IBM Midwest Ecosystem Development Key Leaders June 2015 Update: Americas Conference for Information Systems for Educators and the IBM Big Data and Analytics Conference 2015, IBM Academic Cloud Office hours, TechWeek Chicago, Bluemmix Tradeoff Analytics and more

We are almost half way through 2015! With a fast moving year, new resources are moving at lightning speed and this update will cover several key ways for academics, students, developers, entrepreneurs and enterprises to stay ahead of the curve. The IBM Bootcamp days covered Internet of Things(IOT) and Cognitive Computing and were given rave reviews by faculty, students, developers and our enterprise clients. One Midwest faculty member wrote, “Thank you for all of your help and for inviting me to the IBM Watson/IoT Boot Camp. I have been raving about it to anyone that I come across. It was such an amazing opportunity.”

This week we will have a Cognitive Computing workshop at Chicago TechWeek. Come by and say hello. Next we are also planning a Meetup on the IBM Blumix Cloud Insights for Twitter, one on the Bluemix Alchemy Service (the service that analyzed my picture in last month’s update) and one on creating IOS apps as a sample of what’s to come.   In this update the focus in a quick snapshot of the above and other June workshops and resources to help continuing with leveraging the IBM Cloud, office hours to ask IBM questions, additional education opportunities, the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program Cloud for Startups with up to 120K of free cloud access and the Bluemix Cloud Tradeoff Analytics capability.   Let’s begin….

 

INTERNET OF THINGS AND WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY COGNITIVE COMPUTING BOOTCAMPS REVIEW IN PICTURES

If you were not able to attend the Internet of Things and The Art of the Impossible in the Cloud or the Today, Tomorrow and the Future of Women in Technology:  The Possibilities are Endless Bootcamps check out twitter @vscarbro for a few pictures to help share the partnerships, collaborations and fun from the event.

 

NEW IBM VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS ANNOUNCED AND READY FOR YOUR QUESTIONS ON THE IBM ACADEMIC INITIATIVE CLOUD

https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/065eaf68-e1e1-409e-9826-75575a1a3d09/entry/IBM_Academic_Initiative_for_Cloud_Office_Hours2?lang=en

Support and access to technical expertise and updates is available to faculty to get answers on using IBM Academic Cloud as faculty are building out curriculum for the upcoming academic year.

 

AMERICAS CONFERENCE FOR INFORMATION SYSTEMS and THE IBM BIG DATA and ANALYTICS EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2015

Have you registered for AMCIS 2015 and the IBM BDA EdCon 2015? This is a good learning opportunity for faculty to get hands on with the industry technology as well as hear from other faculty from around the world regarding what they are doing with analytics, big data in their classes, specialization and degree programs.   Below are the links and a brief bio of one of the keynote speakers from the IBM Watson Group.

AMCIS – http://amcis2015.aisnet.org/

AMCIS is a preeminent research conference in the information systems discipline conducted under the auspices of AIS.  Each year, AMCIS attracts up to a thousand or more attendees principally from North America but increasingly from other regions of the world as well.  The conference program includes research paper presentations, research panels, keynotes, CIO panels, doctoral consortiums, and camps for junior IS faculty.

Dr. Michael Karasick, Vice President Innovations for IBM Watson Group, will be the keynote speaker. He oversees the Research and Development of technologies and products for Watson, including Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Discovery and Analytics. Karasick has published numerous papers in software engineering, geometric modeling, programming languages and pervasive computing. He is a member of ACM and IEEE.

IBM BDA EdCon – http://computing.derby.ac.uk/edcon2015/
The unprecedented growth in the importance of Big Data and Analytics has created a situation where the demand for relevant skills is outpacing the ability of educational institutions to keep up. Making the most of Big Data and Analytics requires a comprehensive approach that spans literacy needs across different disciplines and specialized career paths. The BDA EdCon 2015 conference will be held during the AMCIS 2015 conference in Puerto Rico on 11 to 15 August at The El Conquistador Resort and Convention Center. Attendees at the BDA EdCon 2015 conference will be able to attend all AMCIS conference activities.

 

CHICAGO TECHWEEK

http://techweek.com/chicago/

Consider attending a key technology event going on this week in Chicago with pricing options ranging from free Expo access to VIP Access options. IBM will have a workshop for hands on with the IBM Bluemix Cloud environment as well as a booth with local IBM team members for you to meet and stay in touch, technical architects on site to get you started and answer your questions along with on-site resources to get you set up as a startup with free access from 1K-10K/month of cloud for one year.   Come visit us at the IBM booth!

 

IBM GLOBAL ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM CLOUD FOR STARTUPS

https://www-304.ibm.com/partnerworld/wps/servlet/ContentHandler/isv_com_smp_startup

As students and faculty are developing projects that are quickly moving from class projects to commercial apps, the IBM Global Entrepreneur Cloud for Start-ups is the path for the transition. It minimizes the upfront cloud support cost and at the same time enables students to use the same industry tools made available for class projects by IBM. This link provides the details needed by developers and students to understand the program requirements and then use the same link to submit your application to use the program— all in the above link.

 

IBM BLUEMIX TRADEOFF ANALYTICS SERVICE

https://console.ng.bluemix.net/?direct=classic/#/store/cloudOEPaneId=store&serviceOfferingGuid=183b2af6-8224-48ba-a006-0bccff4ef9ac&fromCatalog=true&tabId=all

Trying to decide between two different options–consider the IBM Bluemix Trade Off Analytics Service.   It is a fun but objective way to compare options to make the best choice based on defined requirements (ie take the emotion out of it) and use the API to apply the logic on a volume basis with consistent defined results.

 

“Tradeoff Analytics helps people make better choices while taking into account multiple, often conflicting, goals that matter when making that choice. The service can be used to help make complex decisions like what mortgage to take, and also for helping with more everyday ones like which laptop to purchase. Tradeoff Analytics uses Pareto filtering techniques in order to identify the optimal alternatives across multiple criteria. It then uses various analytical and visual approaches to help the decision maker explore the tradeoffs within the optimal set of alternatives. This insures that the chosen option will adhere to the goals and criteria that matter for the decision maker.”

 

IBM CHICAGO CITY TEAM WEBSITE FOR CONTACTS AND EVENTS

https://developer.ibm.com/cities/locations/chicago/

As we continue to add more opportunities to engage with the local IBM team, get hands on with the IBM Cloud and use the cloud in enterprises as well as startups (with up to 120K of free cloud access for startups), please drop by and say hello at any of the above events or other events as they are listed in the IBM Chicago City Team Link.   Join our meetup (http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-PaaS-Bluemix-and-Cloud-Computing-Meetup/events/222482202/) for the dates once we finalize and schedule the meetup dates/times for Bluemix Insights on Twitter, Bluemix Alchemy Service, build an IOS app meetup and more which will all be posted on the above site along with the times the IBM Chicago City team will be at 1871 to answer questions, mentor an get your started and/or expand your presence in the cloud.

 

As we wrap up the last few days of June we are well positioned to going into the second half of 2015 with collaboration, technology and our head in the clouds together and the sky is the limit!

 

Valinda

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