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What is the Cognitive Assistant Network ?

Addiscan is a Seattle-based startup with staff and offices overseas. We make multi-purpose software to manage warehouses, hotels, hospitals and other strategic Business Operations.  Through years of experience working with SMBs we know how to build Cloud solutions for data delivered anywhere at anytime.  The Cognitive Assistant Network is our newest product that pushes cloud-computing and data security to new levels.

ENCLAVE is an exclusive service offered by the Cognitive Assistant Network, intended for businesses and consumers who use digital personal assistants.  Personal assistant products are very popular because they use Voice User Interfaces (VUI):  Amazon Alexa, Google-Assistant, Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana and Nuance DragonSpeak to name just a few.  However, these distinct companies have not agreed to use any standard protocols for mutual communication, or standard protections for global WEB data.

ENCLAVE protects businesses and consumers from intentional or accidental misuse of their data by personal-assistants. With ENCLAVE, personal assistants not only talk mutually, they also talk securely using strict frameworks for data availability, integrity and confidentiality [AIC Security Framework].

ENCLAVE is the first universal system for both mutual communication between personal assistants, and mutual protection against rampant A.I. software.

ENCLAVE is designed to monitor and regulate traffic for all A.I. interactions on the WEB.  ENCLAVE allows A.I. software to communicate with other A.I. software quickly and effectively using a new protocol and web API called VTTP (Voice-to-Text Transfer Protocol).  VTTP is based loosely on HTTP.  VTTP sends and receives web data but it also implements security domains and enforces access-lists that prevent accidental or intentional sharing of private data.

ENCLAVE could be described in simple terms as “I.M. for A.I.” (Instant messages for Artificial Intelligence).  The Cognitive Assistant Network protects WEB data from unregistered and unregulated A.I. software.  However, without a product like ENCLAVE, future A.I. software could cause WEB incidents with major business or personal consequences.

Our Company Culture

One of the core aims of ADDISCAN is to disrupt and push tech industries to provide better solutions for the challenges the country is facing. We believe in using the best innovations in the fields of Data Science, Cloud-ware, Mobile devices and sensors. In order to provide these cutting edge services we obviously demand great skill from our developers. We believe that developers should not get comfortable with doing things in one certain way. We need them to be agile and open minded. They need to be subscribers of hackernews. There are weekly Friday lectures conducted between our developers. They share their main learning points, challenges and opportunities taken to complete their tasks. This helps our team get a wider perspective. For example back-end API developers can learn the capabilities and shortcuts on Android development from the android team.

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Addiscode Lectures

Quite similarly, we believe in sharing our knowledge with the industry and students. If we really want to make an impact on the society we know we can’t do it alone. No matter how good our innovations and services become we can’t fully tackle every problem in the country. That is why we need more tech entrepreneurs and skilled engineers. Healthy competition will surely push everyone to provide the best solutions for our market. With this in mind, we wanted to start this training series for students.

The training will focus on new technologies and design patterns that the software industry is using. They will be conducted in buckets (ElasticSearch reference 🙂 ) i.e. consecutive lectures will focus on a certain topic. We will make them engaging by building our applications right there in class. They will be informal but productive affairs. We will also share our experiences of building a new company in Ethiopia. Our local challenges and Opportunities. If we were to give the lectures some tags they would be: code, business, marketing, and start up.

What we expect from you

Commitment! That’s kinda it. Just be there to share and grow your skills with other like minded people. Code, participate, debate and suggest ideas in class. And do coding assignments diligently.

Who we are

Our team consists of 6 electrical and computer engineers. Most of which are AAiT alums. Some of us are fresh graduates. And some of us have several years of experience in industrial (The word industrial sounds so boring but I can find a better one for it) software development. We have skill sets in the areas of beautiful UI design, Web APIs, Android, Kinect based gesture applications, Security, Cloud Deployment, data analytics and real-time applications with GPS devices. We are no technical gods or anything but we do believe you can learn something from us. Equally as important you will be able to learn from each other as you work together.

We are all under 30. So we are still hip. We know all the new slangs (see the title we know lol) and stuff. But we want to make it clear we are not against old people.

Here is our contact addresses:

Addiscode Facebook Page: Addiscode

Dagim Feyessa : dagimf@addiscan.com

Temesgen Feseha : temesgenf@addiscan.com

What the blog is for

This blog will serve as a reference tool throughout the lectures. There will be tech articles, tutorials and team project specs. This will aid the learning process. But this wont be the only way we can communicate. Apart from the obvious (facebook: AddisCode) we will be using trello and slack. All of our codes and projects will be on github.

Hope we will be seeing you, during the training, or on Facebook.

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