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about 6 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 full length of the competition — so please take advantage of all that extra time! If you don’t see this email, check your spam folder for an email from “”

Once you’ve got your free trial set up, you can use Bluemix 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.

This video explains the full gamut of Bluemix services and tools.


Because Bluemix is built on Cloud Foundry, an open source cloud platform, the approach to building and deploying apps is simple:

  1. Choose the runtime you want to use (such as Node, Java, Go, PHP, Python, or Ruby)
  2. Choose the services from the Bluemix catalog that you want in your app
  3. Deploy your app by pushing your code up (directly from your Eclipse workspace, for example, or via the Cloud Foundry command line)

So you’ve signed up for Bluemix. Now what?

Once you’ve got your Bluemix account set up, get back to designing solutions for faster disaster relief and recovery. To get started:


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