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Seattle, WA /

Star Trek Bridge Crew: Artificial Intelligence in Virtual Reality with IBM...

Galvanize 111 S Jackson St , Seattle, (map)

IMPORTANT: Please register via Eventbrite. RSVP to this meetup does not guarantee entry. 

About the Event: 

Discover how with IBM Watson, you can virtually explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations,

and to boldly go where no one has gone before. During the meetup, Michael Ludden (Director of Product IBM Watson Developer Labs & AR/VR Labs) will discuss how by utilizing IBM Watson, the Star Trek: Bridge Crew virtual reality game applies an artificial intelligence platform with enabled voice commands.

IBM’s new “VR Speech Sandbox" (the software used to build the Star Trek: Bridge Crew feature,) is now available for all developers to adapt for their own VR applications and services. The Sandbox combines IBM’s Watson Unity software development kit with two services, Watson Speech to Text and Watson Conversation. Developers now have the opportunity to build new and innovative user interfaces, leveraging the power of voice interaction in virtual reality.

With IBM Watson’s interactive speech and cognitive capabilities, Star Trek: Bridge Crew will provide players the opportunity to use their voice and natural-language commands to interact with their virtual Starfleet crew members. This feature is part of a strategic partnership between IBM and Ubisoft.


6:00 pm - registration & networking

6:30 pm - Kickoff and intros

6:35 pm - Star Trek Bridge Crew: Artificial Intelligence in Virtual Reality

7:15 pm - Open Q&A

8:00 pm - event concludes

About the Speakers:

Michael Ludden is Director of Product at IBM’s Watson Developer Labs & AR/VR Labs. Previously, Michael was Developer Marketing Manager Lead at Google, Head of Developer Marketing at Samsung, a Developer Evangelist at HTC, Global Director of Developer Relations at startups Quixey & Nexmo, and was involved at various times in development, product management, marketing, co-founding startups, tech show hosting, and even cruise-ship singing (don’t ask). Michael has a degree from UCLA and is happy to share more about exciting developments in the exploding field of Artificial Intelligence.

John Cutter is a Product Manager for IBM’s AR/VR Labs and works with AR/VR developers to create developer tools powered by Watson. John believes immersive technology like virtual reality, augmented reality & mixed reality is the next major computing platform that will change everything about how humans perceive the world (and hopefully bring humanity a bit closer). John has worked at Google and recently partnered with Ubisoft to launch voice command & control in their VR game, Star Trek: Bridge Crew. He attended the University of San Diego and currently lives in Silicon Valley. Sponsored by Cognitive Builder: The purpose of the Cognitive Builder initiatives are to engage an innovative community of cognitive application builders and designers through multi-day events, collaborative space environments and an online education course, with the end-goal of integration IBM Watson and Data Science Experience tools in development processes. This experience is for developers interested in building on leading IBM technology, as well as business insiders wanting to stay ahead of the technology marketplace curve. Get more information here:

Cognitive Builder Faire

Craft a Data Product. A series of events hosted in global locations enabling attendees to learn new technology tools and apply these skills to become a data innovator. This forum will enable participants to engage with experts from leading research institutes and industry leaders to become the next-level application builder.

Cognitive Builder Space

Connect & Transform the Industry. Bringing together local experts with Galvanize and IBM technical leaders, the spaces will allow attendees to engage with the local data science community in a collaborative and design-focused environment to build cognitive products and applications on the Watson Cloud Platform.

Cognitive Builder Course

Become a Data Innovator. For developers interested in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, the curriculum will teach these skills and the practical application using Watson in a 4-week online course, averaging 7 online hours per week (28 total hours of content.) The course provides familiarity with cognitive technologies, their functions, and use cases with hands-on projects that simulate an on-the-job environment.




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