IBM Developer SuperStar
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Its good to win some awards, but certain awards can have far reaching effect on your whole life. Same is the case with the Ecornell university Business leadership and Change Leadership course that was awarded to me as the developer Superstar winner for 2011. I mean you could get many awards which can make you feel happy, joyous and extremely enthusisatic about it.But htis was something different, it made me feel that i was learning something and growing with it.
But to be honest, in the beginning when i started going through the profile of people who are enrolled in the course i found that, they were senior managers,Company owners ,and people with somewhat 15-20 yrs of experience. I was very afraid, that man is this course for me? will I be able to deal with it.Anyhow I started with it ,and as soon as I progressed through it I realised that ,it was an awesome experience.
I could really discuss the subjects with those Senior managers and company owners and answer their question alonmg with the instructor.
Projects and assignments, are real fun they mostly surround the cases where we deal with people around bringing a change , At first it was difficult for me to quote examples for those scenarios due to my lack of experience in the corporate world, But then i had a discussion with one of my instructor and he suggested me to create a virtual organisation of my own and quote examples from it.I did that it worked pretty well. Now I can very much turn my real situation into a scenario that suites the course agenda.
course is still going and as you can see , I am enjoying it and ofcourse learning from it. I am sure this is really going to help me out in my life to bring my leadership skill up whenever required in a brilliant manner!!.
AkhandPSingh 270002THQT Tags:  star ibm ordeos super developer pratap akhand singh 3 Comments 1,975 Visits
IBM has always been an inspiration to me an organization by which i was always amazed ,from my college life i have been with IBM as IBM campus ambassador and i really admire there zeal to promote and educate about technologies to developers and academic community. All these things drove me to apply for IBM developers superstar challenge.
All went well till the call for the semi finals, I was confident about my idea being good but was also pretty sure that other people ideas were no less.It felt good that i made it through the semifinals, although i must admit i lost the hope of being selected after giving the presentation as i thought i was not able to satisfy one of my judges , but it felt really great after i got a call which told me that i succeeded to make it to the 10 finalists.
Then came the day for which i have to come to Bangalore. As i was entering the IBM office i tried to ask myself what was i feeling then i realized that i was much more excited about having a life time experience than being nervous about my idea winning the competition.My answer to myself was right when i got a chance to meet super people across the country it was really a great experience for me, I have just started my career i got a chance to meet,share ideas and views, and enjoy with people of such caliber.
Then came the time for presentation i already read about the judges and knew very well that all of them were a superstar in there area,and impressing them with my idea was not a child's play it was going to be tough.My prediction were right because as the presentation begun i started my application which failed to start, i felt i lost at that point only but i somewhat tried to keep it cool.And started with the presentation and meanwhile kept trying to start it.The pressure from both sides was doubling from one side i was facing the toughest of the questions from the Judges of that Knowledge and from other side i was trying to figure out what technical problem was my application facing in starting.
Finally it all ended well i was able to answer most of the questions of judges and also run and display my application to them.When i came out i was very relaxed and felt good.It all paid off when i got to know that i won the 1st prize.
This journey was surely memorable and i am very thankful of my Family and Friends,for giving me so many wishes and support without which i would have never been successful. I must also thank whole of IBM and judges who found me worthy of the honour.I am also very thankful of Kriti Kamra and Apra sahney for helping me in everything during all these days.I must congratulate whole of IBM developer superstar team for making this event a grand Success.
ApraSahney 270001NTJ0 670 Visits
Watch Interview of Mr. Akhand Pratap Singh - - IBM Developer SuperStar 2011 Winner!
RamanKS 27000210DK Tags:  finalists ibm shenbagaraman experience superstar 1 Comment 1,857 Visits
IBM Developer Superstar is a platform to engage and motivate the Developer Community with energizing thoughts and innovative solutions. It’s a great initiative from IBM.
Overall its a well planned and clearly executed event.
Local Programming Language
For a middle class lad who has grown up with a generation which dreamt of Silicon Valley and always aspired for H1B visa being software professional seemed a choice by default. Furthermore, if you go by the middle class success stories scripted by the IT and IT enabled industries which thrived on the software expects, mine seemed a sensible choice.
