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Bellevue, WA – Akvelon is teaming up with Microsoft and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in their effort to help farmers, agricultural businesses, scientists and consumers with climate change and resiliency of food systems across the US.
Given the current climate changes, it is more important than ever to get more data to American farmers to create a sustainable food system for the United States. Farmers need to know what can grow well in their area, and prepare for crop changes. They need to evaluate the economics of consumer demand, in order to predict future crops.
For the first time in 100 years, USDA’s key datasets are accessible in Microsoft’s cloud, where they can be used for insights, or to create new types of end-user applications. “I am looking forward to discovering what creative ideas the community comes up with when blending together USDA and other government data sets, and novel ways of analyzing that data with access to our Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform,” says Dr. Green, a deputy managing director at Microsoft Research.
Allowing information, and researching information are two completely different tasks. Akvelon worked with Microsoft to create what is known as the “Farm Dashboard”. The Farm Dashboard allows farmers, businesses, and consumers to research and download customized queries. There are many features to the Farm Dashboard, such as searching for beet crop expenses in Washington State in 2005, or researching crop and farm financial costs, retrieving the yield of a crop, fetching the climate, and viewing where the current crops are being harvested. The Farm Dashboard is available for anyone to use, in fact, you can view it here.
You can access the following USDA databases:
The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is an on-line database containing billions of data that offers Quick Stats containing official published aggregate estimates related to U.S. agricultural production. NASS develops these estimates from data collected through hundreds of sample surveys conducted each year covering virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture and the Census of Agriculture conducted every five years providing state- and county-level aggregates.
Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) is USDA’s primary source of information about production practices, financial conditions, and resource use of America’s farm businesses. They are also responsible for the economic well-being of America’s farm households. ARMS is a nationally acclaimed survey, administered using several phases – sample screener, field-level, and farm-level phases – targeting about 5,000 fields and 30,000 farms each year.
The geospatial data called the Cropland Categories (CropScape) is a faster, geo-referenced, crop-specific land cover data layer created annually for the continental United States, using moderate resolution satellite imagery and extensive agricultural ground truth. In general words, CropScape is a set of arrays to geographically referenced points, one array per year.
The geospatial data called the Vegetation Condition (VegScape) is a faster, geo-referenced, NDVI data layer that is available weekly. NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) is an index, used to measure and monitor plant growth, vegetative cover, and biomass production with values ranging from 0 to 1 – with higher values indicating stronger plant vigor and high chlorophyll content. In general words, VegScape is a set of arrays to geographically referenced points, one array per week. Each point contains one value, describing NDVI at this point.
With data visualization, the user may get NASS data (area harvest, area planted, yield, and year), filtered by the selected state and commodity. The first chart (Production) will show the harvested area, planted area and yield over available years for the selected state and commodity. The second chart (Area Planted) will show the area planted over available years for the selected state and all non-selected commodities.
Azure Machine Learning
Azure Machine Learning (ML) offers a streamlined database for all data scientists, from setting up with only a web browser, to using drag and drop gestures and simple data flow graphs to set up experiments. The Azure ML web service on the Farm Dashboard provides an estimate for one selected crop using linear regression based on data for all crops over a period of years. The result of this algorithm is an estimated planted area for selected crop for all past years (compared to actual value) and for the current year.
Data Scientists will love the new Azure ML, as the new version incorporates Python. This capability will be powerful for data scientists, especially blending this feature in with the Farm Dashboard. “We made a lot of improvements and adding Python was part of that. Azure Machine Learning is the platform. You can copy a bit of Python code and plug it into the studio and create an API,” explained Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president at Microsoft in an interview with TechCrunch. Additionally, data scientists will enjoy the new Azure ML supports Hadoop and Spark, allowing for a wide range of tools to process big data – including the billions of USDA data.
FetchClimate exposes API, allowing arbitrary data-set requests consisting of several AJAX calls. Data scientists can visualize and grab customized clips of data, and export it to CSV, JSON, ZIP or XML file. This data consists of complex geographical information including, but not limited to, climatological information. FetchClimate will choose the best data set for your query, and perform all the necessary regridding in space and time. It will return a best guess, uncertainty, and provenance for your query and display the results on the map for visual exploration. Alternatively, the FetchClimate service can be used directly via a simple API, from within programs written in any .NET language, Python, P or MatLab.
Microsoft’s Farm Data Dashboard is one of several ways that Microsoft cloud products and machine learning capabilities are making the USDA’s data accessible to external developers to help them build applications and services. This one of a kind dashboard is available for public use.
