IBM Think is fast approaching in March (19-22) in Las Vegas. I enjoyed the larger scale and scope of InterConnect and this is going to be even bigger so here we go….
I currently have one confirmed session on the Think site, I will be presenting on single sign-on both the technical aspects and the behavioural ones focusing on working across hybrid systems and with external solutions.
I am also confirmed to do another session on Domino that i’m very excited about but more on that later when I can share..(VERY excited)
Finally I will be at Champions day which is taking place on Sunday 18th and hope to be speaking there too. This is open to all IBM Champions.
At InterConnect I spent one entire day walking the showfloor (or whatever it’s called) visiting booths and really learning what is new, what is interesting, and what I had no clue about in sectors I don’t usually work in. I plan to spend a day doing that again. I was very interested in the security products for instance and I particularly enjoy walking up to a booth and watching them look surprised when my response to their “we are out of giveaways” is “I’m not here for those, I want to know what you’re selling”
Make sure you give yourself enough time, at InterConnect last year there were lots of labs dotted around the show floor between the booths as well. I’d say you want at least 4 hrs.
So. Many. Sessions. Make sure you download the app. Previously I tried to plan sessions in advance but the day and my interests move too fast and there is simply too much choice so my plan this year is to wing it slot by slot “OK what are my options for this morning? – that’ll do”. Don’t miss out on some of the talks either, there are many theatres doing short and longer talks which have a broad subject matter. Last year my favourites included a talk on Robotics Engineering from Dr Sabine Hauert of Bristol University, a talk on new media from the editor of Buzzfeed, and Linden Tibbetts CEO of IFTTT discussing how they work with large amounts of data. None of those theatre talks are recorded or come with shareable presentations so you have one shot to see them.
The size of Las Vegas actually provides great opportunities for smaller networking meet ups (you can’t go 5 steps without coming across a bar)|. I will be there along with my colleagues in The Penumbra Group as well as my fellow Champions across all IBM sectors and I really hope to see some of you too. If you see me (even if I look stressed and caught up with work which apparently is my resting face) please say hi, I love to talk to people about what they’ve seen, what they think and I love to talk about what I think. Sharing ideas and feedback is a very big reason to do this stuff in person.
I won’t lie, I’m a fan of Vegas which is odd because I’m not a fan of masses of people or noise. I do like sun though. And cheap high quality hotels. And bars where you can ask for a cocktail and they know how to make it. And music everywhere. And really good food. Vegas is notoriously cheap in the week and expensive at the weekend. The last I looked the Luxor which is right next to the Mandalay where the conference is had rates as low as 60 USD per night during the week. Even if you’re not coming to the entire conference (and I do have a 100 USD discount code for those that might want it), consider coming to Vegas to meet everyone.
So that’s it. I’ve got lots to do beforehand to prepare but I have 1000 ideas of what I want to do and I’m already getting excited. OK that’s partly because I really want to see what the sun looks like . but only partly.
I really hope to see you there, it’s not the same without you.