Let me introduce myself I am yafarkhan from South India state called Kerala, and I hailed from a non descript town kollam. Presently I working in one of the reputed company- Kites Infotech and I hold a manager post there. I enrolled for the engineering program in the humble YCET College and has successfully completed course. The course work I should confess was not exciting was I thought. But I was always learn the capitalise on every single opportunities that the life has provided me. As I went on with college works I continuously tried to think of some original ideas that I could make use for my projects and that is when I hit upon the current topic. The reason is anybody guesses. India is a country with English penetration just around 12 % and that too is too much centralised in urban areas. But as our founding Father one famously said “The real India lives in Villages and so far the development India in realistic term must essentially include the empowerment of people living in Villages”.
Village flocks should be provided with a level playing field so this is the source of inspiration. Having got the right inspiration the micro model of the target population could be easily drawn from my own home. My mother who did not read or write English seemed as suitable candidates for me to work on. She had always tried to understand what I was studying at my college. So why not use compiler which could use Malayalam as high level language. Already the software was in the place which programming in Malayalam thus my project kicked off.
Today I am humbled that the toil I put into it has borne fruits and I am ever great full of God almighty for helping me to complete it in a successful note.
As lady luck signed on me, I notice the announcement from IBM inviting entries for the IBM Developer Super Star 2011. So far, it has been a really educated experience and a wonderful one as I passed on from different phases. Today even though I lacking in so many areas as an ammature software development I proudly say that I could reach this far in IBM competition as a second runner up.
Sure this is one of the really prestigious competition and I believed it as a part of IBM culture to nurture real talent. Now I feel a strong confidence on myself that I will prove to be an asset in this field. I stumbled up on this quite by chance a note every may be likely so more publicity should be given for it that ensures great accessibility and more chance to really talented people to enrolled for this competition and thus it serves it great objectives. Finally I extend my hearty and sincere thanks to the IBM and IBM staffs who paved the way to co-ordinate this fabulous program especially Dirender and Kriti.
HariNairT 060001XVV0 Tags:  up opportunities community opening developer ibm india mobile bi superstar 1 Comment 2,310 Visits
IBM Developer SuperStar 2011
Opening Up Opportunities in a World of Choice and a Time of Change
@Bangalore on 14th & 15th Dec. 2011
n Hari Nair
Really a great event. Kudos to Speakers and organizers. Its been more than 2 week, and I have been meaning to write about it. Folks, this is by all means the best event that I have attended in my professional life. The entire program was crafted in a way that provided me with opportunities to move on.
I got the 1st mail from IBM on Jan 27, 2011 titled 'Show the world the way ahead', same day I submitted my idea through mail. The initial evaluation for me was at Chennai IBM office during Aug. 2011. It was very interesting and the judges showed keen interest.
Developer SuperStar 2011, was a 2 day event for me. I reached IBM Bangalore on 14th afternoon. The 30 minutes presentation got over by 4.30PM. Judges comments were supportive especially that of Ananth Joisa , Dulles Krishnan and Sudhir Sastry.
The winners were honored in a grand ceremony on 15th Dec., at Taj Vivanta,
The arrangements at the Venue were really good. Each one of us was provided a stall, wherein the visitors can come and interact with us. Every visitor got a booklet containing details of Finalists and Judges along with an introduction on Developer SuperStar event. More over the lady at the counter was very courteous.
The inaugural address was impressive and I could also take few photographs. I also could get sometime chatting with some of the speakers and other attendees during the tea break. Also could show several visitors, how to access enterprise reports using any mobile phone with great graphics and drill-down reports.
All the 3 IBM sessions were very interesting. The following were very thought provoking and interesting. Workshops were in-depth sessions.
1-Spoken Web: Concept, Technology and Platform by Nitendra Rajput
2-Building Watson, An overview of DeepQA by Nandakishore Khambatla
3-IBM Mobile Platform by Saurabh Agarwal
Visitors participated in all these asking very interesting questions to the speakers. Visitors also got a glimpse into IBM research and IBM smarter plant during the days sessions. I Also experienced the wonder of Watson, the ingenious IBM innovation at a dedicated kiosk and played CityOne, the gaming sensation from IBM at a dedicated console.
The most surprising for me was the keen interest shown by the visitors gathered there. I could observe, almost pin-drop silence through-out the day, and utmost discipline.
