Intel® Software Developer Black Belts, Intel® Software Innovators, & Intel® Student Ambassadors: May 2017

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Intel® Developers and Influencers were busy over the last month! Here’s an update on what the Intel® Software Innovators, Intel® Black Belt Software Developers, and Intel® Student Ambassadors were up to around the globe.


Suresh Kumar: Gave at talk on the entrepreneurship journey for Innovation in College at Mookambigai College of Engineering in Trichy.

Abhishek Nandy: Between the Intel® AI conference and Global Azure* Bootcamp, giving a talk on Azure IoT with the Intel® Edison board, training 544 developers in India.

Andre Carlucci: Published OpenRealSense project on both Github* and Intel® Developer Mesh. Andre also had incremental downloads of SharpSenses, his c# wrapper on top of the Intel® RealSense™ SDK and gave a talk about Computer Vision, Intel® RealSense™ technology, and the future of AI at QConSP.

Marco Dal Pino: Put on both the IoT Day in L’Aquila and Pisa and also gave spoke on VR at the Holo & Cognitive 2017.

Aulia Faqih: Spoke as part of the IoT track at Bekraf Developer Day in Solo.

Gaston Hillar: Published a book on MQTT Essentials – A Lightweight IoT Protocol and also did a private training to 20 developers on the Intel® Joule board combined with GIS engine.

George Christopher: Provided IoT training at a hands on lab for 380 developers in Chennai.

Justin Link: Presented to 45 students at the Digital Media Workshop class at University of Central Florida.

Martin Foertsch & Thomas Endres: Showcased their Avatar telepresence system at IoT Tech Day in Utrecht and at MuleSoft Connect in San Francisco.

Sergey Kostrov: Wrote an article for IDZ on Performance of Classic Matrix Multiplication algorithm on a KNL system



Bekraf Developer Day Solo: At Indonesia’s biggest ongoing conference, several innovators gave talks to the 1250 person audience, including: Adam Ardisasmita, Adrianus Yoza Aprilo, Frida Dwi Iswantoro, Ibnu Sina Wardy, Narenda Wicaksono, Sidiq Permana, and Sofian Hadijiwaya.

Adam Ardisasmita gave a workshop to the Google Development Group on making games using Unity*, adding motion tracking, and area learning based on the Google* Tango API. Abhishek Sur gave a talk and demo on leveraging machine learning to take decision on data streams at Global Azure Bootcamp. Adrianus Yoza Aprilio mentored and Coached for Startup Weekend 2017 in Surabaya. Arun Magesh gave a talk and was on the judging panel for projects at the symposium at Rajarajeshwari College of Engineering in Bangalore.

Avirup Basu kickstarted the Robotics Club inauguration at Siliguri Institute demonstrating concepts using the Intel® Edison platform and Arduino 101*. Benjamin Mathews Abraham mentored a project in the lab at Trivandrum. Omkar Khair gave a talk on Building Blockchains on the Cloud at Global Azure Bootcamp 2017 and a talk on Exploring Blockchains for IoT at the IoT For All Meetup in Pune.

Frida Dwi Iswantoro: Published two games on Intel Developer Mesh, My Burger Biz (also shared on IDZ forum post), and Alternative Controller: Baby Toy. Frida also gave a talk at the Salatiga GameDev Meetup as well as did an hour long YouTube video QnA about the development of ‘Forged of Blood’ with the lead programmer. Frida also holds the top 3 spot on the VoiceStorm leaderboards with over 200 shares and 49k impressions. Karthik M U held a 20 minute webinar on RFID and its application in Internet of Things.

Ghanashyam S: Gave an introduction talk on Intel and Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and the Intel® Software Development Platform to students at KLE Tech University in Hubballi, India. Ibnu Sina Wardy spoke at the Cloud Next Extended Codelab in Bogor and Depok about TensorFlow Docker and Cloud for IoT, and at the Bandung event he discussed how to create a chat bot and how to build a simple backend for IoT.

