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IBM Rocks Developers and Entrepreneurs in Africa! New Innovation Space!

July 30, 2015

Africa is growing in innovation and entrepreneurship!  Africa has millions of entrepreneurs who are experts in their own markets and who are now looking to technology to differentiate and compete on the global stage

In order to support the startups and developers in this growing region,  has announced a new innovation and collaboration space at iHub – the heart of Nairobi’s tech community.

Tapping expertise from IBM’s existing Innovation Centre and Research Lab in Kenya, the new IBM Innovation Space @ iHub will be an open working environment for software developers and start-ups designed to foster entrepreneurial business growth and provide open access to IBM’s years of global expertise in technology-based innovation.


The space will provide early-stage entrepreneurs and start-ups with access to IBM expertise, education and technology tools – especially in the areas of cloud, Big Data analytics, mobile and security. The IBM Innovation Space @ iHub – the first of its kind in Africa – is set to give a boost to the fast growing tech entrepreneur ecosystem in Kenya and beyond.

Located inside iHub building in down-town Nairobi, the Innovation Space will be open to any of iHub’s 17,000 members allowing them to drop in and get insight, advice and training from IBM experts in business and technology. IBM will also conduct monthly workshops and events for developers who will also be able to join the IBM Global Entrepreneur program through which they can qualify for free access to IBM Cloud Services and get credits for IBM’s Bluemix and SoftLayer platforms.

One company set to benefit from the new IBM Innovation Space is
Bitsoko – a digital currency start-up funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bitsoko which has been working out of the iHub for the past 6 months has used IBM’s Bluemix platform to develop a mobile wallet application based on Blockchain technology.

The IBM Innovation Space @ iHub, Nairobi will be open this month and follows in the footsteps of similar spaces in New York, Boston, Uberaba (Brazil), Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Bangalore, New Delhi and Singapore. Nairobi marks the first IBM Innovation Space in Africa with others to follow in the coming months in line with IBM’s investment into innovation ecosystems across the continent.


For more information on iHub, visit:

http://www.ihub.co.ke/

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IBM Announces 6th Digital City — POA#DIGITAL for the Cloud Ecosystem

July 29, 2015

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Career Hack #3: To win the hard sale, show your soft side!

July 27, 2015
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Developers and Entrepreneurs! 3 New Announcements on Open Tech, Skills, and Community!

July 22, 2015

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FOMA – What are you looking at today?

July 21, 2015

I am seeing this “Fear of Missing Out” growing and emerging as a new stress point.   With everyone watching social networks, where people only post the “great things”,

This phenomenal has become so common that it was placed in the dictionary in 2013.  FOMO is defined as the “anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.”

So that you do not get caught up in this new theme, here’s some tips:

  1. Stay focused on what’s important to focus on in your life.    Set your goals and where you want to go.   Don’t go with a goal just because someone else has.
  2. Remind yourself that what’s posted is only part of life.   Most people most the signature moments of their life, not everything.   Your mundane moments are part of life — maybe just not tweetable!
  3. Enjoy and focus on what you have — not just what others have!   This is true in life overall!   But in particular in Social Media.
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The Color of your brand Matters!

July 21, 2015

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Career Hack #2: Be intentional about Social Media

July 20, 2015

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Just for fun — DubSmash

July 15, 2015

My kids were at their grandparents the last week and so to keep in touch we did a series of “dubsmash’ videos to communicate.

Yes, we discovered this through my Brother and Sister in Law and have had a blast doing it!

Just a fun Wed tip!

Go to the AppStore and look for DubSmash.  It is fun!

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Getting started on IBM Bluemix!

July 14, 2015

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Getting started on Bluemix?

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/cloud/library/cl-bluemix-dbarnes

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/cloud/library/cl-bluemix-basics-platform-ui-trs

Make mobile apps with Bluemix

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/mo-ios-mobiledata-app

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/mo-android-mobiledata-app/

Dive deeper with the community or ask questions

https://developer.ibm.com/bluemix

https://developer.ibm.com/answers/smart-spaces/12/bluemix.html

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/bluemix

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Act like an Open API!

July 13, 2015
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Domino’s Pizza App on the Apple iWatch!

July 9, 2015

Guys …. I love this app for the iWatch to track your pizza from your wrist!   You can find the app from the iTunes store.

