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I am very energetic, compassionate, enthusiastic, very open-minded, very respectful to others and have an positive attitude and computer genius and an excellent blogger.

“Microsoft’s hackathon isn’t just about fixing the world’s problems”


Hi, everyone. A principle research designer who works at Microsoft, has her teams to create a three-day hackathon. Rosemary and her team are working at long tables covered with electronics, computers and snacks in one of the two 45,885-square foot tents set up for the meetups. The group is working tools to help people with poor eyesight play video games. Other teams are hacking together tools to help homeless shelters, cities and counties plan and respond to surging needs. Hackathons are now so popular they’ve become standard procedure inside the tech industry and outside of it too.

Facebook has hackathons, as does Google. NASA has a hackathon. C NET hosts are every year as well. Microsoft holds the largest private annual hackathon in the world during One Week, an annual gathering created to get everyone on the same page and inform their thinking in the year ahead. The hackathon is just one part of the week: there’s a science fair, and question-and-answer sessions with Microsoft’s leadership. It isn’t just an opportunity to faster collaboration between teams, members from the company’s engineering, finance, operations, and consumer divisions. The list of successful projects include Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller, a $99 device launching this year that helps disabled gamers play on the Xbox game console and Windows PCs.

There’s tech involved to help dyslexics read more easily, which has since been integrated into much of Microsoft’s software. “When we talk about our mission of empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, it can’t be just a set of words”, Satya Nadella. Another hackathon team created tech that let’s people control a wheelchair with their gaze. It’s been turned into an entire set of features on Microsoft’s Windows software powering hundreds of millions of PCs, including allowing you to log on your computer merely by looking at it.


Tech for Good:

Back inside the tent, one team is building technology to help people use their Xbox video game console to guide them through different types of therapy, such as recovering from sports injuries. For parents who might have to take their kids back and forth for visits, they don’t actually do a lot to exercises at home, and so they’re not the betterment of themselves,” said Megan Molley was normally work on Microsoft’s operations team but helping to lead this project.


“Advancing the future of AI: M12 and VC partners award $3.5 million to Innovate.AI winners”


Hi, everyone. M12, Microsoft’s venture fund set out a mission to uncover the most innovate startups harassing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to transform businesses and solve real-world challenges. Together with Madonna Venture Group, Norton and Vertex Ventures, we put a combined $3.5 millions in investment funding on the line to kick off Innovate.AI, a global startup competition would drive progress in AI and further Microsoft’s commitment to making AI accessible for all. Not only did Microsoft receive hundreds of submissions, the companies were all innovate, impactful and inspiring. Microsoft has worked to advance transformative power of AI, believing in its ability to accelerate human ingenuity and solve some of society’s most pressing challenges.

The hundreds of startups applied to Innovate.AI make it clear that the next generation of innovators is realizing this vision in ways anyone never could have imagined. In healthcare, startups are utilizing AI to create personal and mental health assistants and conducting drug research and diagnosis. In retail, computer vision is used to automatically recognize and tag items in images and video, enhance advertising and optimize shopping experiences. In financial services, machine learning is fueling research summarizes and insights that investment professionals can use to invest smarter and faster. In human resources, AI is helping to understand people’s strengths, skills and networks and property match them with jobs and schools. The number of use cases across industries is endless.


AI at the forefront of science and medicine:

More than 30 million people in the U.S. are living with cancer and or genetic disease. By integrating ribonucleic acid (RNA) splicing analytics and AI, Envisagenics aims to unlock previously inaccessible cures for hundreds of diseases caused by splicing errors. Envisagenics is a biotechnology company that applied AI to the genetic sequence of patients to discover new therapists. The company focuses on RNA splicing, a cellular process occurring in every call edits RNA to produce functional proteins required for our body to work.


Where the citizen’s voice is heard:

One of the most important measures of a city’s performances is through the feedback of its citizens. To solve this challenges, ZenCity has built an innovate application uses AI to analyze data from hundreds of thousands of public interactions, city hotlines and other communication channels to surface sentiment trends in real-time. The application provides an accurate citizen pulse on how they are viewing the city. City officials can interpret this data to drive more informed decisions that improve the lines of its people.


Anonymizing data with artificial intelligence:

With data privacy concerns on the rise, more and more companies are looking for partners can help them achieve the new European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance by anonymizing their data. Hazy is working to make a reality. Using any arbitrary structured data source, Hazy leverages deep learning algorithms with topological data analysis and knowledge representation technologies to accurately identify and classify personal and sensitive information.


