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Here are three comprehensive resources to get your
Boston based cloud start up engaged with IBM.
Have questions or need one on one guidance?
Contact us at email@example.com
On Feb 4th IBM hosted Day 2 of the inaugural IBM Global Entrepreneur week with 44 in-person events around the world. At our newest location in Cambridge, we hosted our next installment in our series we call "Connecting Companies with Capital"
Boy,...what a day it was! There was energy, buzz, mentoring, keynotes, cool startup technologies and so much more!!! If you missed it, you can catch a part of the event which was livestreamed that day here:
We had a packed room with overflow rooms on the 2nd floor showing the livestream content of keynotes and panel discussions.
Chris Lynch from Atlas Ventures kicked off the day with some great lessons for entrepreneurs and insights. Our panel discussion bringing together IBM, American Airlines and Constant Contact and their respective partners was something the audience found very valuable and informative. The startups shared their experiences (good and bad) providing a holistic view of the complete partnership.
Victor Rosansky was able to convey some interesting secrets for entrepreneurs to be successful which piqued their interest to know more. Visit here to get a copy of his presentation and stay connected!
You would think there was loads of information packed into these 2 hours but wait...there's more!!!
We then moved into our key component of the day - "Speed Mentoring". 30 mentors were able to connect with almost 100 startups to provide some advice and get some information to foster some initial connections which they can follow up on. The short time allotted (5 mins) for each pair helped ensure we get most connections made in a short amount of time.
That was by no means the only networking happening...people were able to avail of the all the meeting spaces, rooms and breakout areas to gather for a quick bite to eat or carry on follow up conversations.
The seven breakout sessions were a natural flow from the networking lunch. Each of the sessions was well attended, and the leaders, who were subject matter experts in each of the areas provided the right intros to help get the conversations started.
Jon Prial of Georgian Ventures mentioned on his blog - "A last great takeaway was hammered during a breakout session on Markets was on how a company needs to push away all distractions and focus, focus, focus." - led by Jess McLear and Lauren Celano
Robert Bishop answered targeted questions on "Legal Challenges for Startups"
But wait....there is still more..... :)
Charlie Hill - CTO of IBM Design shared principles of IBM Design Thinking in an interesting afternoon keynote followed by a closing by Joe Perry elaborating on how IBM works with startups through the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program and the Softlayer Catalyst Program.
Kara from MassChallenge shared her thoughts on the day - "It was a great event - high-quality speakers, great networking, excellent startups featured. It was a brilliant idea to incorporate a design thinking piece as well. Some of the ecosystem veterans I spoke to said it was one of the best events in the ecosystem they'd been to in a while."
The startup showcase in the afternoon highlighted some the cool startups from the local universities.
@VocalBee is an easy to use, powerful tool for businesses to promote their products, services or brands using the social phenomenon of smart-phone picture taking, networking, and word of mouth marketing.
VerbalCare is a patient experience platform that improves quality of care, patient engagement and workflow efficiency.
Nick Dougherty - "It was a great event and we really made some great connections. As I look at the business cards in front of me, there are angels, potential customers, potential partners, IBM resources, mentors, and consultants who could all impart significant and positive change into our company. Overall the response was positive for our product and that the general consensus was "you guys are on the right track.""
AppPackTM by @Ubersimple makes keeping information from events and vendors painless and easy using mobile technology and mobile sensors. UberSimple registration process is what we used to register 250+ people for the event and it worked super fast and super simple!
Splashscore is an influencer activation engine that provides consumer brands with an army of advocates.
@Presskit.to builds digital portfolio solutions for creative professionals & the organizations they work with. Capable of delivering curated content to any device with a single URL, Presskit.to makes it easy for artists to pitch a concise message to anyone capable of advancing their careers
Aidan Rush - "As valuable as networking always is, the seminars were more beneficial to me this day. Victor Rosansky's presentation was very insightful, and the opening keynote presenter set a great tone for the rest of the day. I attended the social media breakout, which surprisingly to me provided some new perspective on a field I thought I knew everything about."
CollegePower’s mobile app that helps local businesses attract college students by offering conducive and exclusive discounts
Stay tuned for Entrepreneur Week!
