IBM at OSCON 2017

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IBM at OSCON 2017

May 8-11, 2017
Austin Convention Center
Booth 301

Thanks to everybody who stopped by our booth, chatted with our developers, and joined our sessions at OSCON 2017. Keep checking this blog for post-event interviews, and links to the IBM keynote and sessions. If you missed the book signing, get the e-book here.

Open technology and innovation are at the core of IBM’s strategy. Leveraging Open by DesignTM  principles, we’re delivering unparalleled integration of open technologies across our strategic cloud and cognitive solutions.  Keep exploring our solutions for Apache OpenWhiskTM, Node.js, Swift, Apache Spark, Kubernetes, Blockchain and many others to build cognitive, IoT, and mobile solutions for the cloud. Dig deeper into these solutions by taking a developer journey with IBM Code at developerWorks.

Smart Suds!

Can a machine predict what kind of beer you’ll like?  Find out after the OSCON 5K Fun Run/Walk, at the Easy Tiger afterparty (8- 10:30 pm, Monday, May 8).  Answer three questions.  Based upon our machine-learning beer prediction algorithm, we’ll offer you three beers to try.  Have a taste, and tell us how we did.  If we hit the mark, great.  If we missed, your input will go back into the algorithm to improve our predictions for the next taster! Learn more here.

Set the Tone!

Look up at Booth 301 and you’ll see an amazing chandelier – a fixture where you determine the illumination.

Our chandelier uses the Watson Tone Analyzer API (service) to analyze tweets for the mood conveyed in the text.  As the tweets are analyzed, the chandelier hanging above the booth will change color to reflect the primary tone conveyed by a tweet.  Tone Analyzer uses linguistic analysis to detect communication tones in written text.  It can be used to understand conversations and communications, and then respond appropriately at scale.

Anyone can drive the colors displayed by sending tweets to #IBMoscon.  Give it a try!

 Run for Fun!

7:30 pm11:00 pm Monday, May 8, 2017
Location: Depart from the Palazzo, 1st Floor ACC
The OSCON 5K Fun Run/Walk is back! Start your week with a romp around Austin.
Stop by IBM’s table at the start and finish lines to pick up a complementary arm light!
Sign up here.

Featured Sessions

Keynote: Why Choose Open Infrastructure?
Christopher Aedo,
Developer Advocate, IBM Digital Business Group
9:20 am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017
In the last decade we have witnessed an incredible explosion in open source software. Arguably, little attention has been paid to the infrastructure enabling this growth. Repository management, CI pipelines, chat services, and IaaS all have open alternatives, even though the majority of projects have been developed with a reliance on closed and proprietary infrastructure. We’ll review the principles that matter for open infrastructure, what’s available today, and how to make choices with greater community impact.

Build Serverless Applications on the Apache OpenWhisk Platform
Daniel Krook,
Software Architect, Distinguished IT Specialist
11:40 am, Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Apache OpenWhisk on IBM Bluemix provides a powerful and flexible environment for deploying cloud-native applications driven by data, message, and API call events. We’ll discuss why serverless architectures are attractive for many emerging cloud workloads, and when you should consider OpenWhisk for your next project. Then we’ll demonstrate how to get started with OpenWhisk on Bluemix right away using several samples on GitHub.

Developer on the Rise – Blurring the Line Between Developer and Data Scientist with PixieDust
Va Barbosa
, Developer Advocate, IBM Watson Data Platform
4:15 pm, Wednesday, May 10, 2017
PixieDust is a new open-source library that helps data scientists and developers working in Jupyter Notebooks and Apache Spark. It speeds data manipulation and display with features like auto-visualization of Spark DataFrames; realtime Spark Job progress-monitoring directly from the Notebook; and seamless integration to cloud services and automated local install of Python and Scala kernels running with Spark. Learn how you can use this tool to visualize and explore data effortlessly, with no coding. We’ll finish with a demo combining Twitter, Watson Tone Analyzer, Spark Streaming, and some fun real-time visualizations – all running within a Notebook.

For more information on sessions, check out the OSCON schedule.

Also Don’t Miss!

Open Container Day

Containers Versus Serverless Frameworks: Navigating Application Deployment Options
Daniel Krook,
Software Architect, Distinguished IT Specialist
11:55 am12:25 pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Blockchain Development Fundamentals on Hyperledger Fabric
Matt Lucas
, Global Blockchain Labs Enablement, IBM Industry Platform
1:30 pm–5:00 pm, Monday, May 8, 2017
Level: Beginner

Contract-First API Development Using The OpenAPI Specification (Swagger)
Dave Forgac,
American Greetings
Ian Zelikman, Software Engineer, IBM Watson Health
9:00 am–12:30 pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Level: Intermediate


Enhancing Cloud Security With the TPM
James Bottomley,
Distinguished Engineer, IBM Research
1:45 pm–2:25 pm, Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Level: Intermediate

Web Server Defense: Swift Edition
Gelareh Taban, Research Staff, Swift@IBM, IBM Hybrid Cloud
Robert Dickerson, Team Lead, Applications, Swift@IBM Engineering, IBM Hybrid Cloud
2:35 pm–3:15 pm, Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Level: Intermediate

Workers, Queues, and Data
Lorna Mitchell,
Developer Advocate for IBM Cloud Data Services, IBM Watson & Cloud Platform
2:35 pm–3:15 pm, Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Level: Intermediate

Fake it Before You Make It: Mocking Your Way to Better HTTP APIs
Dave Forgac,
American Greetings
Ian Zelikman, Software Engineer, IBM Watson Health
1:45 pm–2:25 pm, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Level: Intermediate

Set Developers Free: Break the Compliance Jail for Open Source With DevOps
Bianca Jiang
, Tech Lead, IBM Cloud DevOps Transformation
Steve Gerdt, Open Source Program Director, OSSC
IBM Digital Business Group
4:15 pm–4:55 pm, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Level: Intermediate

At the Booth

From labs to demos to a virtual-reality experience, there’s always something interactive at Booth 301.  Stop by and check it out!