The food was hot and spicy and nicely decorated. The event organizers had taken special care to select a menu, I think. There was ample space to enjoy the meal and discuss on hot and cold topics. Overall, I had a very fulfilling experience and look forward to attend the next edition.
KritiKamra 270004QYED 980 Visits
The IBM Developer SuperStar Contest winners were honored in a grand Award Felicitation ceremony on 15th December, at Taj Vivanta- M.G Road in Bangalore.
The event was attended by over 250 experienced developers from over 130 different organizations in Bangalore and was a huge success with everyone.
The developerWorks India/SA team reached out to professional developers in the country earlier in the year, and invited them to nominate and build applications based on IBM software. The program attracted 632 applications from passionate developers, keen on learning and building solutions using IBM Software. 7 finalists from various organizations and cities presented their applications to a panel of judges comprising 5 top executives at IBM:
1. Rajavel Sekaran: Program Director, Lab Services, India Software Lab
2. Ananth Joisa: Program Director, Strategic Growth & Technical Vitality
3. Dulles Krishnan: Director - Commerce Solutions, Growth Markets
4. Sudhir Sastry: Software Group Technical Sales Leader - India / SA
5. Asheet Makhija: Country Leader-Services, Support & Education, SWG, ISA
The winners chosen by the judges were:
Winner: Akhand Pratap Singh from Delhi for his application called OrdeOS
1st Runner Up: Shenbagaraman from Chennai for his application called Statistics Based Performance Modeling
2nd Runner Up: Yafar Khan from Bangalore for his application called Local Language Programming
The audience interacted with the finalists of the IBM Developer SuperStar Contest and watched live demos of their applications. They also experienced the wonder of Watson, the ingenious IBM innovation at a dedicated kiosk and played CityOne, the gaming sensation from IBM at a dedicated console.
During the event, the finalists made brief presentations to the audience explaining their applications. The audience was provided with voting meters and they voted on a scale of 1 to 5 at the end of each presentation. At the end, all scores were compiled and the winner of The Audience Choice Award was announced:
Arun Kumar Palanisamy from Chennai for his application called Machine Monitoring System.
The event also highlighted innovations at IBM through 3 sessions, which were very well received by the audience, on:
1. Spoken Web: Concept, Technology and Platform presented by Nitendra Rajput
2. Building Watson -- A Brief Overview of DeepQA and the Jeopardy! Challenge presented by Nandakishore Khambatla
3. IBM Mobile Platform presented by Saurabh Agarwal
To view the photos from the event visit: http://bit.ly/bethestar and http://on.fb.me/sziSKR
To read more about the judges and the winners, read the blogs on http://bit.ly/bethestar
To know more about the applications of the winners and the finalists, visit: http://ibm.co/vXvG39
Join this group to know about the 2012 launch of the program: http://bit.ly/bethestar
i create the basic android application ,in which what ever u write in text and u can listen it in different -different language like us,uk,german italy,etc . it's for the user how can listen all thing even the whole book , in different -different language, we also know that this task is also done by google , but let think if u have no access of net in those time it 'll help more more , and u can learn new launguge .!!
Technologies used -java,android 2.2,
ApraSahney 270001NTJ0 1,553 Visits
The SuperStar Applications! Innovations by the Winners and the Finalists of the IBM Developer SuperStar Contest, 2011
1. Mr. Akhand Pratap Singh- Winner of the IBM Developer SuperStar Contest, 2011
The Idea of OrdeOS (Which means A new Beginning) is a Cloud based Operating System with which a user can do "Everything with Anything and Anywhere".It is not just another Web based Desktop,Its a Cloud Platform or OS which is extensible to any Device like low end mobile phones and is built upon JAVA and Web Technologies which make it easy for developers to design. And easily provide many innovative and great features for business and individual users.Technologies Used: IBM DB2,IBM Websphere
2. Mr. Shenbagaraman KS- 1st Runner Up of the IBM Developer SuperStar Contest, 2011
I created a simple Data collection tool – running on Java, which can be used on web applications to collect performance metrics like – web page accessed, who accessed it, how many times is it accessed, what is the data queried for in that web page, what is the page response time seen when accessing the web page. The data is collected for every action / can be customized for some filter actions. The tool is designed to store this data in a database like DB2. It is called Statistics Based Performance Modeling.
