Happy Wednesday, guys! Today was so much fun. We finally had our TJBot workshop with Angie, Arvind, and JeanCarl over at the IBM workspace in Galvanize, and that was definitely the highlight of our day. If you guys didn’t know, a TJBot is this cardboard robot that contains a little Raspberry Pi in it. It’s an Internet of Things (IoT) device that has access to Watson services like Speech-to-Text and Tone Analyzer, and you can add microphones, cameras, and servos so it can carry out actions. You can use code to make the bot do what you want it to do. We used Node-RED for the coding today.
While building it was kind of a challenge, we really appreciated all the adults there who were always available to help but didn’t really walk us through! It was fun getting our hands dirty and try to figure it out on our own. And once we built that thing, we felt so accomplished. Michelle and I joked on the way home that those bots are our new children. I named mine Timmy. Timmy is the best. I’m going to bring Timmy to my college dorm room and put it on my desk, so when people come over and see it and ask me what it is, I’ll be able to tell them about Watson and IoT and maybe share a little knowledge about cognitive computing. 🙂
JeanCarl also gave us a pretty sweet review of Watson services and the type of analytics they can perform with data, and it really made us think about how that analysis might be beneficial, whether it’s to the average consumer or big businesses. When he showed us how TJ’s actions were coded, we also learned how important flowcharts and thinking about user-case scenarios are. Right now we’re thinking about how we can apply what we learned today in our projects. More updates on that soon…
Other than that, we also had an executives round-table with Wendy Lung and Michael Nathan, two people from the IBM Ventures team. The talk evolved into a life- and career-lessons conversation, which we are always eager to hear about! Juliana made a point that really resonated with me when she talked about how professional IBMers are always willing to talk to us interns and give us their time. It’s always so amazing to me–and I still can’t get over how blessed I am–to work around people who really makes me feel that I’m of value to the company, despite me being just the small, young bean that I am.
We’re always learning something new every day, so keep up with our blogs to see everything happen! I will talk to y’all very soon. 🙂