Incredible! Download a PowerApp that determines your IQ from a selfie…

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Hiya

Some of you might have seen my post where I explained how how my daughter, Ashlee (18), won a competition from Microsoft to develop a fidget spinner app. Well if you think that was impressive, check this out…

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Inspired by the positive feedback from the community, Ashlee decided to up her game and investigated some of the various online services that PowerApps and Flow can connect to. The net result is an app which has capabilities that are quite extroadinary. By connecting to Microsoft Cognitive Services in Azure, Ashlee has created an app that will determine your IQ from your facial structure. In other words, you download this app, take a selfie, and via cloud-based machine learning that has processed millions of photos, you can find out your IQ without doing a traditional IQ test!

Even better, Ashlee has kindly donated it to the community as a learning tool, so you can not only learn about these ground-breaking techniques, but you can download/share it with your colleagues too.

So far this app has been used in various global organisations including Microsoft. It has also been demonstrated to rapturous applause at the recent Digital Workplace Conference in Sydney.

 

So DO NOT MISS OUT on this, especially when using this app is a simple set of easy-to-follow steps!

 

Ready… Steady…

 

Wait… I forgot to mention, this app is optimised for phones, and utilises Microsoft speech recognition, so be sure to turn up the volume so you can hear the instructions…

 

Right are you ready?

 

Oh… don’t forget… you need an Office365 subscription for this so make sure PowerApps is enabled on your tenant…

 

Okay, so do the following right now!

 

1. Download and install PowerApps studio onto your PC.

2. Download Ashlee’s Guess your IQ MSAPP (rename the file extension from .zip to .msapp) and open it in PowerApps Studio

3. In PowerApps studio, save a copy of the App to your tenant (“the cloud”) via the File menu

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4. Now install PowerApps on your IOS or Android Phone (you will find it in the app store and its free)

5. Run PowerApps on your phone and sign in with the same user account you used in step 3

6. Select the app called Guess Your IQ. It might take a little while to load, but don’t worry – there is a lot of awesome functionality.

7. Enter your name when prompted…

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8. Now use your phone camera to take a selfie…

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9. Click the “Find my IQ” button and watch the magic of machine learning…

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10. Seriously, you WILL NOT BELEIVE what happens next!… but you have to try for yourself!

 

Make sure you let me know what your IQ is! Smile

 

Paul Culmsee

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How My Daughter Won a PowerApps Contest With a Fidget Spinner

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<TD: DR>My daughter, with no coding experience, won a contest put by the PowerApps team and we recorded a video on how she did it which you can find below</TD: DR>

This little story starts with a tweet, put out by Audrie Gordon, who on August 7, asked the PowerApps community to make a fidget spinner.

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As it happened, I had been teaching PowerApps to my 18 year-old daughter, Ashlee, for a couple of weeks prior to this. Now, Ash has always been good at mathematics and it was her favourite subject at school, but aside from that she has never coded anything in her life, never showed any interest in it, and is currently in her first year of a Psychology degree. Being a biased dad, I always suspected that she had a mind for coding. In saying this however, even I underestimated her progress. To put it bluntly, her speed at picking up PowerApps, Flow and WebServices has been nothing short of phenomenal. I previously uploaded a video about one of her apps that we built together, but with this new challenge, I had absolutely no idea how to do it myself.

It was around 10pm my time (GMT+8) when I showed Audrie’s tweet to Ashlee, who took a look at the video and promptly announced “I can do it better…”

So the challenge was on, and Ashlee spent the next 90 minutes writing her basic solution. As a parent and IT professional it was fun to watch as she went through the typical trials and tribulations of writing code, except I was hearing it through someone who a) was only 18 and b) had never coded before and did not know the terminology. I wish I had recorded the audio to be honest Smile

Then came the breakthrough moment, where she danced a little “I am awesome” jig like real developers are prone to do when their code works. She got the base concept working, which I tweeted out so she could claims dibs on the prize. But Ash was not done, and spent an additional couple of hours making the fidget spinner look authentic in pretty pink as shown in the animated GIF below…

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By this time it was close to 1am, so she tweeted her solution and went to bed. Next morning we were pleasantly surprised. She won the contest!

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But that was not all, she impressed not only the community but various Microsoft people including Darshan Desai – Group Program Manager for PowerApps who commented that not many in the PowerApps team could have come up with this solution….

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Now Ashlee and I recorded a video yesterday where she took me through the solution step-by-step. If you want to learn some neat PowerApps tricks, brush up on your trigonometry and watch my awful math get exposed, then here it is in all its glory Smile

Here are some of the other tweets she received. So you still think I am a biased dad? Smile

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I feel the PowerApps team should also be proud that a teenager was able to build an app on their platform so quickly. In fact, many kids could benefit from learning PowerApps and perhaps Microsoft should look at its utility in schools.

Thanks for reading

Paul Culmsee

 

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Advanced PowerApps Awesomeness in Sydney

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Hiya

First up, if you are not aware, the Digital Workplace Conference is about to land in Sydney. I strongly recommend you attend this conference. In my opinion there has never been a more fascinating time to be involved in the world of Office365/SharePoint and Azure and some top people are going to be speaking.

I have spent the better part of the last two years working with cloud first organisations, and frankly I’m amazed at what is available in the base edition of Office365. I suspect many organisations are not particularly aware of the capabilities available to be exploited – which brings me onto my topic.

In case you are not aware, I am a bit of a fan of PowerApps. I see it having huge potential for citizen developers and more technically-minded folk alike. Most recently I have been teaching it to my daughter, who at 18 years of age, is busy studying her first year of psychology at university. For someone with no formal programming experience, she has come a long way, as this video demonstrates. In this video, we cover a real-world scenario and make use of a lot of tricks to get a nice, solid solution.

So why am I telling you this? Well I am presenting at the Digital Workplace Conference in Sydney this month, and my session is called “A Certificate in Advanced PowerApps Awesomeness” and I will be covering some of the tricks behind what we did in this video, as well as a couple of other apps that Ashlee wrote. I will be sharing various pearls of wisdom from Ashlee, who presents a fun perspective on Microsoft products. Ever seen those “kids react to?” videos on YouTube?  Well, watching Ashlee work on PowerApps is kind of like that Smile

Therefore I will share some Ashlee-penned pearls of 18 year old wisdom such as…

“Do not put spaces in the name of your SharePoint libraries, because PowerApps can’t handle it and will have a huge hissy fit”

So I hope to see you in Sydney, where I will delve into this beast known as PowerApps and show you what an 18 year old with no formal experience can do with the platform.

I’ll cover PowerApps deeper than the typical demos, but at the same time business-oriented folks shouldn’t be too off-put by it.

Hope to see you there!

 

Paul Culmsee

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