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Originally posted on the ADL4WCM Blog by Trung Khuu - Apr 12 2011
Recently, i had the opportunity to present and attend Lotusphere.
Lotusphere is an annual conference hosted
by IBM, held in Disney World, Florida. Apart from being a launch pad
for all new and upcoming Lotus products and releases, the event itself
consists of a week long conference, with a schedule of
How did I get to participate in this awesomeness?
Each year, a call for abstracts is sent
out to IBM staff for submissions and presentations on topics of interest
to Lotusphere event organizers. It's open to IBMer's world-wide, which
means there's a lot of submissions, and a long wait before submission
results are announced. I submitted an abstract about extending IBM Lotus
Web Content Management 7.0 utilising it's API's and extension point's
and was lucky enough to be chosen to present this at Lotusphere 2011.
The majority of technical staff who work
for IBM aren't paid for their good looks and smooth talking. So,
attending Lotusphere as a presenter was very daunting for me.
Fortunately, IBM provides a large support network for the conference.
For example, IBM ran Toast Master classes to help newbies like me
prepare for public speaking.
Depending on what you've submitted, your presentation is for a 1 or 2 hour session. In the scale of thing's that's a very small part, of a very fun week. The week and event is kicked off with a grand opening session to all, where IBM products are announced, appearances from people in Hollywood are made, and IBM executives talk. This years guest speaker was Actor and Director Kevin Spacey The conference then divides into multiple "tracks " throughout the remaining week. Each track represents a series of presentations, tutorials or discussions centered around a particular technology, product, theme, or idea. When you submit your abstract, you'll need to decide which one of these tracks your abstract belongs. Abstract's are then judged against other submissions within its category for its content and value to business partner's and customers. The track I chose was "Show and Tell" . This track was about demonstrating "cool" and "innovative" prototypes of something built on top of an existing Lotus product. My presentation was scheduled day one. Which was great, as it gave me a lot of time to enjoy the rest of the conference, but it was also challenging for an Aussie who had only recently got off their 20-hour flight from Sydney.
For more details on the content and themes of each tracks check out
Of course. You can't go there and and not view
Yes and No..
Taken on the opening night, with a phone and one very shaky hand.
(Left to right)
Dave De Vos, Trung Khuu, Steve Garward (a former ADL employee, now working in the US).