Watson Hackathon in NYC May 4-5

IBM Watson is hosting a forum for innovative thinkers, developers, innovators who are at the forefront of building, developing and using the cognitive technologies that are extending human expertise.

Join us at this premiere event and spend two days hacking cognitive apps that transform the human experience with the newest IBM Watson technologies and the world’s most forward-thinking cognitive experts.

Register Here for the Watson Hackathon

Register ahead of time to use IBM Bluemix (IBM Cloud), be ready for the day of the hack!

Register Here for IBM Cloud (Watson Services)

What do you get?

– Join the hackathon to form teams and compete to develop a transformational app
– Get one-on-one time with the Watson product team to get the inside scoop on what’s coming next
– Participate in lightning talks and labs to learn best practices from peers
– See the apps IBM customers and partners have developed and commercialized with Watson
– Hear remarks by IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, leading customers, and Watson partners on how they are transforming their business with IBM Watson

Seating is limited, please register now!

You must be 21 years or older to participate; to receive the developer rate you are required to participate in the hackathon.



HAL: I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

2001: A Space Odyssey

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Space Apps Challenge in NYC (April 11-12)

We have an exciting weekend coming up in NYC.  It is time for the NYC Space Apps Challenge!  IBM is a sponsor of this event in NYC and a supporter worldwide.  This event fits directly into our wheelhouse of focusing on developers and start-ups in NYC and around the world.

What is the Space Apps Challenge

The International Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaboration focused on space exploration that takes place over 48-hours in cities around the world. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space. This year we have over 25 challenges in four areas: Earth, Outer Space, Humans and Robotics. NASA is leading this global collaboration along with a number of government collaborators and over 100 local organizing teams across the globe.

Below is the high level schedule and some key information, please click on the links below.

April 10th (Friday)

The Space Apps Data Boot Camp and NASA Women in Data Panel.

9:00 AM Sandy Carter (GM @ IBM) Featured Speaker at Kickoff

Remaining agenda click here:  Boot camp and NASA Women

April 11th – 12th (Saturday & Sunday)

Overview of Space Apps Challenge and link to registration page 

What to use for this Hackathon and beyond for your software development:  IBM’s Cloud Platform called Bluemix. 

Link to IBM Cloud Overview and free access to IBM Cloud Services

This year IBM has made creating these apps a breeze using IBM Bluemix. The Bluemix Catalog contains easy to implement services including Watson, Analytics, Mobile, Internet of Things, Data Storage and many more.

To assist with creating solutions for the Challenges thrown this year, we linked Services/APIs to to specific Challenges. For example to store data from “Outer Space”, we have multiple data storage options to choose from including NoSQL databases like CloudantDB. Also, the Watson services allow you to create innovative smart apps that have the ability to convert voice commands to text, translate text warnings to audible voice alerts, or even analyze pictures to identify a pattern.

With Bluemix you have the ability to choose any of the preinstalled runtimes or bring in any buildpack that is compatible with Cloud Foundry. These include Liberty for Java, Node.js, Ruby on Rails, Ruby on Sinatra, Go, PHP, Python, and more.

The document below (click) will provide this key information for your development plans this weekend.   

Use Bluemix for NASA Space Apps Challenge

Best of Luck to Everyone in the Challenge!

Space App logo







“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”                                                                                                             –  Neil Armstrong

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