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Hartree Hack |On 18-20 May 2016 We're teaming up with IBM Watson for our very first hackathon...

 
 


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We’re teaming up with IBM Watson for our first Hartree Hack, 18-20 May 2016.

At this event you will get the chance to:

  • Learn from the experts about the cognitive technologies available from Watson - from gaining insights from text to analysing images and video, you will learn how to tap into the power of Watson APIs to build cognitive apps

  • Create your first cognitive app – a team of mentors from IBM Watson and the Hartree Centre will work closely with you to help your team build something amazing- in less than 3 days!

  • Compete against others to win up to £25,000* of support from the Hartree Centre (or wider STFC) to propel your idea forward.

Whether you are new to hacking or a seasoned pro; whether you want to pursue a new idea or have an organisational challenge that Watson APIs can address; or whether you just like coding or designing; the Hartree Hack provides the platform for you gain new knowledge, make new connections and to build an app on any domain of your interest. We’ll provide the food, the space, the mentors, the judges and some prizes, all you have to do is come armed with a laptop, some energy and be ready to form part of an enthusiastic team, ready to create something amazing.

*subject to terms and conditions
  • This free event runs over three days during ‘office hours’ (so you get to go home or to your hotel to sleep) and places are limited, so we don’t recommend you signing up unless you can commit to your team. It’s not fair!
  • Anything your team creates during the Hack is owned by you- though your code does need to be open source.
  • Check out the extra info and resources below to help make sure you know everything you need to and are ready for the Hack

Agenda

 

18 May

 

Time

Topic

9.00

Registration

9.30

Welcome and housekeeping

9.40

Starting on the cognitive journey – setting the scene

10.00

Introducing the tools

Find out all about IBM Bluemix and the Watson services available to you

10.45

BREAK

11.00

Introduction to the Watson Developer Cloud and drilling down into the APIs

12.00

LUNCH

12.45

How to use the tools. Lab sessions (options)

1.       Node-RED – Prototyping tool (requires little or no programming)

2.       Node.js/Python/Ruby Languages and Boilerplates ​

3.       Using your own IDE

14:45

BREAK AND CAKE

15:00

The Hack – creating teams and ideas

17.30

Design Labs – presentation of ideas to mentors

18.00

END OF DAY 1 – or continue hacking in the pub/hotel

 

19 May

 

Time

Topic

9.00

Welcome to day 2

9.10

Hartree Hack – hack away!

10.40

BREAK

11.00

Keep hacking!

12.00

Playbacks to mentors

13.00

LUNCH

14.00

Keep hacking!

15.30

BREAK AND CAKE

17.00

Playbacks to mentors

18.00

END OF DAY 2 – or continue hack at the pub/hotel

 

20 May

 

Time

Topic

9.00

Welcome to day 3

9.05

Hartree Hack – hack away… final touches! Perfecting those pitches

10.45

BREAK

11.00

Demos & app presentations

11.45 approx

BREAK

12.00

Awards and wrap up

12.30

LUNCH

14.00

Opportunity to tour Hartree facilities

View/download the agenda in Word or Adobe PDF (PDF - 72kB - link opens in a new window) format.
Timings are subject to change depending on the needs and progress of the teams.

FAQs

A hackathon is any event of any duration where people come together to solve problems.

Anyone aged 18+ with who is creative, curious, has great idea, wants to solve problems or give a hackathon a try. For example, UX/UI designers, marketers/ business development people, entrepreneurs, start-ups etc. This event runs over three days, so we don’t recommend you signing up unless you can commit to your team.

This is an event that is designed to attract anyone who is interested in developing new technologies, applications or solutions. If you love to code or are a business person with a great idea, you are more than welcome to participate. The best projects come from the most talented and diverse teams.

Come to the Hack enthused about learning new skills and making new connections. Mentors from IBM and the Hartree Centre will take you through a tour of the tools available and possible approaches. However, you can get a headstart in knowledge before the event by reading our ‘making sure you’re ready for the Hack’ (see "Getting ready" tab)

This is a FREE event, however, attendance across the three days is mandatory.

You can register on-line for the hack (link opens in a new window) *please note that pre-registration by the deadline on Friday 29 April 2016 is essential.

