What is Bluemix?
Bluemix is a place for software developers to go to quickly create, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud — without dealing with any of the underlying infrastructure.
With your Bluemix account, you have access to runtimes (all the resources you need to run an app) and a vast catalog of services that provide instant functionality for your running app. You can do all the cool things that presented in the video above. Because Bluemix is built on Cloud Foundry, an open source cloud platform, the approach to building and deploying apps is simple:
- Choose the runtime that you want to use (such as Node, Java, Go, PHP, Python, or Ruby)
- Choose the services from the Bluemix catalog that you want in your app
- Deploy your app by pushing your code up (directly from your Eclipse workspace, for example, or via the Cloud Foundry command line)
Sign up for Bluemix for Free!
Typically, Bluemix is available for free for 30 days. However, if you sign up as a participant in the Bluemixathon, you’ll have access to Bluemix services for the entire duration of the contest, from now until December 10, 2015.
To get your free Bluemix account you simply need to click the “Register” button on the competition homepage. Once you do, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a unique URL you’ll need to use to sign up for Bluemix. Using this unique URL you’ll get an extended trial – from now until December 10, 2015. You can be sure that the trial was extended by checking the “Trial Countdown” area in the upper right corner of your Bluemix Dashboard. (If you did not receive your confirmation email, please reach out to us directly via "email@example.com.")
Tutorials, Documentation, and Sample apps
Need help getting started with Bluemix or understanding the services available? Refer to these resources from developerWorks.
- Check out "Getting Started with Bluemix"
- Need an overview of the Bluemix platform?
- Want to watch some demos about how to start coding apps on Bluemix?
- Need information about Bluemix services?
- Bluemix fundamentals: 5 key advantages, from a developer's perspective
- Watch IBM’s most popular and helpful Bluemix webcasts and videos.
- NEW! Watch our virtual office hours broadcast with members of the Bluemix tech team - we provide an overview of the hackathon features on Devpost and then dive into technical questions about using Bluemix.
- Have a technical question about Bluemix or a Bluemix service? You must sign in before you can post your question. The tag "Bluemixathon" is prefilled for you in the form if you use this link. Add any other tags that are relevant to your question.
Data and APIs
- RelieftWeb API - ReliefWeb is a leading source of information on global crises and disasters. Its continuous coverage and archive going back to the 1970s makes ReliefWeb an unparalleled resource for both current and historical data on humanitarian response.
- Sahana API - Sahana Eden is an Emergency Development Environment - an Open Source framework to rapidly build powerful applications to support disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Check out the Sahana Wiki and API documentation. If you're interested in setting up your own instances or using the non-active Nepal Deployment check out http://nepal.sahana.io.
- Data.gov Disaster Data Sets
- NASA’s Data Portal – Crisis Mapping Toolkit
- European Union Open Data Portal - Disaster Data Sets
- Aid Data - Open Data for International Development
- Global Humanitarian Assistance
- The Humanitarian Data Exchange
- SPARC - Open access as humanitarian aid
- Financial Tracking Service (FTS) The FTS is a global, real-time database which records all reported global international humanitarian aid.
- GeoQ - GeoQ is an open source (MIT License) geographic tasking system that allows teams to collect geographic structured observations across a large area, but manage the work in smaller geographic regions.
- KoBoToolbox - KoBoToolbox, a project from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, is an open-source suite of tools for field data collection for use in challenging environments.
- U.S. Severe Weather Map and Warnings by State (Wunderground)
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration info on protecting food and water during storms
- U.S. National Weather Service data
- Most large cities have made open data available. Search: “(city) data portal” to find datasets by locale.
We’ve done a bit of brainstorming and have come up with some potential app ideas to help you get started. These are just suggestions; you can, of course, continue to work on something you’ve already started, or take a piece of one of these ideas and combine it with something else.
Pro tip: There’s a Bluemix tool suitable for each of these app suggestions. We’ve created a tools glossary with all the relevant information and links.
If you have a technical question about Bluemix, use the dW Answers forum. You can search through our nearly 6000 Bluemix questions and answers, or "Ask a Question" to submit your own. You must sign in before you can post your question. The tag "Bluemixathon" is prefilled for you in the form if you use this link. Add any other tags that are relevant to your question.