about 2 years ago

Announcing the winners

The votes are in! Go to the gallery to congratulate the winners and check out all of the excellent submissions.

Even though the competition is over, you don't have to stop hacking. Use your portfolio to keep your project up to date and get feedback from fellow hackers.


about 2 years ago

Winners Announcement Date Change

Hello Everyone!

Please be advised that the winners announcement date for the Bluemixathon has been changed to December 11th at 2pm ET. We can’t wait to honor our winners!

The Bluemixathon Team


about 2 years ago

Last call for votes

If you haven’t cast your vote yet for your favorite disaster relief app, there’s still time. The polls will remain open until 5pm ET on November 30. Spread the word and tell your friends & family to vote for you!

Questions?
We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the challenge, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.




about 2 years ago

Public voting is now open

The public voting period for Bluemixation: Operation Rescue & Recovery has begun. Browse the Submission Gallery and vote for your favorites!

If you’ve entered a submission, be sure to spread the word through your social networks.

Thanks,

The Bluemixation: Operation Rescue & Recovery team


about 2 years ago

Final call: Submissions close on Wednesday!

Just a final shout-out that you have two days remaining in the Bluemixathon. Submissions are due November 11 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

Questions?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

 


about 2 years ago

One week to go – the deadline is almost here!

Whew, it’s the home stretch! There’s only one week left to submit your disaster relief app to the Bluemixathon. Submissions are due November 11 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

Questions?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

 


about 2 years ago

Missed office hours? Here's the recording

Hey Bluemixathoners,

If you had a stacked day yesterday and missed office hours with IBM CTO Cloud Architecture Kyle Brown, no worries! We recorded it for you. 

Here's a snapshot of what we covered:

  • keeping in mind your intended user when designing your disaster aid solution
  • Bluemix database, analytics, visualization, and other tools well-suited to disaster-related technology
  • how to ensure your app functions in a disaster setting
  • using the Watson APIs
  • using third-party services in Bluemix

Here's the link to the recording, along with a few other helpful resources. 

Bluemixathon office hours broadcast w/ Kyle Brown 10/28

IBM Bluemix Garage Method

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about 2 years ago

Reminder: Office Hours w/ Kyle Brown Thurs 10/29 3pm

Just a quick reminder that we'll be hanging out with IBM Distinguised Engineer and CTO Cloud Architecture Kyle Brown this Thursday, 10/29, from 3-4pm. Kyle will be available to answer your technical questions about coding with Bluemix. We'll also brainstorm how to best leverage the right Bluemix tools and services to provide help to the people affected after a disaster or humanitarian crisis. 

Join us in the Google Hangout — you can RSVP here

 


about 2 years ago

Two weeks to go – submit early!

There are two weeks left in the Bluemixathon. Submissions are due November 11 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

If you haven't started a submission yet, please do so now. And if you've just recently joined the hackathon, explore the quick-start guide and draw some inspiration from the competition resources.

Submission checklist

Before you say "ship it!", make sure you run through this list:

  • Have you explained how your app incorporates one or more Bluemix tools or services? Have you clearly demonstrated how your app aids in disaster relief or recovery?

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about 2 years ago

Virtual office hours w/ Kyle Brown, IBM Distinguished Engineer & CTO Cloud Architecture

Did you miss our first office hours session on Wednesday? No worries — we’ve got another one lined up for you on Thursday, 10/29, at 3pm ET. IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO Cloud Architecture Kyle Brown will be hanging out online to help you brainstorm about technical needs during a disaster and figure out which Bluemix services can best address those needs. He’ll also offer some pro tips for integrating multiple Bluemix tools and services (runtimes, APIs) and we’ll have open Q&A, too.

Get your questions ready for Kyle by seeing what he has to say about building disaster-ready

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about 2 years ago

Reminder: Virtual office hours today 2-3pm EST

Just a reminder that we'll be hanging out online today from 2-3pm EST to give you an overview of the hackathon, walk you through the Bluemix suite of tools and services, and answer your questions. Meet us in the Google Hangout at 2pm — hope you can join us!

Have other plans? No worries. You can still reach us at support@devpost.com or on the discussion forum


about 2 years ago

Three weeks to go — start your submission now!

There are three weeks left in the Bluemixathon! Beat the deadline rush by getting your submission ready early. Submissions are due November 11 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

If you haven’t already started a submission, you should do it now. And if you’re just getting started, read the official rules and follow the quick-start guide.

Questions?
We’re here to help. If you have any questions about the hackathon, post on the discussion forum or email support@devpost.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

 


about 2 years ago

Virtual office hours this Wednesday, 10/21

Happy Monday, Bluemixathon community!