To enable us to make sure you have access to the relevant tools at the event, registration will close on Friday 29 April 2016.

The Hartree Hack with IBM Watson will take place at the Hartree Centre on the Sci-Tech Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus near Warrington in Cheshire.

Here’s how to find us (link opens in a new window), but please note that due to construction works on the wider campus, car parking on site is limited. It is important you advise us if you need a car parking space on registration / prior to the event. We will issue specific instructions on car parking in your delegate instructions.

You will be sent an email at least one week before the event with all of the participant information you need to get ready to attend. You are also advised to read through our tips for making sure you are ready for the hack

Please visit our Agenda page (see the "agenda" tab above)

We’re not working to a strict ‘theme’ for the Hack. We want you to learn new skills and build web and mobile applications with Watson on IBM Bluemix on any domain of your interest. It could be have a business application, be health-oriented, creative, etc. You may carry your own datasets or access one of the many open datasets available.

Watson is helping companies quickly read through unstructured data to gain unique insights. These insights allow companies to make faster and more confident decisions, enabling them to quickly solve their most pressing challenges. Watson is broken up into a suite of APIs (link opens in a new window) that make building apps with it easy. We want as many developers to get hands on with Watson as possible.

Here are some examples of how partners are leveraging Watson’s capabilities today:

  • Bringing personalised shopping to your fingertips by quickly discovering relevant clothing items based on responses to a series of questions.
  • Changing the face of veterinary medicine through a mobile app that helps vets identify potential conditions and practice evidence-based medicine in the treatment of animals.
  • Helping hotel concierge and front desk staff quickly address guest needs and enquiries. Guests could lounge at a hotel pool and have their drinks delivered by simply texting the request from their phone.
  • Providing instant answers to people’s most pressing questions. For example, someone can now ask on their mobile device, “Where can I pay my parking ticket?” or “When do the council collect the recycling waste?” and an answer will be delivered straight to their fingertips

As well as the customary hack t-shirt which everyone will get, there is a top prize of up to £25,000 of support from STFC to access their facilities* and the opportunity to get your app showcase on the Watson App directory. View the terms and conditions from the tab above

The winner will be featured in IBM’s weekly ‘Watson in the Wild’ blog post and in the Watson Developer Cloud App Gallery. Other apps developed during the hack may also be considered for the gallery.

 

  • A laptop
  • Your Bluemix ID
  • Bags of energy

Absolutely.

Sorry – no. The hack is taking place at the Hartree Centre during ‘normal office hours’. The rooms will be open until at least 6pm.

Yes – a light breakfast and lunch will be provided on all three days. There will also be refreshments, cakes, fruit and sweets available throughout the event.

You can come solo and meet up with others to form a team at the event, or you can get your form a team beforehand. We are looking for people to work in teams of 2-4 (approx.). Please note that all attendees are required to register individually (and state your team name if already established).

The entire idea need not be fully implemented. But the submission should be functional so that it can be judged at the end of the hack.

BlueMix is an implementation of IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture, leveraging Cloud Foundry to enable developers to rapidly build, deploy, and manage their cloud applications, while tapping a growing ecosystem of available services and runtime frameworks. See more information (link opens in a new window) (including a demo video)

IBM Watson is a cognitive technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data. It can help you answer questions, quickly extract key information from documents and reveal insights, patterns and relationships across data.

Yes – as long as it is safe. Wearables, sensors, cameras, mobile devices, small robotics, IoT items are all fine.

In order to be featured in IBM’s weekly ‘Watson in the Wild’ blog post or on the Watson Developer Cloud App Gallery. The following information will be required:

  • Author’s full name
  • Author's email
  • Application name
  • Application URL
  • Application description
  • Watson service(s) used

We would hope to put the winning app into both the weekly blog and the gallery. Others may be considered for the gallery

H

At the end of the hack you/your team will need to demo and present your app (it doesn’t need to be finished, but should be functional so it can be reviewed!) and then the judges will pick a winner. The judges’ decision is final.