Technologies Used: DB2 9.2 , WAS 6.0 , RAD 8.0
3. Mr. Yafar Khan- Second Runner Up of the IBM Developer SuperStar Contest, 2011
My application is a new programming environment which would work in different languages, thus helping common people who are not even aware of the English language. For example in India only 12 percentage of the total population can understand the English language. So, if we implement this project, people can easily communicate with the computer and fulfill their needs. Existing software companies, they provide job opportunities for highly talented personalities knows English. But most of the common people can get opportunities according to their skill with my project. The other feature which I want to implement is the language switching i.e., A single program can be written by two different programmers in two different common languages. For example: A program is written one part in Hindi and the other part is in Tamil.
Technologies Used: Eclipse, DB
3. Mr. Arun Kumar- Audience Choice Award of the IBM Developer SuperStar Contest, 2011
MMS is a software application that collects reports and graphs shop floor manufacturing details and processes in real time. With the motto “You can only improve what you measure,” MMS helps improve manufacturing processes by empowering decision makers with reports and graphs based on actual shop floor data.
5. Mr. Ashutosh Sarangi
My application is a search tool called Ctrl F, which can be easily configurable and installable to any organization which deals with lotus notes applications, it includes both client and web applications. This is to start with, I have other ideas to implement in this tool as well. It will give a common page where a user can search and get all his related documents with option to export them into word, excel and text format. It also gives options to save their search query for extracting/generating report on scheduled basis and share them to their Colleague by mailing them.
Technologies Used: Lotus Notes
6. Mr. Hari NairTechnologies Used: DB2 Database
My application is a simple solution for the masses called Mobilising Enterprise Application, where corporate information residing on large servers, can be accessed from anywhere using their own low-cost mobile phones with drill-down and good graphics like barchart, pie-chart, line-chart etc. (Any phone, Any database, Any mobile Operating system!)
7. Mr. Lalbihari Barik
I have developed Intelligent Tutoring System as Human Knowledge Discovery Agent (HKDA) that makes good use of available resources. The title of the present study work is:
“Standardization of Intelligent Tutoring System for Adaptive Information Retrieval and Knowledge Discovery by Monitoring Human Interaction”
Technologies Used: Web Server: WASCE Version 2, Database Server: DB2 9 Express Edition, Development End: Eclipse 3.3 Europa (J2EE, Java, Java Bean, Servlet, JSP, HTML, Java Script, CSS)
KritiKamra 270004QYED 977 Visits
Meet Sudhir Sastry, one of our judges on the panel to evaluate the finalists of IBM Developer Superstar Contest!
Sudhir is an exemplary IBMer who is dedicated to both his work and to the pursuit of his hobbies. He is an unparalleled technical sales leader during the week who transforms into an AL fresco adventurer on the weekends!
Sudhir's wife is an architect and they have two lovely daughters. He spends most busy weekends with his family and manages a few for angling (that's a picture of him with his enviable catch!) and off road driving!
Sudhir is a technology professional with over 18 years in the Information technology industry. He has been with IBM for 13 years and has held various leadership positions in IBM spanning Product Development, Consulting services and Technical Sales. He is currently the Client technical professionals and Services leader for IBM Software Group in India/South Asia and is responsible for IBM Software pre-sales, services and support. His main passion is Smarter Software from IBM and his areas of technical expertise include embedded systems, EAI, SOA and software Product Development.
Thank you Sudhir, for being on the panel to judge the IBM Developer Superstar Contest. We know that your expertise and winning attitude will make one prized catch!
We requested Sudhir to share his thoughts on the Superstar contest and his expectations from the finalists. Please read on to know more:
Please tell us a little about your professional background and your personal interests
I joined IBM in Dec 1998 as a embedded systems engineer. I started the Java Technology Centre for IBM in Bangalore in June 1999. The JTC soon had IBM Worldwide responsibility for Java Support, Development and Test. In June 2002, I moved on to a services sales role for IBM Global Services based out of London. After returning to India in 2004 I joined the IBM India Software Lab and started up ISL’s Industry Solutions mission. In Oct 2006 I led IBM’s SOA Solutions Centre in India. I was in this position till Jan 2009 after which I moved to my current position.