What other super apps are you seeing for the iWatch?

dominos watch

 

 

 

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IBM Partners with Girls Who Code to Build Women in Tech Pipeline

July 8, 2015

On Monday, we kicked-off of our summer immersion program with Girls Who Code – an amazing national non-profit organization that seeks to inspire, educate, and equip girls with computing skills for the 21st century!

IBM will host female high-school students in New York City for an intense, 7 week summer immersion program. These students will experience a robust curriculum of daily classroom instruction, workshops, demos, and talks by a team of remarkable female IBM leaders and more. We’re empowering these girls with hands-on training on the latest and greatest IBM Cloud has to offer! That means instruction on Bluemix, our premier PaaS solution, and a host of other Cloud technologies. They’ll receive more than 250 hours of superb training in a variety of computer science disciplines, including:
·   Robotics
·    Graphic design
·    Mobile apps
·    Data structures and algorithms

We’re also providing these girls with career advice, along with help developing their presentation skills, and inspiring their entrepreneurial pursuits. We’ve also lined up some technical experiences through field trips, including, a tour of Astor Place — home to some of our coolest IBM Cloud technologies.

This partnership demonstrates IBM’s commitment to helping close the gender gap for women in technology. Currently, women hold 25% of jobs in technical fields. When deciding a college major, 0.3% of girls choose computer science.

We’re so excited to teach these young women using the latest tech from IBM Cloud — especially Bluemix. Our goal is to enable women around the world across a variety of STEM fields and I can’t think of a greater first step than this partnership with the amazing people of Girls Who Code.

“The gender gap isn’t just a Silicon Valley issue anymore,” said Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. “The shortage of women in technical roles, whether it’s retail or entertainment, is a massive crisis both in terms of innovation and socioeconomic equality throughout the United States. Girls Who Code has established a successful track record of empowering girls to pursue majors and careers in computer science, and we’re inspired that so many diverse companies have invested in taking our movement to the next level this year.” IBM hopes that along with Girls Who Code, we can see a reverse in this trend, and a move toward balance in the future.

In 2015, Girls Who Code will host 57 programs reaching close to 1,200 girls in nine cities nationwide throughout the summer, representing a significant increase from the 19 programs serving 375 girls in 2014. We’re proud to join this critical effort to close the gender gap in the computing and technology sector!

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Women Millennials – How do we retain this great talent!

July 6, 2015
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Effective Social Media Communications – 3 Tips For Friday!

July 3, 2015

I am riding in the car today with my 16 year old daughter.   She was looking for a specific song on the radio.  While constantly switching stations she was listening carefully but selectively scanning out the ‘wrong’ songs.  Station after station was rejected until she heard the familiar song she was seeking.

This experience made me think of social media communications.   How do you break through all the other “stations” out there and have your audience search for yours?

Here’s 3 tips for our Friday!

  • Make it noticeable.  The song my daughter was searching for had a certain beat.  Does your message have the characteristics that will help it to break through the barrage of messages that bombards everyone every day.   Should you use video?  a Podcast or a blog?   How do you express yourself?  Make sure you have listened to the right influencers and plan purposefully the message.
  • Make it targeted.   If you use channels creatively and mix them well, you’re much more likely to get your message to those for whom it’s intended. The channels have to be ones that your target audience is exposed to.  My daughter’s song was on her favorite rock station, not my jazz station.   Make sure you are where your audience is.
  • Make it crowd sourced.   Testing your messaging can help you really ensure that you nailed it.  I heard that Taylor Swift gets many bits of feedback on her songs from focus groups, family, and informally with fans.  Sometimes you think you got it, but you missed something of importance!

 

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Birds in a V Formation — Enabled to Change Speed Quickly Based on the Lead Bird

July 2, 2015

Today, I was at the beach — my favorite place in the world!  As I was laying down I looked up and saw the birds positioning themselves into a new V formation.

vbirds
Some lessons I learned from the “V”:

  1.  Speed of change.  It’s amazing how quickly they can respond to any changes from the bird in front. The V enables them to sense each other’s movements especially the leader’s faster.
  2. Take Turns.  Birds take turns at the front.  Each then takes a turn at leading and following.
  3. By working together, a flock of birds is greater than the sum of its parts. By not being selfish, individual birds can reap the collective advantage of aerodynamic movements.

Is your team so in sync that they can respond with speed to the leader’s movements?

I’ve learned that much can be learned at the beach!!!!