The apps will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Potential impact – on the economy/society/sector
  • Creativity- how creative or innovative is the idea behind the app?
  • Viability - how relevant is the app's use case to a real market or business problem? Can it be sold effectively?
  • Intuitiveness - is the overall user experience intuitive? Does the flow make sense?
  • Value- how quickly does the app's value become apparent upon initial use? Would it require documentation to understand?
  • Feasibility - does it actually work? Could this app scale as a real solution with multiple users?
  • Uniqueness - how well does the app leverage / mashup a variety of different Bluemix or external services / APIs?

See the terms and conditions for the competition and prizes

Each team will have 5 minutes to present and 3 minutes of Q&A from the judges. The timing will strict and you will be alerted when you have one minute remaining.

Anything you create during the event belongs to you. However, you must abide by any ownership, copyright, and TOS provisions of any API's or content you include in your project. And any data, code or documentation we have provided for the weekend, is the property of the Hartree Centre/IBM. You will be required to participate in PR and case studies related to this event and for the Hartree Centre and IBM. Further information can be found by reading the terms and conditions

Read the terms and conditions (see tab above)

Prior to the event you will be sent individual details to register for Bluemix – it is important you do this one week before the event to ensure that you get the verification email and are able to access the Bluemix environment. If you don’t do this you will delay the start of the event for everyone else attending – so it is important!

We’ll help you access everything you need to utilise Bluemix at the event itself. It is also advised that you read the ‘making sure you’re ready for the hack’ (see tab above)

Making sure you’re ready to hack, hack, hack!

What is the formula for making your hack a success? We’ve got a few pointers to help you prepare for the Hack that will help make your experience that much better and put you in a great place to make the most of your time to create that winning app.

Please ensure you have

Even better, make some time before the event to try out some of the services and come with a clear idea of the sort of app you would like to develop.

The Hartree Hack 2016 Terms and Conditions

The Hartree Hack 2016 is managed by the Hartree Centre with IBM Watson Corp.
View/download the terms and conditions:

Judging

Does your app actually work? Would anyone want to use it? How well did you blend the tools? What impact could it have?

At the end of the hack your team will need to address some of these questions when you demo and present your app (it doesn’t need to be finished, but should be functional so it can be reviewed!) to help the judges pick a winner.

The apps will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Potential impact - on the economy/society/sector
  • Creativity - how creative or innovative the idea behind the app is
  • Viability - how relevant the app's use case is to a real market or business problem
  • Intuitiveness – of the overall user experience
  • Value - how quickly the app's value becomes apparent upon initial use and whether it it require documentation to understand
  • Feasibility – whether the idea works and whether it could scale up as a real solution with multiple users
  • Uniqueness - how well the app leverages a variety of Watson APIs or other facets

The judges’ decision is final.

Who are the judges?

Jonathan Mitchener

Jonathan is lead technologist for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at Innovate UK (link opens in a new window), where he helps drive investment and innovation amongst UK companies. A first class honours graduate in Computer Science from the University of Hertfordshire in 1988, he undertook a wide range of roles in more than twenty years with BT including research, systems deployment, and technology and management consultancy, before becoming their futurologist. Subsequently he ran his own business as an independent futurologist helping clients across all sectors understand the impacts of future disruptive change on their businesses. He has travelled widely to speak to, inspire and provoke a range of audiences on technology topics, and has also written for many journals and magazines and made media contributions (e.g. BBC). He uses his wide experience to help advise organisations on successful innovation, and currently formulates UK strategy for ICT at Innovate UK.

Ian Tracey

Ian is Head of Access to Funding & Finance at the Knowledge Transfer Network. In this role he helps companies to identify and secure funding; grants, investment, banking etc. Previously he was Head of Entrepreneurship at STFC where he focused on helping start up and early stage companies take their ideas from conception to implementation. Ian joined STFC from his own self funded start-up which delivered public use computing to the NHS, local government, prisons and sport facilities.

Ian started his career as a bench scientist for BT Labs at Martlesham Heath, where he worked on "Home of the Future" and "Virtual reality for team working" before being a New Products Evangelist, the first public broadband line was at Ian's home and he was tasked to answer the questions: "Why would we want to be on the internet 24/7?" and "What will we do after we have read our emails?"

