November 9, 2016 | Written by: Laura Bennett
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Cognitive computing is making the world a safer, healthier and more sustainable place. The way that hundreds of millions of people live, work and play is now impacted by Watson; at the end of next year that number is estimated to grow to a billion.
Cognitive is enabling smarter decisions in many different ways, big and small. An Arlington, Virginia-based startup called OmniEarth is leveraging cognitive computing to help combat the California drought. Findability Sciences has Watson wade through volumes of unstructured data to help donors and funders make better-informed decisions about which non-profits to support. Medtronic is using it to predict hypoglycemic episodes in diabetic patients nearly three hours before their onset.
Applying cognitive computing to some of the world’s greatest challenges – such as health, education, food and water supply – is a profound opportunity. But to make it work – to impact the other six billion people on earth — cognitive coding needs to be as accessible as possible.
To that end, IBM today is announcing a variety of initiatives to increase access to these technologies for anyone. One of these is a new “Coding Cognitive” series, which we are doing in partnership with three organizations that share our vision of coding for all and of expanding and diversifying the developer community:
- IBM and Ace Hotel will collaborate on a multi-city event series for Coding Cognitive. In the same way that IBM Learning Lab helps professionals learn, build, and innovate with emerging technologies such as AI and Cognitive Computing, Ace Hotel wants to empower makers, developers and creative technologists alike. Ace will bring together likeminded individuals in four cities to learn how to build with Watson to help create limitless futures.
- Mogul is a technology platform that enables women worldwide to connect, share information, and access jobs, educational resources and mentorship. It reaches 18 million women per week across 196 countries and more than 30,000 cities. The Mogul at Work program provides access to mentorship from top experts and trainings across life and career.
- TechHire helps overlooked job seekers get the training and connections they need to start successful technology careers and employers find outstanding tech talent. Originally launched out of the White House in 2015, TechHire has already grown a network of more than 400 training and community partners and 1300 employers in 51 communities.
The Coding Cognitive Study Groups are two-hour sessions that will take place in NYC, Los Angeles, London and Pittsburgh, and are designed to give developers, problem solvers and makers hands on experience with how easy it is to build a cognitive computing app.
This isn’t just a different kind of study group, it’s your chance to be part of a community that is changing the world. See how easy it is to “code cognitive” — get started, by applying here.