This year the new ConnectED conference introduces a brand new track under breakout sessions - Track 6 entitled “Beyond The Everyday”. The track is being put together by Christian Holsing and myself and it’s something very different we think has been missing from previous IBM conferences. Although it has replaced the Show and Tell track the two aren’t connected in any way and the “Beyond” sessions are regular (60 mins) session length. Best of all , these sessions are ideal for Business Partner and Customer speakers.
Let me explain why I’m excited by “Beyond” because I can think of at least 30 sessions without even trying that would be great. Beyond the Everyday looks to fill a gap as it encourages you as speaker to talk, not just about IBM products, but about how extending those products and adding other technologies bring your software to a whole new level. In previous years I’ve heard from people who didn’t submit that they didn’t think IBM would care to hear what they want to talk about because it’s not on brand enough - well it may not have been true then (I honestly don’t know) but it’s not true now, at least for this track.
Business solutions today aren’t all from one provider, they aren’t all from one OS, many of them aren’t all on premises or Cloud but combining the most innovative tools in each area from different sources makes Connections, Sametime, Domino, Portal etc a very big part of a larger technological story. It’s about what we can achieve when we reach further. So I know you all have innovative ways of making things work, of bending technology to your will, of achieving your goals by forcing those technical barriers out of the way and and that’s what we want to hear about 🙂
In short, if you’re doing something freaky, weird, bent and exciting (in a software sense) share it with an audience who want to know how to work without limits. As before I am very happy to help or advise on abstracts if you are considering submitting, but you only have a week or so to do so. I’m hoping we were right and this is what people want to hear and hoping even more this is what you all want to talk about!
Send in your abstracts HERE