April 10, 2014 — Wolfram Blog Team
It probably comes as no surprise that Wolfram has been asked to participate in a number of hackathons recently, including the upcoming HackIllinois. There’s a natural fit between our pioneering, agile approach to technology development and the growing hackathon phenomenon, in which coders come together for a short but intensive time—either individually or in teams—to create new and unique software or hardware applications.
Last month while at SXSW 2014, Wolfram helped provide support for Slashathon, the first-ever music-focused hackathon. Hosted by Slash from Guns N’ Roses, the winning hack will be used to help release Slash’s new album. Wolfram provided mentoring for the competition in the form of onsite coding experts and technology access.
Also last month, Wolfram supported both hackBCA and HackPrinceton in New Jersey for high school and college students, respectively. In addition to having Wolfram programming experts available as mentors, Stephen Wolfram attended both of these events, where he spoke about the Wolfram Language and what the Wolfram technology stack is making possible.
At hackBCA, several projects made use of the Wolfram|Alpha API and the emerging Wolfram Cloud platform. We also saw some neat uses of Wolfram technologies at HackPrinceton. The Wolf Cocoa team developed a solution for making OS X apps by creating Wolfram Language bindings to the Objective-C runtime. Another group, Pokebble, used the Wolfram|Alpha API to enable users to play Pokémon on the wearable Pebble smart watch. And the third place overall software project winner, α-TeX, used the Wolfram Cloud to enable users to embed computed results into LATEX.
This weekend Wolfram is again going where the coders are. Which isn’t far, as HackIllinois—the first-ever student-run hackathon at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—will be happening right down the road from Wolfram’s headquarters. Over 1,000 college students from across the country will be converging on the UIUC campus to imagine, learn, and launch their latest ideas as mobile apps, web apps, or other software and hardware projects.
As an event sponsor, Wolfram will be on hand to give a tech talk and demo our technologies, and to provide other event support. We’re excited to see what the winning teams can produce in only 36 hours!
Whether for educational purposes or fully commercial applications, we’re glad to see hackathons catching on as a way to develop the next generation of cutting-edge programmers. Maybe we’ll see you or your students at future hackathons. In the meantime, happy coding!
February 10, 2014 — Crystal Fantry, Manager, Education Content
We are happy to announce the Mathematica Summer Camp 2014! This camp, for advanced high school students entering grades 11 or 12, will be held at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts July 6–18. If you are ready for two weeks of coding fun, apply now on our website. Students who attend the camp have a unique opportunity to work one-on-one with Wolfram mentors in order to build their very own project in Mathematica.
January 27, 2014 — Wolfram Blog Team
The country of Estonia has been racking up the accolades recently, receiving high praise for its stellar PISA scores, and recognition from the BBC News for its progressive, cutting-edge teaching practices. One of the many reasons for this is that Estonian primary schools have long been teaching students as young as seven and eight years old how to build robots, develop QR codes, and write computer programs. They are the pioneers of a growing movement to finally make computer science once again a core subject in K–12 classrooms. Innovative school districts worldwide, including Chicago Public Schools in the US, have recently begun to follow suit, incorporating computer science into the lesson plans of classes as early as primary school.
December 20, 2013 — Wolfram Blog Team
The 2013 Computer-Based Math™ Education Summit, one of the world’s pivotal forums for global math education reform, took place this past November 21–22 in New York City’s UNICEF Headquarters. Over 130 attendees gathered from across the globe and all aspects of education, including teachers, researchers, and policymakers, in order to tackle the changing landscape of primary and secondary school mathematics education worldwide.
December 19, 2013 — Wolfram Blog Team
For many years, Wolfram Research has promoted and supported initiatives that encourage computation, programming, and STEM education, and we are always thrilled when efforts are taken by others to do the same. As sponsors of organizations like Computer-Based Math™, which is working toward building a completely new math curriculum with computer-based computation at its heart, and the Mathematica Summer Camp, where high school students with limited programming experience learn to code using Mathematica, we’re probably more acutely aware than most of how important programming is in schools today.
November 11, 2013 — Abigail Nussey, Wolfram Science Summer School Event Director
Applications are now open for the 2014 Wolfram Science Summer School, the twelfth year it’s been held. Over my six years of participation in the school (as Event Director, student, and instructor), I’ve met a lot of people from all over the world, seen a lot of interesting projects (many of which turned into theses, papers, and products), and worked on my own projects as well. Some of my favorite student projects over the years have been in economics, medicine, finance, and music.
November 6, 2013 — Wolfram Blog Team
Last month, students in the midterm review session of Harvard’s Math 21a class received a lesson in Mathematica they would not soon forget. Professor Oliver Knill coded a 3D-animated Miley Cyrus swinging on a wrecking ball to the beat of her song (by the same name). Knill used the same principles of mathematics that his class was reviewing for the midterm—and now he just may be the coolest professor ever.
September 18, 2013 — Todd Rowland, Academic Director, Wolfram Science Summer School
The Wolfram Science Summer School is an intense three-week course that furthers people’s careers by teaching them the ideas and methods used by Stephen Wolfram and his advanced research team.
September 3, 2013 — The Summer 2013 Wolfram Interns
Each summer a group of interns arrives at Wolfram Research to work on a host of exciting projects that not only prepare them for their future careers, but also give them the opportunity to make some great contributions to Wolfram technologies. One such contribution this year was the “Fun Curves” project for Wolfram|Alpha that took drawings of famous cartoon characters and turned them into mathematical equations.
August 23, 2013 — Adriana O'Brien, Junior Business Development Associate, Partnerships
The Wolfram Education Team is going all over the United States and even online this fall semester. We are excited to demonstrate new advances in Wolfram technologies and their applications in the classroom.