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What did we uniquely witness at IBM Code DAY 2019?

We successfully participated at IBM Developer Day on 14TH March 2019 which was a daylong event designed for developers to enhance their skills and gain hands on experience with the latest technology in areas of Cloud, AI and Data Science. Amstar Technologies were more than happy to deep dive into the latest IBM Open Source technologies through hands-on workshops, sessions and lightning demos. We were also lucky to meet, connect and interact with other prominent IT thought leaders who are creating revolutions in the IT industry at large.

For the Developer community at large, IBM Developer Day 2019 was a blessing in disguise as the developers were
- Able to discover best practices for building Cloud native applications.
- Get skill enhancement in the area of emerging technologies by attending hands-on workshops.
- Able to meet and interact with the IBM Developer advocates and other developers.


The event kick-started with a keynote speech by Mr. Sriram Raghavan followed by a panel discussion on future of open source by Ginni Rometty. It was a session full of energy with a focus on skilling, building new economy and leveraging Data and AI effectively and efficiently to help clients and employees at large Apart from this, there were tech stalls which had some encapsulating technologies developed by IBM thought leaders. Here are the top 5 things that happened at IBM developer day 2019.
- The football game controlled by neurotechnology
This was pretty interesting and fun to play. We at Amstar Technologies got the chance to try this intuitive game out. To our surprise, it was working as per cognitions given to us by the sensor. We could also move the ball without any additional device for controlling it and just used the focus. There was a device which we guess read our cognitive thinking and streamlined it the ball for moving. Overall, it was amazing technology and psychology combined which can be used for better AI based brand empowerment especially in the counseling and health care sector in the future.

- The TJ Bot
This tool developed by Mrs. Vidya Sivakumar, Subject Matter expert at IBM whom we had the pleasure to meet and take a deep dive about TJ Bot was an eye opener about pervasiveness of AI in technology. We have already briefed this prior in our earlier blogs.

Although the TJ bot has already been there from some time and is a DIY bot what makes it unique is that it can sense emotions using emotion detection technology, give live weather updates, can remember and remind things like a personal assistant, play songs and more.

Overall it was like Google assistant or Alexa but with emotion detection and the most important thing is its DIY feature. You can even order this TJ Bot kit and make your own Bot in no time. Also, since it is open source, you can tweak and play around with it. This we call as Gamification of technology to the next level.

- Machine Learning Model for Fairness & Robustness
This machine learning model was put up in a stall. It is the best model we have ever seen built for recognizing every minute details. Even if there’s Lots of disturbance in a picture it could clean it and reproduce a new better image. Also, even a minute amount of detailing added on an image can be detected by this model. Sincere thanks to Thamiz Aruvi from IBM for helping us deep dive in this topic further.


- AR-based data visualization

This was pretty interesting. So, normally we see our data in graphs in our two-dimensional screens. But with AR technology we can visualize the data in a new way. We can see it in a better and visually appealing way. Team members from Remote areas can even collaborate and discuss data in real-time as they’re able to see it in Augmented reality mode. This can be used to change the way data analytics meetings are held.

- The Tracks – Cloud, Artificial intelligence, Block-chain.
There were three simultaneous tracks going on in areas of Cloud, Artificial Intelligence and Block-chain respectively. We attended seminars on Cloud, Kubernetes and Artificial intelligence tracks. The sessions were worth attending and value enriching by nature. There was one talk especially given by Mr. Amol A Dhondse on Artificial intelligence regarding the evolution of AI. In the Cloud track, we loved the presentation by Mr. Dinesh Shetty, where he showed us the working implementation of micro-services from a micro and macro perspective and how we can scale an application without or less downtime. Overall, the event was very fruitful and we got to learn many new technologies, new code patterns, design ideas last but not the least we also got a opportunity to interact with many fellow developers where IBM is having a pivotal focus on where are trying our best with IBM as a business partner to provide reskilling assistance. Also with recent acquisition of Redhat, IBM is also focusing on open source products and giving back to the community and we look forward for more developments from IBM in the days ahead to come.
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