Monthly Archives: January 2018

IBM WolfPack Live Sessions coming to Seattle starting Jan 30


IBM will be offering a series of training sessions around the country including at the IBM building downtown Seattle starting Jan 30th.  See the summary below.  Similar sessions are being held in cities across the U.S. and Canada.  For details and registration visit

IBM WolfPack Live – Seattle

Innovators desire more. They want to build solutions that don’t just solve challenges, they change the world. The IBM WolfPack is the technical innovation team dedicated to making it easy for you to find the right platform, tools, and education so you can change the world.

The WolfPack Live series is your chance for you to work hands-on with our experts, and IBM’s platform and tools to help drive your own innovative solutions forward. Microservices, ML and AI, Blockchain, and IoT sessions are all in the schedule with multiple events and dates to choose from throughout the year. You can choose the schedule that makes the most sense for you. Explore new areas, focus on your immediate need, or simply learn with others about innovative ways to solve your toughest challenges and apply the latest technology to your own projects.

All skill levels are welcome at these hands-on events; you only need to bring a fundamental knowledge of computing, a desire to learn more, and your own laptop for the lab materials.

Upcoming events for Seattle:

Round 1:

  • January 30th – 1PM to 4PM – Cloud Fundamentals and Architecture – Building better solutions in the cloud
  • January 31st – 1PM to 4PM – Building a cognitive assistant using Watson Speech processing and NLP
  • February 1st – 1PM to 4PM– Exploratory analytics with IBM Watson Analytics

Round 2:

  • February 27th – 1PM to 4PM – Cloud Fundamentals and Architecture – Building better solutions in the cloud
  • February 28th – 1PM to 4PM – Building better insights with Watson Personality Insights
  • March 1st – 1PM to 4PM – Hands-on with Docker, Kubernetes, and Helm

Meet your speakers:

Carly Kizorek:

Mark Yingling:



2018 IBM Champion for ICS

2018 IBM Champion awards have been announced.  Congratulations to all of the new and repeating champions.  I know the contributions you make for the community and I am honored and humbled to once again be recognized with you.  I also want to thank those who nominated me. And special thanks to IBMer Libby Ingrassia for all the work you do supporting the champions and the champion program.

There were some 1200+ nominations this year.  The full list of 2018 IBM Champions across all IBM disciplines will be posted HERE on the if not today, very soon.

For those not familiar with the IBM Champion program, this is a program where IBM recognizes people who are NOT IBM employees for demonstrating both expertise in and extraordinary support and advocacy for IBM technology, communities, and solutions.

The IBM Champion program recognizes these innovative thought leaders in the technical community and rewards these contributions by amplifying their voice and increasing their sphere of influence. IBM Champions are enthusiasts and advocates: IT professionals, business leaders, developers, executives, educators, and influencers who support and mentor others to help them get the most out of IBM software, solutions, and services.  You can read more about it here on the IBM developerWorks website.

If you see someone displaying one of theses badges, be sure to congratulate them on being an IBM Champion.

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