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Simplify Your Life with Your Own IBM Watson Personal Assistant  

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We all lead busy lives, so it can be a challenge to find timely and relevant information. But what if you had a personal assistant to deliver this for you? In this lab, you will build your own cognitive cloud app powered by IBM Watson to deliver news and weather customized for your preferences and location. You will build your own Node.js application deployed to IBM Bluemix and use services from the Watson Alchemy News and the Weather Company. News articles are analyzed for category and sentiment and a real-time weather forecast is delivered for your location. Your assistant will speak to you with Watson text-to-speech technology, or can tweet your report. In the process, you will also learn more about Node-RED, Node.js and Bluemix.

The Speaker(s)


Rakesh Ranjan

Rakesh Ranjan is a Program Director and Architect of Cloud Data Services at IBM Silicon Valley Lab in California. He has designed and developed several data and analytics services in Bluemix that powers next gen cognitive applications. He also teaches a graduate level software engineering program at local San Jose State University.

Nicholas Vargas

Nick is a Software Engineer Intern for Cloud Data Services at IBM in San Jose, and a student of Computer Science at University of California, Santa Cruz. Nick has been interested in computers and programming from an early age. His experience includes full stack web development and Internet of Things related application development. In addition, Nick has comprehensive experience managing and creating docker container environments, and docker based build systems. He has presented at various gatherings and demos in addition to last year’s code camp. Outside of work, Nick regularly experiments with hardware in his free time, such as setting up coordinated light structures and repurposing older hardware to operate in new creative ways.

Steven Chamberlin

Steven Chamberlin is a service reliability engineer for the cloud data services team at IBM, which provides resources for developers to get, build, and analyze data using BlueMix, IBM's Platform as a Service. Prior to that he was a developer for an internal tooling/infrastructure team. He has been with IBM for 13 years and has also held a variety of roles in quality, including system test, integration test and automation.
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