What are you doing at the IOD Conference?
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IBM Information On Demand conference in Las Vegas that begins Oct 13. From my perspective, we've been working hard creating collateral, sending packages, producing signs and posters, and much more to ensure that the attendees of the conference are well taken care of.
I've heard that the attendance is very strong... and the sessions are filling up fast. If you haven't yet registered for the conference or sessions, there is still time. If you can't make it this year, try to get it on your agenda for next year.
Personally my schedule isn't completely filled up... but I wanted to share with you the events that I'm definitely planning to attend:
Sunday October 14Conference Registration 6:30a–9:00p - I have to begin work really early, so I'll likely register at 6:30 am!Pre-Conference Education 7:00 am - I'm not attending any sessions, but I'm helping those who are registered to find class room locations. If you want more information on these sessions, see the website or one of my previous blog entries.Bookstore 8:30a – 7:00p - Rupin is the bookseller again this year. He will have a very wide selection of books available at a 20% discount. Buy your books early as there is a limited supply... plus, it might help you pass an exam or two. Watch for several books that are making their publishing debut at this conf
Monday October 15Breakfast 6:30-7:45 - Those who know me.... know that food is pretty important to me... so I'll list all the food hours for all the other foodies out there!Certification Testing Ballroom D 10:00a – 5:15pCertification Lounge Ballroom C 1:00p – 5:00p - This is a repeat of a very popular event from last year's conference. IF you earn an IBM certification or have one from elsewhere, come for a massage, food, or simply just to lounge. When I have free time, I plan to be here. I remember from last year that the cert lounge was one of the only places where you could find a table and comfy chairs to sit in.GRAND OPENING SESSION 8:00a-9:45a MC: Dana Carvey Ambuj Goyal, Steve Mills & Mike Borman - Kick start the conference with welcome message from the host executives, and perhaps a few jokes from Dana Carvey. You remember Dana... from Wayne's World fame! Mike Meyers is from Toronto and the movie spoofed many people who actually exist here!Bookstore 9:45a – 7:00pEXPO OPEN 11:15a-2:00p - Come visit our anchor, Angela Moore at booth 121. She's representing my whole organization and has important things to hand out.Lunch: 12:00-2Data Servers 2.0 Pushing past the Barriers of Information Technology Mandalay Bay Event Center - Arvind Krishna 2:15-3:15 - I can't say for sure... but there might be some important announcements going on at this time.... am I right?Flashbook Giveaway & Signing 3:15p – 4:15p - This event is showcasing some of my best work this year! Join us as we are giving away two flashbooks. What's a flashbook? Come out and find out.... What is the content? That too you'll have to come to find out. But I can tell you that once you get your flashbook, you'll have an opportunity to have it signed by some important people! This session conflicts with a demo that Laura Hammond is running. I plan to go visit her when I'm finished my work here.EXPO RECEPTION 5:00p-7:00p - More food and drinks?BEACH PARTY and dinner 7:00p-11:00p - party? sounds like a plan.
Tuesday October 16Breakfast 6:30
Wednesday October 17Breakfast 6:30-7Certification Testing 7:00a – 5:15pCertification Lounge 9:00a – 5:00pGENERAL SESSION Stephen Covey 8:00a-9:00a - Who hasn't read one of Covey's books! Stephen is our motivational speaker for the conference and I'm sure he'll give us 8 habits to become highly effective.Bookstore 9:30a – 4:00pCovey Signing 11:00a – 12:00p - Buy one of his books and meet Stephen Covey in person. A signed copy of one of his best selling books might make an excellent gift!Lunch: 11:30-1EXPO OPEN 12:00p-03:45p2728 Women In Technology: Leveraging Our Unique Abilities to Build Success 5:30p – 6:30p - Two of my buddies from the Toronto Lab are hosting this... Jennifer Gibbs and Linda Jairam. I try to take part in as many WIT events as I can... not because I'm a feminist, just that I think women often sell themselves short and often need more encouragement. I'm pretty good at giving people encouragement... and have had a few interesting experiences :)
Thursday October 18Breakfast 6:30
That's it for me. The conference does continue Thursday and half of Friday, but I'm flying home today. Can't be away too long from home!