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Solving the world’s problems with cognitive at InterConnect day 3

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“Cognitive will separate the winners and the losers.”

That was IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty speaking to a packed auditorium of IBM InterConnect attendees on Tuesday morning.

InterConnect recap day 3, InterConnect Cognitive

On stage, Rometty continued to drive home the importance of why IBM continues to push for solutions that are “enterprise strong, data first and cognitive to the core.” One by one, she invited distinguished guests to join her on stage and share how their companies are changing the world with cognitive solutions, including Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff; Group Head, Technology and Operations of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) , Bruce Ross; and Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani.

In this final section, Saujani invited past Girls Who Code participants to share their story of working with Watson API and IBM Bluemix and the innovative apps they took initiative to create where they saw a need for something that didn’t already exist. Rometty ended her address by offering all three students a paid internship with IBM this summer. Read more about IBM’s partnership with Girls Who Code here. 

The entire day in Las Vegas that followed the address expanded on Rometty’s insightful comment on the power of cognitive—from an unending supply of breakout sessions on cognitive solutions to AI and cognitive activations in the concourse.

Breakout sessions throughout the day highlighted the growing possibilities of world change and metamorphosis because of cognitive. General Manager of IBM z Systems and LinuxOne Ross Mauri shared that “Sixty percent of [cyber security] attacks are caused by insiders, either intentionally or inadvertently.” How will LinuxONE blockchain continue to improve security? The answer is cognitive.

Similar notions were shared during IBM Power Systems sessions with Senior Offering Manager Dylan Boday, who talked about why Power servers are different by design and stated, “We’re absolutely committed to cognitive solutions.”

To hear more about IBM Power Systems as a platform for deep learning, watch our interview with Rackspace Principal Architect Major Hayden, streamed on Facebook Live during InterConnect.

After a day full of sessions, everyone was more than happy to wind down during the evening reception in the concourse. Our friends at IBM Research even stopped by the IBM Systems booth to chat about IBMQ.

Hang tight, we have one last InterConnect 2017 recap blog post coming tomorrow featuring cool content highlighting IBM Systems hardware, additional insights from sessions and IBM Rocks! Don’t forget to check out our recaps from day one and day two as well.

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