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5 Power Women Who Rocked IBM Interconnect

I loved Interconnect this year due to the great people who I met and expanded relationships with at the event.

Here’s my highlights so that I can share these amazing people!

  1.  Amy Wilkenson – Author of Creator Code – Amy wrote the book that outlines the 6 characteristics of the most successful US entrepreneurs based on her personal research
  2. Tamara  McCleaery – Creator of RelationShift – Social media extraordinaire and passionate supporter of Women in Tech.
  3. Adriana Gascoigne – CEO of Girls in Tech – an amazing speaker and leader of the outstanding group helping to fill our pipeline and help women in tech.
  4. Connie Mester, Founder and CEO of Thrive 4-7 – is driving to help well being with an app that is designed to help chronic stress, illness or workplace behaviors so that employees can live healthier, more productive lives
  5. Jane Russenberger, Director, Genetics and Breeding, Guiding Eyes for the Blind – who is using technology to help increase the number of guiding eye dogs for those in need.

As you can see, these women are not only driving strong ROI for business, and using technology, but they are changing the world.   They touch relationships, health, business, the disadvantaged, and mental health.   I feel honored to have met each of them!

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.

 

A Must See at IBM Interconnect — Our Serious Games for Real Companies including MindCraft, Unity, and more!

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.”

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