A special thanks to all our speakers, mentors and our ecosystem partners who helped make this event a success!
Very small snapshot of all the twitter buzz that was created :)
We invite you to share your comments/feedback with us through this blog.
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Happy New Year!
Looking forward to a great year for IBM cloud in the cognitive era. Connect with us online, in Cambridge or Boston to learn more.
Join the Global City Teams Challenge!
Learn more about IoT and Bluemix! Virtual event!
Title: Introduction to Bluemix and Internet of Things Foundation
More Information visit http://ibm.biz/gctcinfo
Cloud Foundry, the popular open source cloud computing Platform as a Service (PaaS), is the ideal foundation on which to build and deliver modern cloud native application on any IaaS including OpenStack, vSphere and Amazon Web Services. The goal of the Cloud Foundry Foundation is to build software intended for public, private and managed clouds and to enable DevOps on the cloud for speed, safety and security.
DevOps Overview and Adoption Strategies - Lunch and Learn
DevOps is an industry buzzword but means different things to different people. In this session, we will discuss the IBM and Industry Point of View (POV). This is a collaborative session utilizing a whiteboard presentation as a forum for discussion for participants to learn and exchange ideas on DevOps approaches.
Date: Wednesday, January 27th
Stay in touch, learn about cloud credits for startups and arrange cloud office hours via our team site: ibm.biz/cloudboston
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I'm pleased to share a varied selection of upcoming events being hosted in and around the Cambridge and Boston area by IBM and our partners!
If you have suggestions for topics you would like to see in 2016, please let me know and hope to see you soon at an upcoming event!
Bluemix Meetup : Hybrid Cloud Integration
Accelerate Your Business Now with Smarter Analytics
22 October, 8:30 AM - 1 PM
IBM Executive Briefing Center, 550 King Street, Littleton
Join IBM & NES for an executive briefing to hear how Safety Insurance, Wegmans, Cheesecake Factory, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Homemakers and others are harnessing their data with an enterprise class analytics platform that includes self-service business intelligence, predictive analytics and self-tuning data warehouse appliances.
Hands On DevOps Workshop
Are you delivering a great mobile experience?
Bluemix Hands on Workshop : Hybrid Cloud Integration
Virtual Event : Global Mobile Innovators Tournament
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Cloud developers in the Cambridge and Boston area, join a network of developers, makers, creators, technologists, startups and entrepreneurs just like you for an afternoon of hands-on workshops at the IBM Cloud Bootcamp! You’ll have a chance to work with IBM experts on various hands-on labs. This bootcamp will focus on IBM Bluemix, Cloud Data Services and mobile app development. The IBM Boston Cloud Ecosystem team brings you this bootcamp for beginning to advanced developers. Immediately following the workshops will be a networking dinner and then a meeting of the Massachusetts Microservices Meetup.
When: Wednesday, October 7th
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Includes networking dinner)
Where: IBM Innovation Center, One Rogers Street, Cambridge
Evening meet up registration: http://www.meetup.com/Bluemix-Developers-in-Cambridge/events/225617939/
Register now for your free Bluemix account. To get started, go to www.ibm.biz/cloudboston
The IBM Boston Meetup groups are growing!
There is a great line up of topics this fall with great content and networking opportunity.
Bluemix (PaaS) Meet up – Docker Containers, September 22nd
DevOps Boston Meet up – Launching September 24th
Big Data Developers Meetup – Smarter Analytics, October 1st
MicroServices, IBM’s Carlos Ferreira will present October 7th (Meetup will be posted shortly)
Watson Cognitive Technology Meetup – October 15th (Meet up to be posted shortly)
NE Enterprise Software and Cloud Development Meetup – launching October 21st
For a consolidated list of meetups and more events at:
Save the date for a Cloud Bootcamp – October 7th!
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Boston SmartCamp was held over two days - September 10th and September 14th. On the first date, IBM Cloud Ecosystem team held our cloud office hours and mentoring session. Six finalists met in the morning with IBM cloud SMEs and spent the afternoon pitching and getting constructive feedback from our mentors. They made very good use of the feedback and came out very strong at our PitchFest, held on September 14th at MassChallenge. We had an enthusiastic judging panel consisting of two angel investors (Maia Heymann/CommonAngels and Praveen Tailam/TiE Angels) and two serial entrepreneurs (IBM GM Derek Schoettle, Cloud Data Services and Jack Danahy currently of Barkly, former CEO of OunceLabs, acquired by IBM Security div).
