Friday, May 12, 2017

Chatbot Hackathon: Lessons Learned and Tips


Recently, I was a coach at a hackathon in Germany. Students were tasked to build solutions for a given topic and the solution had to include a chatbot based on the IBM Watson Conversation service. It was impressive how broad the solutions were, what other services were integrated with a chatbot and how easy it was to build a solution using IBM Bluemix. The following “lessons learned” and tips are from my work as coach. They hopefully help you design your own great chatbot.
Chatbots with IBM Watson

Lessons Learned

Hackathons are intense events and require sharp focus and quick decisions. They pack everything from finding the right idea (brainstorming), defining a solution, its users and development phases (using Design Thinking) to building a prototype / minimal viable product (MVP) and pitching it. The first lessons learned and tips deal with the conversation, the dialog, the language itself:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

DB2 Easter Egg Quiz - Kind of

Are you ready for a new DB2 quiz? Here is a tricky question for you. It is about DB2 security, it is (kind of) hardware-related and deals with a relatively new DB2 feature. Curious...?

The following shows the output of a DB2 tool, shipped with your regular DB2 LUW these days:

Keystore Password:
Password successfully stashed to db2_pkcs11_pwd.sth
 

xxxxx completed sucessfully.


Have a clue? (The "xxxxx" is replacing the name of the db2 tool). If you know the answer, comment and also paste the link to the page in DB2 Knowledge Center describing that tool. I will publish the comments in the next few days.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Aero Expo, Drones and the IBM Cloud

The Aero Expo, the Global Show for General Aviation, is running in my hometown Friedrichshafen from today until the weekend. One of the expo and conference topics is drones of the future (AERODrones UAS Expo). Drones or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) have been and are a hot topic for IBM and its customers. Let me give a brief overview of some interesting work where drones, artificial intelligence, analytics, database systems, Internet of Things (IoT) and the IBM Cloud come together.

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