Making speech recognition accessible to everyone:

Voiceitt’s mission is to make voice recognition technology available to everyone. Through a hybrid of unique statistical modeling and machine learning technologies in Microsoft Azure, Voiceitt will enable tens of millions of people to overcome communication barriers and helps them connect with the world. The company’s core mobile application is a hands-free voice recognition app enables face-to-face, real-time communicaton with everyone. In addition, the technology is designed for integration into smart homes, assistive and augmentative communications devices, and smart speakers.

“Microsoft AI and laughter converge at the National Comedy Center”


Hi, everyone. The National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York are using Microsoft AI to challenge each guest to see who can make the other crack a smile. Microsoft (AI) artificial intelligence technology from Azure Cognitive Services is the behind-the-scenes judge of whether a player’s joke gets a laugh. The fact that AI is being used in an exhibit at the nation’s finest museum dedicated to the culture of comedy. Mitra Azizirad, the corporate vice president for AI marketing at Microsoft said the Laugh Battle is an example of how AI is making an impact far beyond the technology industry.

Comedy leans into tech:

The Laugh Battle is one of more than 50 interactive exhibits at the National Comedy Center, which uses technology throughout to showcase the story, history, art and personalities of comedy. A computer program uses the answers to build a sense of humor profile is stored on a RFID chip that visitors wear on a bracelet a laugh band throughout their stay for a personalized experience. For example: an exhibit called the Comedy Continuum features a wall-to-wall touchscreen with a never-ending spider web of connections between artists, media and mediums that allows visitors to explore influences, histories and trajectories of the personalities, films and shows that match their sense of humor profile.

Enter the Laugh Battle:

The AI service includes a deep neural network trained on a data-set of more than 100,000 labeled photos to recognized a range of universal facial expressions that are linked to eight emotions including happiness and sadness as well as anger, contempt, disgust fear, neutral and surprise. “Across cultures, people smile the same way, they get angry the same way, they slow disgust the same way”, Cornelia Carapcea, a principal program manager on the Cognitive Services team. Another deep neural network in the Face API tracks facial landmarks such as the corners of the lips, which shift in-tell-take ways during laughter.

Off the Shelf Intelligence:

Gunderson and her staff at the National Comedy Center dreamed up the Laugh Battle in the early planning stages for the non-profit museum as way to give visitors are engaging and unique experience. The use of the Microsoft AI to power the experience clicked as a natural fit. “Microsoft are bringing AI into culture, into society, in a way that makes it fun for everybody”.

“M12 and VC partners commit $4 million to empower women entrepreneurs””M12 and VC partners commit $4 million to empower women entrepreneurs”urs/


Hi, everyone. Microsoft’s corporate venture fund, M12 joins forces with EQT Ventures and SVB Financial Group to launch the Female Founders Competition, a global startup contest to identify top female talent and accelerate access to capital for women entrepreneurs. Last year, female founders received just 2.2 percent of total global venture capital funding, and only 17 percent of all startups have at least are female founder, despite the fact that gender diversity on executive teams correlates  with  greater profitability and value creation. Last year, Microsoft launched their first      global startup competition, casting a wide net to uncover high-potential investments in  artificial intelligence. Applicants will compete for the opportunity to participate in a live pitch off this fall where they will present their ideas as a solution is solution is solving a critical business problem.

At Microsoft, diversity and inclusion are central to the culture they’re building. To achieve their mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more, they need to be a truer reflection of the planet we serve. The future of    the tech industry, and its more important authors won’t be these of us in the Fortune 500. Today is just one of many steps we’ll take to ensure the VC dollars reach the ideas and founders with incredible investment potential that too often get left behind. Submissions are new open through Sept 30, 2018 on the M12 website. Female founded-teams building for the enterprise are encouraged to apply diversity M12.

“From ‘Minecraft’ to mixed reality, Microsoft is preparing students for the future”


Hi, everyone. I was on LinkedIn and just hear that Microsoft is going to be preparing students for the future by using “Microsoft: Education Edition”. The research looked at the skills today’s kindergartners will need how teachers can best prepare them through their educational journey and the role that technology will play. The research highlighted several times, including a new focus on social skills and emotional competencies and an ongoing read for personalized learning. It identifies the shifts required to move from current educational models to student-centric approaches. The research also reinforced a continued focus on cognitive skills and identified variances between teachers and students priorities around technology the importance of creativity and feedback on social and emotional skills.


Supporting student achievement: 

Microsoft has a long-held commitment to empower every student to create the world of tomorrow and provide classroom tools that live up to the same high standards teachers set for their students. Accessibility features like dictation and text decoding features are helping students of all abilities improve reading, writing and comprehension. New approaches to learning, from mixed-reality applications to hands-on lesson plans, are providing students with rich, immersive experiences to spark their curiosity and creativity. The workshop’s Hacking STEM initiative provides low-cost, interactive STEM lesson plans for school students. The lessons enable students to solve real-world problems and be creative priorities identified in the new research by both students and teachers as critical skills for the future.


