March 31, 2014 — Wolfram Blog Team

If you were one of the 72,000 highly energized people in Austin, Texas, earlier this month for the 2014 SXSW Music, Film, and Interactive Festival, you might have had the opportunity to connect with Stephen Wolfram and the Wolfram team at this year’s event. Known for showcasing cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, Stephen was invited by the SXSW committee to present a featured talk for the third year in a row.

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If you missed Stephen live in Austin—and even if you didn’t—the “speaker’s cut” of his featured talk, “Injecting Computation Everywhere,” was posted to his Blog last week. In it, Stephen presents his vision of a future where there is no distinction between code and data, and showcases the Wolfram Language through examples and demos using Wolfram Programming Cloud, Data Science Platform, and other upcoming Wolfram technologies.

Response to Stephen’s talk was overwhelmingly positive, as attendees were inspired and impressed by the possibilities of the Wolfram technology stack. Business Insider, Popular Science, and VentureBeat were just a few of the media outlets on hand to cover the event. In other favorable receptions: Immediately following his featured talk, a book signing of Stephen’s award-winning work, A New Kind of Science, was so well attended that the SXSW bookstore ran out of copies!

All this activity paved the way for interesting conversations in the Wolfram booth throughout the event, where attendees of every age and level had the opportunity to see the Wolfram Cloud and Wolfram Language in action, talk to Wolfram experts, and get hands-on experience with our technologies, including the Wolfram Language and Mathematica running on the Raspberry Pi.

SXSW booth

One of the most popular activities in the Wolfram booth at SXSW was “live-coding” with Stephen and other Wolfram team members. Some neat examples of these spontaneous coding demos—from color-mapping countries of the world by GDP and computing stock values over time, to webcam face detection and pop art creation—can be seen and discussed further in the online Wolfram Community.

And in a unique mashup, Rolling Stone captured the moment when computational genius met musical genius at Slashathon, the first-ever music-focused hackathon. The event was hosted by Slash from Guns N’ Roses, and Wolfram provided mentoring for the competition in the form of onsite coding experts and technology access.

If we missed you at SXSW 2014, perhaps we’ll see you in Austin next year. In the meantime, consider joining us for our European Wolfram Technology Conference in Germany in May. You can also look for Wolfram in Boston in May at Bio-IT World, or in Indianapolis in June at the ASEE Annual Conference. Bookmark our events page for updates on future trade shows and conferences where you can connect with Wolfram!


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.

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January 3, 2014 — Wolfram Blog Team

Before we dive completely into 2014, we’d like to take a minute to look back on some of the biggest announcements and most interesting stories that we shared on the Wolfram Blog this past year. Below are the top 10 most popular Wolfram Blog posts of 2013, with a few honorable mentions thrown in for good measure. Take a look—there are bound to be a few that you missed.

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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.

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December 3, 2013 — Wolfram Blog Team

Stephen Wolfram presented this year’s six US-based Wolfram Innovator Awards at the 2013 Wolfram Technology Conference, honoring the contributions of individuals who are making new and important uses of Wolfram technologies in their respective industries or fields of research. Every year, candidates are nominated by Wolfram employees and evaluated by a panel of experts to determine the winners. We are excited to announce the US recipients of the 2013 Innovator Award:

George Danner, President, Business Laboratory, LLC

Brian Frezza and Emerald Therapeutics, Co-CEO, Co-founder, Emerald Therapeutics

Charles Macal, Director, Center for Complex Adaptive Agent Systems Simulation, Argonne National Laboratory

Tom Meyer, Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Connecticut

Sam Daniel, Engineering Fellow, Raytheon

Keith Stroyan, Professor of Mathematics, University of Iowa

Read more about all of this year’s Innovator Award winners and their accomplishments.


November 27, 2013 — Wolfram Blog Team

‘Tis the season to inspire your loved ones to unleash their inner computational genius! Get ahead of your holiday shopping with these holiday promotions from Wolfram:

Wolfram Holiday Deals

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November 13, 2013 — Stephen Wolfram

Computational knowledge. Symbolic programming. Algorithm automation. Dynamic interactivity. Natural language. Computable documents. The cloud. Connected devices. Symbolic ontology. Algorithm discovery. These are all things we’ve been energetically working on—mostly for years—in the context of Wolfram|Alpha, Mathematica, CDF and so on.

But recently something amazing has happened. We’ve figured out how to take all these threads, and all the technology we’ve built, to create something at a whole different level. The power of what is emerging continues to surprise me. But already I think it’s clear that it’s going to be profoundly important in the technological world, and beyond.

At some level it’s a vast unified web of technology that builds on what we’ve created over the past quarter century. At some level it’s an intellectual structure that actualizes a new computational view of the world. And at some level it’s a practical system and framework that’s going to be a fount of incredibly useful new services and products.

I have to admit I didn’t entirely see it coming. For years I have gradually understood more and more about what the paradigms we’ve created make possible. But what snuck up on me is a breathtaking new level of unification—that lets one begin to see that all the things we’ve achieved in the past 25+ years are just steps on a path to something much bigger and more important.

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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.

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October 24, 2013 — Wolfram Blog Team

By now, most of you students are likely getting into the thick of the academic year, preparing for the first wave of exams and projects and presentations to come your way… But don’t freak out just yet! Here’s a list of Wolfram’s most recent apps and programs that might help make your life a little easier. After all, it never hurts to have a few powerful resources on your side.

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September 24, 2013 — Wolfram Blog Team

The power, elegance, and interactivity of Mathematica are no secret to professionals and educators. Get your hands on some of these recent publications and find new ways to bring math and science to life in your workplace or classroom:

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