March 6, 2017 | Written by: Kami Snyder
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Do you have a friend who always has tickets to see your favorite football team? Or who always seems to have the inside scoop on the best bands coming into town? Well, I may not have gotten you tickets this year, but for those planning on going to InterConnect, I would love to share my insider perspective on demos where you will have a blast.
If you’re like me, you have a short attention span. You don’t want to sit through sessions that don’t pique your interest, and you enjoy breaks from all the hard work. And InterConnect can be daunting. Celebrity guests, renowned engineers, executive speakers, more than 2,000 training sessions and over $8,000 in education—it’s a lot. But along with all these serious business opportunities, there are also plenty of chances to have a good time. As your friend in the know, I would love to share the inside scoop with three of my favorite demos.
1: Watson picks your beer
Do you love beer but struggle to find something that fits your taste? It’s time to do away with trial and error. At this demo, you will share a few of your preferences with IBMers, and Watson will customize a perfect flight of three beers based on your tastes. An IoT device will use machine learning and algorithms to give you a fascinating personal beer profile. Compare your tastes with friends and enjoy beer chosen just for you. Welcome to the future of craft beer.
2: Video games and cognitive intelligence
We professionals in the tech industry have something of a reputation for loving video games. While no hobby is for everyone, lots of us geeks will no doubt lose it when they hear that artificial intelligence and StarCraft will be featured at the same demo.
IBM will bring in professional e-sports gamers to compete for an audience with screens showing the game from every angle. Comfy lounge seating and standing areas will allow fans to watch, cheer and socialize during the game. iPads on stands will display data analytics in real-time. You will have a chance to see how your gaming skills and reflexes compare to the pros. It’s a great way to unwind after a long day of networking and professional training.
3. The future of cars
Do you ever wonder what the future of driving will look like? Come see how cognitive capabilities from IBM can help automakers change the game. Enjoy a cool interactive demo and get a chance to chat with the experts.
These demos are by no means the only way to have a good time at the conference. In my last blog, I shared that improv legend and future Hamilton star Wayne Brady will be speaking. Comedians, cars, beer and video games—this going to be a lot of fun. Make sure to register today.
If you want to chat more about InterConnect, continue the conversation by leaving a comment, connecting with me on LinkedIn or following @IBMCloud on Twitter. I look forward to hearing from you.