August 2017 Update: Intel Developers and Innovators

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.


Abhishek Nandy gave an introduction to TensorFlow* on Intel® architecture, gave a discussion on Artificial Intelligence (AI) introduction to Intel® AI tools, gave an Intel® AI training, and also an Intel® IoT Commercial Workshop. Gaston Hillar did a hands-on training lab in Montevideo about modern code and vectorization with Intel® tools. 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 both Java* Forum Stuttgart and LMU Branchentreff. Ylian Saint-Hilaire published the first beta version of MeshCentral2, a fully web based remote manageability solution.


Asia Pacific

Bekraf Developer Day Palembang: Adam Ardisasmita talked about what it takes to make a successful game and the challenge in making an indie game development company. Frida Dwi Iswantoro spoke to young developers about game development and the industry. Sofian Hadiwijaya spoke about Internet of Things (IoT), Monalisa Arcelia provided information on Virtual Reality (VR), AI, and gave an introduction on IoT. Narenda Wicaksono talked about being a successful local developer. Rendra Toro spoke about TensorFlow and how to embed it on Android or other smaller devices and ways to optimize it for mobile apps. Adrianus Yoza Aprilio taught teachers for Android* and IoT.

Adam Ardisasmita participated in the Goethe Institute Sharing Session where he talked about the latest game tech & trends, about how Indonesia can keep up with the future of the gaming industry. Frida Dwi Iswantoro demoed at Bekraf Game Prime, an annual event for game developers, game industry practitioners, and key people in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Ibnu Sina Wardy spoke about how to use Google Cast* SDK and Google* Assistant on Raspberry Pi at the Google I/O Extended in Bogor.

Manisha Biswas spoke at Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Women in Engineering (IEEE WIE) Leadership Summit about the innovator program and Intel technologies, and gave a working demo on linear regression with Intel optimized Python. At the Goa College of Engineering she spoke on the basics of machine learning and at the Nasscom Startup to help women get started with IoT and basics of machine learning. Manisha also held her monthly Women in Technology, Kolkata meetup event.

Sofian Hadiwijaya spoke at the Data Science Indonesia Meetup, Compfest UI, and the Seminar Internet of Things. Pablo Farias Navarro’sIntro to VR Game had 212 new enrollments, and The Complete Virtual Reality Game Development Course had 209 new enrollments. At the Brisbane Virtual Reality Club demoed his VR mini-games.

Pooja Baraskar met up with IoT developers and startups at the Chennai IoT Group Meetup to discuss their projects, support their issues, and discuss the road map for the group. Adrianus Yoza Aprilio spoke at about what’s new in Android and TensorFlow. Prajyot Mainkar gave a demo and talk at the July Intel meetup in Goa. 

At GDG Depok I/O Extended, Rendra Toro got the audience excited about how far we can explore and use machine learning in our daily lives. He also did a TensorFlow Workshop at SMK Adi Sanggoro in Bogor where they installed TensorFlow and optimized it to be able to transfer for embedded devices. At Disrupt Kerala, Sanju Matthew gave a session on “Affordable Bionics Was Never a Myth” which focused on a bionic hand built on Intel® Edison and Intel® Curie™ modules.

North America

He also pitched and demoed Grindbit, as well as talked about the Intel® Software Innovator program and the Intel® Curie™ board, at CHINAOCS 2017. And at the hackathon, they received second place out of 21 teams for the Air Quality License Plate.

Chris Matthieu participated in the BattleBot competition, using Intel® tinyTILE microcontrollers, at the NodeBots Hackathon. At the IoT Hackathon and Workshop in Noida, India, Harsh Verma gave a discussion on new IoT technologies including the Intel® NUC, Bluetooth*, Industrial IoT, Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), Open CV, Facial Recognition, Node-Red, AI and machine learning (ML), Intel® Nervana™ platform, TensorFlow*, Intel® Global IoT DevFest, development of projects and dashboards for demonstrations. Harsh also gave a talk, organized by SIIA, on deciphering IoT.

