At InterConnect 2017, create the perfect session agenda with help from Watson

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Last month, I shared my top five reasons to attend InterConnect 2017. If you’re like me, you probably browsed the session topics. Seeing almost 2000 entries, you may have had an “oh man” moment.

If you did, there’s a straightforward way of finding the sessions you’re interested in. Instead of paging through a lengthy list or keyword searching the old fashioned way, Watson’s natural language service gets you started on your agenda. Below is a quick video that shows you how easy it is:

The session titles and descriptions are natural language search friendly, so the quality of the matches is very good. My strategy is a variant of the junk drawer sort: toss everything in that looks even modestly interesting, then when it’s packed to the top, pick the best of the pile in a second pass.

As you’ll see in the video, I use the “my agenda” list as the junk drawer and then emailed it to myself for a second pass. The email listing includes all the descriptions and links. I found it a lot faster to scan the full descriptions in one list from my first pass than click-click-click through the online interface.

Of course, once I’ve made the second pass, I pick the top five sessions from my 40-plus vetted possibilities and forward them to my manager along with this manager-friendly list of reasons it’s a must-attend conference. They’ll be especially enamored with reason number one, “a year’s worth of professional education in just one week.”

Find out more about IBM InterConnect 2017 and register here.

A version of this article originally appeared on the Bluemix blog.

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