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Cloud is at a Tipping Point

Cloud is at a tipping point for business.

The retail industry goes cognitive at SXSW

What a great weekend it was here at SXSW in one of my favorite cities… Austin!
Let me start by saying that I love to shop and what woman doesn’t, right?! Have you ever thought about the reason why you love to shop? Sure, we all appreciate a great bargain, but have you ever thought about what draws you to a particular store, website or brand? Things like product placement and assortment, digital media, customer service, packaging, visual displays, coupons or special events? Even more, have you thought about the experience of shopping that you enjoy, what goes into the process of purchasing your favorite new bag? Well I’m proud to say that cognitive is here to stay in the retail world and its introducing major innovation in retail! All of which is being showcased here at SXSW in the retail innovation lounge.
To give you a bit of background, retailers are spending millions of dollars and collecting astronomical amounts of data to analyze what makes you knock down their doors and remain loyal to their products! Thanks to new technologies and a strong emphasis on employing innovative individuals, companies are becoming more focused than ever before on enhancing the shopper experience.
Today at SXSW I will be leading a panel with some of the latest and greatest retail innovators who are also female founders!
Join IBM and some of our retail partners at the Retail Innovation Lounge  http://ibm.co/1R7o955
   @ SXSW Friday March 11th- Tuesday March 15th for panels discussions, keynotes, and networking sessions. Bring your best handbag!
-Sandy

Anatomy of a cognitive startup – LIVE from SXSW

Every year, SXSW Interactive comes alive. Like a human body, all of these various systems of technology intermingle and create something magical for a few days here in Austin. Today, I had the chance to talk about some anatomy myself: The Anatomy of a Cognitive Startup.

On the outside, the anatomy of a cognitive startup is just like any other in the IBM Ecosystem: focused, innovative, and always forging the future of tech. The true difference comes when you examine the tools of the trade our cognitive startups leverage as they achieve their goals. The IBM Cloud offers a diverse set of software and services dedicated to maximizing developer and startup utilization of the defining tools of the Cognitive Era. When coupled with the laser-focused guidance of the IBM Developer Ecosystem,
Cognitive startups are utilizing IBM Watson visualization, trade-off analytics, personality insight, tone analysis and other cognitive services, with cutting-edge results. Atlanta-based Simple C uses both the IBM Cloud and cognitive systems to provide media-delivered therapies targeting the behavioral symptoms of dementia and related cognitive disorders, providing breakthroughs in the medical industry.

Look at FinTech startup Alpha Modus. By utilizing IBM Bluemix, they’re disrupting the entire investment management industry with tremendous results by using social media to analyze the market sentiment. In fact, their efforts won them the Beacon Award for Best New Application on IBM Cloud from an Entrepreneur at the PartnerWorld Leadership Conference 2016.

Stay tuned for so much more from SXSW Interactive as we dig deeper into the innovations and the people behind them that are truly defining Cloud, Cognitive, and social influences of the future.

Honoring Robin Carey, a social media legend at SXSW – Saturday 5pm

Today I am pleased to share my condolences related to a well-known social media figure who passed last year. Robin Fray Carey founded Social Media Today, one of the first companies to manage online B2B communities that connect large organizations with people that they want to influence.

There’s not better place than at SXSW, the land of digital to hold a memorial for such a powerful and innovative woman! Robyn spent years building her reputation as a powerful force architecting strategies that helped companies reach their goals and audiences consume content they enjoy.
Here at SXSW we’re gaining the tools we need to be successful social professionals. Robyn led the charge in discovering that social media platforms offer huge promise to corporations seeking to interact and learn from customers, employees and experts!
Thank you Robyn for being such a powerful female figure and founder, and for leading the way toward a social future!
Much love.
-Sandy

Video Summary of Day 1 SXSW Interactive – My POV

I loved the first day of SXSW!

 

Happy International Women’s Day !

Today is international women’s day.      To me, this is a significant day as it celebrates the achievement of women around the world!   Women are over 50% of the world’s population — so inclusion is very important to the world.   For instance, did you know if there was parity of women and men in the workforce in Egypt that the GDP would go up by 34%?

I am passionate about innovation and study after study shows that diversity breeds innovation.

So today, let’s celebrate and commit to parity across the world !

Sandy

 

Whisk it away ! Check out our announcement for Developers with OpenWhisk!

I think the OpenWhisk announcement from Interconnect was one of the most significant.

Here’s why:

  • The world’s only fully open, event-driven platform that lets developers build modern feature-rich web and mobile apps quickly and easily
  • It offers the choice of programming language including Swift and Node.js. Run custom code through Docker containers.
  • Built-in chaining enables teams to individually develop small pieces of code with code from the community without having to write code
  • Simply upload your code and let it run. There is no need to think about infrastructure or worry about peak projections
  • Take advantage of easily integrating with an ever growing list of event providers and consumers including cognitive capabilities from IBM.

Tell me what you think!!!!

The Global Entrepreneur Program from IBM Rocks!

Find out more about our Global Entrepreneur Program while attending InterConnect 2016!

https://developer.ibm.com/startups/
@Sandy_Carter

 

 

Introducing the Cloud Champion Program!

Want to be an IBM Champion? Find out more about becoming a champion – or a new Cloud Champion here!

https://www.ibm.com/champion

DeveloperWorks Architecture Center – A MUST use!

IBM is so excited to announce the launch of developerWorks Architecture at InterConnect! Check out what Dirk Nicol has to say about it.

 

 

Top 6 Pieces of Developer News from IBM Interconnect – Swift, Microservices, links + Enterprise

Many of you have asked for a summary of news for developers from Interconnect.  Here are the top 6 pieces of news!

GitHub and IBM.    I am so excited that IBM and GitHub have formed a Strategic Partnership.  We will offer the first and only GitHub Enterprise Service in dedicated and Local Hybrid Clouds.  GitHub has a community of 12 million developers.

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/49156.wss

Bitly: Bitly is an amazing company that serves Enterprise clients.  Bitly selected IBM Cloud as its preferred cloud platform and will migrate its platform of 25 billion data-infused links to IBM Cloud to leverage its global scale and reach.  Bitly’s API, used by developers who embed more than 300 million links into their products and applications each month, will also move onto IBM Cloud.   http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/49161.wss

GigsterGigster plans to use IBM Cloud as its preferred cloud platform for building cognitive apps. IBM will equip Gigster’s “shared economy” of developers with APIs for cognitive, IoT and more. Gigster, an online marketplace that rapidly curates and matches top software developers with projects that companies need built, plans to use IBM Cloud as its preferred cloud platform for building cognitive apps. Gigster intends to train its “shared economy” of technology talent—including 1,400 skilled developers and project managers—on IBM Cloud so that they can build the next generation of apps fueled by top services and APIs in cognitive, IoT, mobile and more   http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/49162.wss

SWIFT: For the first time, we will roll out the tools on IBM Cloud that make it easy for 11M SWIFT developers to bring the advantages of the mobile language to build enterprise applications on the cloud. This could have an explosive effect on productivity for enterprise developers. http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/49157.wss

Watson APIs: IBM announced new and updated cognitive APIs that enhance Watson’s emotional and visual senses, further extending the capabilities of the industry’s largest and most diverse set of cognitive technologies and tools. Text to Speech (TTS) and Tone Analyzer have undergone significant advancements, and two new APIs, Emotion Analysis and Visual Recognition, are now available in beta. These APIs are pushing the sensory boundaries of how humans and machines interact, and they are advancing how technology can think, perceive and empathize. For more information visit http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/49160.wss

BlueMix Whisk: IBM announced the ability of IBM Bluemix OpenWhisk platform to enable developers to quickly build microservices that execute software code in response to events such as the clicking of a mouse or the receiving of sensor data from any IOT device

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/49158.wss

 

Top 10 Announcements on Day 1 of #ibminterconnect

Day 1 of InterConnect 2016 at an end, but with it came so many beginnings: The beginning of a simpler Cloud, of new value in existing offerings, and a new chapter in the Watson story.

