Sessions

Phoenix Mobile & Emerging Tech Festival

September 23rd at ASU Memorial Union 
Sponsored by HERE

Location Services 101

J. Michael Palermo IV

Learn why “location, location, location” has even more meaning for developers. Get a crash course on location service terminology, and see how easy it is to start integrating location services into your projects.


Product Development through Design Thinking

Jonathan Cottrell

Design Thinking uses a very unique approach towards product development. It starts with engaging the users early on and evolves into evangelizing their product within a few hours. There is a very high hit ratio with how product is developed through Design Thinking and we shall use some real life examples to demonstrate how we have built product that was expected to take years in only a few months.


Trimble Mixed Reality – Transforming the AECO Industry with VR, AR, and MR

Jordan Lawver

Trimble is leading the pack in developing mixed reality solutions for architecture, heavy civil and buildings construction, facilities management, mining, and fleet management. This session will introduce you to Trimble, our mixed reality initiatives and partnerships, and the ways in which we are leveraging this technology in the market today.


AI – Chatbot

Shekhar Vemuri


IoT Prototyping with Node.js and Firebase

Jen Tong

Firebase and Google Cloud Platform together help developers build extraordinary mobile and web apps. In this session, Jen Tong will craft an Android app live on stage in Kotlin. Then, Jen will extend this app with Google Cloud Platform APIs and Cloud Functions.

You’ll experience firsthand how easy it is to build with Firebase and Google Cloud Platform.


Kotlin – The future of Android

DJ Rausch

Kotlin, the newest officially supported language for Android. We’ll go over what makes it different than Java and the great features it offers. Also, we will preview the future of Kotlin in regards to cross platform code, JS and Native (iOS, Linux, Windows, etc)


The future is here – AI and AR

Hari Gottipati

AI and AR are the two biggest tech things that are advancing faster than you could imagine and shaping the world to be a better place than ever before. The impact on us is going to be astronomical and will change our life styles completely. This talk will take you through the AI/AR advancements with the real life use cases such as talking to the dead using AI, a movie script written by an algorithm, a trailer cut by a program, a software identifying rogue employees before they actually astray, an app that detects the objects around you etc. This talk will also cover the cascading effect of AI on human beings.


Artificial Intelligence for everyone, even you

Jerry Nixon

We live inside Star Trek, where science fiction is science fact. Hardware, software, and data science have advanced to where we can finally look at artificial intelligence as a commodity, not the work of specialists in the field. Azure unlocks the path for advanced users, while normalized wrappers like Cognitive Services give developers & armchair scientists access to easy-to-use, easy-to-deploy, affordable solutions for everyday apps. In this session, let’s look at the approach of this new age and how to make the most with the skills you already have.


Using Internet of Things and Digital Transformation to Change Relationships with Customers at Arizona State University

Chris Richardson

This hour-long topic will provide an overview for how ASU is enabling change in the classroom (student experience) , the stadium (fan experience), and the staff support model (operational experience) for an ~100,000 student population. We will explore the types of solutions we are pursuing, how we’ve aligned differently to do so, and the challenges we have faced along the way.


Designing Data Dashboards

Brandon Mah and Giang Le – Prism

Data Dashboards are becoming increasingly important for enterprises who need to gather insights on their own data and react to it. Get an insight on how Prism Studios designs Data Dashboards to help such enterprises provide the information to users that need it. From wire-framing to information architecture, requirements gathering, and visual design, Prism Studios walk-through their process and showcase various dashboards that are being used today the high-tech industry.



Merging Realities

Adam Tuliper – Microsoft

Mixed Reality experiences are amongst some of the most amazing things to come about in computing in my lifetime. A mix of computer vision, sensors, and other advanced technology means we can now blend the physical and digitial worlds. This session explores the latest in Microsoft’s Mixed Reality spectrum. We’ll look at the HoloLens and its feature set and some very interesting use cases along with some live coding. Mixed reality doesn’t end there though with the HoloLens, as we explore the capabilities of the new out of the box Immersive headset functionality in Windows.


Machine Learning 101: Algorithms Explained

Crystal Taggart

What the heck is a Naive Bayes theorem and why do you care? The foundation of AI is mathematical analytics and statistics. This topic will cover an introduction to different Machine Learning algorithms (KNN, Naive Bayes, Regression, Decision Tree Classification and more) and things to know to get started.


State of Self Driving – Panel Discussion

Drena Kusari, Steve ThompsonAnjali Nennelli, Pranil Kanderi, J. Michael Palermo IV, Zach Ferres

The panel will talk about the current state and future of self driving cars


IoT – Why does it matter, and how does 5G work with it?

Alex Logvin
Many people have heard the catchphrases IoT and 5G, but what do they mean? What do they bring? Why should we care? When will we have access to this tech? I’ll discuss high level examples of IoT that we use today, and how 5G will fit into that picture.


The intersection of IoT and AR using a web browser.

