11 ways to get social at IBM Innovate
The Ultimate Social Guide to IBM Innovate 2012 Conference
IBM Rational’s annual Innovate conference is scheduled to kick off Sunday, June 2, and run through June 7 in the beautiful Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida.
The five-day conference features a who’s who of leaders in software and systems set to discuss the power of software-driven innovation to deliver smarter products and improve business outcomes.
Innovate is a great event and you can get a lot out of the event from both the business and personal perspectives. But keeping up with 4,000 attendees, 430 sessions, technical training, hands-on workshops, and all the other fun activities going on, is not an easy task.
Get social and stay connected
To navigate through all the exciting things going on at Innovate, we put together the ultimate social guide to IBM Innovate 2012 featuring 11 ways to stay connected:
1. Keep up with all the conversations on Twitter
There’s no better way to keep up with that’s happening at Innovate, minute by minute, than through Twitter. Start by following @ibminnovate and @ibmrational. Then follow the #ibminnovate hashtag and include it in your tweets.
2. Follow Innovate attendees, speakers, and more
To make life even easier for you, we created several lists on Twitter to help you figure out who to follow during Innovate. There’s even a list with all the people attending Innovate and another one with all the speakers. If we missed you just give a shout to @ibminnovate. Now go on and follow away!
3. Check out all the pictures, videos, exclusive updates on Facebook
Everyday we’ll be posting several pictures and videos to our official Facebook page. With so many things going on, Facebook is one of the best ways to keep up with all the excitement and share your experience with your network. If that’s not enough, we’ll let you know how you can score some awesome swag.
4. Read the daily Innovate recaps and highlights on this blog
Come back here to the Invisible Thread blog for daily recaps of everything that happened that day and what you can’t miss the next day. All the highlights, announcements and latest from our sessions will be broken down here.
5. Come to the connectED Lounge
The connectED Lounge is your one-stop for everything social at Innovate 2012. We have some cool surprises in store for you (hint: even more swag!). It’s very easy to find us, just come to the Solution Center and we’ll be to the right once you come down the escalator.
6. Next2Now: Augmented reality contest (chance to meet Foreigner!)
Get “Next 2” extreme adventurer Jamie Clarke, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, investigative eco-reporter Sarah Backhouse, rock legends Foreigner... even when they’re not there! It’s as easy as app, tap, snap, and zap. Open the app, tap your fave celebri-geek and snap a pic, then zap it to Facebook to win geek-tastic prizes! Download the app (Android or iPhone).
What do you get? The grand prize is a chance to meet and greet Foreigner. We also have signed CDs, Powermat 2x with Powercube, and some Screaming Superfly Monkey!
7. Ask questions during keynotes
That’s right, we’re making our keynotes as interactive as possible. On Tuesday’s keynote, you’ll have a unique chance to ask questions to our CTO panel by sending us a tweet with the #AskCTO hashtag. Then on Wednesday’s keynote you’ll be able to ask our guest speaker Michio Kaku questions with the #AskMichio hashtag. But don’t wait until the last minute, start submitting your questions now.
8. Watch everything live from anywhere
Tune in to watch all the keynotes streamed live everyday. We’ll be streaming some great interviews throughout the week. Don’t miss any of the action and big announcements.
9. Check-in on Facebook and Foursquare
Let all your friends and colleagues know what you’re up to. Go to Facebook mobile app and just click ‘check-in.’ Then search for “IBM Rational Software Conference” and you’re done. Follow us on Foursquare for tips and much more. Of course, you can check-in there as well and unlock some great specials.
10. Get mobile: Download the Innovate mobile app
Keeping up with all the sessions just got a lot easier. We have an exclusive IBM Innovate mobile app available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. Stay informed during the event, connect with the conference community, locate and network with other attendees through messaging and meeting tools, view sessions and exhibitor information even when offline, build your agenda, and much more. Don’t forget you can always build your agenda through our Agenda Builder.
11. Ask anything, anytime, anywhere
That’s right. Have a question? Just send a tweet to @ibminnovate or ask one of the ConnextNOW social concierges posted throughout the hotel. They’re ready, willing, and able to help you dig deeper into social and answer any other question. Of course, if you like walking, you can always just head over to the help desk.