Cloud development is even easier thanks to the new 1. Bluemix Whisk, which drives the rapid creation of new apps and microservices fueled through an open ecosystem. Plus, our existing 2, Cloud Data services are now “open for data,” to speed the use of data sources for new apps.

We’ve brought billions in value to our existing offerings through Connect, extending enterprise apps and data to the Cloud. 3. WebSphere Connect and the Connect family of offerings have already cloud enabled 100K+ IBM Software clients, and with Bluemix services, they’ve connected to Cloud-based apps, data, and APIs.

Our new Cloud-based 4. Blockchain resources gives developers the ability to speed up DevOps and get Blockchain ready for their business. With video poised to exceed 80% of all Internet traffic by 2019, we’ve launched our new 5. IBM Cloud video platform, perfect for live-streaming and on-demand needs.

Finally, IBM has offered a number of robust as-a-Service solutions from Platform to Software. Now, we’re excited to announce 6. AI-as-a-service with IBM Watson. Get access to the most expansive portfolio of AI capabilities with vision, speech, language, and data. We’re equipping developers with SDKs, tooling, and more, and it’s only available on IBM Bluemix!

Yesterday we discussed the announcement of 7. GitHub Enterprise  and I will blog in a bit on 8. bit.ly

In addition, 9.  Swift and 10. VMware were incredible partnerships!

An astonishing day of astonishing news. Stay tuned for more as InterConnect kicks into high gear tomorrow!

 

Cloud for Social Good – Tuesday at 2:15PM – 3:30PM Mandalay Bay Club B

On Tuesday at 2:15PM – 3:30PM Mandalay Bay Club B , I am leading a panel on Cloud for Social Good with an amazing group of leaders and companies.

  • Jane Russenberger, Director Genetics and Breeding Guiding Eyes for the Blind!
  • Ted Jenkins President and CEO of Digital Water
  • Connie Mester, Found and CEO of Thrive 4-7

Come and join us to hear how Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Digital Water, and Thrive 4-7 are changing the world !!!!

Guiding Eyes for the Blind 

About: Guiding Eyes for the Blind provides assistance for blind and visually impaired people by providing trained Guide Dogs, at no-cost to the blind and visually impaired. Guiding Eyes is the largest guide dog raising organization in the world, and had an initial need to move 30 years worth of dog breeding and training data into a flexible cloud environment. They chose IBM Cloud and are exploring ways to use cognitive computing in their breeding and matchmaking processes. The guide dog sector is not one we typically think of when we consider companies that are leveraging cloud. This is proof that the cloud and cognitive era will touch all businesses: even those you wouldn’t normally imagine!  Guiding Eyes will move all its data onto IBM Cloud infrastructure!

Thrive 4-7

About: Through its Mevii app, Thrive 4-7 helps address chronic stress, illness or workplace behaviors so that employees can live healthier, more productive lives. Mevii (a play on “Me, version 2.0”), is a cognitive mobile app that helps users develop new skills, change their thinking and solve problems. It’s designed to enhance employer’s health and wellness benefits and can help improve worker well-being, reduce absenteeism, cut insurance costs, increase employee engagement and reduce costs of call-center based counseling or employee support systems.

Their solution was developed on Bluemix and taps into three cognitive services.!

Connie Mester November 2014

Digital Water

About: Digital Water offers efficient water and energy solutions for industrial and municipal markets. The company provides visibility and actionable intelligence on water-related data to enhance asset performance. Digital Water works with clients in water and wastewater markets to optimize treatment and energy costs, and it also partners with humanitarian organizations to provide technology and data on the best way people around the world can gain access to safe water.

 

 

 

 

A Triple Treat for our Developers on Cloud, Cognitive and IoT!

Today I have three huge announcements for you about GitHub, Swift, and developerWorks. Things are about to get even better for members of the IBM Developer Ecosystem!

IBM and GitHub, a community where more than 12 million people build software together, have joined forces to bring you GitHub Enterprise as a new service available on IBM BlueMix  – IBM Cloud platform. I’m so excited for this news, as it brings together the rapid, collaborative development process GitHub’s famous for to our robust cloud environment. We’re supercharging developer’s apps with IBM’s leading cognitive and IoT APIs, and more.

We’re talking agile development on IBM Cloud, seamlessly integrated GitHub Enterprise on Bluemix, and more.

Now, you can build with confidence thanks to the new developerWorks Architecture Center! Available now at developer.ibm.com/architecture, this site has dozens of architecture patterns with content for web, mobile, big data, micro services, and IoT domains and capabilities for DevOps, Security, Hybrid, and Enterprise Integration. We’re offering content that covers several industries, combined with patterns featuring deployable solutions, sample code, and more, all backed by the strength of the IBM developer community and Ecosystem.

Finally, today we’ve announced the next phase of our roadmap to bring Swift to the Cloud with a preview of a Swift runtime and a Swift Package Catalog to enable developers to create apps for the enterprise. Since its introduction in 2014, Swift has exploded as one of the fastest growing and used programming languages and we’re confident it’s going to keep growing. We’re the first cloud provider to enable app development in native Swift, leveraged by over 100,000 developers globally, and I’m thrilled to see Swift and the IBM Cloud grow with this exciting news!

Developers can start exploring the benefits of Swift right now on the IBM Cloud by experimenting in the Swift Sandbox or go right into building end-to-end apps on Bluemix. We’re also bringing the Swift Package Catalog to Bluemix, allowing devs to share Swift Resources with the global community. Read the press release here.

1 Minute Review of IBM Interconnect Messages!

ICICI Bank Launches Virtual Mobile Appathon with IBM Cloud

ICICI Bank launched a virtual mobile app development challenge hosted on the IBM Cloud platform. Its India’s largest mobile app development initiative by a bank. Christened ‘ICICI Appathon’, the programme aims to attract developers, technology companies, startups, technopreneurs and students to create the next generation of banking applications on mobile.

Hosted on the IBM Bluemix cloud based platform, ‘ICICI Appathon’ will offer a diverse set of over 50 APIs from ICICI Bank and its group companies namely ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, ICICI Lombard General Insurance and ICICI Securities. As a first, payment APIs from ‘Visa’ and the ‘Unified Payment Interface’ API from NPCI will also be available for the app development challenge. Using these APIs, participants will have to create innovative working prototypes of mobile applications that provides a superior customer experience.

Three ‘ICICI Appathon’ champions will be selected by a jury of eminent leaders from the BFSI segment and startups. All participants will be judged on five criteria that include uniqueness, functionality, business potential, user experience and scalability.

The top three winners will win prizes from a pool of over INR 20 lakh along with a potential engagement opportunity with ICICI Bank. They will also be given a chance to be mentored by the event partners. Additionally, winners of the ‘ICICI Appathon’, who apply to the ‘10,000 Startups’ of NASSCOM will get a fast tracked entry into it. Moreover, two members of the winning team shall also have access to the network and coworking community of 91springboard (a co-working community of freelancers, startups and established small to large businesses) across India.