This Wednesday, October 21, you're invited to our online office hours from 2-3pm EST. We'll be hanging out with IBM developerWorks program manager Leah Ketring and IBM senior developer Ian Oeschger to walk you through hackathon nuts and bolts, give you an overview of Bluemix services, and answer your questions.

Here’s what we’ll cover during this virtual session:

  • Registering for the hackathon and for Bluemix services
  • How to determine whether your Bluemix trial has been extended & how to troubleshoot
  • Overview of the Bluemix dashboard & how to get started
  • App ideas for using Bluemix Watson services

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about 2 years ago

One month left – start your submission

There’s one month remaining in the Bluemixathon! Submissions are due November 11 before 5pm ET.

Start your submission now

Starting a submission is a good way to make sure that your solution meets the requirements. There’s nothing worse than getting to the deadline, only to realize that you’re missing a key component. Remember: once you submit a project, you can keep editing it as needed at any time prior to the submission deadline.

Prepare your video

Don’t forget, your submission must include a video showing your app. Too often, participants leave this video to the last minute without realizing that…

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about 2 years ago

Making a great submission video

We know you’re focused on your app right now, but don't forget about your submission video. It's often the first (and sometimes only) thing that judges and voters review.

A good video tells the story behind your submission, providing a clear and concise explanation of what your app is and does. Here are some tips and a list of screencasting tools:

  •   Establish your elevator pitch. In the first few seconds of your video, explain why your app is awesome. You can get into the details of how it works later on in the video, but treat the opening…

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about 2 years ago

Inspiration: Humanitarian tech orgs, new app ideas, & tools glossary

Hello, rescue & recovery innovators!

We’re pumped about the awesome response the Bluemixathon has been getting from technologists and disaster relief experts alike. In particular, we’re grateful to have the support of CrisisMappers, Recovers, and Kopernik as partners for this challenge. CrisisMappers is a humanitarian technology network, and their site has tons of informational and GIS resources (it’s also another great place to look for hackathon teammates — just register as a member). Recovers is a free web app for organizing relief efforts; check out the TED talk about its founding by Morgan and Caitria O’Neill. Kopernik connects technology with…

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about 2 years ago

Pro tips & curated tools from the Bluemix engineering team

We had a chat with the engineering team at Bluemix, and they shared their picks for the Bluemix services they think are especially relevant to designing and building disaster aid apps. Here they are:

Bluemix tools for building disaster aid apps

  • Watson Tone Analyzer (experimental mode): Could be used in apps that help people calm down or deal with trauma by analyzing the tone of their written communications. 
  • Watson Language Translation: Could be used to instantly translate breaking news, send language-appropriate emails to a global rescue team, or publish disaster management content in multiple languages. See getting started using

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over 2 years ago

A note from IBM's VP of Global Citizenship Initiatives

Dear Bluemixathon rescuers and recoverers,

Thank you for participating in Bluemixathon: Operation Rescue and Recovery.  

It should come as no surprise that IBM is sponsoring a contest to encourage developers to build apps that help during times of disaster. For decades, IBM has responded to major disasters in the communities in which we live, work and do business. With the Bluemixathon, we want to enable you to apply your creativity and skills in advancing the tools for disaster assistance, using Bluemix services.

From the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of 2011, to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in…

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over 2 years ago

Bluemix extended trial + tech tips primer

Hi there, Bluemixathon rescue teams!

It sure is good to have you all on board! We know you’re taking some time now to think about what your best rescue and recovery app might look like, but don’t forget to factor Bluemix tools into that equation!

If you haven’t already, make sure you use the unique Bluemix URL needed to sign up for a Bluemix trial. (You should have received this URL in an email soon after you registered for the hackathon.) Without this URL, you’ll be limited to a 30-day trial instead of having free access to Bluemix for the…

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over 2 years ago

Time to set up your Bluemix account!

Hello and welcome to the Bluemixathon: Operation Rescue and Recovery! 

We’re so excited that you’ve decided to take on this challenge and we’ve got a bunch of resources to help you start working with Bluemix on your disaster recovery app. But before we get to that - let’s get you set up with an extended Bluemix trial account.

Setting up your Bluemix account

Typically, Bluemix is available for free for 30 days. However, when 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…

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over 2 years ago

Quick Start: Time to set up your Bluemix account

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Hello and welcome to the Bluemixathon: Operation Rescue and Recovery! 

We’re so excited that you’ve decided to take on this challenge and we’ve got a bunch of resources to help you start working with Bluemix on your disaster recovery app. But before we get to that - let’s get you set up with an extended Bluemix trial account.

Setting up your Bluemix account

Typically, Bluemix is available for free for 30 days. However, when you sign up as a participant in the Bluemixathon, you’ll have access to Bluemix services for the entire duration of the…

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