The winner selected was Feelter! Feelter is increasing sales for e-commerce websites by enhancing them with highly curated social reviews, mentions and insights and supporting customers' decisions. Despite significant investment made in ecommerce websites, the conversion rates are still very low. Feelter offers a revolutionary approach to social content harvesting, curation and monetization which can either replace or complement the solutions in the marketplace.
Feelter principals have come to Boston from Israel to open their office here and participate in MassChallenge. Knowing that valuable information gets lost in the social media, within an ocean of selfies and cats, feelter's algorithms curates the most valuable social mentions and unlocks crowdsourced wisdom. They are responding to the clear need in the marketplace with crowd generated, personalized content and tools and information that support decision making when users are ready to convert.
They are delivering to customers today, have pilots underway and additional discussions to increase their pipeline. Their service is delivered to their customers via IBM SoftLayer.
Please share this opportunity with your social networks and follow @IBMCloudBoston and @IBMGE to stay up to date on what's happening with IBM in the start up ecosystem.
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Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer..... but plenty of opportunities for learning and networking this summer and in to the fall with the local IBM team.
Bluemix Hands on Workshop, August 4th, @IBM Cambridge 1 Rogers Street
Hack night and back to basics lab for beginners!
Build a Cloud App over Lunch : Bluemix Virtual Workshop, August 7th
Partnering with MassTLC : Containers, DevOps and the Cloud, August 12th, Littleton
Bluemix Meetup: DevOps, August 19th @WeWork 745 Atlantic Ave, Boston
Bluemix Hands on Workshop, Sept 3rd @IBM Cambridge 1 Rogers Street
Details will be posted soon at:
Partnering with WITI Boston: Exerting Influence Without Authority - What's in Your Toolbox?, September 9th, @IBM Cambridge 1 Rogers Street
Save the date – September 21st , Bluemix Bootcamp!
To see an ongoing calendar and links to IBM Cloud Ecosystem resources, please visit: www.ibm.biz/cloudboston
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We will continue to offer education and training over the summer. Please consider joining us if you're in town.
AT&T Mobile App Hackathon – Boston, July 10 – July 11th ; See details under community, hackathons & register
IBM Bluemix and IoT Hands-on Workshop, July 14th @IBM Cambridge:
Innovate Faster with Secure and Managed APIs, July 15th @ IBM Westford Executive Briefing Center (morning event)
July IBM Bluemix Meetup: API Management, July 15th @ WeWork 745 Atlantic Ave, Boston (evening event):
Build a Cloud App over Lunch : Bluemix Virtual Workshop, July 10th, 24th or August 7th register at: http://www.ibm.com/events/idr/idrevents/detail.action?meid=16628
IBM Bluemix Hands-on Workshop, August 4th @IBM Cambridge (details will be posted at this site, or join the meet up to receive notification):
August Bluemix Meetup: August 19th @ WeWork 745 Atlantic Ave, Boston (details will be posted at this site, or join the meet up to receive notification):
For IIC information and additional events visit: http://ibm.com/partnerworld/iic/Cambridge
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June is full of great events available from IBM - in Cambridge, Boston and virtual!
Watson Hands on Workshop
Bluemix Virtual Workshop
Find out about the jewels inside the Power platform and why we think that they can also be appealing to you.
IBM MobileFirst for iOS Roadshow
Cloud Open House
Join us for an exciting day in the IBM Cloud! Discover the latest on IoT (Internet of Things), Mobile, Cloud Hosting, Developer Tools, Platform as a Service (PaaS), Cognitive Cloud Computing with Watson, and more. Exchange ideas and network with IBM cloud experts, special guests and other cloud enthusiasts.
Join us for breakfast and our Women in Technology panel discussion where leaders from across the Boston business community will share insights and stories. Attend workshops to gain hands-on experience developing cloud applications using Mobile, IoT, and Watson services. Learn all about IBM's programs for startups, entrepreneurs, or academic institutions. Whatever your topic of interest, our experts will be on hand to talk with you and answer your questions.
