Holly Cummins


Holly Cummins is the technical lead of IBM’s London Bluemix Garage. As part of the Bluemix Garage’s team of innovators and disruptors, she has helped a blind man run marathons with only a phone to assist, taught a computer to hold sensible conversations about holidays, and thrown an application server around a room. Holly is a co-author of Enterprise OSGi in Action and a JavaOne rock star. She has spoken at many events including QCon, Devoxx, JavaZone, JFokus, Øredev, JAX, GeeCon, and the Great Indian Developer Summit.

Sessions at NextM

“Innovation Stories From The Bluemix Garage

Everyone’s talking about innovation, but how do you know if you’re actually doing it? What are the ingredients for successful innovation? In this talk, Holly will describe how the right combination of people, place, practices, and platform can lead to some pretty impressive outcomes. She’ll also answer questions, such as ‘what happens when we think about our user first?’, ‘is there an app for that?’, ’can a computer really tell dog breeds apart?,’ how can I tell if my idea is great or terrible?’, ’how long does it take to build a minimum viable product?’, and ‘can I have a Garage too?’.