Cloud has reached the tipping point as a platform for business, led by developers

IBM InterConnect 2016 is well underway, brimming with developers, entrepreneurs, startups, and a roster of truly revolutionary technologists, speakers and presenters! People from all occupations have gathered here and are focused on the future. Whether it’s the future of their craft or company, or the future of the Cloud, they can all agree that Cloud’s at a tipping point.

Right now, only 1% of developer teams today are utilizing cognitive in their apps. According to the IDC, that number will rise to over 50% by 2018, providing U.S. enterprises $60+ billion in annual savings by 2020! That’s a staggering change in the business landscape in such a short period, but not expected when you see the transformations and disruptions several industries are facing today. This is especially true when you consider the changes in Cloud.

80% of CxOs are thinking about, or experimenting with, different business models and 85% of hybrid leaders report that hybrid cloud is accelerating digital transformation in their organization. Cloud, mobile, and social are revolutionizing the way people deal with data, the way people interact with customers, and the way people go to market with their products. As a result, industries and their leaders realize we’re on the brink of a massive change in HOW we deal with this data.

That’s what InterConnect 2016 is all about, showcasing the latest and greatest in our mission to gather the best offerings and partnerships for you: The developers, startups, and entrepreneurs innovating tomorrow on the Cloud today! Here are just a couple examples of what startups in the IBM Developer Ecosystem are creating:

  • Alpha Modus is challenging the status quo, delivering alpha directly to end-users through a marketplace of investment technologies they call ‘mods.’
  • JKool uses a real-time operational intelligence SaaS with streaming log analytics, metrics and transactions so developers (and folks in DevOps alike) can observe Java transactions as they occur together with a consolidated visualization of all logs and metrics on a single pane of glass in real-time.

Stay tuned for more breaking news and partnerships that will continue IBM’s trend of shaping the future of Cloud developmental success.

Sunday – Kickoff, anticipation, and critical Ecosystem

Greetings from IBM InterConnect 2016!

The air feels electric here at the first day of InterConnect 2016, with the anticipation from developers, startups, entrepreneurs and more excited to learn, grow, and show with IBM Cloud and the Developer Ecosystem. We’ve made so many amazing, critical strides for the Ecosystem to make it the best it can be for you, and I’m excited to share all the news with you over the next several days.

I’ve talked with so many amazing devs who have experienced the Ecosystem firsthand and understand how now, more than ever, its critical place in developmental success and the future of how devs will create the next game changing apps, services, and more. Devs want cognitive, they want the future, and they want to be a part of an Ecosystem that can empower them to build for tomorrow, today. The InterConnect experience over the next 5 days is all that and so much more.

We’ve gathered an assortment of sessions, lightning talks, labs, AMAs (Ask Me Anything) and so much more to give you every opportunity to learn HOW to use the wide array of options available to you on the IBM Cloud. It’s far too much to write here and just barely fits into 5 days; you have to experience it all for yourself!

Welcome to change. Welcome to the future. Welcome to InterConnect 2016.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hi Friends!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I want to thank you for the comments and notes you’ve sent me throughout the years.  Really, you are the best readers any blogger could have.
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Sandy

Join me at Dev@ for Interconnect !

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Join Me at Dev@ at InterConnect 2016!

Starting on February 21st in Las Vegas, over 24,000 tech enthusiasts and professionals will be joining the IBM team along with other industry leaders and experts at InterConnect 2016 – The Premier Cloud and Mobile Conference!

If you have attended InterConnect before, you know how jam-packed the curriculum is going to be to help you transform your business in the era of cognitive !   Check it out!
This year at InterConnect, you can expect to gain over a year of professional education in just a few days with 2,000+ sessions, 200+ labs and keynotes, plus several certification opportunities.
When it comes to developers and startups, I’m very excited to announce that I will be kicking off Dev@ Interconnect on Tuesday February 23 from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Dev@ is where all of the innovation happens, featuring lightening talks and labs, demo stations and a plethora of “techtivities” to keep your skills vibrant and your networking efforts on par!
I’m also leading a couple of other exciting sessions at Dev@ InterConnect including, “Geek Girls are Chic,” where I will help you empower yourself as a female developer and a “Women’s Luncheon,” where we will talk about the role of women in technology and how we can welcome them to this exciting, ever-changing field.
Click here  http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/us/en/interconnect/devat/  to explore the world of Dev@ and continue to see more session information
If you can’t make it to InterConnect, not to worry, I’ll be sharing the story on my Twitter account, and you can always watch a live stream of the general session content on the main InterConnect webpage

These start up lessons are among the most valuable!  Did you know that the top 4 startup lessons make up 80% of struggles that startups have?

I love the fact that being an entrepreneur is a club — sharing is part of it.   And that makes the startup nation lessons even more powerful and drives all boats to rise !

Let me know what you think of these lessons or others that have taught you!

 

Girls in Tech, ESPN – W, Galvanize, and IBM Sponsor Hackathon for Football Apps!

This weekend was a cool Hackathon for the upcoming sport in San Fran — the SuperBowl Football game!

Nubee WON!

New to San Francisco! My First 8 Observations!

Cali is my new home! I love living near San Francisco, and going to Silicon Valley. Being in Tech, this is the place to be!

But here are a few observations I have seen from moving from the East Coast!
Tesla’s are everywhere. I love Tesla and there are no shortage out in the West!
T-shirts rule the day. I see them on their own, under hoodies, and even under suit jackets.
Kale is a major food group. I have eaten more Kale in the last months than in my entire life!
Vball rocks. Yep, at Stanford, they even have a band and cheerleaders for volleyball games. Back in NY it is football, Lacrosse that rule. Not here! My daughters are thrilled (my oldest made second team all-district!)
No main food. In Texas, you must have TexMex and Barbque, in NY, Italian, but what is the food of Cali? It is healthy and very diverse!
Longchamp bags. My purse is a Longchamp that is a cool, Parisan bag, that I carry everywhere. No one I know in NY carries one but here I see them everywhere!
Talented nice, helpful people abound. In NYC, I could find a great restaurant at every corner, In San Francisco, I find great talent and people at every corner.

Happy New Year! Top 5 Trends for the Power of Ecosystems ! #ecosystem #trend #cloud

India SmartCamp Finals in Bangalore! #smartcamp #ibm #startups #cloud

Building an ECOSYSTEM for Growth Hacking: the Nustory Project! #socbiz #ibm #growthhacking

As you know, I’m a HUGE fan of growth hacking and content marketing. Businesses need to embrace the most powerful digital engagement strategies and make data-driven decisions!

And what’s a core ingredient to make this happen? Skills!

We need new marketers that understand how to mine data to build PERSONALIZED relationships. We need project managers that know how to run an EFFECTIVE content calendar. We need data scientists and developers that can build the tools to TRANSFORM industries.

How do we build these skills? Through partnerships and development of an ECOSYSTEM. That’s exactly what we are doing with the Nustory Project. We’re matching student teams with startups to work on real-world challenges building and executing on content marketing plans.

Nustory In Action

Recipes for success:

Pair students with living, breathing startups

For this project, we are leveraging two key components of our ecosystem: faculty and students from our Academic Initiative AND startups from our Global Entrepreneur Program.

Faculty realize the need to build content marketing skills. As Peter Cardon from USC’s Marshall School of Business says, “Social media has turned brands into publishers, and the pressure to produce quality content is growing.”

Startups realize the importance of building content strategies to differentiate themselves as digital engagement becomes increasingly important.

Give students access to the best tools and platforms

To create a culture of success, we need to give students and startups access to the best tools!

