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Jake Schnlinkmann, Computer Engineering Student, Florida Polytechnic University

Jake Schnlinkmann, Computer Engineering Student, Florida Polytechnic University

By Jake Schlinkmann

How would you like to get a pizza at the push of just one button? Now imagine there’s an app for that and you’re a college student? Exactly, I thought so.

That app, in fact, is currently in development. It was one of my favorite entries at an IBM Bluemix hackathon held this month at my school, Florida Polytechnic University, and it won 2nd place.

The hackathon was hosted jointly by IBM and Flagship Solutions Group while being led by Tom Hull, Vice President and CIO of Florida Poly. My team was part of approximately 80 students forming 20 teams and individual entries confined to Aula Magna lecture hall for 24 manic hours alongside IBM Bluemix mentors. Continue Reading »

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Social sharing, mobile computing and the Internet of Things have made data compression a part of our every day lives. The process of compressing data is put to work every time a photo or video is shared across social media or a weather sensor reports a temperature change. Continue Reading »

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Stephen Garten, CEO, Charity Charge

Stephen Garten, CEO, Charity Charge

Scott Jacobs, COO, Charity Charge

Scott Jacobs, COO, Charity Charge

By Stephen Garten and Scott Jacobs

Consumer consciousness is shifting and the line between charitable giving and consumption has begun to blur.

The shift began with cause-themed goods (think pink breast cancer awareness products), followed by a sharp rise in the popularity of one-for-one and social impact wares (i.e., TOMs slippers and Warby Parker glasses).

SP newwaytostartup1Campaigns like these have been successful because they make it easy for consumers to tap into their inherent philanthropic nature. The simplicity with which people can make an impact is revolutionary. Continue Reading »

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Ralf Lenninger, Head of Innovation and Strategy, Continental’s Interior Division.

Even with the popularity of crowd-sourced traffic apps, motorists know precious little about their everyday commute.

The lack of information about roadway and weather conditions is more than annoying, in some cases it’s killing us. In analyzing more than 2 million automotive accidents in the US, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that a
whopping 94% of the crashes were traced to driver issues (error in judgment, driver distraction, poor attention, inadequate surveillance). The World Health Organization (WHO) says 1.24 million people die every year in traffic accidents.

International automotive supplier Continental, has ambitious plans to lower that number to zero, using Big Data, cloud and IBM Watson. And it all starts with the introduction of the semi-automated vehicle next year, being jointly developed by Continental and IBM. Continue Reading »

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Jo Kendrick, Director of Marketing, Homebase

Jo Kenrick, Director of Marketing, Homebase

By Jo Kenrick

In the classic film Field of Dreams, a strange voice in a cornfield whispers to an Iowa farmer: “If you build it, he will come.”

That’s pretty much all the prodding that Ray Kinsella needed to rush down to his local DIY store, pick up some supplies and erect an entire baseball field all by himself.

Now fast forward 25 years and change the setting to the UK, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that voice instead advised: “If you build it, hire a professional.”

As one of the leading home and garden retailers in the UK, we’ve carefully monitored a tremendous change in attitudes towards home improvement. Consumers still want beautiful homes, but many now lack basic skills or the desire to learn them. With today’s busy lifestyle, studies show that we just aren’t as handy as we used to be, opting instead to hire a tradesmen to do it for us. Continue Reading »

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Dario Gil, Vice President, Science & Technology, IBM Research

Dario Gil, Vice President, Science & Technology,
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By Dario Gil

Silicon deserves lot of credit for enabling the digital revolution. Silicon-based chips power everything from cell phones to supercomputers.

Light is another critical factor in our digital lives. Behind the scenes, fiber optic cables carry a flood of voice and data communications for the Internet, telephone lines and cable TV.

But I believe that the real magic happens when light and silicon meet–in the realm of silicon photonics.

IBM Research scientists and engineers have achieved a major milestone that could accelerate progress in this area. They have invented a silicon photonics device that combines electrical and optical components on a single chip, and which can be mass-produced using conventional chip manufacturing techniques. Read about the technical details here.

This breakthrough paves the way for game-changing advances in everything from high-performance computing to Internet-scale data centers. By easing data traffic jams in all sorts of computing and communications systems, our technology enables cloud computing and big data analytics to achieve their full potential.

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Steve Robinson,  General Manager, IBM Cloud Platform Services

Steve Robinson, General Manager, IBM Cloud Platform Services

By Steve Robinson

The cloud industry is entering a critical innovation stage.

Organizations have quickly learned that the Cloud presents a cost-effective and reliable way of delivering value, but it’s also becoming clear that cloud is more than just way to cut costs.

Cloud technologies have the means to exponentially increase performance regardless of the industry. And the tremendous growth and potential can only be sustained with a continued commitment to innovation on the cloud. If we expect enterprise-wide adoption of cloud technologies to continue, cloud must be easy to use, bring value and have the ability to integrate regardless of the platform. Continue Reading »

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Mueller Inc.’s Ivy Green metal roof, one of many in the company’s portfolio.

By Mark Lack

Extreme. Severe. These are two of the more common words used to describe the weather here in Texas and the southern plains.

This part of the country can go from drought like conditions one day to tornadoes and hail the next. The month of May itself has the highest average of tornadoes for the state with 277 (1995 – 2014). In fact this past Friday storms and tornadoes ripped through parts of Texas and Oklahoma unloading larger-than-baseball hail as they passed.

This kind of weather can be both dangerous and destructive. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety ranked Texas No. 2* on its Top 10 list of states with the most property damage last year, with $23.7 billion between 2006 and 2013.

It’s one of the reasons Mueller Inc. is in business. As a manufacturer of steel buildings and metal roofs our products keep people and property a little safer. In fact, because our products can resist hail so well, customers can qualify for up to a 35% discount on Texas homeowner’s insurance. Continue Reading »

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John Guydon, CEO, Lassy Project; finalist in IBM's New Way to Startup competition

John Guydon, CEO, Lassy Project; finalist in IBM’s New Way to Startup competition

By John Guydon

When a child is abducted, it’s a race against time to find them.

Right now it takes hours to alert a community about a missing child; we think it should take seconds. That’s why Lassy Project was created. Lassy Project is a free smartphone app that gives parents and guardians the ability to notify an entire local community about their missing child in seconds.

SP newwaytostartup1With the single push of a button parents can send a pre-AMBER alert via text message and mobilize a trusted group of family, friends and neighbors to form an instant search and rescue team should their child ever go missing. The text alert will include the child’s picture, last known location and other vital information that will help find the child quickly.

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