I am a keen angler in my spare time and am also very passionate about Off road driving on non existent roads.
'Building a Smarter Planet'' What are your thoughts on how IBM Software contributes to this?
The Smarter Planet term quite simply defines IBM’s vision for the future of this planet. In our 2nd Century of existence as an organization (WOW !!!) ….we are looking to fundamentally change the way the planet works, whether is safer and more efficient cities through better traffic control and more efficient citizen services, improving the way businesses work – efficiently and effectively, making efficient use of our scarce natural resources. If you look at how software plays a part in this – it really is the tip of the arrow – it helps stitch our other offerings together to create a solution for our clients. Software really helps create the value in our solution.
Your thoughts on the IBM Developer Superstar initiative?
The IBM Developer superstar initiative helps showcase talent who can bring a business context to development creativity. It’s a unique opportunity for developers to show that they not only have development skills but also have ideas that provide real business value to the end user.
What are you looking for in the IBM Developer Superstar finalists?
The IBM Software portfolio is extremely broad and deep. It can be used in almost every single industry/business. I would be looking for
1. Applicability in a business context
2. Span of IBM software used
a. Options considered and chosen – is this the ideal use of this software for this business context
3. Architecture and design
Words of Wisdom for the developer community...
Developers will be the fulcrum around which our Smarter planet initiative will evolve. I see the future developers being categorized into 2 specific areas – generalists and deep specialists – generalists will have fairly comprehensive knowledge about broad categories of technology areas with basic industry knowledge. The specialists will be very deeply skilled technologists who are extremely knowledgeable about specific areas of technology – lets say database tuning or application server performance.
All the best guys!
KritiKamra 270004QYED 1,297 Visits
Let's welcome Dulles Krishnan, one of the judges on the panel to evaluate the IBM Developer Superstar contest finalists!
Dulles comes with a power packed profile and an exhaustive repository of experiences. He has 17 years of experience in the IT industry, across multiple geographies including India, ASEAN, US and now Growth Markets in various capacities from client representative to Business Unit Head.
Dulles currently holds the responsibility of Director, IBM Commerce Solutions for the Growth Markets. In this role he leads the Smarter Commerce initiative across the Growth Markets covering AP, Middle East and Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America. He brings deep knowledge in Industry Solutions, Supply Chain & Enterprise Applications. Most recently, he worked out of IBM headquarters in New York for an exclusive assignment as the Executive Assistant to Steve Mills, Sr VP and Group Executive - Software and Systems, where he worked closely on IBM's Software and Systems strategy, acquisition, and long term business planning.
Dulles has completed his MBA from IISWBM, Calcutta University and has been a top ranker in academics. He has also completed the Executive Leadership Program from Johnson Graduate School of Management under Cornell University in 2008.
On the personal front, he is a doting father to his 2 children who are in primary school. You would often hear his wife complain about his relentless devotion to work, admittedly his first love!
Thank you Dulles, for being on the panel to evaluate our finalists. It is clear that given the depth of your knowledge, your professional achievements and your infectious energy, the finalists and the Superstar team will definitely have notebooks full of learning to take back home!
We caught Dulles on a busy day for a brief interview. Please read on for his take on the contest and his expectations from the finalists:
KritiKamra 270004QYED 1,456 Visits
We are very pleased to introduce Ananth Joisa, one of the judges on the panel to evaluate the finalists of the IBM Developer Superstar contest!
Ananth is a passionate IBMer who has been with the company for 14 out of his astounding 27 years of experience. His profiles have changed over the years from application developer to a technical leader , however with a consistent focus on database technology. A certified database administrator, Ananth has worked with industries from around the world. At the IBM Software labs, he played a key role in establishing DB2 and now, as the leader for technical vitality, he gives direction to every developer's dreams- from university students to experienced developers and leaders!
What fuels Ananth to inspire and motivate so many others? A quiet retreat to his village, amongst his family and friends, once every year :)
Thank you Ananth, for being on the panel of the IBM Developer Superstar contest final evaluations. The depth of your experience and insight into people's interests and ideas will provide for invaluable learning for the finalists and the Superstar contest team.
