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Hacking Away Down By the Bay

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By: Mackenzie Sedlak on September 30, 2015 at 12:40 PM

Held at San Francisco’s Pier 70, the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon drew hundreds of hackers, coders and designers from around the world to compete for various prizes. Sponsors watched as ambitious ideas brought passionate teams together to develop a buzzworthy app in under 24 hours. Our team of AlchemyAPI and Watson Developer Cloud engineers and developer evangelists were there to provide support (and tasty fuel) for hackers looking to incorporate cognitive APIs into their applications.

TechCrunch DIsrupt 2015

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Topics: Hackathons, User Stories

Getting Started with AlchemyAPI on Bluemix

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By: Zach Walchuk on September 28, 2015 at 11:59 AM

The AlchemyAPI suite of services is now available through IBM Bluemix, a platform as a service (PaaS) that gives developers all the tools they need to host and manage their smart applications. For the first time, you can now upgrade your AlchemyAPI account from the free plan without having to go through a sales representative. Here are some steps to follow when you are getting started:

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5 Ways the News API is Not Keyword Search

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By: Mackenzie Sedlak on September 23, 2015 at 8:30 PM

Remember the days when if you wanted to read the news, you had to purchase an actual newspaper? From the Wall Street Journal to the New York Times, notable news sources have moved their efforts from print to online. Nowadays, with a smartphone in hand, the news is at the tip of your fingers.

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Topics: Content Discovery & Recommendation

13 Tips to Apply Artificial Intelligence to Build Smarter Apps

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By: Dan Kehn on September 17, 2015 at 1:39 PM

If you’ve used applications like Siri, Pandora, or Netflix, you’ve seen how artificial intelligence improves your experience with personalized recommendations and smart assistants. Now, you too can learn how to put AI to work in your applications.

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Topics: Deep Learning & Machine Learning, Events

Breaking the Silos of Shopping Apps, Powered by Cognitive APIs

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By: Inder Singh on September 11, 2015 at 2:35 PM

The following developer story was written and submitted by developer and Alchemist, Inder Singh.

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Topics: User Stories

How to Make Satisfying Decisions that Meet Conflicting Goals

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By: Sonya Hansen on September 9, 2015 at 8:35 AM

Every single day, in business and personal life, we are faced with multiple conflicting goals. The predicament of making the right choice to meet those conflicting goals, can be extremely stressful. What makes consumers satisfied with their selections? What minimizes regrets and returns? One of the newest Watson services to become generally available to the public, Tradeoff Analytics, tackles these questions and helps users make better, more educated choices.

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Topics: Content Discovery & Recommendation, How-To, IBM Watson

10 Tips for Building a Winning App at Your Next Hackathon

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By: Mackenzie Sedlak on September 8, 2015 at 12:24 PM

Hack, Eat, Sleep, Repeat.
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Topics: Hackathons, How-To

Visualizing the News with AlchemyData News Service

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By: Steve Ross on September 4, 2015 at 12:45 PM

When the IBM Watson Cognitive Visualization Lab was setting out to develop new means of understanding and navigating large document corpora, the AlchemyData News service was a natural place to turn for our data source. Not only can it deliver all the latest news articles on any subject, but it can also provide the semantic metadata that we need to characterize and relate these articles. The News Explorer that we developed demonstrates some of what the Alchemy News API can do, and some of the ways that you can take advantage of the data that it provides.

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Topics: Content Discovery & Recommendation, User Stories

Techie Meets Trekkie - Denver API Trivia Night

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By: AlchemyAPI on September 2, 2015 at 11:28 AM

Imagine this.... Star Tech: The Final Frontier.

These are voyages of the starship Enterprise Developers. It’s been a 10+ year mission in the works. A mission to explore strange new worlds of software integration, DevOps processes, and applications built with intelligence... from beyond this galaxy. Together, we will seek out new composite applications and save monuments of time avoiding a  world of failed operations. The mission is to go boldly where no developer has gone before.

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Topics: Events

Resume Funnel: Using NLP to Hire Smarter

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By: Zach Walchuk on August 31, 2015 at 1:20 PM

Today I'm sharing an interview with Fady Abdel Malik. Fady is one of the creators of Resume Funnel, a hiring platform that uses NLP technology to better match job candidates with employers.

Tell me about your project

We built a portal for employers to make job postings that we call Resume Funnel. Job applicants can upload their resumes, which are processed with AlchemyAPI to extract entities and sub entities. Once the applicant’s resume has been processed, the employer can see a list of the uploaded resumes for the job posting, complete with a confidence score to show how well each resume matches.

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Topics: Natural Language Processing, User Stories, Application Development

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