By Stephanie Parkin Published September 10, 2018
This time last year, the Grace Hopper conference was almost cancelled due to Hurricane Irma’s impact to Florida. Just a few weeks before, Hurricane Harvey had devastated Houston, TX, with unprecedented flooding. Harvey impacted a woman on my own team, who has yet to move back into her damaged home. With the Grace Hopper conference returning to Houston this year, I’m looking forward to seeing how the city has recovered and connect with my friend.
I’m also eager to explore how technology can help communities prepare for and recover from natural disasters. That’s why I am incredibly proud that IBM has joined forces with the United Nations Human Rights Council, the American Red Cross, The Linux Foundation, and others to sponsor Call for Code, a global hackathon to create solutions for disaster preparedness and relief. IBM has a long history of applying technology for social good – so check out how to connect with us at the conference:
I’m thrilled that this year we’re adding technical demos to our IBM recruiting booth (#7242). We’ve got a virtual reality demo, and of course, swag!
Our developer advocacy team will be on site to show how you can easily create, modify, and destroy objects using only your voice in an immersive sandbox world, to build conversational interfaces using two Watson services: Speech-to-Text and Assistant. We’ll also share some of the top entries in the Call for Code hackathon. You can also practice design thinking with the leader of our front-end developer community, and learn more about the designer and front-end developer career path at IBM. Please stop by to say hello and see how developers are saving lives through technology.
Imagine eventually combining Call for Code innovation with the power of a quantum computer. This year we’re bringing a model of a 50 qubit IBM Q system to the Grace Hopper Technology showcase (booth 9039). Quantum computers are real, and you don’t need a PhD or a fancy lab to use one. While traditional computers are restricted to interpreting zeroes and ones in off/on states, quantum computers have access to far greater computation states – opening up a new world of computation possibilities. Today, IBM has several real quantum devices and a simulator available for use through the cloud.
On Wednesday, September 26, at 2pm, IBM quantum computing experts will present at the Grace Hopper Technology Showcase Theater, demonstrating how to use Jupyter Notebooks and Qiskit, a Python-based quantum programming framework, to program a real quantum computer live. The interactive demo will show how to run Grover’s Search algorithm on an IBM Q quantum computer. Attendees will learn how to experiment with quantum computers for free via the IBM Q experience, which offers tutorials as well as a graphical user interface for coding quantum computers. Quantum is still in its infancy, but there are many ways computer scientists, coders, mathematicians, scientists, quantum enthusiasts, and tinkerers can all contribute to progressing this emerging field. Join us to learn how to get involved now and prepare for the era of quantum advantage.
In addition to meeting us at the recruiting and technology showcase booths, check out the variety of sessions led by IBMers this year. New this year, you can preregister for sessions, so you might want to do that before they fill up.
I’m very proud of IBM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. I was thrilled to be in the audience at last year’s Grace Hopper conference when we were honored with the Top Companies for Women Technologists Momentum award. We also received the prestigious Catalyst award for advancing women in business. Please check out some of the videos and stories below that showcase how many of us are doing our best work ever at IBM – we’d love to have you join us!
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IBMers make a real impact in the world – from helping cure cancer to cleaning oceans. We get to work as part of a truly open and collaborative culture – inclusion is more than just ‘joining a team.’ IBMers get to experience truly diverse and far-reaching careers – career infinence we like to call it – a marriage of infinite and experience. Together, we inspire, innovate, and change the world.
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