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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
I was reading a few articles on entrepreneurship and the secrets of success of the entrepreneur themselves, vs just the company. Here’s the Top 5 Personal habits that I found in common across all the articles in both first time entrepreneurs and serial entrepreneurs as well!
- Prioritize! 81% of the top entrepreneurs (value of $3.2M or greater and successful exit) make one the night before for those priorities that are most important.
- The Early Riser! 44% get up and going an average of 3 hours before they officially start “work”
- Get Help! 77% of those who are successful have an adviser!
- Networked Connectors. 79% network 5 or more hours a month.
- Return that call. 86% return all their calls in the same week they were received.
Some great habits here that I will adopt as well !!!
During the NASA challenge, we named IBM BlueMix most Innovative solutions. For the most innovative use of IBM Bluemix per City participating they received $12K of Cloud credit and if the winning team is a qualified startup, they will be granted up to $120K of Cloud credit in addition to up to 80 hours of technical support and assistance over 6 months by an senior IBM Bluemix developer.
• Application originality and uniqueness: 25%
• Usage of Bluemix services and runtimes: 25%
• Solution completeness: 25%
• Business value: 25%
Drum roll please .. and the winners are:
Boston: Asteroid Heroes
Alex Huang, Korina Ysabel, and Mohib Hassan
They developed a solution to help classify asteroids. Today this is a manual process requiring hundreds of hours from volunteers. This solution provides an automated mechanism using pattern recognition on existing photometric data and then displays the results visually in a graph. It should save countless hours of manual drudge work. Used the Node.js runtime on Bluemix.
Carmel: Launch Window
Mr Jarvis works for Software Engineering Professionals service organization providing market research, software developers and operations professionals to clients. His solution used the Ruby Sinatra runtime and the Mongodb service to provide a website hosting video (the SpaceX CRS-6 rocket launch from Nasa Public videos)) and a social media response mechanism to allow comments.
Glasgow- Tie! Two Winners: Icarus and Lost in Space
1. Icarus (Javier Herrera) used the Python runtime to deploy a website that allows you to find the International Space Station from whatever location you choose, giving you the direction and inclination in the sky to find the station.
2. Lost in Space (Jamie Stevenson, student) also addressed the International Space Station. They used the Ruby on Rails runtime with a PostgreSQL plug-in to get the Nasa data and returning a visual representation of the ISS orbiting the earth, allowing you to find and get more information on the various station modules.
Irvine: Water Matters
Used the Node.js runtime and the MongoLab service to analyze data to help track water usage and drought conditions on the planet.
Instanbul: NTD – Natural Threat Determiners
Eray Hangul used the PHP runtime and the mysql service to display a catalog of earth hazards which you can view by type (atmosphere, land, etc) and date.
La Paz: Fanatic Code
Amilkar Shegrid Contreras Castro used the node.js runtime to display set of asteroids orbiting the sun at a distance that makes them a threat to earth. If you move your mouse over an asteroid, you get details on the asteroid (name, orbital radius, period, etc) and comets that
London- Tie! Two Winners: Space Watch and The Great British Space Race
Space Watch used the Node.js runtime, MQ Light, Mobile Application Security and the Android SDK to deploy a mobile app that allows a user to find objects in the night sky.
The Great British Space Race used the Node.js runtime and wanted to use Cloudant to persist their data, but ran out of time. Their solution allows you to compare your travel time to the speed of the New Horizons probe currently en route to Pluto (the fastest spacecraft ever launched from earth).
Madrid: Kepler Quest
Carlos Hayek used Node.js runtime, Push service and the sql database to create a game (similar to flappy birds) where you attempt to keep your spacecraft from running into various stellar objects.
Nicolas Kisundu connected to a cloud hosting service which contained images and audio recordings and then used mysql and twilio services to do some twitter analysis and display all this on the screen.
New York City: FirstHand
Jesse Lee wrote a solution was using the Node.js runtime and the Node-RED service to gather sensor data from a special glove and its android controller. They hope to expand their use of Bluemix to utilize some of our analytics services in the future.
Noordwijk: Load Interactive
Davide Ricardo, Joao Abrantes, Gil Filipe, Florian Olivera
Used the Node.js runtime, android sdk, watson speech to text personality insights, and the PHP runtime to analyze speech patterns of streamed nasa content (astronauts, launches, etc).
Brian Cottrell created a game using the gamification service where you take a satellite view of the earth and identify and discover natural events as they occur in your field of view.
Sao Paulo: Maintaining Life in Space With The Most Important Ogranism Based on a Story From Rivers and Oceans
no details, on-site mentors awarded prize
And finally our Virtual Winner:
Kelana Jaya (Malaysia): canyousee created a game using the Node.js runtime, redis and mongolab to allow users to practice spotting special events (wildfires, volcanoes, etc) so they can then analyze real time feeds from NASA!