Again we leverage our ecosystem, bringing in Hootsuite, the world’s most widely used social relationship platform and a key IBM social business partner . Through Hootsuite’s Higher Education Program, students access the Hootsuite platform for sharing content across social media and measuring its effectiveness. Startups access the platform to validate content and provide feedback.

For a successful content marketing strategy, COLLABORATION is KEY! And when it comes to collaboration, developerWorks offers a best-in-class suite of tools, whether its wiki for posting challenges or the forums for sharing best practices across a number of student teams.

Use analytics and certification to drive performance

Today’s volatile business environment demands a flexible data-driven strategy to drive success. Throughout the Nustory Project, students assess the reach, engagement and action from the social content they generate. They use agile processes to constantly move in the direction of higher value for customers and the startups they represent.

It’s one thing developing skills, but how can students actually PROVE that they are knowledgeable in Content Marketing? All students in the Nustory Project have access to Hootsuite University’s Certification Program – one of the best in the business for social media and content marketing.

So remember, when it comes to successful growth hacking and content marketing, think SKILLS and think ECOSYSTEM!

Learn more:

1) Come see my presentation on Growth Hacking @ InterConnect!

2) Hootsuite University – Stay up to date in today’s rapidly changing media landscape through social media education and industry-recognized certification

3) Whether your are a student, faculty member or business, get involved in the Nustory Project

 

 

A must attend Event — NextGen Cloud Conference! See you there! #ibm @nextgen @RDelMarzo #cloud

In a time where cloud computing is disrupting organizations more than ever before, now is a good time to learn what your business needs to join in on this exciting movement. That’s why I’m very excited to announce my upcoming “Innovate with The Cloud Built for Cognitive Business,” keynote being held as part of the NexGen Cloud Conference in San Diego December 9-10 with my colleague Nancy Pearson.
The NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo shares in the IBM mission to build leaders and innovators in this fast-moving time of IT innovation and transformation. The conference will bring together you as service-led solution providers and vendor executives for two days of skill development designed to help you succeed.
Because the complexity of solution options available has never been greater for enterprises, decision-makers are seeking out partners like you who have demonstrated that they can build solutions to solve their customer challenges and drive innovation.
In our keynote, we will talk about how your business can unleash the power of cloud-scale to increase cognitive agility, accelerate time to market, and reach new clients faster and with more impact than ever before.
We will also talk about how IBM is aligning with partners like you who combine deep understanding of business challenges with the platforms for delivery that will make clients successful as they scale to the cloud.
Cloud has exploded on the scene and ushered in a tidal wave of disruptive technologies Come learn how you can be one of them in 2016 with IBM and The NextGen Cloud Conference and Expo.
Learn more about IBM and its commitment to entrepreneurs here: www.ibmforentrepreneurs.com.
And use the Promo Code “Carter_guest” at nexencloudcon.com    !!!!

Do you know the TOP Trends? ! Watson does …

WOW!   Today we’ve announced a cool new app!   The IBM Watson Trend .   Try it out  ….  Watson Trend app is live  ( https://watsontrend.com/#/  ) and the team is excited to engage consumers to learn where we take this next.

The IBM Watson Trend app forecasts what’s in and what’s not this holiday season. It provides a visual feed of the top 100 trending products and the stories behind those trends across three popular gift categories: consumer electronics, toys, and health and fitness. Insights you can use right now to start crossing off your list!

Try it out and let us know what you think!!!

Softlayer is faster than a speeding bullet – VoltDB report! Nearly 3X Faster than AWS!

For Second Year In A Row, Cloud Benchmark Reveals IBM SoftLayer Nearly Three Times Faster Than Amazon Web Services!!!!!!

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https://www.google.com/search?q=softlayer+benchmark

The Startup Runway!

Calling all Startups and App providers! It's Beacon time!

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Going forward a New Guinness World Record – IBM is a proud partner of the @koding Global Virtual Hackathon, over $150K in prizes, December 12-13, koding.com #hackathon

Koding Inc. has announced its second annual global virtual hackathon, set for December 12-13. Sponsored by IBM, this year’s virtual event is expected to draw more than 100,000 participants worldwide, setting a new Guinness World Record and surpassing last year’s inaugural event, which set the record for the largest-ever virtual hackathon.

IBM’s sponsorship of the event is part of the company’s strategic relationship with Koding, a developer community and cloud-based developer environment that allows users to easily work, collaborate, write and run apps—all within a Web browser. Confirmed hackathon participants will receive an invitation for a free trial of IBM Bluemix, an implementation of IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture based on Cloud Foundry, an open source platform as a service.

Registration is now open, and teams of up to five developers from around the world can sign up for this year’s hackathon at https://koding.com/Hackathon. During the event, participants will have 48 hours to hack their way into $150,000 in cash prizes. This year’s themes include educational games, enterprise productivity and data visualizations.

Koding was inspired to tap the minds of developers all over the world for a second year after an overwhelmingly positive response to last year’s event. Koding’s 2014 hackathon had more than 60,000 participants from a total of 900 total cities, and more than 500 projects were completed and submitted within 48 hours.

Developers — Useful tools for #IoT , #open , and more!

Fashion and Technology: 2 Ways to Engage Introducing Ta Dah Built on IBM Cloud

Today at IBM, we’re gearing up for The 360Fashion and Technology Awards in San Francisco: . We’re bringing together the world’s most talented technology startups and guest speakers, while looking at technology trends through the lens of fashion. While the event is sold out, we’re excited to announce a new way for you to engage with the fashion and technology conversation from wherever you are.
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To continue the conversation around fashion and technology, take part in this one-day challenge facilitated by Ta-Dah, a new social media app where you can connect, challenge, compete and be entered to win a set of Beats by Dre headphones.
Interested in participating? Follow these simple instructions:
1. Download the Ta-Dah app at www.ta-dah.today
2. Upload a video that is up to 30 seconds in length
3. Share and gather votes for a chance to win a pair of Beats by Dre Headphones
4. A winner will be selected at 12 am PST November 4, 2015 and will be notified by email from Ta-Dah
The Ta-Dah app is a great example of an innovative solution running on IBM Cloud. This challenge is open to all.
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Join in the excitement of tonight’s event and follow the 360Fashion and Tech story on Twitter @IBMGE #IBM360F #IBMGE.
Good luck!

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Gearing up for the “360Fashion and Tech Innovation Awards” in San Francisco November 3rd

Have you ever thought about deeper ways to create brand engagement, and get your customers to really experience your product?
In today’s technology driven world, there is no shortage of startups that have managed to magnify that moment of engagement using a multisensory, technology driven approach. One unique industry that has captured this form of multisensory innovation quite well is the fashion industry.
That’s why we’ve partnered with the 360Fashion Network, an international fashion technology company, to present the “360Fashion and Technology Innovation Awards” in San Francisco on November 3rd: https://ibm.biz/BdHxyF. Together we’ll spend the evening showcasing startup innovation in San Francisco through the lens of fashion.
  360Fashion Main Invite Tile
We’ll bring together top leaders from the worlds of technology, startups and fashion to show how the three interrelate, while connecting attending startups with early adopters, retailers and influencers to help them be successful in their unique, technology driven approaches to business.
The event will feature top global leaders who are paving the way in startup innovation, an exhibition, awards ceremony, and demonstrations from wearable tech companies, fashion startups and international apparel designers.
View the full agenda here and register to attend, it’s free: https://ibm.biz/BdHxyF.
Can’t make it? Learn a little bit more about using technology to magnify this moment of engagement with myself and Anina Net, CEO of Fashion360 in this SXSW 2016 Video.