 

 

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Megatrends for Cloud, Analytics, Mobile and Social

July 1, 2015
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Top 3 Factoids for Social Selling

June 30, 2015

1.  Leads developed through employee social marketing convert 7x more frequently than other leads (Source: IBM)

Wow!   Employees are becoming the new sellers!

2.  Sales reps using social media as part of their sales techniques outsell 78% of their peers (Source: Forbes)

Developing a relationship online makes a big difference!

3.  77% of buyers are more likely to buy from a company whose CEO uses social media (Source: MSLGroup)

It starts Top Down!

 

 

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Infographic: StartupDelta rocks the Netherlands with IBM support

June 29, 2015

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Announcing startupdelta.org – the whole Dutch startup ecosystem connected on IBM Bluemix!

June 29, 2015

Today I’m excited to announce a partnership with StartupDelta, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and other partners from the Dutch entrepreneurial ecosystem, on the startupdelta.org digital platform. It connects 10+ innovation hubs in the Netherlands, which together form one of the largest and best-connected startup ecosystems in Europe, built by our developers at IBM Groningen on IBM Bluemix.

startup delta

From today, startups from all over the world have easy access to everything the Netherlands has to offer.

This StartupDelta announcement is an addition to IBM’s partnership with local government teams like Digital.NYC, Tech.London, Tech.Berlin and more!   The goal is to encourage the local ecosystem in their mission and to accelerate entrepreneurs growth in the market.

 

With StartupDelta, the Netherlands will attract entrepreneurs and investors, build an all-inclusive community, and offer the tools and services startups need to start strong and scale up in the Netherlands. Through this partnership, visitors to StartupDelta.org may access comprehensive information about startups, news, jobs, workspaces, events, meetups and much more.

This is an exciting event, as it’s the first time we’re seeing an entire country band together with such ambition in the tech realm. The Netherlands seeks to become the “west coast of Europe for awesome startups,” and we at IBM want to help them achieve that goal! While this is our first time partnering with a countrywide community, it confirms our strategy to help build and take part in entrepreneurial communities in leading cities and areas around the world.

Startups from all over the world will have easy access to everything the Netherlands has to offer. To that end, we’ve brought our best tools and services to the table, from our premier development platform, IBM Bluemix, to our IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud, which provides up to $120 in cloud credit to startups. And who can forget about our amazing Innovation Space located in B.Amsterdam, one of the largest startup communities in Amsterdam.

So welcome, startups, investors, and everyone in-between, to StartupDelta.org!

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Who Packed your Parachute?

June 26, 2015

I heard a story about a war hero who did amazing things for his country.  One day while having dinner, a man he didn’t know came up to him and asked if he was that “famous” hero  He replied yes, but how did the man know?

The man explained that he had packed the parachute used in that particular occasion.

The hero went home but was haunted by the young man’s comments.   Had he acknowledged this man when he passed him before?  Why didn’t he know who packed his parachute and prepared him for the adventure?

As I heard the story, I thought, do we acknowledge those who pack our parachute?   For example, our parents who prepare us for life our assistant who prepares us for the day, the VC who took a chance and funded us , or the developer who coded that great app you sold and the list goes on.

So on this wonderful Friday, I want each of you to thank one person who ‘packed your parachute’.

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Just for developers – a Quickie Guide to Why these partnerships matter! Box, Docker, and Apple

June 25, 2015

I am here in London at the Cloud Forum!   I had a great set of roundtables yesterday and got asked from many developers what do these announcements do for me!

So I took a stab at a high level view of the value!

Box

  • Existing Bluemix developers can now leverage the world class Box cloud storage API and services for their mobile and web apps! (Box API will join the rest of 100+ Enterprise developer service tile on our Bluemix service specifically made for develoeprs)
  • And existing Box developers can now enjoy the speed of creating new mobile and web apps integrating Box API on Bluemix developer cloud
  • What’s more, IBM has built an extensive Enterprise Content Management capabilities
    • content capture, extraction, analytics, case management and governance, that are complentary
    • these solutions were already deployed in many large enterprises,
    • now Box developers will be able to tap into these rich enterprise content

This is particularly interesting for developers want to get into a few specific high barrier-of-entry industries including healthcare and financial industry, because in the past, the data of these enterprises are held in a vault that is difficult to get.

For example, startups can create apps using IBM ECM API to extract contents data to feed into Watson, and then allow researchers to collaborate on Box platform using the insights generated from Watson.

