personalize and Automate Interactions with Users

Abstract

Getting to know each other, tailoring our communication style, conversing with each other naturally — humans do this everyday. Now, with the advent of cognitive technologies, computers can, too. Find out how you can create apps that can engage and delight users with APIs that predict personality from writings, analyze linguistic tones from communications, and automate conversations. See firsthand how easy it can be to make digital interactions at massive scale personal and productive.

Speakers

Rama Akkiraju
Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor
IBM Watson

Track

Engage

Watson Beat: Making Music Cognitive

Abstract

As AI advances, scientists are pushing the boundaries of computational creativity. IBMers from Research are teaching Watson to compose original music based on human emotion. Using machine learning algorithms, the Researchers are teaching artificial neural networks to understand music theory, structure (pitch, time signature, key signature), and emotional intent to co-create music with a human partner. "Watson Beat" generates new and unique musical song combinations based on the beat played by the individual and the emotional tone the human chooses. Here’s how it works.

Speakers

Janani Mukundan
Researcher
IBM Research


Richard Daskas
Composer

Track

Envision

Finding Insights Using NLP Metadata

Abstract

Natural Language Processing provides a way to make sense of unstructured text, such as news articles and contracts. This session will provide an introduction to methodologies that help aggregate and query the metadata return from an NLP analysis, complete with a live demo. With this information, you can look for patterns, recognize trends, and understand connections between your documents.

Speakers

Ryan Whitnah
Engineer
AlchemyData

Track

Explore

Expert Panel: Intelligent User Engagement with Chat Bots

Abstract

Messaging apps and productivity platforms like Slack have recently surpassed social networks in monthly active users. This trend toward instant, natural language, digital interaction presents new opportunities for developers and businesses alike. Hear firsthand from the architects of the conversational commerce phenomenon how this trend is shaping application development and what skills you need to be successful in the automation age.

Speakers

Chris Messina
Developer Experience Lead
Uber


Matt Makai
Developer Evangelist
Twilio


Amir Shevat
Director of Developer Relations
Slack

Track

Engage

Do More with Less Code: Building Rich Communication with Watson + Twilio

Abstract

Watson add-ons pre-integrated with Twilio’s APIs allow developers to extract insights from SMS & Voice Calls. This session will discuss the future of composability, why Twilio decided to create a marketplace that opens our developer community to partnerships, and how their focus on the developer experience has built such a loyal following. Devarshi shares upcoming offerings and future plans to grow the marketplace.

Speakers

Devarshi Shah
Head of Product
Twilio Marketplace

Track

Envision

IBM Watson API Mashups to Improve User Engagement

Abstract

Building a chat bot that can hear and talk — easy. Building a chat bot that can listen and respond sympathetically — not as easy. Until now. In this session, you'll discover how Watson APIs can be combined with Watson Conversation to create chat bots that lend a human touch to automated interactions. Learn the anatomy of a conversational app, understand where AI APIs come into play, and see how services like Watson Tone Analyzer, which analyzes linguistic tones in text, can create chat bots that engage users on a deeper level.

Speakers

Giuliano Iacobelli
CEO and Co-Founder
Stamplay

Track

Engage

The Future of Discovery – Deep Insights with Cognitive APIs

Abstract

Finding actionable insights in the ever-growing volume of public and private data is an increasingly complex challenge. The problem is compounded when much of the available data is unstructured. In this session, you’ll see the current state and a glimpse into the future of Watson’s tools for data insights, and you’ll learn how these services can help you make sense of unstructured data, improve business intelligence, eliminate risk, and take action.

Speakers

Elliot Turner
Director of Alchemy Services
IBM Watson

Track

Explore

Embodied Cognition: Extending cognitive technologies into the physical world

Abstract

With cognitive computing, we are now able to interact with everyday objects in ways that were once deemed impossible. In this session, we will demonstrate the power of cognitive by using multiple APIs to securely connect and manage devices, analyze data, and apply cognitive services to add human-like interaction.

Leveraging AlchemyAPI, the IoT Platform and Watson speech capabilities on Bluemix, we will show how you can quickly turn a simple idea into reality by transforming a regular vacuum into a cognitive-enabled smart device. We will also be introducing a new service made available at the conference.

Speakers

Marek Sadowski
Full Stack Developer
IBM Cloud


Shantenu Agarwal
Offering Manager
IBM


Russ Potapinski
Head of Cognitive Science
Woodside


Track

Envision

Build a Watson Conversation App in 10 Minutes

Abstract

Everybody wants a chat bot, but building one has traditionally been complex and time-consuming. Now, with Watson Conversation, you can build a bot from scratch in minutes — no machine learning expertise or extensive coding required. Watch, in real time, how quick and simple it is to train your system to understand users' queries and respond with concise answers, then find out how to integrate third party services into your app to make it really powerful.

Speakers

Dan O’Connor
Senior Software Engineer
IBM

Track

Engage

Expert Panel: Extract Meaning from Unstructured Data

Abstract

Easy access to high volumes of data provides an unprecedented advantage, but only if you have the proper tools to handle information at scale. In this session, you’ll hear from data experts using machine learning and other approaches to better understand the factors that most impact successful outcomes. Learn about common challenges, and hear best practices that may make your life easier.

Speakers

Shay Strong
Data Scientist
OmniEarth


David Taieb
Master Inventor
IBM Cloud Data Services


Aman Naima
Senior VP of Tech
Demandbase

Track

Explore

The Flu Fighters - Using IBM Cognitive Computing to Fight Epidemics like a Rock Star

Abstract

Can cognitive technology really detect and track outbreaks using social media and save lives? Absolutely! The technology of Watson APIs, the Bluemix platform and IBM Operational Decision Manager can be combined into a powerful solution that uses Twitter data, natural language processing and situational awareness to detect patterns in social media to track disease and health outbreaks as they spread.

The real-time situation detection capabilities of the “Flu Fighters” solution can provide advanced warning to doctors, hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical providers and others so that preventative measures can be taken to protect at-risk patients before the outbreak reaches their area. In this session you will learn how a prototype of such solution was developed using IBM Watson Services and IBM Bluemix.

Speakers

Jeffrey Goodhue
Hybrid Cloud Process Transformation Solution Architect
IBM Cloud


Dave Wakeman
Technical Sales Specialist
IBM Cloud

Track

Explore

Study Buddy: Empowering Computer Science Students with Knowledge On the Fly

Abstract

Students often use Internet search engines to find answers for their homework, however it can be difficult to determine from all the results and disparate information available what is right or wrong. The Study Buddy educational app provides a better alternative. With Study Buddy, students can text a computer science question to Watson and receive a focused response, on-demand, 24/7. See a live demo of the app and learn how these SJSU student developers trained Watson to answer natural language queries in the specialized computer science domain.

Speakers

Joseph Richardson
Full Stack Software Engineer & Former Student
San Jose State University (SJSU)

Track

Engage

Enjoy the hip, Bay Area sounds of DJ Quantum, aka Khoi Quan, as he mixes energizing, global dance beats.

Oakland’s own The Lovemakers come back together after four long years to share their own fresh sound.