IBM Developer Happening in Vegas Next Week: Raspberry Pi, Oculus Rift, & Elvis Costello

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Image Credit: IBM

Next week IBM will be hosting an inaugural (and free) event for developers at the Hakkasan Lounge at the MGM Grand on February 24-25, 2014. It will be held in conjunction with IBM Pulse-The Premier Cloud Conference.

At dev@Pulse, developers will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with leading thinkers on mobile, game design, AI, front-end development, analytics, and cloud computing.

Featured speakers include Kickstarter co-founder Charles Adler, Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code, Jonathan Bryce with OpenStack, and a host of other experts.

But dev@Pulse is an invitation to do more than just take in the sights and the speakers. Attendees will be encouraged to join in talks, design camps, and code jams — where they’ll have access to tools and APIs that are being used to create the next wave of great applications.

Fallout Boy

Fallout Boy

There will also be a virtual “playground” featuring some of the latest bleeding-edge technologies, including the virtual reality headset for 3D Gaming, Oculus Rift; a Raspberry Pi station; IBM’s Watson; and even a Parrot Drone, just for good measure.  dev@pulse attendees will also be welcomed to a free concert headlined by Fall Out Boy and Elvis Costello the evening of February 25th.

Registration is open at http://ibm.co/N6hN69, so feel free to share with your clients, co-workers, or other interested parties.

Learn more & register for free

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–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection for Todd Watson, IBM

IBM News Roundup (Jan-Feb) – Watson Group, Cloud Expansion, IBM Studies, 4Q Earnings, and more

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IBM News Roundup (Jan-Feb)

Here’s a roundup of some of the major IBM news, events, and study releases from the past few weeks, in case you missed them.

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–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

Light-hearted Introduction to Cloud Computing

Watch this cartoon video for a light-hearted introduction to the concept of cloud computing and what’s possible when IT systems are dynamic and smarter.

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Video courtesy of IBM Smarter Planet Australia/New Zealand:

- Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager The Greater IBM Connection

Into the Blue Galaxy

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Operation Blue Galaxy
Shifts in the market, like mobile and cloud, and new delivery and pricing models, have increased the power of individual practitioners. They know the technology, and influence purchasing decisions like never before.  To reach them, IBM has launched ‘Blue Galaxy’, an exciting cross-IBM initiative to show the universe of software developers, architects, administrators, and other practitioners that IBM is their rocket ship to success.

What is Blue Galaxy?
It’s a project, it’s a community, it’s a movement within and beyond IBM.  The best part of IBM is the people — the technical experts and practitioners across IBM.  The Blue Galaxy mission is enabling and unleashing the knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm of the IBM technical community, across all brands and disciplines, and from across the globe, to reach out and engage the world’s practitioners.  Whether it be via events, content, or social media networks, the goal is simple – develop relationships, learn from our audience, and show our expertise.

It’s not about messaging
It’s about the power of connections, with a small c.  It’s people connecting with people via social media: IBMers, IBM Alumni, IBM Business Partners, clients, prospective clients, and the merely curious. Our goal is to help you to build those connections in social networks, growing your digital eminence, sharing knowledge, and becoming part of the larger conversation that is already occurring.

It’s about you
It’s about sharing your voice, your thoughts, your content, your work, and your ideas with other developers, inside and outside of IBM.  Developers trust the opinions of other developers.  By connecting with developers, you have the ability to shape their opinions and thoughts about IBM products and services.  You are in charge of your digital social presence, and the difference it makes for both your personal goals and the goals of IBM. Growing your digital eminence, sharing your knowledge, expanding your network both inside and outside of IBM…. the actions you take now will have long-lasting positive effects on your career.

iconNoCommunityPhoto155.pngSo, how do you get started with Blue Galaxy?
Here are some ways that all Greater IBMers can get involved:

  1. Create or contribute to a conversation:
    You can write a blog post, create a presentation or a video that showcases your thought leadership and technical expertise — the topics of focus are IBM’s technical leadership in Agile, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Mobile Development, and Security.  Even if you can’t create new material, you can comment on an article, tweet (microblog) about it to promote cool content you like and strengthen existing conversations that are highlighting IBM technical leadership in the market.
  2. Connect and interact
    Connect, share, and collaborate on the developerWorks community where you can contribute to forums, download free product trials and share what you like about them with your networks.  You may also want to check out related communities Jazz.net (Agile Transformation) and Service Management Connect.
  3. Meet and follow Blue Galaxy stars
    Some of our technical experts have been on their social journeys for a while. They are our social role models, folks engaging both internally and externally, with dedicated followings. Some are blogging on official IBM blogs and communities, others are contributing through their individual blogs or in other organizations’ communities.  You can find and follow them on Twitter here.
  4. Try Blue Galaxy featured downloads and give feedback
    Some of product trial downloads have been featured by Blue Galaxy because we are especially interested in feedback on these.  Check them out and leave your feedback in the comments section on that post.
  5. Become a Blue Galaxy star
    There are several ways to become a Blue Galaxy star.  First, if you undertake any of the missions noted above, tell us about them – share a comment below telling us what you did.  Since stars are innovative thought leaders who have distinguished themselves in one or more social channels, you could be selected to be featured as a Blue Galaxy star.  Here are some other opportunities:

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–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

Blue Galaxy Featured Downloads

Blue Galaxy spotlights product downloads each month as we are especially interested in feedback on these.  Check out these featured downloads from Aug-Sept 2013 and let us know what you think!  Leave your feedback in the comments below, and share it with your networks too.

DOWNLOAD/TRIAL URL HASHTAGS
Infosphere BigInsights Quick Start Edition  ow.ly/oa6PX #bigdata #hadoop
IBM DB2 Technology Preview  ow.ly/ohYzQ  #json #db2
Rational Team Concert  ow.ly/oCbHF  #rtc
Worklight Developer Edition 6.0  ow.ly/nIBP7  #ibmmobile
Jazz Hub  ow.ly/nIBFw  #jazzhub
Worklight on the IBM SmartCloud  ow.ly/nIC0g  #ibmmobile

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–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

Pakistan’s Mobile-Commerce Provider Monet Selects IBM Cloud Solution

IBM has announced that Monet, one of Pakistan’s leading mobile-commerce providers, has selected a customized IBM cloud-based solution that will enable the company to enhance service efficiency and expand its presence across the country.

Launched in 2012, Monet provides banks, mobile network operators and branchless banking agents in Pakistan with a technology platform that offers end users a simple interface through which they can access a wide range of financial services on their mobile phones.

Mobile banking and financial services are expected to grow significantly in Pakistan in the coming years.

Read the rest of the details here.

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