Justin Lassen did a live PC build of a $10k VR workstation with Intel and Nvidia*, with a voice interview during the stream that was simultaneously hosted by Intel, Puget Systems, Nvidia, and other YouTube celebrity channels. They had 115k views of the twitch stream.

Lilli Szafranski’s Stoicheia [ELEMENTS] on display at Oregon Country Fair, Northwest String Summit, and the Shift Festival. She also hosted Lumina Labs “Bling your Thing” open lab night. Macy Kuang did a video on the Best SDK for cross platform mobile apps. Paul Langdon published his IoT Analytics Gateway project on Mesh. It utilizes a “serverless framework” to efficiently collect anonymous sensor and usage data from over 20k connected devices. A video of Paul’s presentation on the Intel® IoT Gateway from the Intel® Global IoT DevFest is now available. At the July Hackster meetup the featured project was a connected Koozie*, an IoT project using Intel® tinyTILE and Octoblu*.

At TEDx Fountain Hills – Ideas on the Runway, Moheeb Zara spoke on how fashion and technology are coming together and what resources are out there. Rose Day published her Environmental Analyzer for Migraines project on Mesh, which uses an IoT sensor device and application for reading room data to analyze migraines in terms of the environment. Ron Evans gave the keynote speech on the IoT Stage, including a live demo featuring the Intel® Commercial IoT Gateway, at the Campus Party Mexico City. And this was his 3rd year organizing the Gophercon hardware hacking community day where 250+ people shared the 150 hardware kits provided by Intel.

At Angel Hack, Tim & Alex Porter created Project Snip Snip which uses Augmented Reality (AR) to check out different hair styles while you wait for your turn. They taught high school students about AR and VR tech in unity and how to build games at week-long Hello World. They also spoke about their experiences in the industry and how their specific skills lend itself to disruption at VR Voice: Games and Entertainment Extravaganza. Tim & Alex also attended the ExpeditionHacks Hackathon Series in Austin where they designed a solution, ManuVRing Data, which can use geographic information system (GIS), imagery information and other big data sources to shape a better future with a real world impact.

Daniel Whitnack was the main organizer for the Code for the Kingdom Hackathon in Chicago, taught a full day data analysis, machine learning, and data pipelining workshop at GopherCon, and also organized and spoke at a data science focused room during the GopherCon community day.


Fabrizio Lapiello shared two projects this month using shared sensor networks. The first, Shared Sensor Network for Vehicles and Smart Roads utilizes a large network with mobile sensor nodes installed inside cars which are connected together. The second, Safety Sensors Network on Ships is designed with a sensor network monitoring livable rooms for safety, health, well-being, and comfort onboard for the crew and passengers.

Johnny Chan submitted a stackoverflow solution on video pre-processing (with Python and Numpy) for Neural Net training, which was accepted and up-voted. He also explained a python algorithm via code samples on Stackoverlow, the solution was accepted, and viewed 50 times in 10 days. Johnny also documented  python sample code solution solving a deeply nested list problem. He also reached a milestone with his tech blog which turned three years old and has been visited by 100K+ people from 180 countries around the world, and with 570K page views. Kosta Popov’svideo of Cappasity’s* 3D capturing software for mobile devices. Liang Wang received publicity for her Owl project. At IEE NETSOFT Marco Spaziani spoke on networking at Bologna University.

Maksim Masalski launched his RoboCat project, an educational toy-robot for children intended for use in primary and middle schools, powered by the Intel Curie. Michele Tameni at Europython 2017, Michele talked about Python* internal and what Intel was doing in the Python worlk. Matteo Valoriani demoed a mixed reality experience at WWF UnderWater. Paolo Moro held an Arduino programming lab to teach 30 Bulgarian students of an electro-technical institute through guided programming exercises.