Ananth shared his thoughts with us in an interview last week. Please read on to know his perspective on what goes behind making life easier for the customers and the society at large:
Please share a little about your professional background, your family and your personal interests.
I have 27 years of experience in the software industry. I am working for IBM for the past 14 years. During early career I was an application software developer. Then moved to become a designer and technical leader. My technical interest area has always been the database technology and I became Certified Database Administrator working for various customers in Banking, Manufacturing, Health Care, and Tele-Marketing industries in the UK, the US and the West Indies. In IBM India ISL, I established the development team for DB2 which later grew Information Management brand, the group which I led in the lab till 2009. Currently I am the leader for Technical Vitality working on building the Technical Leadership for the organization. The technical leadership starts from working with University students who do internship with IBM focussing on Innovation, and goes up all the way to technical leaders for the products. I enjoy working with people in identifying their interests in technical career and designing initiatives that support the career of people in line with the organizational strategy and goals.
At personal front, I studied at the Indian Institute of Science for my graduation and post graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering. I am married and have two children. My wife is home maker. My daughter is studying electronics engineering and my son is studying in high school. I like photography, the game of Bridge, and spending time with children. I come from village where I spent all of my childhood and school days. I enjoy going back to village, spending time there with the family and friends. I do this at least once every year.
'Building a Smarter Planet'. What are your thoughts on how IBM Software is contributing to this?
Building Smarter Planet in my view is all about making life easier - be it social or business or for the end-customers like bankers, travellers or retail shoppers. It is about making things work smarter, faster, error-free and with less resources and less efforts, while taking advantage of all the technological advancements be it in hardware or software or communication. IBM Software contributes to it significantly with its portfolio covering all the middleware products that are used in any application. The individual product capabilities as well as the inter-product capabilities give immense opportunities for the application to be 'smarter'.
Your thoughts on the IBM Developer Superstar initiative?
The Superstar initiative is a great way to identify the innovative minds that are with developers across India and to bring out the talent from the developers in creating innovative solutions using IBM Software. Innovation flourishes by the environment provided for it. This Superstar initiative provides a platform for all genius developers to translate their ideas to a reality.
What are you looking for in the IBM Developer Superstar finalists?
I expect the Superstar finalists to present:
(1) a smart solution for a problem that the world is seeing today, OR
(2) an innovative new idea or opportunity for making something better for this world someway or the other. The solution should be realistically implement-able and practical and show what feature of IBM software was helpful in arriving at the solution.
Any Words of wisdom for the developer community?
Out of hundred ideas will emerge one great innovation. Ideas get born from problems, shortcomings and needs. When you try a solution or an application, always ask yourself 'Who will benefit from it and how?'
Best wishes to every developer!
KritiKamra 270004QYED 1,130 Visits
We are very proud to introduce Rajavel Sekaran, one of the judges on the panel to evaluate the IBM Developer Superstar contest!
Rajavel has 19 years of IT experience in all and has been a part of IBM for the last 5 years. He is passionate about making the world a smarter place by reaching out to aspiring developers. He is an avid traveler (in the picture on the left, he is at the Great Wall of China) and has an enviable collection of foreign and Indian currency. In his words, no idea is complete till it has a solid business impact. Smart solutions will lead to a smarter planet :)
We interviewed Rajavel to know him a little better and got some interesting insights into his expectations from the finalists. Read on for cues!
Thank you Rajavel, for being on the panel. Your experience and inimitable personal style will certainly bring a new dimension to the IBM Developer Superstar Contest!
Please tell us about your professional background, your family and personal interests.
I have 19 years of IT experience in all and have been a part of IBM for the last 5 years. During my career so far I have performed various roles in software consulting, product development and presales. I conducted IT Strategy workshops for CxOs to crafted IT roadmaps for large enterprises in India and abroad earlier in my career which I enjoyed the most. I am particularly passionate about evangelizing technology and address key pain points with solutions based on IBM Software. What’s also close to my heart is nurturing the student community who are really the future. I have run several workshops in universities in India and China in topics such as-Leadership Competencies, Smarter Planet solutions, Turning Information into Insights, What skills are relevant to succeed in the professional world and so on.