Docker

By helping making Docker as the standard of “write code once, and take it anywhere“, it removes the lock in that many developers had to spent lots of time when they start their development on the cloud. (for example, it usually takes a couple of days to redeploy an app from developer’s own machine to AWS cloud)

Through this new partnership, IBM offers “IBM containers” for developers deploying their apps onto Bluemix (public cloud) and PureApp (private cloud) and the tools managing the containers,

For the large companies that are very picky on how/where apps get deployed, this new container eliminate the extra work developer need to spend to figure out how to deploy their apps into large enterprise’s private cloud.

Apple

To the iOS developers who wish to create enterprise apps which require server side data integration – the new IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions extends IBM’s strengths of providing services and middleware with back-end support.

For many iOS apps that requiring backend services, regardless it is nodejs, Ruby on Rails or Java, Bluemix on the other hand provides composable service side app creation and deployment capabilities in an open and common environment.

For Developers who live and work with Xcode (the standard iOS app development tool made by Apple), the Mobile first and Bluemix provides common services such as Enterprise Cloud storage (include Box), backend integration, and Analytics (Watson) right inside Xcode. (btw, this is how IBM created 100+ native iOS apps for IBM enterprise clients)!!

The key here is Bluemix bring enterprise level integrity to the apps created on open source platform such as Cloud Foundry and Docker.

 

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Have you seen the new IBM and Box Partnership?

June 24, 2015

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/47185.wss

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Developers, we’re redefining development at DockerCon!

June 22, 2015

I’m very excited about the upcoming DockerCon event in San Francisco, CA on June 22-23. IBM is once again a platinum sponsor of this conference and I’m so excited about our showcase announcements coming up, including our support of Docker technology through tutorials, birds of a feather sessions, keynote appearances, social media promotions, and more.

I think the biggest news is the launch of IBM Containers on Bluemix!  These are production-ready containers with rich management capabilities for developers to build and run hybrid applications in the enterprise with confidence. Developers get automated monitoring and logging for the most visibility and control to Bluemix with full deployment lifecycle. IBM Containers on Bluemix scale elastically with auto-recovery to meet the needs of application demand. Developers can also utilize the wide ecosystem of services on Bluemix today such as devops tooling and integration services.

IBM Containers on Bluemix are just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve expanded our use of Docker containers to run on Power Systems and z System. IBM is the first and only Docker partner to resell Docker Hub Enterprise and we’re now offering on-premise solutions sold with Urbancode Deploy and Pure Application.

Developers are under more pressure than ever to innovate, deliver, respond and react. These same pressures inspired us to create solutions like Bluemix and our thriving, developer-focused community, developerWorks. Despite all the APIs, runtimes, and tools today’s developers need, the Docker container stands out as an incredible solution for a difficult development landscape. We’ve just launched an all in one IBM Container Page on developerWorks to help developers get up to speed quickly on our containers. Check it out!

Through portable packaging, Docker enables a developer to build out the software required to support an application with lightning speed and ease. They can take that data anywhere, running it on a production environment, hybrid cloud, and more.

The conference is sold out, but even if you can’t attend, you can still stay up-to-date on all the excitement at developer.ibm.com/opentech

Contribute to the conversation with #DockerCon and #bluemix.

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Cloud and IOT: Making it real at the Imperial College of London

June 22, 2015
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Social Sentiment for Jurassic World! Fun with Watson!

June 17, 2015

We love to show the power of Watson!   And I loved the MOVIE!!!

So we  uploaded some Twitter data about Jurassic World into Watson Analytics, IBM’s natural-language cloud-based analytics service.

There were some interesting insights:

  • The country with the most tweets so far is Chile;
  • Women are tweeting more than men
  • Portugal has the highest number of positive tweets, but also the most negative.
  • Overall, sentiment for the movie was positive, which was to be expected. However, there was no appreciable change in the order of sentiment over time. Positive was highest for each day, followed by neutral, then negative and then ambivalent.
  • The global volume of all tweets (whether positive or negative) surged during the last five days of the month.

 

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Tech.London Video!

June 16, 2015

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Announcing Tech.London – a Digital Ecosystem for London built on IBM Bluemix!

June 15, 2015

Today I am proud to announce the partnership of IBM with the Mayor of London and Gust, on a new digital platform for the ecosystem called TECH.LONDON !!!!

