Innovate 2012 Daily Highlights – Day One
Welcome to Orlando and IBM Innovate 2012!
On behalf of the IBM Rational team, we want to thank you for joining us for our most important client event of the year. Innovate provides you with an excellent opportunity to network and share ideas with thousands of your peers (4000 to be exact), meet industry experts, and learn more about the IBM solutions that are helping us all build a Smarter Planet.
In these daily updates you’ll find some quick highlights of the things in the day to come along with some of the things you may have missed the day before. Most importantly (for attendees anyway) are the session updates which will be found at the bottom of each post – including room changes and cancellations.
Also, if you didn’t make it to Innovate this year you can still catch everything streamed live all day.
Top 5 Things You Should Check Out Today
1. Day one general session keynote:
You do not want to miss today’s keynote. If you can’t make it in person make sure to catch it live starting at 8:00 a.m. EST. All we can say is that NextGina might just make an appearance. From rehearsals it looks like this morning's opening session is going to be a very exciting kick-off with lots of announcements. Be sure to be downstairs in the Pacific Ballroom of the Dolphin hotel by 8:00 a.m. so you don’t miss a minute. Come early for a good seat.
2. Opening night at the exhibit hall:
Come down to the solution expo/exhibit hall tonight at 6:00 p.m. for a couple drinks, some snacks, some learning, and a lot of fun. The solution expo will be open on Monday from 6-8:30p; Tuesday from 11a-2p and 5-7:30p; and Wednesday from 11-2p.
3. Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions:
It’s back by popular demand! Join fellow attendees, partners and IBMers from 12:45pm to 1:30pm to discuss hot topics in Systems and Software Delivery. Catch exciting sessions like
Engineers Can Be Social: A Look at Collaboration Without Traditional Boundaries (BOF-1770) and The Mobile Revolution (BOF-2392). Check out page 156 of your conference guide for more info.
4. NEW Innovate Race Car Challenge
The Innovate Race Car Challenge, by IBM and RP5, an IBM Business Partner, will pit “Generation Now” vs. “Generation Next” as students battle customers in a race to the finish line. Using the Agile process and Rational Team Concert, contestants will work through three agile sprints, racing their cars after each round. Only one car will reign victorious and claim bragging rights for their Generation! Will the energy of the students win out over the experience of the customers? We don’t know who will win...but we do know it will be fun!
Join us in Buildout Room 3 from 10:00am to 2:00pm (students) and 2:00pm to 6:00pm (customers).
5. connectED Lounge
Stay connectED at Innovate! Don’t forget to stop by the connectED Lounge in the Exhibit Hall to recharge, hang out, connect with experts like IBM Champions, and get some cool giveaways. It’s your one-stop for everything social media.
What Happened Yesterday
We had a great welcome reception in the Exhibit Hall last night. Attendees had a taste of the groundbreaking technology while enjoying some good food, drinks, and networking with their peers.
Don’t forget to stop by tonight and Tuesday night during our evening sponsor receptions to discover the solutions and technologies available from IBM Rational partners in the comprehensive 2012 Exhibit Hall and IBM Solution Center. Sponsors and partners will be exhibiting their latest software solutions.
Date, Room & Time Change