Organized by SLASSCOM as part of the SLASSCOM Technology Forum, the IBM Developer Connect forum was held on the 30th of November 2017 at the Hidramani Auditorium. The purpose of the event was to provide a brief background on IBM and their technologies, especially with relation to AI, IoT, IBM Cloud and IBM Watson.
Delivering the opening remarks on behalf of IBM was Vanitha Narayanan, Chairman of IBM India Pvt Ltd She started off by giving a short spoke about the history of IBM. According to her, 90% of systems that are developed in Sri Lanka use technologies developed by IBM. With the rise in advancements related to AI, machines are fast outperforming humans.
Though this could mean that the human workforce is at risk of losing their jobs, Vanitha is certain that these advancements would in fact, create new job opportunities with regard to AI. AI would not only help you make better decisions, but it would also create more employment opportunities.
The first speaker of the day for IBM Developer Connect was Seema Kumar, Country Leader, Developer Ecosystems Group India/SA. Her topic was about building for the cognitive era. Seema began by explaining that access to the right infrastrucuture requires a lot of approval. But thanks to the disruption in IT, you now have the capacity to all the computing power in the world.
This is especially true with the Cloud. In fact, Seema said, most startups are born on the cloud. Gone are the days of the waterfall lifecycle. Now it’s all about agile development. The featurs and capabilities you want are added almost instantaneously. APIs have made development a lot faster she added.
A cognitive system gets better as you use it because it learns from you. This creates a new partnership between humans and technology.
For example, humans have common sense, morals, imagination, compassion and generalization. With a cognitive system you would have locating knowledge, pattern identification, natural language, machine learning, and also endless capacity.
In conclusion, Seema spoke about how to be a part of the IBM community. It all starts with code. As such, IBM empowers developers to solve the world’s problems.
That was the next topic at the IBM Developer Connect. It was presented by Dr. Gerard Fernando, Chief Scientific Advisor at Zone24x7. What information can we get from videos? Well, for starters, we can get the identity of visitors, demographics and actions and events. We can detail such as shopper count and a heat map, shopper behavior, customer interaction and customer dwell time.
In addition, video analytics can also be used to identify people approaching with intent to burgle. You can also use it to identify tools/weapons to burgle the store. Discrete shoplifting, which is the toughest to identify and also the basic grab and run criminals.
He then went on to speak about high level and low level actions that can be identified via AI for video analytics. He then touched on areas such as customer recommendation and real time analytics, all of which can be used to improve your business.
All these require high levels of processing. This in turn has its own set of issues such as heat dissipations and overheating. This in turn increases maintenance cost. The solution: switch to cloud processing. Getting it done takes time but will be guaranteed to be better.
Next up at IBM Developer Connect was Rajesh Jeyapual of IBM Software giving an overview of IBM Watson Services and APIs and walkthroughs. He started off by explaining the cloud facilities available from IBM. He gave a brief background on cloud computing such as resource sharing and pooling of resources.
Rajesh then spoke about OpenStack and how developers started adopting the cloud infrastructure. He then spoke about Cloudfoundry. With Cloud offering, you have a public offering, a dedicated offering and a private offering. Each has its pros and cons according to the workload that you would be carrying out. He spoke about containers and cloud, IBM cloud private and related terms as well.
Rajesh then explored the practical aspects of IBM Cloud. He spoke about elements such as Storage and its categories, Network and their categories, Boilerplates and their categories etc. Rajesh spoke about the 12 app factor methodology. He also spoke about a strong and consistent database on the cloud.
He also touched on BlockChain and how it can be used as service. With Cloud, disruptive tech such as Block Chain have been implemented and improved as a service.
Sudharshan Govindan, Developer Advocate, Cloud and Watson Developer was up next at IBM Developer Connect, giving a live demo on IBM Watson. He spoke about what IBM Watson is and the features it presents for cognitive systems. Essentially, Watson is a cognitive computing platform that can learn and interact naturally with people. It continually keeps learning to make better decisions.
Sudharshan then showed a video where IBM Watson took part in Jeopardy, where it outperformed two human competitors in a number of categories.
IBM Watson first understood the question, searched sources for the candidate answers from a database, analyzed answers and calculated confidence and delivered top responses. He then spoke about the various categories of the Watson API, the positioning of Watson API and the configuration of Watson with the IBM Cloud and the IBM Watson API explorer.
That was the topic of the last speaker at IBM Developer Connect, Riya Mary Roy. Riya, who is a Technical Specialist at IBM Digital Business Group spoke to the audience on how to develop a Conversational chatbot.