JUNE 9-11 | JAVITS CENTER | NEW YORK, NEW YORK
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Santa Clara. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is “IoT-Ready”!
THINGS EXPO WEBSITE
JUNE 11 | TERRA GALLERY | SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Forecast is a sales conference for sales leaders who are passionate about taking advantage of new technologies to accelerate their team’s performance.
Come hear how the world’s top performing sales organizations are building and energizing their sales teams and learn about the latest software tools that will transform the way your team sells.
If you are a sales leader at your company, this is the one conference you don’t want to miss!
JUNE 8-12 | NEW YORK MARRIOTT | NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Software is changing the world.
QCon empowers software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in the developer community.
A practitioner-driven conference, QCon is designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers who influence innovation in their teams.
QCON NY WEBSITE
JUNE 15-17 | GERDING THEATRE | PORTLAND, OREGON
Monitorama is an Open Source Monitoring Conference and Hackathon.
Monitorama is best for hearing discussions from leading open source developers, web operations experts, and associated thought leaders. You can also find out which tools and techniques are in use at some of the largest web architectures in the world.
Monitorama events bring together the brightest minds among the open source development and operations communities. Our goal is to continue to push the boundaries of monitoring and trending software, all while having a great time in a casual setting.
This event takes place in the wonderful town of Portland, Oregon. If you haven’t already experienced Monitorama, this is a great chance to make our acquaintance.
JUNE 22-23 | MARRIOTT MARQUIS | SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
DockerCon 2015 is a two-day Docker-centric conference that is organized by Docker, Inc on June 22-23, 2015 in San Francisco. Building on the success of the previous editions, DockerCon continues to grow to reflect Docker’s blooming ecosystem and community. While we want to preserve the ambiance and simplicity of the first DockerCon, this edition will be by far the largest Docker event of all time.
At DockerCon you’ll have the opportunity to hear about all of the interesting ways developers, Ops, DevOps and Sysadmins are using Docker. No matter your level of expertise with Docker and the size of your company, we’re confident you’ll meet and learn from other attendees who share the same use cases and overcame the same challenges using Docker.
JUNE 23-26 | ELLIOT CENTER | PORTLAND, OREGON
Open Source Bridge is a conference for developers working with open source technologies and for people interested in learning the open source way.
Open Source Bridge is not a typical technical conference:
Session tracks are technology agnostic; the conference content is based around shared community experiences and similarities between projects, not differences.
Proposals are public from the start, and we welcome community comments before our content team selects the featured talks.
A hacker lounge is an integral part of the conference for code sprints, bug bashes, session deep dives, bouncing ideas, starting new projects or just mingling with other geeks.
OPEN SOURCE BRIDGE WEBSITE
JULY 8-9 | MINNEAPOLIS HILTON | MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
Since the meeting is supposed to be self-organizing, the conveners put their energy not in running the meeting but creating a setting that gets everyone’s creative energy flowing.
Participants write ‘issues’ on pieces of paper. Preferably with bold markers, so they are easy to read from a distance.
Participants choose a timeslot for their topic on the agenda wall.
One by one, participants explain their issue to the others, with the aim of drawing the right people to their break-out-session.
Break-out sessions: Once people do not come up with new issues (wait a little bit, and ask ‘are we done?’. I find the silence that often happens at the beginning and end of the marketplace the scariest. However, this silence seems to be very productive.
JULY 13-14 | HILTON UNION SQUARE | SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
We’re amidst a mobile revolution – one that puts customers squarely in control more than ever. They expect relevance, quality, and consistency. Brands, meanwhile often don’t know where to start to engage these more demanding customers, and can feel overwhelmed about how to integrate mobile with their broader marketing strategy.
MobileBeat — VentureBeat’s 8th annual event on the future of mobile — will feature close to 1,000 attendees, gathering the industry’s biggest names to uncover new insights and mobile strategies designed to drive growth. MobileBeat will deliver you great topics and break down the challenges every marketer, brand, and app owner faces in today’s mobile-first world through a mix of main stage and breakout sessions.
MOBILE BEAT WEBSITE
JULY 13-15 | ASPEN INSTITUTE | ASPEN, COLORADO
Technology-industry business conferences come and go. Fortune’s Brainstorm franchise, now in its 14th year, endures because of its unique blend of the power of Fortune 500 companies, the excitement of the emerging entrepreneurs of the tech world, and the connective tissue of the investors who finance them. It doesn’t hurt that Brainstorm Tech takes place on the gorgeous campus of the Aspen Institute in Colorado. It’s not the easiest place to get to, but Brainstorm Tech attendees tend to stick around, enjoy the tranquil surroundings, and have a helluva good time in Aspen while they’re at it.