Powerful tools for immersive learning: 

Microsoft’s research suggests that mixed reality the combination of augmented and virtual reality helps students learn because it activates multiple areas of the brain while also giving them independence and opportunities to explore the worlds beyond the physical limits of the classroom. Microsoft’s Mixed Reality team has learn working to develop applications teachers can use to give students experiences allows them to interact with information in new ways. Research has shown that 3D technology can also improve learning and retention among students since visualization helps make compare topics more understandable.


Technology that engages the senses:

Technology has been part of the education landscape for decades, but has traditionally been used to automate processes or digitize content. Now, it is increasingly enabling learning in ways that blends the physical and digital universes, reflecting how students today interact with the world. Similarly, digital pens and inking are being used in classroom not just to restore the lost art of penmanship, but help students retain what they’re learning. Microsoft has built digital inking capabilities into various educational devices and apps, and the technology is being used in classrooms by both teachers and students.






“Microsoft and Amazon launch Alexa-Cortana public preview for Echo speakers and Windows 10 PCs”


Hi, everyone. I was on LinkedIn and just found out that Microsoft and Amazon are bringing Alexa and Cortana to all Echo speakers and Windows 10 users. The public preview bringing the most popular AI assistant on PCs together with the smart speaker with the largest U.S. market. Each of the assistants brings unique features to the table. Cortana, for example, can schedule a meeting with Outlook, create location-based reminders, or draw on LinkedIn to tell you about people in your next meeting. And  Alexa has more than 40,000 voice apps or skills make to tackle a broad range of use cases.

Many of the features common to both assistants like reminders, timers, or adding events to your calendar will be available through both Alexa and Cortana. The multi-assistant approach for Echo speakers and Windows 10 PCs makes Amazon and Microsoft different from rivals with a single virtual assistant, such as Siri in Apple’s HomePod, Bixby in the recently debuted Galaxy Home speaker, and Google Assistant in Google’s line of Home smart speakers. Microsoft and Amazon gave the world it’s first look at how Alexa on PCs and Cortana on Echo speakers will work in May at the Build developer conference in Seattle. Smart speakers with Cortana support include Echo, Echo Dot, Spot, Echo Plus, and Echo Show, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. Alexa will also be available on the Harmon Kardon Invoke smart speaker.

“Microsoft, Amazon release preview of Alexa and Cortana collaboration”


Hi, everyone. Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana are taking the next step in a collaboration announced last fall. U.S. customers who are interested in early access at the collaboration will be able to summon Cortana on Echo devices and enables Alexa on their Windows 10 PCs and Harmon Kardon Invoke speakers. The goal is have two integrated digital assistants who can carry out task across different dimensions of daily life at home or work, and on whatever device is most convenient. Currently, Cortana and Alexa can each be enabled a skill on the other.

An Office 365 customer could, for insane, ask Cortana to summon Alexa through a PC at work and use Alexa to order groceries or adjust the thermostat before heading home the day. And someone making breakfast in the kitchen could enlist Cortana through on Echo device to preview daily calendar, add an item to a to-do list or check for new emails before heading tot the office. These early users will be asked to engage with the new features and offer input: what they like, what they don’t like, what features they use the most. The experience will get better and more precise, more people use it, through customer input and additional data to improve underlying algorithms. Some features such as streaming music and setting alarms are not get available; but additional skills and devices will be integrated over time. Engineers will use feedback from the public preview to deepen the collaboration between Cortana and Alexa.

“Winning hackaton project is now helping millions of people worldwide to read and write”


Hi, everyone. I was just on LinkedIn and just found out that Garfield Preparatory Academy in Washington, D.C. is using a Surface Pro and discovered Microsoft Learning Tools, a set of free features created to help improve reading and writing, especially for people with learning disorders. Immersive Reader, the tool’s main feature allows users to have content read aloud to them, change text size and background color, break words into syllables, immersive space between letters, highlighted are or more lives of text and highlight parts of speech. The tools are being read across applications and platforms in more than 40 languages. Their remarkable growth, from an employee hackathon project less than three years ago to a solution now used by millions of teachers and students worldwide, has surprise even their creators.


“We had IP”:

One in five children in the U.S. have learning and attention issues such as dyslexia and deficit disorder, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, and up to 15 percent of Americans are thought to have dyslexia. Petty who joined Microsoft in 2014, was looking for ways to improve accessibility in Windows and saw an opportunity for reading assistance tools that could be into Microsoft technologies. He reached out to Microsoft’s Advanced Reading Technologies team and consulted with the groups’ research about what features would most help struggling readers. The team included engineers from Microsoft’s office had developed a prototype for a dyslexic made in One Note. The combined team created an extension for One Note that offered text formatting tools to make reading, writing and note taking easier. One Note Class Notebook, an app that allows teachers to collaborate with students and set up personalized work spaces in a combined digital notebook.