Pablo Farias Navarro: Published two games to Intel Developer Mesh, Fitness VR Game and VR Underwater Experience. Pablo also had 92 enrollees into his Complete Mobile Game Development Course with Parser, 55 enrollees in Complete Mobile Game Development – Platinum Edition, and 23 enrollees in Unity Game Development – Build a First Person Shooter courses.

Pooja Baraskar mentored students on developing applications with Intel® RealSense™ technology at the Moscow Aviation Institute.  Prajyot Mainkar demoed to 100 people at the Intel Meetup in Goa. Sanju Mathew built a prototype at a hands on lab for Ideate & Innovate in Trivandrum. Rishabh Banga participated in Hackathon 2.0 in India. Rishabh also mentored at the Smart India Hackathon and wrote up a tutorial on Getting Started with TinyTILE.  Sufian KA gave an introduction to IoT and its various components and then deep dived into MQTT protocol architecture and advantages, including a demo of wearable gadgets with microcontrollers as nodes and Intel® Edison boards as an open source remote gateway to pull sensor data, store, and host a web server at Embedded and Products Team Meeting in Bangalore.

Fang Hui trained 210 developers at the Intel SDN/NFV/DPDK Dev Hands On Lab in Beijing.

Yaguang Wang & Cong Ma trained 495 at EPIC Open Day in Shanghai.

Angelo Qiao trained 11 at the Maker Day in Shanghai.


Pedro Kayatt: Had a Virtual Reality VC Booth at Votorantim Tech Fair, one of the biggest industry players in Brazil showing VR technology and how it can be applied to every day for big plants. Also hosted the SPRV meetup that is open to the community to show the latest releases and technologies that have to do with VR and 360 videos. Pedro also wrote an IDZ article on Virtual Reality User Experience Tips from VRMonkey.


Chris Matthieu: Gave the conference keynote at the Citrix Masters Retreat in Prescott, AZ, providing a future vision for IoT running on edge and distributed networks. Erica Tiberia mentored at JamHacks 2017 and gave a workshop on how to set up the Intel® Edison board, demoing project examples, and then supported 5 teams that decided to use the Intel Edison board. Peter Ma was announced as the winner of Best City Prize in ATT’s2016  Real Time Data Challenge for his project Smart City Air Monitor. Macy Kuang published two YouTube videos, one was a career path for developers, helping people to get their first job as a developer and the second was a demonstration of IoT projects using a pneumatic machine.

Daniel Whitenack: Posted a blog about building facial recognition pipeline with Machine Box, Docker, Kubernotes, and Pachyderm. Spoke at the R Conference in NYC on enabling reproducibility at scale with R and Pachyderm, focused around a live demo of a reproducible machine learning pipeline deployed on a production cluster. Also gave a meetup talk and conference at the Capital Go conference demonstrating various aspects of containerized AI as well as taught a 2-day workshop on data analysis, data science, machine earning, and data pipelining at Women Who Go in San Francisco.

David Wang: Supported the Bit Camp Hackathon at the University of Maryland and also supported the NASA Space Apps Hackathon. Randall Arnold also supported the NASA Space Apps Challenge as attendees combined NASA datasets with hardware and/or software tools to develop innovative public services. Justin Lassen spoke and demoed about spatializing audio in virtual environments, as well as advocated for audio engineers and software platforms at ASCAP EXPO 2017. Justin also represented VR Audio at both the Intel booth and the Underminer Studios booth at VRLA 2017.

Harsh Verma: At Pinnacle 2017, Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Harsh spoke about how AI promises to transform society with a focus on digital transformation using AI, changes that AI and ML are ushering in that will help companies that embrace them and create barriers for those that don’t, and showed how businesses can get really excited about how AI can radically transform user experiences right now.