The Cloud Open House is sponsored by IBM and Lighthouse Computer Services, an IBM Premier Business Partner.
IBM Accessibility Open House
The IBM Research Lab will hold an Open House on Wednesday June 24th to showcase the latest IBM developed technology and tools that help enable accessibility.
The event is open to employees at IBM Cambridge along with the local academic community, advocacy groups, business partners and customers. Light refreshments will be served.
Kindly RSVP to Lori Southworth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay in touch with the Boston Cloud Ecosystem team at https://developer.ibm.com/cities/locations/boston/
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An excellent variety of events coming soon at the IIC. Please take a look and share with your colleagues. We hope to see you soon.
Hands on Mobile Workshop
The Bluemix - Mobile workshop will include a brief overview of Bluemix, discussion on mobile services and architecture, and conclude with several hands-on labs where students will work from the command line and Eclipse IDE to deploy and update apps (Android) while leveraging several mobile services like Push. This event is BYOD. Registration and prerequisites are posted:
Boston Cloud Services Meet up
18 May, 6pm
Agenda and registration will be posted shorty at: http://www.meetup.com/Boston-cloud-services/
The Future of Analytics in Acton
21 May, 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
Come hear how a comprehensive set of integrated cloud data services covering content, database, and analytics capabilities is creating new opportunities to transform industries, including financial services, insurance, automotive, healthcare, food services, media and entertainment, and more.
Meetup: Watson on Bluemix
Please note this meeting will take place in Boston:
Increase Your Business Performance with Linux on Power
9 June, 9am - 5:30pm
Today's Power System is no longer what it used to be. Besides its massive customer base as the #1 platform for enterprise Unix applications, it is more and more perceived as an emerging giant in the Linux and open source world, thanks to a new generation of Linux-only systems that offer an ideal mix between competitive acquisition price, unequaled performance and superior RAS capability.
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Did you know that women in STEM jobs earned 33% more than comparable women in non-STEM jobs? Or that women represent 48% of the workforce but hold only 24% of jobs in the STEM field?
Women In Technology International (WITI) and IBM are both committed to helping women become a greater part of the success and growth of our industry. With that, IBM and WITI are partnering together for the first ever WITI Virtual Hackathon!
Join IBM Bluemix and WITI for an international code-a-thon where developers, scientists, students, and entrepreneurs will gather to build software, applications, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions focused on Internet of Things and wearables.
Grab some friends and get in on the action!
Date: May 1st- May 27th, 2015
Location: Your living room–it is virtual!
Free Bluemix Account: https://ibm.biz/witihack
The global winner will be announced at the Annual WITI Summit in Silicon Valley May 31st.
@WITI #witihack | @IBMBluemix #bluemix
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There are several upcoming events at the IBM Innovation Center in Cambridge that I wanted to make you aware of.
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The NASA Space Apps Challenge is an international 48-hour code-a-thon where developers, scientists, students, entrepreneurs and educators gather to build applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions in four categories: Humans, Earth, Outer Space and Robotics.
This year on April 11-12, more than 10,000 developers are expected to participate across 138 cities and online through the virtual challenge.
IBM is offering Bluemix as a cloud development platform for the NASA Virtual Space App Challenge to help developers rapidly build applications for the challenge.
In addition to the prizes from NASA, IBM will award one prize per hackathon location for the most innovative use of IBM Bluemix. Selected winners will receive $12K of Cloud credit including high-level technical support.
For additional information on the challenge, please visit https://ibm.biz/spaceapp2015.
For participating cities (including Cambridge!), please visit the official Space Apps Challenge website ibm.biz/spaceapp15.
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The Boston Cloud Services Meet Up (All things Cloud, SaaS, PaaS, XaaS) will meet at the Cambridge Innovation Center on Monday, April 6th. The topic will be Internet of Things (IoT). There will be an IoT workshop, including an in-depth drive into using IoT foundation, Node-Red and security. Seating will be limited so please register: http://www.meetup.com/Boston-cloud-services/
You can register for a free Bluemix 'sandbox' via ibm.biz/cloudboston