The IBM Innovate theme this year was "Stay Ahead", and being the new IBM Technical Summit, we saw some great innovation on the expo floor as well as within the multitude of sessions presented.
One of the big stand outs for me was the Liberty Car, a small RC Car modified to be controlled via WiFi using RaspberryPi hardware. The real innovation here is not only in the adaptability of the concept, but the truly low cost incurred (low cost being part of the Raspberry Pi mission). The combined adaptability and low cost make this a seriously accessible platform to begin messing about with and furthering the concepts which Hursley Tech Evangelist Tom Banks talks about in this quick two minute video with Innovate Social Host Katie Linendoll:
In this next short, 6 second Vine clip you can watch Katie driving the Liberty Car: https://vine.co/v/b3TwzFFMHVI
For a more detailed explanation and deeper technical discussion, check out Tom Bank's blog post on WASDev.net. This post published in late April serves as an awesome FAQ that covers all the questions I heard being asked at Innovate (and admittedly the same questions I asked as well): https://www.ibmdw.net/wasdev/2013/04/25/liberty_controlled_car/
What better way to stay ahead than by innovating at such an accessible level that anyone of any age can begin learning how to code and adapting hardware to meet new and different needs? To me, everythign about this simple concept embodied both the stay ahead theme as well as the driving ideas behin the new technical summit.
A big thank you and credit to Ryan Boyles for the Youtube and Vine videos.