Jesse Banks focused this month’s lab meetup on assembly and mounting techniques as well as data and power architecture of Lumina Lab’s premiere art piece. Lilli Szafranski’s digital art piece, Stoicheia, was on display at Desert Hearts Festival held on the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation in California, smaller Stoicheia [Elements] were on display at the Bango! Roller Skate Party and Portland’s Design Week Open House. She also presented Stoicheia, talked about the technology used at the ProjectConnect: Launch Party and Fundraiser for startups.

Paul Langdon: At the 2017 Simsbury Makers Faire, Paul’s booth was located first thing as people entered the event which gave them a lot of traction and his team gave demos of the hardware meetups over the last year including Arduino 101* BLEbot and an Intel® Edison platform Weather Station. And at the monthly Hackster Hardware meetup he directed the group to build an AI and voice recognition device using Alexa voice service.

Tim & Alex Porter: Published Juicy RealSense Life Scaled EnVRonments project to Intel® Developer Mesh; a concept to take advantage of the MSI VR One Backpack*.  At VRLA, they had a booth and demoed their Virtual Engagement for Confronting Fears-Heights; one of the only demos to focus on non-game VR. Tim also continues to dominate with his VoiceStorm activity maintaining his leaderboard status with nearly 500 shares and 68k impressions. They also published two articles on IDZ: VR Optimization Tips from Underminer Studios and Using Underminer Studio’s MR Configurator to Make Mixed Reality VR videos.

Johnny Chan: Published a snapshot of a simple Neural Network Visualization to drive interest on AI, Published a blog post illustrating functional programming syntax similarities between Python and JavaScript. Also, in an effort to drive motivation on continual education and machine learning, Johnny, shared via social media that he had completed the 11-week Stanford Machine Learning Certification in just 11 days.

Lorenzo Karavania gave a talk about Genuino 101* and its capabilities at L’Aquila IoT Day 2017. Matteo Valoriani gave a lecture introducing IoT programming with Genuino 101* and Arduino 101* for design students at the Politecnico di Milano. Michael Schloh trained a group of IoT enthusiasts using a variety of Intel hardware and software at the Mobilcamp Conference in Dresden. Salvino Fidacaro gave speakerships GDG Nebrodi Meetup on How to make a cultural website and Tips for using the web to think about the future. Silviu-Tudor Serban demoed on Inte® Graphics Performance Analyzers (Intel® GPA), Project Helios, and Aurora Virtual Assistant at the Intel Buzz Workshop in London. Zayen Chagra consistently holds the second place spot on the all-time leaderboard in VoiceStorm with over 450 shares and 52k impressions last month. 

Maksim Masalski: Held a CodeWheels competition at TIBO 2017, spoke at an IT Holidays conference for school students on how to use educational software and robot “RoboRover M1 Education” (with the Intel® Curie inside) to teach students robotics. Marco Minerva gave a talk on Microsoft* Cognitive Services and how to use them to build apps that are able to ‘see’ the world at DotNetLiguiria Workshop and at IoT & RealTime Day 2017 in Pisa. Also, at the Pisa event and for the Global Azure Bootcamp, Marco gave a presentation on Microsoft Translator Text & Speech APIs and how to use them to create a real-time translation device with Windows 10 IoT Core* running on the Intel® Joule platform.


Alfred Ongere: Introduced Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning in general to 69 developers and students at the Technical University of Kenya.

Andy Rosales Elias: Published a tutorial on how to implement the K-Nearest Neighbor algorithm to recognize temperature values in camera traps.

Antony Kariuki: Created a Bot for Facebook Messenger to assist with the upcoming Elections in Kenya this coming August.

Pallab Paul: Published Face It, a mobile application that uses computer vision and artificially intelligent software to recommend hair and beard styles for men.

Ramy Mounir: Posted an Early Innovation concept, ZeroG VR, to use create a virtual reality game to work inside a chamber with zero gravitational force to better train our astronauts. 

Want to learn more about the Intel® Software Innovator Program?

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