With these three constituencies in mind—big-company CEOs, startups with juice, and financiers from every “asset class” from venture capitalist to private equity
FORTUNE BRAINSTORM TECH WEBSITE
JULY 20-24 | OREGON CONVENTION CENTER | PORTLAND, OREGON
Open source software, architecture, frameworks, and tools for today’s engineers. If software is what you do, OSCON is where you want to be (4,182 +/- software engineers each year can’t be wrong). Meet the full stack, face to face.
Highlights for 2015
Cultivate: Leading Through Culture – Learn from experts at leading companies how best practices around systems, speed, and culture can transform your business. Co-located with OSCON, this intimate, two-day event is limited to just 200 seats.
Open Cloud Day: the latest innovations in public and private clouds, IaaS, and PaaS platforms
Training Courses: Reactive Programming, Microservices, Swift, and Go
Events: Kids Day, 5K Glow Run, Birds of a Feather discussions, and networking parties!
JULY 21-24 | WESTIN WESTMINSTER | DENVER, COLORADO
Technology Deep Dive – This is an exciting time of innovation and change in the Java space. Java is not just a language. Java is a technology platform. This is your opportunity to go beyond the basics and master critical skills.
Agile Practices – Software is a difficult industry with high rates of failure. To create winning teams, we embrace principles laid out by the Agile Manifesto. Speakers at ÜberConf emphasize and present on topics such as: Test Driven Development, Continuous Integration, Code Quality Measurements, Code Smells, Team Building, and Customer Collaboration.
Learn from the Best – ÜberConf will bring together many of the industry’s best project leaders, developers, authors, and trainers.
JULY 23-25 | CRYSTAL GATEWAY MARRIOTT | WASHINGTON, DC
The fifth North American Revit Technology Conference
Learn from some of the world’s top instructors and industry experts.
Share ideas and insights with an international community of your peers.
Explore the latest trends and technologies
Network with your peers
Cultivate important business and professional contacts that can benefit your company and your career.
Come to learn from the experts and leave with a wealth of knowledge, practical methods, and new ideas.
AUGUST 1-6 | MANDALAY BAY | LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Black Hat – built by and for the global InfoSec community – returns to Las Vegas for its 18th year. This six day event begins with four days of intense Trainings for security practitioners of all levels (August 1-4) followed by the two-day main event including over 100 independently selected Briefings, Business Hall, Arsenal, Pwnie Awards, and more (August 5-6).
The conference is composed of two major sections, the Black Hat Briefings, and Black Hat Trainings. Training is offered by various computer security vendors, in effort to keep the conference vendor-neutral. The conference has hosted the National Security Agency’s information assurance manager course, and various courses by Cisco Systems, Offensive Security, and others.
The Briefings are composed of tracks, covering various topics including reverse engineering, identity and privacy, and hacking. The briefings also contain keynote speeches from leading voices in the information security field, including Kevin Mitnick, Robert Lentz Chief Security Officer, United States Department of Defense; Michael Lynn; Amit Yoran, former Director of the National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security; and General Keith B. Alexander, former Director of the National Security Agency and former commander of the United States Cyber Command.
BLACKHAT US WEBSITE
AUGUST 3-7 | GAYLORD CONVENTION CENTER | WASHINGTON, DC
Our annual conference is dedicated to furthering Agile principles and providing a venue for people and ideas to flourish.
We invite you to join attendees from over 40 countries at Agile2015. Explore over 200 Agile Sessions, plus insightful Keynotes and a host of social and networking events during this exciting week of Agile learning, collaborating and connecting.
Agile Developers, Executives, Teams, Managers, Coaches and Consultants come to our annual conference each year to learn from world-class experts and thought leaders who share their passion for Agile.
2015 is your best opportunityto learn from and network with the most active, influential Agile professionals on the planet. Learn the latest development methods, technologies, tools, leadership principles, management philosophies, policies and processes.
Whether your initiative is mature or brand new, enterprise-wide or team-centric, you will find the finest knowledge, resources and people at Agile2015.Attendees across all disciplines and levels of experiencewill be well-served by this week-long event
AGILE GLOBAL WEBSITE
AUGUST 25-27 | AUGUSTA MARRIOTT | AUGUSTA, GEORGIA
TechNet Augusta provides a forum for key military professionals from the U.S. Defense Department, armed services and U.S. Coast Guard to discuss issues and share ideas. Government, industry and academic speakers address a broad range of topics and focus on the importance of the network, security issues and training to enable operational forces to modernize and be ready to meet emerging challenges in 2025 and beyond.