TECH.LONDON is THE digital place for London startups, investors, influencers, and developers to collaborate on innovation and disruption.   tech.london

In one place it has:

  • All London Startups, VCs
  • News
  • Events
  • Meetups
  • Courses
  • Jobs
  • Funding
  • Open spaces

And more

It’s more than just a portal – it’s a digital community creating a World Class ecosystem that will enable the collaboration and innovation necessary for reinvention of today’s world.

There are 3 reasons why IBM has invested in this London Ecosystem NOW.

First, London is a city of Developers – the new King Makers.

There are over 18M developers worldwide — and a large cluster of them are right here in London.   This developer Skill is the key to the kingdom.

Second London is a start up magnet.

  • With the “startup explosion” of over 140K startups globally, London is in the Startup epicenter and was recently ranked one of the top cities in the WORLD where entrepreneurs want to meet up and #1 in Europe.  Did you know 34K digital and tech companies reside in London/

And third, London startups are global – they internationalize at a much faster rate than those around the world.  Over 1B pounds of investment goes into London Start-ups!

Tech.London is an essential resource to help connect and continue the strong growth of the London tech scene.

IBM’s investment in Tech.London is twofold:

First, with technology.   Tech.London is powered by IBM Cloud – our Bluemix platform that is the fastest growing developer platform in the world.

IBM’s sponsorship of Tech.London goes beyond being built on IBM Bluemix.

Tech.London is powered by the People and so IBM is ensuring the local IBM teams, who just rated IBM as one of their favorite employer in Europe, help to create this community.

  • With IBMers from South Bank to Level 39 and beyond, we are sharing our best employees to work Shoulder to Shoulder with the London Ecosystem. Knowhow, Kingdon, Monitise, and Push Technology are examples of IBM’s partnership locally.

Examples include:

  • Hackathons – like the one just last week at Wimbledon where we had teams deliver amazing Innovative solutions around Fan Experience.
  • Academics – like the partnerships at the Imperial College of London – where we are helping students use Cloud, IOT, and their imaginations to power a balloon to 30 kilometers to read information to have weather become Smarter.
  • Meetups with the Future of London in diversity. Diverse workteams drive innovation – so we are hosting meetups and events around Coding to help more women and girls select tech as a viable career choice.
  • Resources – like IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program that allows new companies to use up to 77K pounds free use of the IBM Cloud but more importantly Free Technical Support and GTM help.

Each of these types of activities will now be easily found by the local community by Tech.London to disrupt the WORLD!

This exciting public/private partnership between IBM, the Mayor of London, Gust and a wide range of local partners puts this powerful digital platform into the hands of the London community for the London community.

Tech.London will be a great value to innovation and disruption creating a launchpad for continued growth here in the capital.

TECH.LONDON – check it out!   tech.london

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Tech.London Infographic ! Announcing the Digital Ecosystem Powered by IBM Cloud

June 15, 2015

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Wimbledon And Bluemix! The IBM Hackathon that disrupts the Fan experience!

June 14, 2015

I am live in London for the excitement in the developer and entrepreneur communities.   Monday June 15th kicks off London’s Tech Week!

But we have been busy ahead of time!

For two days, IBM invited developers to rapidly build new ways to create an even more exceptional experience for fans on site at Wimbledon.   The coders used IBM Bluemix,our Cloud platform that is the fastest growing developer platform in the world!

The winners were serial Box which was all about automating the ticket resale process!

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Check it out!

https://storify.com/ibmevents/ibm

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TGIF: Don’t automate the personal touch!

June 12, 2015

Our Friday Short piece of Social Advice is Let your brand shine through!

I love this advice that came out of the Social Shakeup in Atlanta!  ” Never automate the personal touch, When you put out content, your personality and value comes in and you don’t want to automate that.”

You can automate amplifications, but you cannot automate relationships.

How do you let your personality shine through? Identify your power users and influencers, understand who they are and build real relationships with them.

 

 

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Cloud Expo welcomes the IBM Cloud and STEM focus! And IBM welcomes BlueBox

June 11, 2015

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Your Secret Weapon: Video is about engagement and retention!

June 10, 2015

I love video blogs!   Video is so trusted and engaging!  Now I know that retention is also stronger!

Use video whenever you can !

video rocks

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Hacks and apps! Cool apps emerging on IBM BlueMix!

June 9, 2015

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Join us at the Cloud Expo !

June 8, 2015

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AquaHacking?!