Over the weekend of April 11th and 12th, IBM partnered with NASA on their International Space Apps Challenge. Over 12,000 attendees participated in the 48-hour hackathon in 133 cities around the world creating apps to solve some of the most challenging issues we face here on earth, in space, around robotics and as human beings. IBM Bluemix was used as a development platform during this hackathon and we saw Bluemix adopted by more than 3600 developers during this event.
Combining the real time data provided by NASA about earth & space, and the ready-to-use Cloud services and app development tools provided by Bluemix, developers rapidly created powerful solutions to address the challenges we see everyday. .NASA Astronaut Catherine “Cady” Coleman made this bold statement at the New York City Main Stage Event: “Having the tools, having a platform like Bluemix, to get these people in this place solves problems that we don’t have enough people to solve, and I think we’re going to see some amazing solutions.” – Watch the video at youtu.be/88KtkdVD8gs.
In this blog, I want to drill in and highlight three key things that I have learned
1. Creativity by combining IoT data and mobile
Wildfires are an immediate danger when they are close to human communities. When evacuating these areas, it turns out that the chosen route is crucial to people’s survival. A NYC based team created the Wildfire Navigator Mobile IoT App that analyzes the CO2 sensor data and combines real time imagery coming from NASA satellites Aqua and Terra, and builds optimized safest route API using Bluemix Python services. The route API will make predictions about potential areas that wildfires can spread to. Finding routes will take into consideration these predictions. Learn more at ibm.biz/BdXHrr
One of the NASA Space App topics was “Food Direction” – the country decision makers and the general public need to to understand the self-sufficiency of their country across decades and under fluctuating market conditions. To meet this challenge, Noordwijk team from Europe created the app “Can You Feed Me?”. This Android app uses space data combined with other data sources to create insight into the imports and exports of food in the world. It was built to withstand global demand and supply data. The app’s backend mapping web service was built on Bluemix using its Web app services and is capable of telling if there’s enough food for the population of a specific country. Learn more at ibm.biz/BdXHj8
The Great British Space Race, created an app that uses British astronaut Tim Peake’s inaugural mission to the ISS to encourage people on Earth to keep fit. Keeping track of the exercise they do, participants can pit themselves against friends to earn mission badges and astronaut wings as they race towards orbit. Groups can challenge each other, and in conjunction with gyms, teams across the world can race around the solar system by earning “rocket fuel” for their physical exercise.
2. Women can do this too
In keeping with NASA’s focus on Women in Data for the 2015 Space Apps Challenge, the Space Apps Data Bootcamp was led by many exceptional women making an impact on the world through their engagement with data. This was NASA’s first Data Bootcamp and it was a huge success for women in or interested in coding.
Women of all ages got a chance to hear several women panelist speak about their first hackathons, problem solving tips, and more. Panelists included 13-year-old Olivia Ross, who represented Black Girls CODE. She got started in coding when she was just 11 and definitely embodies what we’re looking for in future Bluemixers. Learn more at ibm.biz/BdXHsd. two creative solutions out of these thousands of apps that developers came up with in solving our earth problem in the 48 hour period.
My colleagues at IBM have recognized this trend and will build programs that specifically help women of all ages to take the leap and help them acquire necessary skills that transform their ideas into the next great product.
3. Innovation is happening everywhere.
In this rapidly evolving world, we have transitioned into an innovation economy – where capital and computing infrastructure is becoming a commodity, while creativity + speed have emerged as real differentiators in how a business can leapfrog their competition. The #SpaceApps challenge has shown that by leveraging developer’s creativity and a rapid innovation platform’s speed, you can create new solutions within 48 hours. I challenge your team to join us in our future Hackathons that my colleagues have created to challenge you to create your innovative solutions. http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/events/
IBM has a long and deep commitment to the entrepreneurial community. IBM works with more than 400 leading venture capital firms in 30 countries to get an early-look into new technologies and upcoming entrepreneurs. Through the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program, IBM already works with 6,000 startups worldwide, mentoring them to help them grow with free software and technical expertise, exposure to 600+ expert mentors of corporate executives and serial entrepreneurs, plus access to a global network of clients.
In Germany, we have been working together with 150 Startups. On Thursday, I will be in Berlin meeting with some of the best of the best German Ecosystem members — from startups, to VCs to incubators.
Last time here, I met with the Investment Punk https://de-de.facebook.com/investmentpunkpage
The IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups is the leveling up of IBM’s current entrepreneur progam, combining the incredible power of IBM Cloud with the company’s vast, existing network of resources for startups. This program is a game changer for entrepreneurs, offering them $120,000 of free IBM Cloud platform credits for one year and deep connections to IBM’s enterprise client base. This financial offer is higher than any other cloud vendor has offered startups to date.
This is the highest value cloud startup offering in the market for two reasons: the power of IBM Cloud, and the face-to-face connections and visibility for early stage startups to large enterprise clients. We want to help ignite even more the growing community in Berlin and beyond in Germany.