IBM@JavaOne 2015: Meeting the needs of the modern enterprise with Java in the Cloud!

Java?   yes Java!
The Java™ platform has been critical for us here at IBM for almost two decades and continues to be as we move deeper into the era of cloud, mobile, and cognitive computing, all of which are key themes in this year’s JavaOne conference happening this week today through Thursday!
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IBM embraced the Java programming language beginning 20 years ago. As Java grew into a large-scale enterprise platform, IBM was in lock-step, building its extensive middleware suite on this innovative and versatile technology to support not only a wide array of customers in disparate industries, but also powering its own development.
Java is critical to IBM, even moreso as we find ourselves at the beginning of a new era with cloud, mobile, and cognitive computing leading the way.
It’s no surprise, then, that IBM is again a Diamond sponsor at this year’s JavaOne conference, supporting and endorsing the platform that continues to shape its and others’ innovation in the enterprise.
Here’s an overview of some of  IBM’s activities during JavaOne 2015.

Monday, October 26

Time
Location
Title
Speaker(s)
8:30 a.m.
Hilton—Franciscan Room B/C/D
HOL6939: DevOps of Java and Scala Apps to the Cloud with Cloud Foundry
Raghavan “Rags” Srinivas, Architect/Evangelist, IBM
John Wetherill, Developer Evangelist, ActiveState
11:00 a.m.
Hilton, Continental Ballroom 4
CON5630: invokedynamic: Evolution of a Language Feature
Dan Heidinga, J9 VM Interpreter Team Lead, IBM
4:00 p.m.
Parc 55, Market Street
CON10767: Bringing IBM Watson to Developers: Building a Winner with Java
Dale Lane, Software Developer, IBM
4:00 p.m.
Parc 55, Powell I/II
CON10790: Is Enterprise Java Still Relevant?
Ian Robinson, WebSphere Foundation Chief Architect
Erin Schnabel, Senior Software Engineer, IBM

Tuesday, October 27

Tuesday is all about the cloud — with some code optimization thrown in for good measure.
Time
Location
Title
Speaker(s)
12:30 p.m.
Parc 55, Market Street
CON10775: A Technical Deep Dive into Bluemix for Cloud-Based Java Development
Michael Behrendt Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architect Bluemix Core Platform, IBM
12:30 p.m.
Hilton, Imperial Ballroom B
CON5609: Confessions of an Automation Addict
Holly Cummins, Delivery Lead, WebSphere Liberty Profile, IBM
12:30 p.m.
Parc 55, Embarcadero
CON6441: All Change! How Cloud Economics Will Make You Think Differently About Java
Steve Poole, Lead Engineer IBM Cloud and Development Platforms, IBM
2:30 p.m.
Hilton, Continental Ballroom 1/2/3
CON6700: From Java Code to Machine Code: How to Write Highly Optimizable Java
Chris Bailey, Runtime Monitoring and Diagnostics Architect, IBM
2:30 p.m.
Hilton—Golden Gate 4/5
CON6946: Script Bowl 2015: The Emerging Languages Take Over
Hadi Hariri, Team Lead, JetBrains
Nick Howard, Senior Software Engineer, Twitter
Dierk Koenig, Fellow, Canoo Engineering AG
Charles Nutter, Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
Raghavan “Rags” Srinivas, Architect/Evangelist, IBM
Wednesday, October 28
Time
Location
Title
Speaker(s)
8:30 a.m.
Hilton, Golden Gate 4/5
CON7863: What’s in an Object? Java Garbage Collection for the Polyglot
Charlie Gracie, Advisory Software Developer, IBM
1:00 p.m.
Hilton, Golden Gate 6/7/8
CON7547: Beyond the Coffee Cup: Leveraging Java Runtime Technologies for Polyglot
Daryl Maier, Compiler Development and Performance, IBM
3:00 p.m.
Parc 55, Mission
CON7535: EJB 3.2/JPA 2.1 Best Practices with Real-Life Examples
Ahmad Gohar, Architect and Technical Team Leader, IBM
4:30 p.m.
Parc 55, Market Street
CON6447: DevOps and the Dark Side: 10 Ways to Convince Your Team That DevOps Is a Force for Good
Steve Poole, Lead Engineer IBM Cloud and Development Platforms, IBM

Thursday, October 29

IBM winds down the conference on a high note with two timely sessions and a keynote from Distinguished Engineer and IBM Java CTO John Duimovich.
Thursday’s schedule of IBM talks
Time
Location
Title
Speaker(s)
12:15 p.m.
Marriott Marquis, Salon 7/8/9 (Yerba Buena Ballroom)
Java Community Keynote: Cask-Strength Java, Aged 20 Years
John Duimovich, IBM Runtimes CTO and Distinguished Engineer, IBM
2:30 p.m.
Hilton, Continental Ballroom 7/8/9
CON10777: Quickly Building IoT Solutions with MQTT
Ian Craggs, Eclipse Paho Project Lead, IBM
4:00 p.m. Parc 55, Embarcadero CON5394: Leveraging Java Optimizations to Improve Density in Cloud Environments Michael Dawson, Senior Software Developer, IBM

The Infographic for StartHub in Boston!

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Introducing StartHub for Boston Startups!

BlueMix Garage Methodology to help ALL Innovate like they are in a GARAGE!

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9 Smart Camps in India select the best of the best Startups!

Three Cultures of Innovation

I just moved from NYC to San Francisco.  I was preparing a blog on some of the differences that I have seen but I listened to Meetup speaker and he showed this graphic! Interesting!

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From India, to China and Nairobi, Africa! BlueMix Rocks the Globe!

IBM announces TechStartup.in in Partnership with Nasscom 10K !!!

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AWESOME women in India! WOW! Thanks EY!

Gang:  I was invited in an incredible Women’s Top Leadership in India dinner last night!

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I was thrilled with the closeness of this group and their support of each other!

I met

  • the Vice Chair of Tax from EY Kate Barton
  • The HR Goddess of Infosys
  • VISA Senior Leadership
  • Goldman Sachs Board
  • Time Warner
  • And the awesome Latnika Pai!

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IBM India partners with NASSCOM 10K startups!

James Governor dishes on Developers and DeveloperWorks Premium!

Announcing DeveloperWorks Premium!

 

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Global Mobile Innovators Tournament! Join in!

The Top 10 Startups Compete – IBM Smart Camp Semi-Finals at LAUNCH!

top 10 smartI am so excited to have our top 10 from IBM SmartCamp 2015.

We’ve selected our ten semi-finalists who will be headed to the LAUNCH Scale event next month in San Francisco where the most influential leaders in technology will teach founders how to scale their businesses.

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Last year’s event featured tactical talks from Reddit, Twitter, Indiegogo, LinkedIn, Zillow, Yelp, and many more. LAUNCH Scale 2015 is expected to see two times the attendance and content. Thank you to all of the talented startups who competed worldwide, and congratulations to the below companies who will move on to the next phase of SmartCamp 2015.

1. Singapore – gridComm: gridComm provides power line communications semiconductors, devices and systems to transform the electricity grid into a smart grid. (http://www.gridcomm-plc.com/ | Twitter: https://twitter.com/gridcomm).

