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Digital tip of the week – How to Import your email contacts as connections in LinkedIn

October 24, 2014

Digital tip of the week  – How to Import your email contacts as connections in LinkedIn

You can connect with most people you’ve done business through your email. LinkedIn allows you to search through your email contacts to find anyone who might have slipped your mind or works in a different industry now.

To import your address book:

  • Click the Add Connections icon in the top right of your LinkedIn homepage.
  • Click the button for the email provider you use. If you don’t see your provider, click the Any Email button.
  • Enter your information.
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Two Danish startups could disrupt the financial trading and telecomm industries!

October 16, 2014

Venner, jeg har store nyheder fra Danmark! (That’s Danish for “Friends, I have great news from Denmark!”)

Recently, SmartCamp Nordic was held in Copenhagen in connection with the IBM BusinessConnect Denmark event, ensuring some top-level SmartCamp finalists! Magick was announced as the winner, beating out 5 other finalists!

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Magick is a software development company specializing in cloud-based financial trading technology. Their solution specializes in foreign exchange trade automation and is easily configured by the user with an intuitive client interface that runs on any Web browser. Their solution has the added security of the cloud making it easier for traders to access their data from any computer, tablet or mobile device!

No longer are clients of foreign exchange trading required to do programming to automate their trading. With Magick, it is fast and easy to start trading! Follow them on Twitter @MAGICKnu.

Did you know that in Europe, 94% of mobile phone subscribers limit their usage when traveling and that 28% turn off their mobile phone entirely? Hello World Mobile, winner of the People’s Choice Award, is aware of this problem, and they have a solution!

Hello World Mobile, winner of 4 previous competitions, has a scalable technology platform solution capable of recognizing a single local identity across different mobile networks with a seamless user experience. Their solution enables telecom providers to offer roaming free international subscriptions.

This means no more roaming fees when you are out of your telecom’s network! No wonder they were the crowd favorite! Follow them on Twitter @HeWoMo.

Tillykke til vinderne! Congratulations to the winners!

Helpful links:
Magick -> http://www.magick.nu/
Hello World Mobile -> http://helloworldmobile.com/

 

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Join me on October 22nd for a “Bluemix Girls Night Out”!!!

October 14, 2014

Gang!   I would love to see you in NYC for a “Bluemix Girls Night Out!”   On October 22, 2014, IBM will be hosting a Bluemix Girls’ Night Out event for Digital.NYC at our offices at 590 Madison Avenue!

The event will be a fun filled night to build skills especially on our IBM BluemixTM cloud-based developer platform. We will also be offering hands-on labs for attendees to help them better understand the benefits of cloud-based development.  And of course, there will be fun and food!

If you are interested in attending this event visit www.ibm.biz/bluemixgnonyc where you can register now. If you are interested partnering with IBM to host a Bluemix Girls’ Night Out event with your group, please contact my colleague Steve Johnston via email at johnstst@us.ibm.com.

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Bluemix Girls’ Night Out! Encourage and Empower Us Geeks!

October 9, 2014

Women in the workforce today face a number of challenges and pressures that make their experience unique. For women working in IT, that includes being outnumbered almost 3 to 1. And yet, the IT industry and computer related roles offer many of the benefits and flexibility that women seek.

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According to recent statistics, women hold 51% of positions in the workforce today, but only about 26% of positions in IT. Since 1985 the number of women receiving degrees in computer science has fallen from 37% to 18%.

As a woman, this is particularly frustrating, as the IT industry and IBM have provided me with a number of opportunities for success and development that are not available elsewhere. And there are so many other women who have been able to achieve success as well.

And with the advances in cloud, mobile and social, many of the barriers to create our own opportunities are being removed. Women are playing pivotal roles in startups as leaders, developers and decision makers.

With this in mind, IBM has developed our Bluemix Girls’ Night Out events. These events offer women opportunities for career mentoring and include a focus on enabling them on best practices for cloud-based development using PaaS such as IBM’s Bluemix platform.

Girls’ Night Out is meant to give women of all levels of experience and knowledge a place to come together to support each other, and help spur creativity and community. We are looking to partner with other local organizations to help host and execute them.

And in NYC, we are hosting a Bluemix Girls’ Night Out partnering with Digital.NYC to bring this program to their members on October 22, at our facilities at 590 Madison Avenue.

Our goal is to help foster the next generation of women developers, leaders and entrepreneurs, Because our industry needs the talent and ideas to spur the next generation of technology to advance and change our business and lives.

And we have already seen the impact that these types of events can have. When you bring a group of talented women together, and empower them with support and knowledge the impact is almost immediate. And it only strengthens the communities, businesses and teams which they are a part of.

If you are interested in hosting, partnering or participating in one of these events, please let us know. We look forward to meeting the next generation of leaders, innovators and developers.

 

 

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IBM Design Team Dishes on the creation of BLUEMIX!!!

October 3, 2014

I caught up with a number of young rockstars from our Austin design studio at SXSW, and asked them to explain the process for the design of IBM Bluemix. We had quite a discussion!

More on IBM Bluemix

More on IBM Design

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IBM Open Power App Throwdown at Enterprise 2014!

October 2, 2014

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Four Colorado Entrepreneurs stand out at Denver Startup Week!

September 29, 2014

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IBM is doing so many things with startups, it’s hard to keep up! I’ve blogged a lot about SmartCamps, so you probably think SmartCamps are the only things we have going for entrepreneurs. But nothing could be farther from the truth!

Case in point, IBM was recently a sponsor of the Denver Startup Week. There were 5,500+ startup community members and over 650 companies engaged in over 125 community-driven events celebrating everything entrepreneurial in the Mile High City!

And I’m thrilled to say that the event marked the first time IBM Global Entrepreneur was involved at an entrepreneurial event in Colorado. Something tells me, it won’t be the last!

The four winning startups were B&C Electronic Engineering, SPF Solutions, S’ync, and Enterprise Sentinel.

B&C Electronic Engineering has a solution that shares responding emergency vehicles locations with other emergency agencies (fire, police, ambulance). This is critical for first responders. We all know about the chaotic nature at the scene of an accident, add to that the multiple emergency vehicles that are arriving at the scene. B&C Electronic Engineering’s solution can reduce the chaos for the emergency vehicles by giving them critical information about the location of other emergency vehicles.

SPF Solutions’ mobile app is going to make your “take-out” experience better! SPF Solutions has created an app for customers that enables them to place their food order and then be notified when it is ready for pickup. With this kind of automation, fewer mistakes are made and it frees up the restaurant staff to do other tasks. Sounds like greater efficiency and better service to me!

S’ync is tackling a huge issue in the realm of smarter transportation. Their solution uses GPS location data to map traffic flow, rates, and conditions to synch traffic lights. Think of it! Improving the flow of traffic is a benefit to everyone!

Enterprise Sentinel monitors enterprise data from any source, providing transactional analytics as well as executing pre-emptive actions to prevent issues from occurring.  This predictive analytics capability plays very well in health monitoring as well as other industry use-cases.

Congratulations to these four startups! I know I look forward to hearing more about them in future SmartCamp events!

For more information:

B&C Electronic Engineering -> http://www.911eta.com/
SPF Solutions -> http://www.spfsolutions.biz/
Enterprise Sentinel-> http://enterprisesentinel.com/

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