Luis Montes

The modern web browser has become an incredibly fun developer toolbox. We can communicate with the Internet of Things, interface hardware directly, and use accelerated 3D graphics to create just about anything. Let’s stitch a few new APIs together and see what’s possible.


Deep Learning, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence in Application

Suhang Wang, Justin Sampson, and Tahora H. Nazer

Deep Learning, Machine Learning (ML), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are groundbreaking techniques with compelling results in several applications. Face recognition, music creation, text embedding, chat bots, and predicting events are among these applications. In this talk, we briefly introduce Deep Learning techniques and some of their applications; e.g. how chat bots use Deep Learning. Then we introduce different types of bots, systematic manipulation of discussions on social media by them, and possible solutions to it. Finally, we discuss exploiting ML and AI towards serving the communities in the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters.


Streaming, Monitoring, Analyzing, and Visualizing the real time IoT sensor data in mobile applications.

Srinivas Raju

This presentation covers the real time IoT sensor data streaming, monitoring, analysis, and visualization in mobile applications. This talk covers the cloud-connected IoT architectures and real time data streaming for connected person, home, and autonomous cars. This talk demonstrates a Kotlin-based Android application for monitoring real time IoT sensor data. This talk also covers the pros-and-cons of using Kotlin in Android application development.


Think. Say. Done. The Speed of Voice

Mark Tucker

An overview of the current voice landscape including Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana, and Siri. Discussion of voice commerce, the need for VUI designers and developers, and how to stay informed.


IoT Supercomputing

Chris Matthieu

Gartner estimates that there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020. Most of these computers, mobile devices, and IoT devices will be idle 80% of the time. While there is an ever increasing number of idle computers, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms will require an unprecedented increase in demand for computing resources.

I am developing a global neural network supercomputing platform that is capable of harnessing these idle CPUs and GPUs across the Internet, Edge Network, or even within your organization’s datacenter and desktops to turn your idle computers into a private supercomputer capable of performing massively parallel computations as well as AI and ML neural net computing.

I would like to walk you through what I believe is computing beyond the cloud…


iOS – CoreML

Michael Kral

Learn how to utilize machine learning in your apps. We will look into when, where, and why you should use machine learning in your iOS app and how to take an existing model and convert it to use in Xcode’s ML model format.


Intro to ARKit in iOS

Al Wold & Xidong Wang

We will give a brief introduction to using ARKit in iOS 11, and build a sample app to demonstrate some of its abilities.


GDPR and it’s impact on Emerging Technologies

Dan Clarke and Pete Mueller – Intraedge

GDPR is a global compliance standard for notifying consumers that data is being collected on them. Starting May 2018, GDPR will be mandatory for companies doing business in the EU or collecting data on EU citizens. GDPR is extra-territorial, applying to companies physically outside of the EU, and penalties are extremely steep including fines of 4% of revenue or $20 million and/or the suspension of EU credit card payments. The US FTC has at least tacitly endorsed GDPR, and many large US retailers believe that compliance for companies that have ANY presence in the EU requires full world-wide compliance. Even US-only retailers need to comply if they track as little as 5,000 EU citizens via credit card or loyalty data. Compliance is difficult, especially at the point of sale. A secure ledger of transactions along with a strong consumer facing data portal to allow each customer to access and review information is a key to any eventual audits.

The challenge of the ledger is to balance broad consumer accessibility, validation of non-mutability, and security. This is an ideal application for blockchain technology: inherently resistant to modification and yet accessible to anyone with appropriate credentials. IntraEdge has designed and developed key enabling technologies for such an implementation: extremely simple, yet very secure, for a retailer. The potential transaction volume of retail purchases required overcoming several technical challenges resulting in a specialized blockchain instance that balances the processing horsepower, resistance to attacks and throughput requirements. We expect this to be very broadly adopted.

To further simplify the overall solution for retailers, IntraEdge uses Intel’s Responsive Retail Platform to provide a drop-in platform for capturing POS transactions and transmitting them to the Cloud-based compliance engine. The Intel® Responsive Retail Platform is an end-to-end retail analytics-based solution designed to help ecosystem solution providers and retailers create and deploy innovative retail systems. The Intel® Responsive Retail Cloud Platform provides services for cloud applications with Near-real-time insight without putting customer privacy at risk. Other data can be combined, such as video, and quickly analyzed to provide a cohesive portrait of store activity and customer preferences.


Zero to App: Live coding a universal translator in Kotlin

Jen Tong

Firebase and Google Cloud Platform together help developers build extraordinary mobile and web apps. In this session, Jen Tong will craft an Android app live on stage in Kotlin. Then, Jen will extend this app with Google Cloud Platform APIs and Cloud Functions.

You’ll experience firsthand how easy it is to build with Firebase and Google Cloud Platform.


AI Video Analytics in IoT

Joe Mayberry – Intel

Exploring the new wave of knowledge derived from IoT solutions using AI based Video Analytics. What’s here today, coming tomorrow, and possible in the future.