2. Amsterdam – BitSaver:  BitSaver’s BitSensors uses big data correlation and efficient attack detection to give visual insight into attacks and creates applications that learn to defend themselves. (www.bitsensor.io)
3. Amsterdam – MultiSense:
MultiSense B.V. is a Start-Up company engaged in the industry of multibiometrics and advanced software solutions. Its unique technology merges multi-biometric factors: face and voice recognition, fingerprint signature, combined with GPS and NFC technologies (

4. Austin – The Car Force: The connected car company that increases customer retention and satisfaction for dealerships   http://www.thecarforce.com/ | Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheCarForce
5. Montevideo – BQuate: A solution for the music and video industry, helping to sell music to online stores worldwide. (https://www.bquate.com/ | Twitter: https://twitter.com/bquatemusic
6. Auckland – Eight Wire Limited: Reduces the risk and cost of moving to PaaS and IaaS. Conductor automates the majority of the effort to make cloud migration quick and easy. (https://www.eight-wire.com/
7. Los Angeles – YOSKO: Mobile care coordination for hospitals (http://www.yosko.com/ | https://twitter.com/yosko)

8. Boulder – Congo: The Simplest Way to Connect with an Attorney for free. Find an attorney. Connect via video chat. Enjoy peace of mind. (https://congo.io/ | Twitter: https://twitter.com/congo_io

9. Prague – Lime High Tech: Allows you to communicate with your mobile audience using targeted messages, personal chat or proximity based triggers to engage people in using your app or service (http://www.lime-company.eu/| https://twitter.com/lime_company?lang=en)

10. Mexico City – Capptu: A crowdsourced web platform designed to create a community of stock images that allows both amateur and professional photographers to have their photos available for sale in a marketplace where potential buyers can acquire licenses. (http://capptu.com/ | https://twitter.com/capptu)

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All ten semi-finalists will be invited back to San Francisco in March 2016 to exhibit in the IBM SmartCamp Pavilion at LAUNCH Festival, the largest startup event in the world with over twenty-thousand attendees. Three will be selected to move on to step four, pitching live at LAUNCH Festival (http://www.smartcamp2015.com/rules/).

Please continue to follow the IBM Global Entrepreneur story on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ibmGE for updates from our ten startups and more news.

 

A wearable I need ! What is it?

First Fitness Tracker Designed For Swimmers (Compliments to Ray Hammond for his future trends)

Yes, since my injury I have been doing a lot of PT in the pool.   But there really hasn’t been a FitBit that shows me how I’m doing!

It had to happen – iHealth has launched Wave, a swimming tracker that aims to help improve performance in the pool.

The wrist-based device is designed to work in and out of the pool, and will count daily steps, activity and active time.

However, it’s in the pool that Wave really comes into its own. It’s capable of recording stroke type, number of strokes and calories burned, and displays the information in iHealth’s MyVitals 3.0 app, before offering a full report on your session.

Fascinating! First wearable to …..

First Wearable To Analyze Your Saliva (compliments to Ray Hammond on his future trends!)

Your spit says a lot about your health, and now there’s wearable technology being tested to track it.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have demonstrated a mouth guard with electronic sensors that can detect concentrations of certain chemicals in saliva. Such a gadget could be useful to soldiers, pilots, athletes, and even hospital patients.

The group recently revealed a new sensor that can detect the concentration of uric acid—an elevated concentration of uric acid in the blood and urine has been associated with various metabolic disorders.

This is the second sensor the group has made for the mouth guard. Last year, it showed that it was possible to measure lactate—elevated concentrations of which have been associated with muscle fatigue, among other things.

The device wirelessly transmits the information it collects to a smartphone or computer via Bluetooth Low Energy, a technology that consumes much less power than classic Bluetooth.

What does it take to be an Entrepreneur? 5 Questions from the best

Johannesberg and Madrid SmartCamp Winners Drive Job Creation, Gaming Innovation and Mobile Business Solutions!

I have loved the IBM SmartCamps, which are pitch competitions with incredible talent!
These camps brought a huge talent pool of startups to showcase to judges worldwide, thank you to all the startups who participated! Today we’re taking a look at a few exciting innovations coming from Johannesberg and Madrid before announcing our ten finalists, at the end of the week, who will move on to the next stage of IBM SmartCamps.

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Congratulations to M4Jam from Johannesberg and both Jugo and Visualtis from Madrid. All three of these startups very much deserved their winner status for the solutions that they bring to the market.

About the startups:

1. M4Jam (Johannesberg) is a micro jobbing platform. They launched their solution as a platform as a service model taking the concept of EARN to existing communities and enabling people to earn extra cash while going about their daily routine by using apps that they are already using most.

2. Jugo (Madrid) believes that play will become the dominant way of human interaction within the next five years. By bringing game elements into everyday activities of organizations and individuals around the world, Jugo introduces a whole new level of purpose and passion to the workplace.

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3. Visualtis helps “mobilize ” existing information systems to manage them from a smartphone and further help clients manage any aspect of their business from their smartphone or tablet.

To learn more about these exciting companies, follow them on Twitter: @visualtis, @m4jam and @playjugo.

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Please continue to follow my blog to read more about the ten startups who will move on to the next stage of IBM SmartCamp 2015!

 

Cloud Ecosystem HQ in San Francisco!

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Wow! Check out these Entrepreneurs Changing the World around the Globe!

This week we wrapped up our local SmartCamp events in some major cities and did we see some talent on the stage pitching! Here’s this week’s round up of innovators.

Congratulations to these great startups for advancing to the next stage of IBM SmartCamp 2015. Stay tuned next week for our final IBM SmartCamp blog post. Thanks to everyone who participated thus far!

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Auckland: Eight Wire Limited
Eight Wire’s Conductor is a data integration product that is designed to fix the problems that often derail integration projects. https://www.eight-wire.com/

Austin: The Car Force

The care force connects with 162 million highly sophisticated vehicle computers on the road to the internet and enable franchise dealerships to see service opportunities in real time. www.thecarforce.com

Boston: Feelter
Feelter offers a revolutionary approach to social content harvesting, curation and monetization which can either replace or complement the solutions in the marketplace.  www.feelter.com

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Berlin: Panatomy and Tripdelta

Panatomy is a breakthrough visual support software for medical imaging specialists, providing the first interactive image-based diagnostic reference system for radiology. www.panatomy.com

Tripdelta is a smart flight search that finds routes and alternative flight options that other flight searches do not find and provides route suggestions. www.tripdelta.com

Cairo: Vidmy and SocialBlink
Vidmy uses Softlayer to manage a site that allows you to choose videos from around the Internet to build a custom video website and make money from Advertisements. http://www.vidmy.com/
SocialBlink analyzes information and sentiments in Arabic and English on social media channels including: Facebook, Twitter & YouTube. http://www.social-blink.com/

Melbourne: Localz
Localz enables enterprises to use the latest in location technology to enhance customer’s in-store experience, improve asset and inventory tracking and provide frictionless mobile payments, at scale. www.localz.com

Milan: Horus Technology
Horus is a wearable personal assistant for blind and visually impaired people. Worn on the user’s head, it observes the scene through a vision system and describes it to the user through a bone conduction device. It can read texts, recognize people and objects and detect obstacles and road signs.  http://horus.tech/it/

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Montevideo: Bquate and Tizkka
Bquate created a talent platform for the music and video industries in South America. Their dashboard allows industry professionals to make educated talent decisions based on transparency and real data. www.bquate.com

TiZKKA is the first fashion app that connects users with their favorite fashion bloggers to purchase the same products worn by the fashion bloggers seamlessly in an app. http://www.tizkka.com/

Raleigh: Plum Print and Akilis Software

Plum Print takes artwork that children create, transforms them into digital archives and prints elegant custom coffee-table books and keepsakes. www.plumprint.com

Akili Software’s Savii Care is a workflow management platform that streamlines agency tasks and allows end-users to complete those tasks in a fraction of the time.

