IBM is launching their first ever pop-up shop in London’s Silicon roundabout on 6-10th June. This latest creative venture from IBM, following their very popular Cognitive Studio at SXSW 2016, is nothing to do with their ‘hardware business’ and all to do with bringing their Platform as a Service offering, Bluemix, to the forefront.
hack.summit was a virtual event spanning Feb. 22nd – 24th 2016 featuring programming language creators, open-source contributors and thought leaders. As part of my talk, I built a demo to showcase the ideas I was discussing with Microservices. My hack.summit “mood ring” demo, built on IBM Bluemix, used Docker containers and services to display a real-time dashboard of the “tone” of the summit based on the Twitter hashtag #hacksummit.
This past weekend I was mentoring at a hackathon in Prague focused on the Internet of Things. The project of the winners used an older version of a robot called RoboMe that was controlled via the microphone jack through a mobile phone. Even using an old model, the team managed to integrate Watson Text To Speech, Speech To Text and Dialog service together into a working product using IBM Bluemix Cloud and Watson capabilities in just three days!
Don’t understand a thing about football, and want to cheer (correctly) with the crowd? No problem! Finally an app for newbies is on the horizon called Nubee. Winning the recent Girls in Tech’s Super Football App Challenge presented by ESPNw, the creators utilized IBM Watson to power a slick iOS app. Nubee helps you understand what is going on in a football game, so you never are left out of the game again.
Hackathons seem to be gaining traction in the enterprise. There was a lot of team activities, sharing, thinking outside the box and some very serious hacking. Is this the wave of the future? When leveraged properly, the peer pressure and the competitive attitude between the teams can lead to some apps getting created that would be impossible or very difficult to create during the normal routine. This post reports on the recent Rocket Software Hackathon and how it encourages developers to break their routine, come up with some big and wild ideas and do something disruptive.
People in need, desperately in need, have a way of bringing out the best in their neighbors. "Bluemixathon: Operation Rescue and Recovery" challenged developers everywhere to create innovative disaster relief solutions, quickly, using Bluemix. Afterall, disasters rarely give us much warning, so speed-to-release is very apropos. There were four solution categories and the winners were announced last Friday. The Grand Prize went to two students at the California Institute of Technology, Gavy Aggarwal and Abirami Kurinchi-Vendhan.