In addition to high-level military speakers and panelists, this three-day interactive forum offers industry the opportunity to meet with potential partners and clients on the convention center exhibit floor.
Information about becoming one of the more than 140 exhibitors expected at TechNet Augusta is available online. Military and government leaders are interested in seeing products, services and solutions in the following areas:
VOIP Security Solutions
Global Positioning Systems
SEPTEMBER 9-11 | RIO GRANDE | LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
InterDrone will be the largest event in North America dedicated to the commercial drone market. Featuring technical conferences for builders, buyers and flyers of commercial drones, InterDrone will bring the entire industry together in one place.
It’s technology that is driving the new commercial market — BZ Media is a tech company. We represent the new market, not the static, old defense-oriented UAV market — compare the look and feel of the websites. Which is going to attract the next generation of drone builders and buyers?
Interdrone claims to have the best technical conferences — three in fact — full of peer-to-peer excellent how-to information, actionable ideas, and practical information that makes InterDrone much more than just another trade show.
SEPTEMBER 15-18 | SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Dreamforce brings together thought leaders, industry pioneers, and thousands of your peers for a week of idea sharing. You’ll learn, you’ll network and you’ll grow. And most importantly, you’ll have a ton of fun.
At Dreamforce, you’ll meet IT leaders from around the world, hear from industry thought leaders and analysts about the changing landscape of IT, and learn best practices from IT professionals. Our top customers will also be there to explain how they’re incorporating the Salesforce Platform into their enterprise architecture.
Past Dreamforce-goers have experienced huge increases in ROI across the board. Sales productivity, customer satisfaction, employee productivity, lead volume — they all tend to go up post-Dreamforce.
SEPTEMBER 23-24 | CONVENTION CENTER | AUSTIN, TEXAS
For the eighth year in a row — Austin is welcoming a rollickin’ bunch of IT pros and tech marketers to the Lone Star State! In addition to the IT goodness you’ll get at SpiceWorld, Austin has a little something for everyone to enjoy in their free time: Historical landmarks galore for the history buffs, a rockin’ nightlife for the party crowd, food trucks and unique local eateries for the foodies, miles of lush greenbelts for the outdoor lovers, F1 racing, Willie Nelson… come find out why Austin keeps topping ‘best of’ charts!
The biggest bang for your conference buck – If your boss thinks SpiceWorld is expensive – tell ’em to think again! When SpiceWorld started back in 2008, we promised to provide the most value possible, for the most affordable ticket price out there. And we still deliver that value… and then some, today!
OCTOBER 4-8 | WALT DISNEY WORLD | ORLANDO, FLORIDA
The World’s Most Important Gathering of CIOs and Senior IT Executives
A digital wave is sweeping through every industry, organization and culture. This a defining moment for every CIO: a chance to rise up, take risks, and transform your mission-critical priorities into bold business outcomes. From personal development to process reinvention, Gartner is here to help you Rise to the Challenge.
Our 2015 conference agenda is designed to provide you with the strategies, insights and tools you’ll need to lead the next generation of IT and achieve business outcomes.
We’re turning up the intensity on individual leadership as it’s the key to creating a dynamic, innovative organization and culture.
Join a global community of CIOs and senior IT executives to share best practices, embrace new perspectives, and expand your personal network.
GARTNER IT WEBSITE
OCTOBER 5-9 | OREGON CONVENTION CENTER | PORTLAND, OREGON
We’re thrilled to host you in Portland, OR, where Puppet is headquartered. PuppetConf will be an unparalleled opportunity to hang out with the amazing team behind the products you use every day.
Besides ensuring you have the best PuppetConf experience ever, we can’t wait to show you our hometown.
Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced user of Puppet products, this year’s PuppetConf has something for everyone.
Sessions will range from how to get started with Puppet, modules and related technologies to advanced tips and tricks for using Puppet, PuppetDB, Razor, Facter and more.
Learn from your Puppet community members how to drive change across your infrastructure, your team, and your organization’s culture.
You’ll also do more than sharpen your Puppet skills; this year’s session includes valuable sessions focused on career development and people-related topics such as team building, management and more.
PUPPET CONFERENCE WEBSITE
OCTOBER 6-8 | ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER | ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA
ITEXPO is the one event that IT professionals and C-levels can come to learn about everything under one roof as opposed to having to attend multiple shows. ITEXPO is a better use of limited time and money.