IBM Cloud also offers startups an advantage in technical breadth: IBM is the leading vendor to provide a full suite, from bare metal to platform services with DevOps, in both virtualized and hybrid environments. Bluemix is IBM’s cloud platform as a service, which offers a tremendous breadth of services to help startups build and scale their innovations quickly, as well as leverage rising volumes of Big Data from growing mobile and social networks, IoT devices and more.
“IBM is the only large tech firm offering face-to-face, in-person connections to enterprises and mentoring that is so critical for early stage companies,” said Robin Hrassnigg, CEO of Diabetizer, a German startup and IBM partner recently recognized by the World Health Organization for its innovative health care app, in a statement. “As our company continues to scale our app, which uses cognitive computing and cloud to help diabetics manage their treatment with flexibility and accuracy, we will increasingly look to these types of in-depth connections to bring our approach to big data to different industries.”
IBM is also offering entrepreneurs connections to its enterprise client base through regional face-to-face events, as well as CIO and entrepreneur meet-ups. These face-to-face connections with enterprises are invaluable to early-stage companies, and IBM is the only large tech firm to offer interactions at this level.
The IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups also offers entrepreneurs the most extensive global network of local technical expertise through IBM’s 43 Innovation Centers, all of which also host local tech community events and meet-ups. And Using IBM Bluemix allows companies to accelerate the time it takes to bring their innovation to market – from weeks and months to hours and days.
1. Aller Anfang ist schwer “All beginnings are hard.”
So true! Anything that you start is always hard! Transformations are particularly difficult but the outcomes are sweet! As an entrepreneur, starting that business is hard, and keeping persistent harder. But you have to begin to finish!
2. Aus Schaden wird man klug. Translated it means “Failure makes smart.”
You learn so much from experimenting and failing and taking those insights back into the business. This experimentation is now part of our learning skills!
3. Erst denken, dann handeln. “First think, then act.”
Sometimes we are all impulsive. But thinking, and finding that time to study, is always crucial to your success. In today’s world that doesn’t mean planning for months, but it does mean pausing to think it through.
4. He who begins many things finishes but few – German Proverb
Stay focused on the right things. I see lots of entrepreneurs trying to do too much (yep, sometimes that me too!) but staying honed in on the right items really makes a difference.
5. Übung macht den Meister
Practice makes a master
I love this concept. I created one that says ” Homework is not a MooC point”. The thought is that you have to work at what you want to accomplish! I love learning from serial entrepreneurs as they have learned some things of value!
I loved spending the last 2 days at the NASA Space App Challenge.
The first day I was at the Women of Data with 75 amazing women ranging in age from 13 to 75. Each was incredible — and I learned so much from each one. Saturday was the first day of the Hackathon ,and while IBM was engaged in over 70 of the hacks and the virtual hack with IBM Bluemix, I was at the NYC hack today with 3 astronauts, the NASA CTO, and Beth from NASA who runs the Innovation Program. I had so many AHA moments but I thought I’d pick out my top 3 and share with all of you!
1. Community Matters.
Yesterday I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes by Brian Solis: “Community is much more than belonging to something; it’s about doing something together that makes belonging matter.” As we were chatting yesterday after a session, our circle of “girls” kept growing and growing. I loved the community that formed as we were all united in a common goal!
2. Hacks Give Confidence
Today I met amazing people who have gained tremendous confidence through hacking. Olivia who “borrowed” an XML book from her brother, and then googled Ruby to learn language, Tae who attends Leigh University who could hardly sit still for a chat cause he wanted to go and code, and Katie who is a great combo of theater and code !!
3. NASA’s Data Gift not only helps NASA, but all of us! Open source and crowdsoucing has a MAJOR impact!
During this Space Apps Challenge, NASA opened up new APIs and 200 data sources. They did this not for their own gain, but for helping space, earth, and entrepreneurs. Their own astronauts are committed to the collaborative economy — authentically !
This era of the collaborative economy is going to change the world. And that’s what I witnessed today — a world changing event!
I was inspired by the great presentation by Tiffany Shlain on lessons of life!
I’ll share by favorites!
- Know what you want and know when to walk away. You won’t succeed at everything. So know which things to stick with and which things to throw over!
- Be over prepared. Enough said!
- Think outside the box. Tiffany shared a story about how she didn’t like to negotiate so she had folks email her “alternative email” so that she could negotiate in a different voice. Think about different ways to be strong!
- Renegotiate your definition of success. It does change throughout life!
- Negotiate boundaries with technology. Tiffany and her family turn off all devices one day a week — their family’s new favorite day!
- Whoever throws out the first number loses. (Her freebie!)
- Always use the Love Sandwich approach. Start with the good, what “they” will get. Add in the middle what you want — and close with the “what they will get”
- Seek advice from a diverse group of people.
- Workout your courage. It is like a muscle that needs to be exercised.
- Have fun and constantly be changing!