 

Alison Kennedy

Alison is Director of the Hartree Centre. Her role at the Centre is to ensure that Hartree delivers on its mission to transform UK competitiveness by facilitating and accelerating the uptake of data-centric computing and cognitive technologies. She has over 30 years of experience in software development, project and product management and institute management.

 

 

 

Phil Westcott

Phil is the Watson Ecosystem leader in Europe, Phil created and led the Watson Group Ecosystem business in Europe, building up a portfolio of product, agency and systems integrator partnerships. Phil grew and developed this cross functional team and this team can now boast the best understanding of the Watson API business in Europe, a knowledge of how to build use cases, partnership business models, and most importantly, how to infuse cognitive into services and products.

Phil has 16 years of experience working in technology from startups to multinationals across four continents. Through his multinational experience in IBM and BAE Systems, his previous clients include the Manhattan Transit Authority, the Energy Supply Board in Dublin, Transport for London and Airbus Aerospace.


What are the tools?

Watson is helping people to create awesome new products and services by quickly reading through unstructured data to gain unique insights.

Watson is broken up into a suite of APIs make building apps with it easy. We want as many developers to get hands on with Watson as possible.

Watson tools diagram

 

AlchemyLanguage - Language | General availability

AlchemyLanguage is a collection of 12 APIs that offer text analysis through natural language processing. They can analyze text and help you to understand its sentiment, keywords, entities, high-level concepts and more.

Concept Expansion - Language | Beta

Link euphemisms or colloquial terms to more commonly understood phrases.

Concept Insights - Language | General availability

Rather than limiting findings to traditional text matching, Concept Insights explores information based on the concepts behind your input.

Dialog - Language | General availability

Rules-based user response system. Script conversations any way you like to answer questions, walk through processes, or just to chat!

Document Conversion - Language | Experimental

Converts PDF, Word, or HTML documents HTML into HTML, Plain Text, or JSON Answer Units needed by other Watson services

Language Translation - Language | General availability

Translate and publish content in multiple languages.

Natural Language Classifier - Language | General availability

Interpret and classify natural language with confidence.

Personality Insights - Language | General availability

Uncover a deeper understanding of people's personality characteristics, needs, and values to drive personalization.

Question and Answer - Language | Beta

Ask a question and get an answer with supporting evidence.

Relationship Extraction - Language | Beta

Extracts relationships between different text entities.

Retrieve and Rank - Language | General availability

Enhance information retrieval with machine learning.

Tone Analyzer - Language | Experimental

Discover, understand, and revise the language tones in text.

Speech to Text - Speech | General availability

The Speech to Text service converts the human voice into the written word.

Text to Speech - Speech | General availability

The service synthesizes natural-sounding speech from the text in a variety of languages and voices that speak with appropriate cadence and intonation.

AlchemyVision - Vision | General availability

AlchemyVision is an API that can analyze an image and return the objects, people, and text found within the image. It can enhance the way businesses make decisions by integrating image cognition.

Visual Insights - Vision | Experimental

Visual Insights enhances the customer view by analyzing online photos and video to extract consumer insights related to interests, activities, hobbies, life events, and products.

Visual Recognition - Vision | Beta

Understand the contents of images and video frames.

AlchemyData News - Data Insights | General availability

AlchemyData provides news and blog content enriched with natural language processing to allow for highly targeted search and trend analysis. You can query the world's news sources and blogs like a database.

Tradeoff Analytics - Data Insights | General availability

Helps users make better choices to best meet multiple conflicting goals.

 

Real-life examples

Here are some examples of how partners are leveraging Watson’s capabilities today:

  • Bringing personalised shopping to your fingertips by quickly discovering relevant clothing items based on responses to a series of questions.
  • Changing the face of veterinary medicine through a mobile app that helps vets identify potential conditions and practice evidence-based medicine in the treatment of animals.
  • Helping hotel concierge and front desk staff quickly address guest needs and enquiries. Guests could lounge at a hotel pool and have their drinks delivered by simply texting the request from their phone.
  • Providing instant answers to people’s most pressing questions. For example, someone can now ask on their mobile device, “Where can I pay my parking ticket?” or “When do the council collect the recycling waste?” and an answer will be delivered straight to their fingertips

View the Watson tools available in more detail (link opens in a new window)

 

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