March 3 2014
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty delivered the Wednesday keynote last week at Mobile World Congress. The speech was wide-ranging and covered a number of key thoughts around data, cloud, and engagement as the three major trends in enterprise technology that will change the way we work. At the conclusion of her speech, Rometty announced the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, and nominations are now open.
What is the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge?
The IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge will encourage developers around the world to build sophisticated cognitive apps that can change the way consumers and businesses interact with data on their mobile devices. Through this initiative, mobile developers can take advantage of Watson’s ability to understand the complexities of human language, "read" millions of pages of data in seconds and improve its own performance by learning.Between now and March 31, developers and organizations that wish to compete can submit their proposals. In late April at IBM Impact 2014, we'll name finalists, and over the subsequent three weeks those finalists will get busy coding. The winner will be announced May 31.
Over the next three months, the global challenge invites mobile developers and entrepreneurs to share their best ideas to build and develop mobile apps into prototypes. Three winners will join the Watson Ecosystem Program. The winners will work with IBM's recently launched global consulting practice, IBM Interactive Experience to receive design consulting and support from IBM experts to develop a viable commercial app.
Rometty's announcement received tons of press coverage around the world, recognizing the importance of her presence at Mobile World Congress 2014 and IBM's leadership in enterprise mobility:
BBC: IBM seeks app developers to harness Watson: "To date, more than 1,500 individuals and organisations have been in touch to suggest apps. Three intend to go to market this year, including an app to transform how consumers shop and one to help hospitals better procure devices. .... Other potential Watson-powered mobile apps could include medical ones to help doctors and patients sift through vast amounts of data. ... Already Watson is being used by doctors and nurses at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York, to help make decisions about lung cancer treatment at the hospital."
V3.co.uk, MWC: IBM pushes Watson to mobile developers: "Rometty said companies will need the advanced analytics tools offered by Watson to deal with the disruptive effects of mobile, cloud and big data technologies. "We're currently going through an exciting but disruptive period within the enterprise and there are key shifts that are changing and reshaping the technology industry. To me data is the world's next natural resource. We will look back on this time and we will look at data as the resource that powered the twenty-first century," she said. "We at IBM look forward and see data will be the basis of competitive advantage for every company. It will decide the winners and the losers. Everyone can say they're a data business, but what will decide the future is how companies use data.""
Mobile World Congress 2014 was an exciting and successful week for IBM MobileFirst. We announced a mobile cloud platform, Codename: Bluemix; acquisition of Cloudant; the Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, and several client testimonials. Our events and activities at the conference were well-received and we met a lot of quality clients and prospects. You can find highlights on our YouTube channel and website news page. Thanks to all of you who stopped by the IBM booth or our mini-conference to connect while in Barcelona. A very useful event indeed.