Intel® Black Belt Software Developers, Intel® Software Innovators, & Intel® Student Ambassadors: June 2017

Intel® Developers and Innovators 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.


Codemotion Amsterdam: Adam Milton-Barker & Akis Kourtis Michael-Alexandros worked booths, Matteo Valoriani did training and had a booth on gaming, Michele Tameni had a booth and did training on AI, and Narenda Wicaksono gave a lightning talk to developers on tips and tricks on how to pursue their dream products.

BEKRAF Developer Day - Bali: Adrianus Yoza Aprilio held a Teacher Enablement Workshop, Frida Dwi Iswantoro gave a gaming speakerhip, Ibnu Sina Wardy gave an IoT speakership, Monalisa Arcelia helped to host the event. Rendra Toro gave two speakerships, one on how to learn and implement Machine Learning (ML) and the other on ML in regards to TensorFlow*, IoT, and Android* of Things. Sidiq Permana and Sofian Hadiwijaya gave two speakerships each on AI and IoT respectively.

Intel Google I/O Day Zero Party: Cyrus Lum’s Clever Robot Labs gave an innovative demo showcasing real time scanning and revisualization of an environment to a virtual one instantly using Google Tango technology. Paul Langdon’s smart mirror is a “calm technology” home hub for integrating information into your house that utilizes AI to present relevant data to the correct user as they approach the mirror. Jameson Detweiler demoed the spatial manager app for Google* Tango that makes it easy to create 3D point cloud maps of any place in the world. Read more about the demos here.

Google I/O Extended Italy: Fabrizio Lapiello gave a demo session on the Intel® Edison platform and its features in which he showed a small example of how he integrated it for monitoring an aloe tree. Salvino Fidacaro gave a training on the Virtual Reality increases with Intel.

PyCon: Karl Fezer game demos, followed by 4 days of sprints where interested developers learned about Mycroft and helped them with core features. Daniel Whitenack gave demos at the startup showcase at the Pachyderm booth and also gave a lightning talk where he deployed a distributed edge detection pipeline on a kubernetes cluster.


Christopher Price gave a demo at the Intel Google I/O Day Zero Party on the Android* Auto aftermarket demonstrating how Intel Atom® platform’s embedded solutions can quickly and affordably deliver Android* Auto to millions of existing cars.

Abhishek Nandy spoke at Sillycon 2017, gave the orientation talk and a speakership at AI & Cognitive Service Meetup, and also spoke about Reinforcement Learning Using PyDAAL at Open AI.

Andre Carlucci shared his latest project, a smart mirror, on his blog. Aulia Faqih spoke on AI at Bekraf Developer Day in Bali. Avirup Basu published a book on Intel Edison Projects, which can be found here.

Martin Foertsch & Thomas Endres showcased their Avatar telepresence system using the Nao* robot, Oculus* Rift, Intel® RealSense™ camera and Intel® IoT Gateway as well as Genuino 101* technology at TU Prime and at Pyramid Showcase.

Marco Dal Pino had a booth showcase and demo of the project See4Me based on Intel® Joule™ board and Intel® Commercial IoT Gateway at Microsoft Build. He also gave a speakership at Hack-cessibility on how to give a human feel to your app.


Asia Pacific

Adam Ardisasmita gave a talk about best practices in VR and AR to inspire developers on building the next generation of digital media for all audiences, including a demo about the Extended Reality application. He also gave a workshop on making AR/VR games using Google* Tango for more in depth technical audiences. Adam also gave a talk and had a booth at Lange Nacht Der Ideen in Berlin to showcase his game and gave a guest lecture at the University of Indonesia. He also did a YouTube video update about what he learned regarding the gaming industry, trends, and technology from his visit to Germany.

Rishabh Banga provided one-on-one mentoring of a student from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (Department of Cyber Security Research) on Intel® Galileo development board with a focus on IoT security and how to get started with the Intel® IoT Gateway on the Linux* platform.

Pablo Farias Navarro’sComplete Mobile Game Development Course – Platinum Edition, a 30 hour course that teaches cross-platform 2D game development using Phaser* had 88 enrollments. His Complete VR Game Development Course, a 15 hour online course teaching VR game development with Unity* had 85 enrollments. He also created a new online video course on how to create basic VR games and build them for all current VR platforms; this free 2-hour course is created to provide an entry-level guide to people wanting to build VR games with Unity.

Rupam Das, and his Acculi Labs, won first prize at the ICICI Appathon 2017  or their scalable rural healthcare solution called Lyfas which aimed at providing easy medical underwriting for insurance companies in rural areas.

