I had the opportunity to ask some questions to the winning team of the SXSW Hackathon Championship last week. Their app, Cognitunes, was a favorite amongst judges for best Consumer Music app, winning $3,500 and attention of the developer community. Sean Cascketta, took me through their approach and how Watson was crucial in the product development.
The infamous IoT Foosball Table has been refreshed, redesigned, and was the highlight of Dev @ InterConnect‘s demo area. Our mission to showcase Bluemix, Node-RED, Cloudant, and most importantly Watson IoT connectivity, was a success. Not to mention causing some heated battles during happy hour, with players demonstrating some champion-level foosball techniques. I had the opportunity to chat with Stefania Kaczmarczyk and Oliver Rodriguez who led the effort to refresh the project. I find out what is most interesting under the hood, and what is planned for SXSW.
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.
So there I was, standing in front of the premiere IoT developers of LA (no pressure). I was pitching my idea at Intel’s IoT Roadshow Hackathon, which amounted to: “I want to make a unique bedside clock, and… it’s fine if it comes out like a Frankenstein”. What started as a simple concept, mutated to a multi-featured futuristic clock.
To demonstrate the Internet of Things (IoT) in action and the impact it has on the world of gaming, our IBM Cloud Technical Evangelists set out to combine a Raspberry Pi, a foosball table, and a plethora of Bluemix services into an new demo product.