Silviu-Tudor Serban talked about his work with AI, TensorFlow, and Deep Learning on the CPU, Intel’s® Deep Learning Training Tool, Intel distribution for Python and Intel® Math Kernel Library at the Machine Intelligence Summit (MIS) in Berlin. Justin Shenk posted about his project, Genre-melody creation with deep learning, which uses deep learning with TensorFlow to train (Long short-term memory) LSTMs to create melodies matching various genres. Zayen Chagra’s latest project is the Feng Fu Pillow which relieves neck pain and gives a strong impulse of life thanks to Chinese traditional medicine concepts.

South America

At the San Paulo Virtual Reality (SPVR) meetup, Pedro Kayatt gave insights of the Future of Virtual Reality and how to achieve performance when developing to it and also demoed sessions with two Oculus* Rift CV1 and showed some standalone VR headsets. Pedro coordinated the entire virtual reality track at The Developer Conference.

Arturo Jamaica taught students at the Universidad Politecnica de Santa Rosa Juaregui about new techniques for optimizing apps using reactive programming. Marcelo Quinta mentored startups from all over the word, helping with tech and UX at Google Launchpad Space. Ubiratan Soares spoke about the evolution of architectural app design on Android, for applications powered by reactive programing/RxJava at the Android track of The Developers Conference.


Angelo Qiao acted as a technical mentor at the China-US Young Maker Competition and helped people dealing with problems on the Intel® Edison board, Intel® Joule™ module, LattePanda, and Intel® RealSense™ camera.


At the Computer Vision Pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR) in Hawaii, Arun Srivasta Ramesh talked about AI, Nikhil Murthy discussed a consulting project that he has been a part of using skip-thought vectors where sentences that share semantic and syntactic properties are mapped to similar vectors, training an end-to-end deep neural network for topical analysis. He also volunteered at the Intel booth and demoed Intel’s deep learning hardware and software solutions. At CVPR, videos were recorded where Pallab Paul talked about the Face It Application, Panuwat Janwattanapong discusses his Functional Connectivity of Epileptic Brains, and Srivignessh explains his Sensor Fingerprint for mobile identity.

Alfred Ongere spoke at the first GDG Nairobi IoT meetup in Nairobi, he talked about IoT in the present market and the building blocks of a successful IoT system while stressing the use of the Intel® Galileo and Intel® Edison boards as preferable for prototyping. He showcased his project which uses ultrasonic sensors to make level measurements of containers and to send it to the internet for alternative purposes.

Bruna Pearson shared her UAV Autonomous Flight in Cluttered Environments project. Edwin Williams worked on iSC, a self-driving drone through the USC campus and involved summer camps to view the work done. Ngesa Marvin gave a talk on IoT, AI, and embedded AI at the IoT Meetup Nairobi. Pierce Kalambay held a webinar series to learn about IoT. Dinesh Daultani published a post on Stock Predictions through News Sentiment Analysis. Pallab Paul wrote up a week 6 and updates on the Face It application. Vaibhav Amit Patel published two projects to Mesh: Plant Disease Classification from leaves using CNN and Tone mapping. Peter Szinger began working on a short tutorial/overview of data science and AI and hopes to have that available publically soon.

Chris Barsolai shared his Font Finder project on Mesh, the project aims to assist designers in type font identification by using image optical character recognition (OCR) to intelligently recognize and identify fonts used on physical print material or natural scene images, all with the use of a smartphone camera. Sachin Waghmode attended the Out-of-the-Box Network Developers meetup to celebrate OpenStack’s 7th birthday where the process of building your own OpenStack* cloud to run IoT devices was explained during a hands-on lab.

Want to learn more?

You can read about our innovator updates, get the full Innovator program overview, meet the innovators and learn more about innovator benefits. We also encourage you to learn more about our Black Belt Software Developer program as well as our Student Ambassador program. Also check out Developer Mesh to learn more about the various projects that our community of innovators are working on.

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