Frida Dwi Iswantoro gave a gaming speakership at Bengkel GameLan, and did a training at Art Games Game Jam. Manisha Biswas gave a demo on the IoT Intel® Edison board at the IoT Meetup and gave a lightning talk on Intel IoT architecture and future aspects at the IoT Buzz Talk in Kolkata. Avirup Basu spoke on AI at the Innovation Cluster Lab. Pooja Baraskar gave a training on IoT with IBM* Watson. Prajyot Mainkar gave a hands-on demo on Intel’s IoT Awareness program with the Intel® Edison platform at the Intel Mashup Meetup. Sanju Matthew did an all-day mentoring session on IoT in Trivandrum. Sourav Lahoti gave a speakership on AI at the C# Corner Meetup in Kolkata.


Alice Mo, Sheng Ding, and Xu Fu had a gaming booth at Unite 2017 in Shanghai.


Maksim Masalski attended Roboticon, a specialized exhibition of robotics and innovative technologies in Belarus, where he held a CodeWheels competition, gave a speakership on How to Build IoT Commercial Products, and gave a demo on M-Robot, his educational robots based on Intel® Curie™ module. At both the Minsk FinTech Conference and Maker Faire Kyiv he had a booth where he presented M-Robot, his educational robots for kids and students.

Matteo Valoriani gave a speakership on the Future is Today where he presented the evolution of computational power of CPU and how VR/AR change our way to work at International Implantology Week and at Expo Dental Meeting.

Silviu-Tudor Serban gave a keynote on changing the world with AI and IoT, also was on a panel for software developers in a robotic future & programming ethics at Dev Talks Cluj in Romania. Diana Ilina gave a training on opportunities with the Intel® Joule platform. Johnny Chan helped update the GitHub* lecture notes for a Stanford AI course. Johnny also published a blog tutorials on How to Import TensorFlow from Python Console, Jupyter Console / qtconsole / notebook, and ipython notebookPython NumPy Advance Element Selection Trick – Slice and Jump and shared notes and tips on installing the Nvidia CUDA toolkit to Ubuntu for ease of deep learning activities running on GPU.

Nader Rahman demoed his project at the ESPRIT Project Ball where more than 500 students of all ages presented the projects they realized during the academic year. Nader wrote an article on Installing Node.JS on the Intel Galileo Board, as well as published three projects to Intel Developer Mesh: D-Box, an Intel Edison board based solution that allows you to manage your downloads remotely using a web and mobile application to distant storage support; Floki Studio, a user friendly interface for children to practice solving problems using IoT; and Smart City, a model of a smart city based on Intel IoT technologies including the Intel Edison board and Genuino 101 controlled by a mobile application to provide functionalities to the citizens of the smart city.

North America

Tim & Alex Porter attended the 3rd year of Collision Conference and debuted their virtual reality therapy work with IDEGO in the Alpha track and then were accepted to the PITCH competition where they were able to present to a panel of judges and an audience to talk about their product and the therapeutic use cases for VR. At the 3-day Consumer Virtual Reality Show in Vancouver, BC, the Porter’s demoed their Virtual Engagements: Confronting Fears/Heights and Tim also participated on a panel speaking about Medical VR. At the Austin Game Dev Showcase they showcased the newest version of their Virtual Reality Therapy Demo. Using the MSI VR-One Backpack, they sent users through each level of a random calm world; one of the only non-gaming VR applications there.

Daniel Whitenack gave a main stage talk at the Chicago Data Science Conference about reproducibility in the context of data science and machine learning and gave a talk about reproducibility, provenance and distributed machine learning pipelines at the PyData Ann Arbor meetup. At the Open Data Science Conference East he gave a talk on reproducibility in the context of data science and highlighted the importance of reproducibility and how to achieve reproducibility when building machine learning pipelines. Daniel also recorded a podcast with Rajib Bahar in which they discuss machine learning pipelines, data versioning, Go, and more.

Mike DiGiovanni gave Isobar employees a high level introduction into VR development with Unity* at the Isobar Nowlab Hackathon Workshop Series. Erica Tiberia demoed the NASA Centennial Challenges experiences and how they impact her maker education strategies and techniques, using the Intel® Compute Stick and Arduino 101* board at the MakerFaire Bay Area. Paul Langdon taught two 3-hour hands on labs on the Intel® Commercial IoT Gateway for the IoT Developer Hub and discussed voice services running on Intel® NUC at the monthly Hackster Meetup. Jesse Banks & Lilli Szafranski held their weekly Lumina Lab Night. Also, their project Stoicheia was on public display at the SOAK art festival, as well as another small festival, and their interview with the Oregon Art Beat was aired.

