IBM Case competition 2012:

Who is this for?
Old and new IBM interns were asked to form a team of 3-4 to tackle a current or emerging problems that arise in the industry.

What is it about?
Inspired by the Smarter Planet initiatives, students are given a chance to crack a challenging case problem while incorporating IBM technology into practical solutions. Students will have more than 1 week to develop a 10-minute presentation, followed by a 5-minute Q&A in front of a panel of IBM judges. Through the competition, students will build on their presentation, problem solving and consulting skills.

Why should I join?
To Build Skills – Teamwork, Presentation, Problem Solving
To Impress – Judges, Managers, Peers

IBM Case Competition: Team 7
Taehoon Kim, Harshil Mehta, Harris Rasheed, Anurag Chaudhury
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Life hack

Creating a list of Life hack that I’ve stumbled across…

  • Have your workspace for Netbean/Eclipse/etc in your Dropbox and sync it to your  devices(laptop/desktop/other). In turn, you will get your workspace in sync and have a revision via cloud in Dropbox. This saves you hours setting up a revision for each of your IDE & web project.
  • Need that extra 3-6gb from your SSD or HDD? Turn off hibernation
    1. Click Start, and then type cmd in the Start Search box.
    2. From the result list, right-click Command Prompt, and click Run as Administrator.
    3. When you are prompted by User Account Control, click Continue.
    4. At the command prompt, type  powercfg.exe /hibernate off and press ENTER.
    5. Type exit and then press ENTER to close the Command Prompt window.
  • Setting VLC to show foreign languages
    Under tool > preference > subtitles & OSD
    Set default encoding from Default (Windows-1252) to Korean (EUC-KR/CP949) and Font from default Arial to Arial Unicode MS
  • More to come…

The Next i2i Workshop: Making Beautiful Products with UX/UI Design

Our next i2i workshop takes place this Thursday, May 31st, at 2 PM. Surely, you’ve seen beautifully designed products like Tony Fadell’s Nest, or Apple’s iPhone. These successful products have (and will) leave a mark on each user, because “good design is long-lasting”. Whether each of these products’ derivatives evolve the design language, or naturally stick with the user, the designs are innovative, attractive, and are great examples of what a product should look like.

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IBM JA Titan program : 2012 Competition Recap

On May 2nd 2012, approximately two hundred high school students (grade 10-12) took their knowledge to IBM and applied their skills at the JA Titan Challenge. During this one day event they executed each aspect of a virtual company’s strategy as they competed in an on-line simulation to become the JA Titan of the Industry.

Sponsored by David Drury (General Manager IBM Global Technology Services) and David Robitaille (Canada IMT Executive, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs), the day was packed with an opening ceremony, workshops, and finally the Titan Challenge: Competition Game.

Sixteen IBM mentors from different fields and varied expertise shared their experience and taught students to think outside the box. Mentors were the key to success in this event, as they were responsible for teaching the students the JA Titan guidebook and basic concept of business management. In a span of 3 hours, students were challenged with topics such as pricing/BEP (break even point), charitable giving, R&D (research and development), marketing, and capital investment. Some common tools such as Sale/Price = unit and Supply & Demand graphs were covered during the session. Continue reading

i2i Kickoff: Interns, We’ve Had An “i” On You

All thanks to you, our first few workshops of i2i over the last few months have been met with great success.  Now, we want to take things one step further and bring you our next, latest workshops.  Next week, on May 17th, we’ll be kicking off the next set of workshops, starting with the topic of “Credibility at IBM”.  As new interns wanting to make a lasting first impression, and old interns wanting to leave with a big footprint, this workshop will give you a chance to discuss and share techniques at becoming a better leader with integrity, understanding the impact of word choice on your credibility and image, and assessments on your own personal credibility.

What we want you to take-away from our workshops:

1.  To spark conversations with other interns – everyone has their story and experience to share.
2. Take advice from your peer – build a strong network and learn from each other, the professionals of the future.
3. Be inspired – build inspiration from the energetic enthusiasm of your peers.

The workshop will be located in the Ampitheatre at 2 PM, and you’ll be learning of ways to make it big at IBM, but we need you to RSVP, so ping Andrew Kim or Rena Chiu to get started. ASAP!

We also need your help and feedback for upcoming workshops, so that we know what to do and how to give everyone the most experience and knowledge they can get.  We made a short survey and we would love your input!  Click here to provide feedback. Or here, in case you read past the first link.

We hope to see everyone there!

[credit to Jeff Martin]

Do you have a fear of public speaking?

Venn Diagram - Select Speech Topics from the Centre

Do you find yourself dreading your next presentation or job interview? IBM Toastmasters can help!

Toastmasters International is a non-profit world leader in communication and leadership development. When you join one of Toastmasters’ 13,000 clubs worldwide, you gain a wealth of opportunities to incrementally improve your public speaking and leadership skills.

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i2i Session: Kickoff to the “Intern to Intern” program

UPDATED: If you missed out or want to review the session, download the presentation slides here:

Session: i2i Session Kickoff
Thursday, Jan 26, 2012, 2-3pm
Location: Y4-029

The Job:
I2I started as an idea to provide a professional social network in order to build a stronger Future Blue community. Each session will have a different theme and an intern expert will present and share their knowledge on the topic. This will be followed by a mediated, open-forum discussion for all the participants to take part and share in.

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Intern Spotlight : Andrew Kim

Taehoon Andrew Kim

Taehoon Andrew Kim

Name : Andrew Taehoon Kim

School : University of Toronto
Major : Computer Science Specialist and Math Major
Job Title : Information development and management. I work with developers to provide
technical documentation. The length of my internship is 16 months

What your typical day is like:
9:30 a.m. I walk in, start my laptop and grab a tea from the coffee station. The office is still quiet and I can hear the sound of keyboards clicking away next to me.

I start on status updates for my manager before the team meeting at 11:00 a.m. Some of the email from the Indian and SLV site has confirmed my work from last night. My hard work last night has paid off. Today is starting to be a good day.

11:00 a.m. I’ve walked in to my team meeting. A small group of managers and colleagues are chatting away, exchanging small conversation about their day before we call in to our video conference. Today’s conference is brief, discussing the update on our product and the timeline for our release.

12:00 p.m. After the meeting, I head to the IBM Toastmasters session offered at one of the conference room. I really have to think on my feet in this session, as it is quick paced and some of the senior managers from different departments are listening in on me. As I are starting to sweat, one of the manager cheerly jokes to my, saying that he was once sweating where I am sitting now. Continue reading

How to Manage Your Media Files

How to manage your broken music files.

If you are like me, your native language  is not English. You also probably have a lot of music that you transfer from your computer to your mobile device. Frustratingly, files with non ASCII characters display correctly on your desktop, but when you transfer them to your phone/mp3 player you get a lot of unreadable characters like “l͚̫͕͌l̓ͧ̈́̑̄ͣ͊ ͑̒͋̿ͮ̇”. This means you need to take a deep breath, grab a cup of coffee, and start working on managing your media content.

There are few ways to manage your files. You can use the methods suggested in this guide, or use them as a reference to find other programs that work for you.

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Valentines day Programming

Original motive was to use a batch file to create a series of event, to trigger at a specific time (aka Valentines day). After further research, and remembering from my dad’s old dev team in Korea (his team use to make these and give it to us on Christmas), I decided to look back to my old roots and do some research. After finding a great example from an inspiring developer, I’ve made some modification. Please comment for inspiration.

Dedicate this to Amy Jin, for helping me every step.