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 !
I think the OpenWhisk announcement from Interconnect was one of the most significant.
- 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!!!!
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.
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
Gigster: Gigster 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
A few years ago I started IBM’s gaming movement — Serious Games — through a Bschool pitch competition with a young student at the time that has really impacted IBM and the industry on Gaming — Phaedra!
We are showcasing all our gaming work at IBM Interconnect and you will NOT want to miss it!
IBM is leveling up on systems of engagement via the Intersection of Cognitive Computing and Games.
We all know that we live in an attention economy and it is critical that we develop applications that are engaging with a focus on people centric-design. Well, at this year’s InterConnect we will be showcasing serious games projects that were built on our game development ecosystem. Come by our dev@ arcade to play the serious games yourself and meet their creators. For those that do not know, Serious games are when you use games to do more than entertain. OUR serious games intersect the world of games with cognitive computing. At the arcade we will be showing off a patient engagement app called Mevi, a Cyberdefense strategy game, and The Suspect, a game that uses behavioral insights to get into the mind of a murder suspect…
We are Out-Thinking Old School! At InterConnect we will be unveiling a very special project of ours that we did with a high school for disadvantaged teens in Austin, Texas. The students at Connally high school modded Minecraft so that you are flying nanobots through a human body. We helped them integrate their entire experience with Watson to explore the treatments of different diseases. We call it Medical Minecraft. On Day 3 Mainstage at the show, the very special teacher David Conover and our very own Global Lead for Serious Games Phaedra Boinodiris will be telling you about the project. We are helping the US Dept of Education with their EdSim challenge to enable developers to create new serious games like this one to be formally integrated into the public school system. If this high school can do it, your enterprise can do it! Its that simple. Get your sneak peek here.
But wait, there is more!! You cannot miss the cognitive game design lab, our Unity 3D lab showing how to introduce Watson Tradeoff Analytics into a strategy game, our lightning talk, and several panels about Cognitive Games and Education. Have an interest in corporate learning, cultural transformation, employee engagement, customer retention, strategic optimization? Come by the Expo Hall and meet our serious games team, or follow them on Twitter @Innov8game.”
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.
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
This weekend was a cool Hackathon for the upcoming sport in San Fran — the SuperBowl Football game!
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.