Peter Ma exhibited the current version of Grindbit at Silicon Valley Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fair (SVIEF) in Chengdu, China to startups, investors, manufacturers, and other entrepreneurs. Grindbit received quite a bit of attention and was invited for their InnoSTARS Silicon Valley Pitch event. Peter also participated in the unique hackathon: HackHorizon, which consisted of spending the night at a hotel in Hong Kong, traveling through Hong Kong International Airport doing market research with real customers, flying British Airways to London where they validated their ideas with passengers at Heathrow Airport before traveling to the London Transport Museum to pitch their ideas that solved genuine challenges faced in international travel. Peter’s team came up with the idea of “Lounge Buddies” which is like couch surfing for lounge passes at airports, and their idea drew a lot of interest from the director of British Airways to the chairman of Flio. In addition, Peter also published two projects on Intel® Developer Mesh: Anti-Snoozer, a facial detection system for when people are falling asleep at the wheel; and Vehicle Rear Vision, instructions on building out a vehicle rear camera using the Intel® RealSense™ camera and the Intel® Joule platform.

Randall Arnold instructed Hackwars 4 attendees on the setup and use of the Intel® NUC Gateway; providing I/O devices and general network setup. Ritik Patnaik published his project on Intel® Developer Mesh, the Edison Vein ID System; a low-cost Intel® Edison board powered user authentication system that uses an individual’s unique finger-vein pattern. Ron Evans published the latest release of Gobot v1.5. Gobot is the leading framework for IoT, robotics, and drones written in the Go programming language and the latest version improves support for the Intel® Joule and Intel® Edison boards. The release was also featured in a blog post in Golang Weekly, the largest Go programming email newsletter. Stacy Devino was part of the Google I/O Women in Android panel discussion on I/O and the future of Android* in everything from AI to IoT.

Harsh Verma gave an ACM Distinguished Speaker talk at Human Compute Interaction presenting the opportunities of IoT and avenues for HCI in future applications.

Hillary Predo and Lindy Wilkins of Little Dada gave a demo on the future of retail at both InStore and at the OCE Discovery Exhibition where they exhibited Re:Familiar, the drone dress they created using Arduino 101*. When attendees viewed the display through a tablet, video of the dress on the runway would play, providing context and giving a more immersive experience.

South America

Pedro Kayatt gave a demonstration his VR games, The Rabbit Hole and 7VRWonders, using an Oculus* Touch setup in a booth and also gave a talk introducing the differences and the new equipment for Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, and Augmented Reality at the Developers Conference in Brazil. At Festival Path, Pedro had a booth showing their game, and he also was the moderator at a roundtable discussion with other professionals working with VR and AR and how this technology will change the way we play games.

Cristina Klippel Dominicini remotely presented her work “NFV Orchestration over a Fully Programmable SDN Infrastructure for Small Data Centers” at the Out of the Box Network Developers Meetup in Santa Clara. Arturo Jamaica gave an Android* demo at Querétaro La Salle Workshop. Marcelo Quinta gave a talk about career building in the mobile area and was coordinator of the Android* track at the Developers Conference in Brazil.


Alfred Ongere held an AI Workshop on Unraveling Intel Deep Learning SDK. Fredrik Prantare gave an Intel AI Academy Deep Learning Workshop in Sweden. Peter Szinger participated in the AI Garage meetup in Denmark. Karandeep Singh Dhillon published a project on Automatic Number Plate Recognition using CNN. Ngesa Marvin updated the Intel’s Deep Learning Training Tool Guide on his blog, and provided remedies to common installation problems relying on developers reports in his community. Yeser Meziani wrote a blog post on Machine Learning in Path Planning for Manipulators.

Emmanuel Faleye shared his latest project, Ubuntu Hello, on Intel® Developer Mesh, featuring facial recognition software to authenticate the user of the computer in Ubuntu. Jacob Dabrowski and Pallab Paul shared their Face It app on Intel® Developer Mesh. The mobile application uses computer vision to acquire data about a person’s facial structure, and uses AI software to recommend trendy haircuts and beard styles that complement each individual’s facial structure. Mzwakhe Besho his Robotractor project on Intel® Developer Mesh. The project is geared toward improving the farming and irrigation system of South Africa. 

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