Silicon Valley: Kukun
Kukun is a SaaS driven marketplace for home renovation that brings together home owners, buyers and sellers. www.mykukun.com

Mexico Startups Take On Online Education and Stock Image Purchasing!

Congratulations to TutorOnline and Capptu.com, two web based platforms built to create efficiency in online education and stock image purchasing.

These two companies are well suited as Mexico’s SmartCamp winners for their smart approaches to an ever growing need for imagery in marketing and on-the-spot education!

What’s their story? TutorOnline is an online tutoring platform where any student can have access to a private tutor through our virtual classroom; anytime, anywhere.

Global Industry Analysis, market research firm, projects that by 2018 the global market for tutorials will reach $102.8 B USD, more than 30% will be coming from emerging markets. TutorOnline aims to be the leading online tutoring in Mexico and Latin America.

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Capptu.com is a crowdsourced web platform designed to create a community of stock images that allows amateur and professional photographers to have their photos available for sale in a marketplace where potential buyers can acquire licenses. Purchasers can also convene competitions to order “on-demand” photos for any given particular purpose.

Capptu uses SoftLayer as their main server which gives support to all our back-end platform functioning.

Thanks again Capptu and TutorOnline for participating! Follow their stories @TutorOnlineMx and @Capptu.

For a complete look at application deadlines and public SmartCamp events, click here: http://www.smartcamp2015.com/cities/. Stay tuned for more SmartCamp stories in your city.

Beijing SmartCamp Winners Revolutionize Dental Care and Recruitment in China!

editor 3Some exciting news comes our way today after this past weekend’s Beijing SmartCamp event. Two innovative startups have created exciting solutions that will help revolutionize dental care and recruitment in China.

Congratulations to 51Hunter and Haoyayi for their exciting new products!
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To give you a brief overview, 51Hunter uses an advanced algorithm to match talent seekers with talent in the industries of finance and banking. Because so much of China’s gross domestic product is based on human capital, this algorithm serves to reduce the transaction cost of this match, and further deeply reduce recruitment costs.

Haoyayi has built a search engine to fill a much needed gap in pairing dental patients with quality dentists. China currently only has around three hundred state-owned dental hospitals and three hundred million patients. Most dentists in China are private and there are two-hundred thousand of them. This search engine will match the patient with the dentist through an internet search engine.

 

“Haoyayi has bright market foreground and the user needs will be very large in the future,” said one audience member of Haoyayi’s solution.

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We’re excited to continue to follow the stories of these startups in China and wish them well in their next round of IBM SmartCamps. Congratulations Haoyayi and 51Hunter!

For a complete look at application deadlines and public SmartCamp events, click here: http://www.smartcamp2015.com/cities/. Stay tuned for more SmartCamp stories in your city.

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Colorado SmartCamp Winner Works to Bring Attorney-Client Relationship Online!

Colorado held their SmartCamp event September 10th at accelerator partner Galvanize in Boulder and finished the evening by awarding an innovative legal advice technology startup the winner!

Congratulations to Congo for creating the first online free market solution for the legal industry. Clients can schedule an appointment with an attorney in less than 60 seconds (think Zocdoc for attorneys ).

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How does Congo work? With three simple steps Congo takes away the pain of searching for a lawyer by streamlining the search process, delivering the information and credibility needed to make an informed decision. Attorneys are licensed, vetted and have no history of malpractice. When I say simple, I mean simple.

Step 1. go to www.congo.io  – find an attorney for DUI, Criminal Law, or Business Law

Step 2. Book an appointment

Step 3. Connect by phone or video

Congo was originally a school project that started in a CU-Boulder Entrepreneurial class in the Spring semester of 2013. . Their long-term vision is to bring the entire attorney-client relationship online.

Congo leverages IBM Softlayer in their solution and is learning more about how Bluemix can benefit their mission.

Congratulations again to Congo. Follow their story on Twitter at congo_io.

For a complete look at application deadlines and public SmartCamp events, click here: http://www.smartcamp2015.com/cities/. Stay tuned for more SmartCamp stories in your city.

 

San Francisco SmartCamp Winner Revolutionizes Farming!

I loved seeing the San Francisco Smart Camp live!   First I got to see Jason and then I got to see amazing solutions on style, live streaming, farmers, and more!

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For farmers, understanding farm conditions can be quite cumbersome, that’s why we’re excited about San Francsico’s SmartCamp winner FarmHub who has just made it that much easier!

In the city of tech, winning this stage of SmartCamps is no small feat, congratulations to FarmHub for their innovative solution that makes monitoring agricultural fields easy and efficient.

How does it work? With FarmHub’s weather stations and web solutions, you can connect dozens of field sensors to the cloud without the hassles of cumbersome technology. Gaining remote access to real-time conditions across the farm is as simple as turning it on.

FarmHub measures conditions like: air temperature, relative humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind speed and direction, rainfall, solar radition and UV Index, visible light intensity and soil moisture. The hardware even provides camera snapshots of crop fields.

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Let’s hear from the founder.

“The IBM mentorship was really top notch. Very seasoned investors who listened and looked at what we had done. The review team cut to the chase with very targeted, constructive criticism that we are immediately taking action on at FarmHub. We are excited to go to the next stage and continue to gain benefit from the IBM Smart Camp program.” Louis Thiery

Congratulations again to FarmHub. Follow their story on Twitter at @farm_hub.

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For a complete look at application deadlines and public SmartCamp events, click here: http://www.smartcamp2015.com/cities/. Stay tuned for more SmartCamp stories in your city.

Introducing CzechStartups.org ! Wow!

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Los Angeles SmartCamp Winners Rethink Healthcare Coordination and Business Communications!

Los Angeles held their SmartCamp event September 9th at accelerator partner Amplify.La in Venice Beach and what great talent they saw!

Despite the amazing turnout and number of competitors, it was clear that this city needed to choose not one SmartCamp winner, but two.

Congratulations to Yosko and BizTexter, two innovative startups who are leading the way in taking a new approach to healthcare coordination and business communications.

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Who are these game changing young companies? Yosko is a mobile care coordination platform for hospitals aimed at reducing the amount of errors during patient hand-offs, and BizTexter provides an intelligently automated text message customer service and follow-up marketing system for businesses. It is an affordable and easy to deploy app/cloud hybrid mini-CRM hosted on IBM Softlayer and integrated with Bluemix API’s.

How do they work? Yosko is based on three important pillars which reflect the everyday hospital workflow: 1) seamless access to the existing hospital electronic system, 2) structured hand-off modules and 3) instant team communication. Yosko boasts a signature user interface with every functionality optimized for maximum efficiency.

BizTexter is an app which uses artificial intelligence for answering frequently asked questions and handling most of the triage questions coming from customers. The app does a great job answering questions like: Are you open? What is your address? Having any specials deals right now?

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We were pleased to see the Los Angeles SmartCamp pack a full house at Amplify.La, when asked what he thought of the event, here’s what one of the judges had to say, “Your Finalists are all solid. Being an accelerator, we see many, many pitches of course. The six we saw here today are all top notch, among the best we usually see.”

Here’s what an audience member had to say, “I had no idea IBM was doing all these great things – I though you sold hardware.  I’m part developer, part business consultant and move from idea to idea very fast – I can see Bluemix as a great way for me to try my ideas quickly.”

Congratulations again to Yosko and BizTexter. Follow their stories on Twitter at @YOSKO and @BIZTEXTER.