“How fast can you go?”:

After Immersive Reader launched in January 2016, Mike Tholfsen, principal product manager for Microsoft Education pushed to incorporated the functionality into as many apps, platforms and languages as possible, including One Note Class Notebooks. His passion for Immersive Reader was featured by the potential he saw for combining it with One Note Class Notebooks into a sort of supercharged digital content hub. “When you have a One Note Class Notebook and you put content in there, and you distribute it to students and then they can are Immersive Reader in a Class Notebook, for me that’s like utopia” he said . “And that’s the way a lot of teachers are experiencing it”.  “He helped support the project and he made space for us to finish it. There are a lot of hackathon projects that win, but sometimes the product don’t ship because there are too many other competing deliverable that the organization needs done finest”.

“Built in, not bolted on”:

In the months prior to the tool’s launch, Tholfsen began inviting to Skype calls where he would demo Learning Tools and get their feedback. Unlike other reading progress that are typically costly and can require schools to purchase individual licenses for each student, Immersive Reader is free and available across multiple platforms and applications, from Edge to Outlook and Word for Desktop, and One Note for Mac. There are plans to continue expanding Learning Tools to other Microsoft products, and efforts are underway to add more features based on feedback from teachers, students and reading experts. As Megiddo see it, making Learning Tools and Immersive Reader as broadly as possible is come to Microsoft’s mission at enabling every person and planet on the organization to achieve more.

“Where we see the impact these tools can have, it’s our responsibility and our duty to get them to as many people as possible”.



“Microsoft and National Geographic form AI for Earth Innovation Grant partnership”


Hi everyone. I was on LinkedIn that National Geographic is now partners to advance scientific exploration research environmental challenges with the power of artificial intelligence (AI). The newly created AI for Earth Innovation Grant program will provide award recipients with financial support, access to Microsoft cloud and AI tools, and affiliation with National Geographic Labs an initiative launched by National Geographic to accelerate trans-formative change and exponential solutions to the world’s biggest challenges by harassing data, technology and innovation. National Geographic is synonymous with science and exploration, and Microsoft founded a partner that is well-positioned to accelerated the pace of scientific research and new solutions to protect our natural world. Microsoft is constantly exploring the boundaries of what technology can do, what it can do for people and the world. Scaling the through National Geographic global network will create a whole new generation of explore who use AI to create a more sustainable future for the planet and everyone on it.

About the National Geographic Society:

The National Geographic Society is a leading non-profit that invests in bold people and trans-formative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. It’s goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good.

About Microsoft:

Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. It’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

“Facebook’s chief AI scientist says than Silicon Valley needs to work move closely with academia to build the future of artificial intelligence”


Hi everyone. I was on LinkedIn and just found out that Facebook’s AI scientist wants to build the future of Artificial Intelligence and academia. To make real progress, Facebook need the best, brightest and diverse minds to exchange ideas and build on each others work. According to Nature Index Science Inc. 2017, publications resulting from collaborations just among academics, but between academia and industry more than double from 12, 672 in 2012 to 25, 962 in 2016. The burgeoning dual-affiliation model-where academics actually work inside industry for actually while maintaining their academic position where possible not only technological advances like better speech recognition, image recognition, text understanding, and language translation system. Dual affiliation is a boon. It benefits not just the AI economy but individual academics both researchers and students.


The Economies of Industry-Academia Collaboration:

The dual affiliation model allows researchers to maximize their impact. Certain ideas only flourish in academia environments, while others can only be developed in industry where larger engineering teams and larger computing resources are available. Today’s world of fast-paced internet services deployment, owning IP has become considerably less important than turning research results into innovate products as quickly as possible and deploying them at scale.


Academia and AI:

So investment in basic researching industry, and the practice of open research, open-source software, together with a more relaxed attitude towards IP, have made industry- academia collaborations considerably easier and more fruitful than in the past. What drives technologies like AI is the speed of adoption by the general population, and what often controls that speed is the number and diversity of talented people who can apply themselves to the problem. Industry partnerships with academic institutions can help. They increase the net number of students who can be expertly trained in AI giving them the benefit of access to significant computing power and training data with the expectation only that they contribute to the field in the future.


Dual Affiliation, Exponential Progress:

For everyone academics, industry affiliation offers any number of benefits: resources in the form of compute power and funding more collaboration with others and the opportunity for immediate real-world application of research. In fact, fundamental research  really benefits when it is untethered from the resource hunt. The dual affiliation model lets academics control their own agenda timelines. They identify research trends in both academia and in industry, and act upon whichever most promising.