Benefits for Providers
OCTOBER 6-9 | THE VENETIAN | LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Join the largest gathering of the global Amazon Web Services community at AWS re:Invent 2015. Whether you are an existing customer or new to the cloud, you will leave AWS re:Invent with the knowledge and skills to refine your cloud strategy, improve developer productivity, increase application performance and security, and reduce infrastructure costs.
Gain New Skills & Knowledge
Gain deeper knowledge of AWS services and learn best practices that you can’t find anywhere else. Choose from over 250 technical sessions covering architecture, operations, security, and more.
Bootcamps & Hackathons
Get hands-on experience with AWS in full-day technical bootcamps, self-paced labs, and hackathons. Plus, get official recognition for your skills and knowledge by getting AWS Certified.
New Products & Features
Be the first to hear about new AWS products and features launched at AWS re:Invent and learn how to put them to use in your applications.
OCTOBER 7-8 | RITZ-CARLTON |HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA
Leave your phone in your pocket.
The smartphone is still a big deal, to be sure. But the same technology that powered the smartphone revolution is finding its way into the car and onto devices on our bodies and all around us.
Following the success of the inaugural event last year, Code/Mobile returns to the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, to examine how an increasingly mobile world is changing the landscape of business, and to showcase companies that are leading that revolution. Join us to meet executives whose companies are driving this change, as well as leaders from the industries being transformed.
Produced by senior editor Ina Fried, this year’s conference will explore the automotive and payment arenas, all evolving along with mobile technology. The wearable market is also heating up and pushing those powerful phones deeper into our pockets.
OCTOBER 14-16 | GEORGE BROWN CONVENTION CENTER | HOUSTON, TEXAS
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. The three-day conference combines technical sessions with career sessions and includes a poster session, a career fair, and an awards ceremony. This year, GHC will take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX on October 14-16, 2015.
The theme for this year is #OurTimetoLead.
For 13 years, GHC has brought together the community of women technologists, the best minds in computing and increased visibility for the contributions of women to computing. The conference is co-presented by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).
The conference results in collaborative proposals, networking and mentoring for our attendees. Conference presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industry, academia and government. The conference also offers professional development through a variety of activities.
GRACE HOPPER WEBSITE
NOVEMBER 2-4 | CHICAGO MART PLAZA | CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Last year more than 600 people attended the event, allowing for excellent networking on top of intensive classes and tutorials that were offered. Previous iterations of Big Data TechCon have allowed us to select and bring back only the finest speakers and top scoring classes to make sure that your Big Data conference is unparalleled.
Big Data TechCon features practical, how-to classes and tutorials for IT and Big Data professionals, including data and business analysts, developers, software architects, data scientists, and project managers
Attend Big Data TechCon to get practical training on Hadoop, Spark, YARN, R, HBase, Hive, Predictive Analytics, Data Warehousing and much more!
Take a Big Data analytics tutorial, dive deep into machine learning and NoSQL, learn how to master MongoDB and Cassandra, discover best practices for using graph databases such as Neo4j and more.
You’ll get the best Big Data training at Big Data TechCon!
BIG DATA TECHCON WEBSITE
NOVEMBER 11-13 | HYATT REGENCY | ORLANDO, FLORIDA
In its 11th year, IT Nation is the premier conference for technology solution providers and the largest event of its kind, offering a world-class experience for attendees.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Business owners and managers, ConnectWise admins, sales, marketing, HR, finance, technicians…. IT Nation offers something for everyone. No matter what role you play in your company, you’ll leave feeling educated, rejuvenated and ready to take it all to the next level.
2015 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
Over 100 sessions with in-depth product training plus thought-leadership and business acumen from the most renowned industry experts
Two riveting keynotes that will energize you and inspire you to grow your business and achieve success
World-class Solutions Pavilion highlighting over 75 vendors offering the most innovative technology and services
Networking, networking, networking! Legendary parties, receptions and ad-hoc opportunities to meet and share with peers, ConnectWise staff and vendors.
IT NATION WEBSITE
NOVEMBER 16-20 | MANDALAY BAY | LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA Technologies is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate—across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments.
CA World ’15 is your best opportunity to learn more about CA software and partner solutions that fuel digital transformations and enable organizations worldwide to seize the opportunities in the application economy. Join us November 16-20 to receive valuable insight and learn about new products, ideas and solutions—all helping your business to seize the opportunities of the application economy.
Industry Insight and Corporate Strategy
Industry luminaries and CA Technologies executives share their stories, insights and perspectives on the IT environment of the future.
CA WORLD WEBSITE
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