Build Watson into your apps fast with ready-to-use code and sample apps.  Make your apps see, hear, talk, reason, and learn.  Watson can read 800 million pages per second. Discover emotions, insights, and hidden details in dark data of every type – even video, frame-by-frame. Train Watson in areas unique to your interests. Let us show you how.
Featured Technology: Watson

Demo Schedule:

  • Wednesday, May 10: 10 am-2 pm, 2-5:45 pm, 5:45-7 pm
  • Thursday, May 11: 10 am-2pm, 2-4:40 pm

Connected Chandelier
Look for the light display over our booth – driven by the Watson Tone Analyzer API and your tweets to #IBMoscon.
Better yet, join the conversation on Twitter and change the color of the connected chandelier by tweeting #IBMoscon.
Featured Technology: Watson Tone Analyzer

Virtual Reality with Watson: Powerful Speech Interaction for Virtual Reality
Grab an HTC Vive and immerse yourself in a VR world powered by Watson and Unity.  Speak to Watson and ask to create objects for you to interact with.  Ask Watson for a desk, duck or dragon — and watch it appear in front of your eyes!
Featured Technologies:

Home Automation
Want to turn your home into a functioning IoT “device”? Automate your home with the IoT platform combined with open source serverless programming model, Apache OpenWhisk, a Raspberry Pi, IBM Watson Cognitive services such as Watson Natural Language Understanding, and Speech to Text. For more information on the IoT application for home automation, click here. And in IBM Bluemix, dig deeper into the world of IoT and the serverless architecture to see how the two come together to build agile applications with a seamlessly integrated API Gateway, auto scaling and an affordable business model with pay-as-you-go computing.
Featured Technologies:

IBM Code Journeys
On IBM Code, everything you need to solve real problems is compiled into a Journey: architecture diagrams, one-click deployment git repos, and pointers to essential docs.
Check out all code journeys and more at IBM Code.
Featured Technologies and Journeys:

TJ Bot
Calling all Makers — come meet TJ Bot!  TJ Bot is a DIY kit that allows you to build your own programmable cardboard robot powered by Watson.  Sign up for the lab to see how you can make TJ Bot talk and respond to emotions!  Space is limited, so sign up at the booth.
Learn More:  Activity Kit, Tech Talk , and GitHub

Lab Schedule:

  • Wednesday, May 10: 10:30 am, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm
  • Thursday, May 11: 10:30 am, 2pm

Pixie Dust
Interactive notebooks are powerful tools for fast and flexible experimentation and data analysis. Notebooks can contain live code, static text, equations, and visualizations. In this lab, you create a notebook via the IBM Data Science Experience to explore and visualize data to gain insight. We will be using PixieDust, an open source Python notebook helper library, to visualize the data in different ways (e.g. charts, maps, etc.) with one simple call.
Featured Technology: Pixie Dust

Blockchain technology allows businesses to re-imagine their business networks and fundamental ways to exchange value and information. Early adopters have taken blockchain from hype to reality, applying it to industries such as finance, healthcare, and supply chain. In “Trading Coffee Beans with IBM Blockchain,” participants can choose to be a coffee buyer or grower, join a blockchain network, set business terms, and see the efficiency gained through transacting with a permissioned, distributed ledger.  The demo shows how blockchain can reduce friction, improve efficiency, and create transparency in a business network.
Featured Technology: Blockchain — get started here.

Node-RED is a programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs, and online services in new and interesting ways. It provides a browser-based editor that makes it easy to wire together flows using the wide range of nodes in the palette that can be deployed to its runtime in a single click.
Featured Technology: Node-RED — get started here.

Ask-Me-Anything with John Walicki:
  • Wednesday, May 10: 11 am, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm

Bluepic:  Tired of just taking pictures? Now you can apply cognitive to mobile images on the go. Explore the Bluepic Developer Journey and App and discover how to take your apps to the next level in the IBM Cloud with Swift, end-to-end; Cloudant for data storage; Cloud Object Storage for images; Weather and Watson Visual recognition for enhanced image analysis; and OpenWhisk sequences to manage service usage. Your pictures with integrated weather data and tagging, through Bluepic, will be even more valuable than when you took them.
Featured Technologies:

Web APIs can be challenging for even the best developers. Now, thanks to LoopBack, they no longer have to be. During our OSCON lab, we will show how you can get a RESTful web service up and running in just minutes to support any application you want to build — Mobile, Angular, pretty much anything. Stay awhile to see how you can continue to modify the API to fit even your most challenging needs.
Featured Technology: LoopBack

Together Stream
Together Stream lets users stream videos together with others, such as friends, colleagues, and family members. Think of it as watching the same videos at the same time, except you don’t have to use the same device and you don’t have to be in the same place. Join us and explore the cloud based technology (project) behind this great stream sharing app.
Featured Technologies: Together Stream  — on GitHub

Win Swag!
Visit IBM at Booth 301 and submit your entry for a chance to win a prize.
We’ll give you the details on how to earn a T-shirt and a chance to enter a drawing for an Apple watch or VR googles.

Bookmark this blog and follow us @dev_events and @developerWorks for the latest information on IBM’s presence at OSCON 2017.





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