On the personal front, I am married with 2 daughters, 11 and 13 years old. They manage to keep me on my toes every day! I have been pursuing couple of hobbies- Philately and Numismatics. I have collected coins and currency notes from over a hundred countries over the last 15 years and can show off some rare coins aging back to the 19th century from the British Raj in India. During my school days I started collecting stamps (managed to collect about 10000) but, thanks to email, that hobby is impossible to sustain now. However, it will always remain a fond and proud collection.
I love traveling with my family and try to manage one international holiday every year with them. The most fun we had as a family was when we stayed at an isolated and peaceful resort on the island of Langkawi in Malaysia, completely cut off from the world and amidst people I love the most.
What does the term “Building a Smarter planet” mean to you?
Building a smarter planet means different things to two broad groups: 1) Corporates and Businesses and 2) Society at large, the government, cities and people. Bottom line is these are solutions that are instrumented, interconnected and intelligent which can deliver value via transformational changes.
While to the first group, the main interest is smarter solutions that can increase their revenue / profits and deliver value for their customers, and the second group have a larger agenda in making the world smarter. IBM has contributed with its technologies and solutions in areas like energy management, disaster management, waste management and citizen services and these to me are big ticket items making a significant positive change to the planet we live in !
Your thoughts on the IBM Developer Superstar contest?
The IBM Developer Superstar contest is an example of IBM’s commitment to innovation. It is really exciting to see we are making such progress in giving exposure to developers and giving them an open platform to try out their ideas on IBM Software. Day to day work doesn’t allow us these opportunities, but innovation stems out of taking these chances and making the most of them. I hope developers continue utilize this luxury of testing an idea and show casing it to the relevant audience and keep their creative juices flowing.
What are your expectations from the finalists?
I am hoping to see three things in the final presentations:
1. Creativity and Innovation
2. Business Value
3. Realistic approach and how close their idea is to solving a real world problem
Words of wisdom for the developer community at large.
India is the base for technical prowess. It is important for the developers to recognize this and cultivate their skills. Solve a problem and then, most importantly, relate it back to the business impact your solution will make. That is the key to a successful career in software development.
All the best to all of you!
KritiKamra 270004QYED 1,979 Visits
Please welcome Yafar Khan, the final member in the group of IBM Developer Superstar Contest Finalists!
Yafar comes from a loving family and is very close to his siblings. He has been a meticulous and hard working student who completed his Diploma in Computer Science and Degree in B-Tech and Engineering. He is currently a team leader and manages the software development section in his company. The Superstar Contest is Yafar's way of learning and developing new and interesting ideas. Let's read on to know more about his motivation and idea for the contest.
Congratulations again Yafar, on being short-listed as one of the finalists for the IBM Developer Superstar Contest! We wish you the best for the final evaluation.
1. What does the IBM Developer Superstar contest mean to you?
It is a most wonderful platform for presenting our ideas in front of the world. I am very much thankful to IBM for providing facilities for common people to show their skills and learn new aspects, also contribute to the development of new ideas and technologies.
2. Please describe your innovation briefly.
My idea is to develop a new programming environment for which would work in different languages, thus helping common people who are not even aware of the English language. For example in India only 12 percentage of the total population can understand the English language. So, if we implement this project, people can easily communicate with the computer and fulfill their needs. Existing software companies, they provide job opportunities for highly talented personalities knows English. But most of the common people can get opportunities according to their skill with my project. The other feature which I want to implement is the language switching i.e., A single program can be written by two different programmers in two different common languages. For example: A program is written one part in Hindi and the other part is in Tamil.
3. What was the motivation behind the idea you submitted?
I got the inspiration from my mother for developing the idea. Even if she doesn’t know English she helps me in programming with her own language. One day she asked me why we can’t write computer program in our own language. So, this was my inspiration to go ahead with this project.
4. Complete this sentence:
I am an IBM Developer Superstar because I have a powerful tool to help the common people around the globe.
5. If you are chosen the IBM developer Superstar, how will the grand prize, the certificate in business Leadership Skills from eCornell University benefit you?
I will confront by challenging tasks in controlled and demanding situations. I will have a wider appreciation of group dynamics, problem solving and planning, and had a chance to implement a plan under pressure. I will have time to evaluate and improve my own communication and team building skills.