She started off by explaining what a chatbot is and also gave a history of a chatbot. In 1950, the Turing test happened and the first theory about an intelligent robot who can initiate and converse human conversations was put forth.
Riya then spoke about how Watson operates and how it understands questions and the process it goes through to deliver a coherent and logical answer. She proceeded to go through a practical demonstration of IBM Watson and how to integrate it into a system, in this case a flight booking system. In order for Watson to be efficient, you have to carry out a training program so that it is familiar with the user’s requests.
Next up was a live demonstration of Cody, an AI Chatbot developed by the COGCOM. The demonstration went on to showcase how Cody can answer questions regarding COGCOM and even about itself.
With that, the IBM Developer Connect Forum came to an end.
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Workshop Agenda - The main purpose of the workshop is to give students the ability to analyze and present data by using Azure Machine Learning, and to provide an introduction to
Workshop Agenda –
The main purpose of the workshop is to give students the ability to analyze and present data by using Azure Machine Learning, and to provide an introduction to the use of machine learning and big data.
Module 1: Introduction to Machine Learning
This module introduces machine learning and discussed how algorithms and languages are used.
· What is machine learning?
· Introduction to machine learning algorithms
· Introduction to machine learning languages
Module 2: Introduction to Azure Machine Learning
Describe the purpose of Azure Machine Learning, and list the main features of Azure Machine Learning Studio.
· Azure machine learning overview
· Introduction to Azure machine learning studio
· Developing and hosting Azure machine learning applications
Module 3: Managing Datasets
At the end of this module, the student will be able to explore various types of data in Azure machine learning.
· Categorizing your data
· Importing data to Azure machine learning
· Exploring and transforming data into Azure machine learning
Module 4: Building Azure Machine Learning Models
This module describes how to use regression algorithms and neural networks with Azure machine learning.
· Azure machine learning workflows
· Using regression algorithms
· Using neural networks
Module 5: Using Azure Machine Learning Models
This module explores how to provide end users with Azure machine learning services, and how to share data generated from Azure machine learning models.
· Deploying and publishing models
· Consuming Experiments
Module 6: Using Cognitive Services
This module introduces the cognitive services APIs for text and image processing to create a recommendation application, and describes the use of neural networks with Azure machine learning.
· Cognitive services overview
· Processing language
· Processing images and video
· Recommending products
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Discover new dimensions in connecting the Internet of Things with Narrowband IoT technology at the NB-IoT Forum and Hackathon, organized by Mobitel. Date - 23rd March 2018 at Trace Expert City
Discover new dimensions in connecting the Internet of Things with Narrowband IoT technology at the NB-IoT Forum and Hackathon, organized by Mobitel.
Date – 23rd March 2018 at Trace Expert City – Colombo 10.
Entrance – Free for a limited number of participants.
Register now – https://goo.gl/3cRdHJ
(Friday) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Trace Expert City
Maradana Rd, Colombo
Tech Coders V1.0 will be an online 12-hour problem solving competition. During this 12-hour period your problem solving skills will be put to the test through a series of questions. Competition
Tech Coders V1.0 will be an online 12-hour problem solving competition. During this 12-hour period your problem solving skills will be put to the test through a series of questions.
Competition will be conducted on HackerRank.
*Please note that you will be given access to the contest on HackerRank only if you fill this form on or before 11.59 pm on 22nd March (Thursday).
Organized by : Tech Seekers – Sri Lankan Community
24 (Saturday) 8:00 pm - 25 (Sunday) 8:00 am
One on one talk , Q&A and networking session with Manju Nishshanka,Founder and CEO,KRMG Capital. Mr.Nishshanka is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in financial markets and disruptive technologies.He has founded
One on one talk , Q&A and networking session with Manju Nishshanka,Founder and CEO,KRMG Capital.
Mr.Nishshanka is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in financial markets and disruptive technologies.He has founded and invested in several successful startups in fintech,blockchain ,AI,AR & VR and social media sectors.
He is a keynote speaker at the Digital Asset Investment Forum (DAIF 2018) and also serves on the board of NYU stern Blockchain and digital asset forum.
KRMG capital is an investment and advisory firm focused on early and growth staged startups and digital assets.
University of Sri Jayawardenepura,Sri Lanka partnered with KRMG capital to establish the first ever blockchain laboratory in Sri Lanka.
This will be an eyeopener to the vast potential and opportunities in Blockchain,Digital assets and Cryptonomics.
All are welcome to join the event and the networking session.
(Wednesday) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute
Horton Place, Colombo 00700
Chandimal alahakoon 077 22 44 905
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