Today at Impact was all about celebrating the developer. It was exciting to see all of the things that we are doing to help developers continue to drive the innovation that companies depend on. Instead of writing a detailed blog entry, I want to just post a few of my twitter impressions that happened today.
The day started with a keynote, we do that kind of thing at conferences... A series of people come up on stage and tell you cool and exciting things that set the stage for the rest of the day. Today our host was Don McMillan, Don used to be an IBM Engineer working on chip design... Now he's the worlds funniest Engineer/Comedian. Like many developers he's passionate about technology, innovation, and algorithms - he's also pretty funny and was able to make fun of many of the technical terms we use every day. Not every joke hit, but some of them were pretty funny - at least to me. We then heard from Rod Smith - IBM VP of emerging technologies. His job is to look forward and see how technology is changing - and what that means to businesses today. He spoke on Big Data, Mobile, and some great projects that IBMers are doing with Researchers around the world. The impact of social (and by extension mobile) is really changing how customers engage, but more interesting to me was the discussion of how businesses can leverage this sentiment analysis in real time to change customer facing interactions.
Up next we heard from Jane McGonigal talking about does gaming make you have superpowers? My answer for developers can be found here. She was amazing, I had seen her TED talk, but actually getting 8,000 software engineers to play a massive game of thumb wrestling. The feeling that gamers feel is all about positive experiences, developers experience a lot of the same feelings when solving technical problems. I know when I work on a code problem, failing over and over to solve an issue, to ultimately solve the problem it's better then killing the end game boss in my favorite MMORPG.
I spent the rest of the morning in a mini-main tent about celebrating developers, and hearing Greg Truty talk in only five minutes about the last capabilities in the IBM Mobile Foundations. Then Dan Berg - IBM STSM came up and took us through DevOps, a topic near and dear to my heart. I can't wait to tell you about how these two topics relate - Come to IBM Innovate.
I spent the afternoon in the Unconference - check out the material over on Lanyrd.