Boost your digital experience — how to get more out of Think 2020

By | 2 minute read | April 6, 2020

Over the past couple of months, the world we know has changed. Routine tasks, like grocery shopping or going for a walk, have become a lot more complicated. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to change how we do a lot of things.

How we stay connected with friends and family.

How we educate our children.

How we work.

How we grow.

We’ve all been forced to adapt and innovate. And we here at IBM have taken several measures to help our Business Partners and clients navigate these uncertain times. We’ve also reimagined our annual Think conference, delivering what we believe to be an engaging and useful way to connect and learn without putting anyone at risk.

We’ve transformed Think 2020 into a virtual event to be held May 5 – 6. Instead of gathering in meeting halls to find out about the latest technology and industry expertise, we’ll be livestreaming it directly to your desktop. We’ll even have a dedicated Business Partner channel with tailored content for our Partner Ecosystem. And we’ll also be offering a number of interactive sessions and labs where you can explore and be inspired by some of the innovations and advances occurring in this quickly shifting market.

For many of you, though, this might be your very first virtual conference. You may not be sure what to expect or even how to prepare. So we’ve put together some tips to help you get more out of Think 2020 or any digital experience.

Eliminate distractions

Before the virtual event begins, find a quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted so that you can focus on the programming. Virtual events can last for several hours or multiple days, so choose a comfortable seating area that won’t require too much readjusting. And if you do need to stretch your legs, you can get up and walk around the room — all without disrupting the conference.

Mind your background

Virtual events typically require more bandwidth than your usual online activities. Closing applications and browser sessions that are not in use will help you avoid buffering or delays and will help ensure that you’re experiencing the virtual event in real time.

Ask questions

If you have a question during the conference, feel free to engage. There is a wealth of knowledge at the other end of that chat window, so make sure you’re getting the information you need.

Take notes

When attending an in-person event, you can’t always save information to review later. Luckily, with a digital conference, you can take notes, save links and download shared documents, letting you build your very own library of information to help you remember and implement what you’ve learned.

Enjoy yourself

Get comfortable. Make sure you have water, your favorite snacks or anything else you might need within reach. The more you can prepare beforehand, the more you’ll be able to enjoy and learn from your personal virtualized conference. And feel free to kick off your shoes and put your feet up — we won’t mind.

So whether you’re prepping for your first ever virtual conference or if you’re an old pro, we welcome you to register and join us for Think 2020. It’ll be better if you’re with us.