June 8, 2015

On May 30th, after months of preparation, the very first #AquaHacking in Canada came to a close! IBM was a large corporate sponsor of the Aquahacking event where teams submitted applications that would help improve and preserve the Ottawa River. This event involved presentations by environmental experts and government representatives, as well as a discussion by Alexandara Cousteau, granddaughter of the legendary explorer, Jacques Cousteau, on water preservation benefits from the social tech/digital connections being established.

IBM has a history of involvement in water issues in Canada and has partnered across the country to implement smarter water solutions for many years. Lila Adamec, the IBM Ecosystem Toronto City Leader, was the key leader for this event from IBM, helping to establish the sponsorship and promotion of Bluemix (http://ibm.biz/Aquahacking) as part of the event. More than a dozen teams submitted applications as part of the AquaHacking event. Those teams that chose to use IBM’s Bluemix as their platform were awarded bonus points for their solution scoring. Environmental and technical experts worked closely with the coders on their applications and submissions. The applications were then evaluated by a jury of experts ranging from environmental and technical backgrounds.

The First place award for the AquaHacking was split between the My River team, who created an app enabling citizens to easily report water issues, allowing municipalities to resolve issues quickly and the River Ranger team, who built a geospatial social network, enabling members to view and share information with others based on shared geographic regions. The Aqua Radar team, led by IBM’s Nick Edgar, won the competition’s Future Star award for their app that looks at hydrometric data and lets users pull data based on locations. All of these solutions were built using IBM’s Bluemix platform (http://ibm.biz/Aquahacking).

The next coding competition will take place in Montreal! For more information visit: www.aquahacking.com
Twitter: @AquaHacking
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/AquaHacking

For more coverage visit:

ITBusiness.ca: The Ottawa River is about to be hacked and that’s a good thing

CBC News: ‘Aquahacks’ design apps for Ottawa River

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Women in Technology Auction! Check it out!

June 7, 2015

WITI’s Executive Auction is a great opportunity to compete for a meeting with corporate executives that could potentially propel your career skyward. At the same time, you will be contributing to the Women in Technology Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit Foundation which supports WITI’s Hall of Fame.  There is still plenty of time to place your BID on some amazing Executives, such as Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of Space X, CIO Paul Chapman of the GAP Inc., Esther Dyson, and the list goes on.  Click here to BID NOW.  Bidding Ends Wed, 10 Jun 2015

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3 Things I have learned from my daughters about Disruption and Social

June 4, 2015

Yes, my 2 daughters have shared with me

  1. Dude Perfect.   There are 5 guys who were friends at Texas (and a Panda) that have a cool and fun YouTube channel.   They started with basketball tricks and earned “endorsements” from their videos.   Now they do comedy like sterotypes and more sports tricks. Now they have added games, books, and more.    What I learned:  My daughters love the quirky video fun and can’t wait for the next episodes.  Their use of social is amazing and they have taken their passion and used it as a great example of the power of social and passion!
  2. Augmented reality (AR) art.   My daughters recently showed me 2 postcards with art on them that came alive with a small AR app on my phone.  Simply put — wow!  The art came alive with flames that were painted and then on the phone it was real!    What I learned:  The world is changing to such a visual experience.   My daughters expect an experience — whether it is AR or IoT sensors embedded to create an experience.  A good lesson to learn and experiment with!
  3. They want our help.   My daughters showed me today this note that a mom wrote to her son’s facebook friends.  They wanted to chat on it but it was interesting that they “liked” reluctantly what the mom had done.  What I learned:  Kids do like help on social.  My daughters AHA moment was her telling me that the accountability I have with her on Instagram helps her maintain “her” standards.   

 

 

 

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IBM Cloud Bootcamps and Badging! Join us!

June 2, 2015

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Live from Silicon Valley!

June 1, 2015

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Come and join me June 2nd in San Francisco – Step Away Entrepreneurs!

May 31, 2015

Register here!

invite

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“Upwardly Mobile”, with Alaina Percival, CEO of Women Who Code

May 30, 2015

Register here!!

 

womens day

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Infographic: Power of Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship

May 30, 2015

I love this Infographic of the Silicon Valley ranking of cities for entrepreneurship!!!

The top  5 scores were:

  • Menlo Park,
  • Mountain View,
  • Palo Alto,
  • Sunnyvale,
  • Redwood City

Did you see that there is a geographic dominance of Northern California?  The top 4 Silicon Valley cities in the MIT rankings possess 20 times the average start-up quality as California’s median city!!!!  WOW!

silicon valley

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TGIF: Millennial Mystery

May 29, 2015

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Digital Marketing Comes of Age

May 27, 2015

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New! IBM Innovation Space inspiring Cloud Innovation in Brazil!