For a complete look at application deadlines and public SmartCamp events, click here: http://www.smartcamp2015.com/cities/. Stay tuned for more SmartCamp stories in your city.

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Singapore Startup Makes Waves in Creating Innovative Internet of Things Smart Grid Technology!

Some exciting Internet of Things news out of Singapore this week! Congratulations to gridComm for winning this week’s Singapore pitch competition and moving along to the next virtual challenge stage of IBM SmartCamp 2015!

So what is GridComm all about? To put it simply, they are building energy-aware smart devices that react to conditions on the electricity grid and implementing an Internet of Things network based on the existing power grid. That’s why we say they are absolutely making waves in building Smarter Cities!

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To put it more specifically, gridComm aims to transform cities into smart cities by providing the power line communications semiconductors, devices and systems that enable the transformation of the electricity grid into a smart grid. By connecting utilities to their customers, gridComm’s semiconductors, modules and DIN Rail PLC modems help transform meters, streetlights, homes and industrial buildings, and other appliances into energy-aware, “smart devices,” which react to conditions on the grid.

The Singapore team was very excited to award gridComm the winner after hearing an excellent pitch, watching the team remote control a street light, and for their commitment to a smart nation initiative!

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gridComm plans to host their startup on IBM Softlayer and use analytics from Watson and Bluemix.

Again, a warm congratulations and thank you to gridComm and to all startups who participated in this year’s IBM SmartCamp Singapore!

Follow gridComm’s story on Twitter at @compareandshare. For a complete look at application deadlines and public SmartCamp events, click here: http://www.smartcamp2015.com/cities/. Stay tuned for more SmartCamp stories in your city.

Opening up the Sharing Economy in London! Smart Camp Winner!

Some exciting news out of London from yesterday! Congratulations to Compare and Share for winning yesterday’s pitch competition in London as part of IBM SmartCamp 2015.

What is Compare and Share? Think economy sharing aggregated. Compare and Share is the comparison site for sharing. This startup was born out of a passion to have the experience of a lifetime without it costing the earth. Compare and Share has users in 195 cities and the community continues to grow fast. Options include money-saving accommodation and transportation deals, plus a sharing economy directory of over 7,600 brands.

With a dedication to opening up the sharing economy, Compare and Share demonstrated the best market and competitive awareness, penetration and a solid team to drive the business to success and award them winner of IBM’s London SmartCamp.

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What is Compare and Share’s purpose, “We’re here to open up the Sharing Economy for everyone and make sharing easy, quick and approachable. Sharing is better for our communities because it promotes smart access to goods and services, it’s better for people because it connects and builds relationships, and it’s better for our pockets because it helps us save and make money.” (http://www.compareandshare.com/about-us/)

Thanks for participating in London’s SmartCamp event Compare and Share!

Follow Compare and Share’s story on Twitter at @compareandshare. For a complete look at application deadlines and public SmartCamp events, click here: http://www.smartcamp2015.com/cities/. Stay tuned for more SmartCamp stories in your city.

Welcome StrongLoop to IBM! Mobile application developers check it out!

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Reimagining Optometry in Chicago! Smart Camp Winner!

Just when you thought getting an appointment with your optometrist was going to take months, a new healthcare startup comes along and completely reinvents eye-care from the comfort of your own home!

Congratulations to Opternative, the winner of this year’s SmartCamp kick-off event held in Chicago on August 26th!

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The Opternative team has created the first-to-market eye exam and prescription company that costs less than a traditional refractive eye exam. In just twenty-five minutes or less, you can get a quick eye exam with nothing but a smart phone and a computer. A digital eye glasses prescription is provided in less than twenty-four hours, and you can then shop for glasses or contacts anywhere.

Opternative is registered with the FDA and has undergone studies that have proved it just as accurate as an in-office eye exam.

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What does Opternative have to say?

Eye exams for glasses and contact prescriptions are just the beginning. We envision a world where technology allows patients to connect with doctors to make all aspects of vision care more convenient, accessible, and even fun!” (https://www.opternative.com/about)

Thanks for participating in Chicago’s SmartCamp event Opternative!

Follow Opternative‘s story on Twitter at @opternative. For a complete look at application deadlines and public SmartCamp events, click here: http://www.smartcamp2015.com/cities/. Stay tuned for more SmartCamp stories in your city.

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Congrats to Macrolynk and Saul Haro, the President and CEO on their award from CNN!

Macrolynk_Social-Tile-[V1]Congrats to Macrolynk and Saul Haro, the President and CEO on their award from CNN!

They just won the CNN Expansion Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2015,!

We recognize their work in “How Combining Social and Supply Chain Led to Exceptional Management.”.

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Millennials: Generation TMI?

Back to school! Note in a lunch box – Is Twitter your note to your followers?

When school starts, and I pack my kid’s lunches, I always finish them off with a special note to encourage them in the day.

For instance, with my youngest Kassie I did a bunch of K’s that I think are special for her!

  • K is for Kisses!
  • K is for Krazy special — for the special girl that you are!
  • K is for Kind – be kind to your friends today — for they are precious!

kassie

My kids say that it is a moment in the day — among hard work, getting teased, and questioning their confidence — that they pause to know that someone really cares for them!

As I was thinking about how my oldest daughter carefully folds and saves each note, I wondered how much we all need that encouragement.

  • How could I place a “virtual note in each of my team’s lunch box” ?
  • What would it say?
  • Would they appreciate it like my kids?
  • And what would I want my note to say if someone left one for me!

But then I thought — do we do this each day — through Twitter?  For instance, when I share quotes or welcome the beautiful sunrise, is that the same?

Is that the new form of the lunch box note?

What do you think?

IBM proudly supports the next generation of Technology Professionals

Grand Central Tech (GCT) had their inaugural Innovation Night following their new successful 6 weeks internship program. The innovative program is meant to facilitate technology education by offering high school and college students real work experience at real startups. The startups were from GCT’s second year class, which has already raised 7 million USD in venture funding. NYC currently has 300,000 technology positions and in the next 5 years, it is estimated the US will have 1 million open tech jobs, so training the next generation of technology professionals will be critical to continued growth. With these dynamics in mind, Eddie Cullen (previously at Fordham University’s accelerator), set out to design the GCT internship program.

GCT for Sandys blog

On Innovation night, the Goldman Sachs auditorium was packed with interns, startups, and proud family. Interns were matched up with GCT startups based on skills and interests. The intern’s backgrounds ranged from high school students with interests in technology, to college computer science majors. Students created projects that spanned from non-profit shoe donations, IoT data stream (IOBeam), payment platforms (Arthur) to 3D printing projects (Source3). However, the real outcome of these 19 startups and 33 students were the indelible memories and valuable real life work experience.

Words like creativity, perseverance, innovation, and great code were used to describe the outcomes of the program. Nurturing the next generation of tech entrepreneurs benefits NYC, the economy and creates better lives for all. Most of the students started the program with fledgling technical skills. However at the event most interns prided themselves to have learned HTML, CSS and JavaScript, creating web forms and simple mobile applications. A few students even went above and beyond, chasing leads and customer, successfully demonstrating mastery of advanced tech skills, and thriving in the fast paced reality of a genuine startup.

IBM is a corporate sponsor of GCT. IBM Cloud Ecosystem Development makes available business and technical support to GCT startups and offers Bluemix for cloud apps and services. IBM is also part of Digital.NYC initiative, a unique public/private partnership between the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Gust, and over a dozen leading NYC-based technology and media companies..

 

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