Wolfram Technology Conference 2014
Wolfram technology users from around the world gathered in Champaign, Illinois, our headquarters, October 21–24, for another successful Wolfram Technology Conference. Attendees got access to the latest information about our emerging technologies and gained insights from colleagues who shared innovative ways of using Wolfram technologies.
The conference kicked off with a keynote by Stephen Wolfram, and then rolled right into the other 125 scheduled talks. Also featured were a connected devices playground, “Meet-Ups,” social/networking events, small group meetings, roundtable discussions, and tours of Wolfram and the Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois.
Attendees came from 20 countries spanning 6 continents, and 80 of them were at the conference for the first time. Topics covered every industry/specialty, including, but not limited to, engineering, finance, computer science, physics, astronomy, mathematics, image processing, robotics, and even quilting.
Wolfram developers and attendees alike gave talks and workshops, illustrating not only how the technology was built, but also some of the diverse applications our users have implemented in their professional fields. Their inspiring and innovative projects ranged from a corporate search engine using the Wolfram Language to stitch-coding and movie color maps; they demonstrated everything from integrating Mathematica and the Unity Game Engine and creating online courses to high-frequency training, connected devices, and embedding code.
Numerous possibilities with our technology were showcased, demonstrating how devices can be integrated with Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha, and the Wolfram Language to perform real-time data analysis. In the connected devices playground, multiple devices were set up for attendees to interact with, including two Raspberry Pis with breadboards and LEDs, an 8Cube from hypnocube, two Tinkerforge Weather Stations hooked up to Raspberry Pis, a Sphero 2.0, an Intel Edison, an Arduino, and Electric Imps connected to a temperature/humidity sensor and a heart rate monitor.
We also brought back a favorite—the One-Liner competition. Attendees were tasked with thinking up “amazing things” using just one tweet of Wolfram Language code. Stay tuned for the announcement of the results and the winners of the 2014 Innovator Awards!