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My visit to the US Open Tennis 2016

Earlier this week, I attended the US Open tennis tournament in Queens, NY with my son.  IBM is a sponsor of the event and I also volunteered at the IBM Cognitive Court, an interactive event
showcasing Watson technology.

I attended the Monday evening opening ceremonies in Arthur Ashe stadium with its new high-tech retractable roof . Phil Collins performed “In the Air Tonight” and Leslie Odom Jr performed the national anthem to a capacity crowd filled with celebrities.

Novak Djokovic, the reining US Open men’s single champion, defeated Jerzy Janowicz in four sets in a hard fought match.

On Tuesday, I staffed the IBM Cognitive Court exhibit along with a dozen of my IBM colleagues. The interactive exhibit, located next to Louis B. Armstrong stadium, showcases Watson cognitive technology.  It was a great opportunity to interact with tennis fans one-on-one through a variety of interactive exhibits from make a robot move using mind control, making music with Watson, a virtual reality bike ride and managing a basketball team using analytics.  From the US Open mobile app, the website, match statistics and analytics, IBM technology is making an impact at the tournament.  Learn more in this PC Magazine article.


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  1. Thank you for volunteering your time and expertise Chris! Glad you had a great experience and thank you for this awesome writeup 🙂

  2. The pleasure was mine Rachael!

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