May 26, 2015

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Honor and Thanks to all those who served

May 25, 2015

A very special thank you to all Veterans who are currently serving our country, who have served, and who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.  You are not forgotten and your sacrifices are appreciated.   A special call out to my Uncle Johnny, who served in WW II and was recognized for his service in D Day.  I wish you were still with us!

johnny

Our freedoms come at a high cost and we can never rest assuming that our freedoms will always be present, so it’s fitting that there is a day to say thank you to those who voluntarily serve and put themselves in harms way so that we can enjoy our freedom.

memorial day

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Unconscious Bias?! What is it and what do you do?

May 20, 2015

Today we hosted an incredible call about Unconscious Bias.   Everyone has them … based on your history, experiences, and context.   Take this test — it is a real eye opener!    https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

What is UnConscious Bias?

A personal and sometimes unreasoned judgment (Merriam-Webster)

Unconscious biases influence our judgment and decision-making, and because we are not aware of them, can be detrimental in certain circumstances such as what information to prioritize in decision-making, who to hire, promote, and reward, and where to allocate precious resources.

Why do we have these biases?

We work in everyday between the automatic pilot and thoughtful, reflective moments.   Most of us are on that automatic pilot most of the day — driving to work,  the feeling when wearing shoes, breathing, etc  but when we pause and do the slow thinking, we think about the facts and the basis of our decisions.    When you are in System 1 — intuitive — you make assumptions you don’t even know about!

system 1 system 2

Understand the Ladder of Influence:

We have a lot of filters that we need to be aware of.  I love this ladder from Chris on how much data we process automatically.   Alot of our conclusions are based on assumptions, based on a selective set of data.

ladder of influencer

What do you do?  Unconscious Bias:

  • Be willing to examine your own assumptions and experiences.
  • If you feel uncomfortable, say so.
  • Be willing to practice inquiry if you suspect unconscious bias in action: seek to understand.
  • Start from the assumption of good intentions.
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TieCon Explodes for IBM Cloud!

May 19, 2015

I love attending the TieCon conferece every year.   It is the world’s largest Enterpreneur Conference with over 4300 attendees, 35% women, and this year 20% women speakers.

The TieCon 50 are the top 50 Entrepreneurs who this year each received up to $120K of the IBM Cloud!   The results for these chosen few are amazing .. with over the past years over 114 successful exits!

tiecon stats

They focused on 8 tracks: 

  • Internet of Things
  • Data Economy
  • Cloud & Security
  • Healthcare
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Oil and Gas
  • Online Education
  • Youth

I wanted to share many of the great moments from our Global Entrepreneurs!

Kick Sim:

GT Systems – a TieCon Power 50 Entrepreneur!

Airosense:

And the interest in the IBM Cloud was a long long line!   Thanks to all the entrepreneurs for your interest!  We will do our best to help you be successful!

 

the crowds

 

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4 Key Themes of social media across global organizations

May 18, 2015
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Woman Founders at Black Box Learn about IBM’s Bluemix

May 14, 2015

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From ComputerWeekly: IT departments aren’t…

July 30, 2015

From ComputerWeekly: IT departments aren’t getting sidelined by cloud, suggests research #cloud


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IBM Launches New Internet of Things Community

July 29, 2015

IBM Launches New Internet of Things Community #developers #IoT #bluemix


IBM Launches New Internet of Things Community


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IBM Expands Reach to African Entrepreneurs

July 28, 2015

IBM Expands Reach to African Entrepreneurs #nairobi #africa #bluemix


IBM Expands Reach to African Entrepreneurs

The new IBM Innovation Space @ iHub will be an open working environment for software developers and start-ups designed to foster entrepreneurial business growth and provide open access to IBM’s years of global expertise in technology-based innovation.


IBM Technical Rock Star Program

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Messaging with Bluemix from Space – The final Post

July 28, 2015

Messaging with Bluemix from Space – The final post #mq #messaging #bluemix


Messaging with Bluemix from Space – The final Post


IBM Technical Rock Star Program

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Building a Cloud Storage application using…

July 27, 2015

An easy way — Building a Cloud Storage application using Object Storage and Bluemix #cloud #bluemix


Building a Cloud Storage application using…


IBM Technical Rock Star Program

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