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The Cloud Academic Program for Faculty! Changing the dynamics for student learning!

May 5, 2015

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BlueMix Winners from the NASA Challenge!

April 30, 2015

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.

Judging criteria
•    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
Quan Chau
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.

Nairobi: eyeSpace
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).

Pasadena: CatSat
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!

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Weather Channel and IBM in the Cloud!

April 27, 2015
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Astronaut Cady Coleman dishes on NASA Space Apps, STEM and Innovation

April 13, 2015

I had such a great weekend in NYC meeting all the great Hackers on the Bluemix platform.   You will see a set of videos around participants from 15 years old to 70 years old, as well as a ton of folks driving innovation into the local communities.

Today, we have Astronaut Cady Coleman, an amazing woman who spent 6 months in space!

More on the NASA Space Apps Challenge

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The Weather Channel and IBM using IoT and IBM Cloud to “change” the business of weather!

March 31, 2015

I am very excited for the Partnership of the Weather Channel and IBM!   IBM and The Weather Company through WSI, its global B2B division, today announced a groundbreaking global strategic alliance to integrate real-time weather insights into business to improve operational performance and decision-making.

As part of the alliance, The Weather Company, including WSI will shift its massive weather data services platform to the IBM Cloud and integrate its data with IBM analytics and cloud services.

IBM and WSI will deliver new cloud services to businesses in three key ways:

  • Watson Analytics for Weather: IBM and WSI will enable easy integration of historical and real-time weather data in business operations and decision making with IBM analytics platforms such as Watson Analytics. The companies will jointly develop industry solutions for insurance, energy & utilities, retail and logistics among others.
  • Cloud and Mobile App Developer Tools: Entrepreneurs and software developers will be able to rapidly build mobile and web apps that take advantage of WSI data combined with data from operational systems, connected devices and sensors using advanced analytics through Bluemix, IBM’s cloud application development platform.
  • Business and Operational Weather Expertise: Thousands of consultants from across IBM Global Business Services will be trained to combine WSI data with other sources to more effectively interpret industry pain points, providing clients new insights that solve business problems.

Check out https://ibm.biz/IoTandWeather

I am also loving our VINE videos to use social media showcase the power of this announcement.    https://vine.co/u/1025833884602232832

A YouTube Video, Harnessing the power of Weather: IBM and The Weather Company, voiced by The Weather Channel(R) Meteorologist Jim Cantore, this video offers an overview of IBM and The Weather Company’s alliance to bring advanced weather insights to business.

 

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Kevin Hall, Author of Aspire, Dishes on his 3 Best pieces of Advice!

March 23, 2015

I had the honor of meeting Kevin Hall, the author of the book, Aspire.   This book is the all time best seller for personal motivational books and is well worth the investment.   Listen for a little taste of the great insight he offered us at the Senior Leader Session at the Professional Business Women of California session!

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SXSW Day 2 Summary: Career Hacks, Run your business like…, and IBM Cloud !

March 14, 2015
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