Sure, the IBM trend at Lotusphere 2012 this year is about the magic social business. But this has nothing to do with that I am talking about social interaction with people.
With about 6,000 people hitting the conference in a couple days, I am amazed each year by the number of comments about how someone hardly 'met' anyone or could not find and interact with a blogger, speaker or just forum friend. You have to take the initiative in many instances and step outside your normal cube dwelling.
All the speakers pictures can be found in the amazing Lotusphere Sessions database, with links to their public social profiles. Send a note, DM or IM asking to have lunch, grab a coffee or even just say hi. Most will quickly set a time and place that works for you both. The rest will give you a list of times they will be planted somewhere at the conference.
Do not be afraid to walk up and just introduce yourself. Sure they always look busy and deeply involved. Doubtful, as they are there enjoying the conference as much as you. If they are in the middle of something see the above.
Make friends at the lunch table. I site year in and out trying to talk to people at the lunch tables. Amazingly about 50% really do not want to talk or interact. This is the time to find those with similar interests or even awesome ideas. You would be shocked at who you are sitting next to many times. I have been.
Make sure you get out at night. I know being at a large event alone is tough. I still find myself in that scenario at some newer ones. Make friends. Heck even pretend you know them and sit down if invited. Within a short time you get the feel of who is around and can decide to move on or hang out longer. Remember there are thousands more.
Lastly, watch the social streams to see where everyone is. Twitter, Foursquare and even some of the Facebook and LinkedIn networks will list parties and gatherings you are unaware of.
Don't go home whining that geeks are very unsocial. You were part of it while here.
Toilet paper should go which way? Carl and I debate
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 11:13a Chris Miller On our recent World Cup 2014 adventure to Brazil, Carl Tyler and myself had daily car debates we recorded. Here is the one on toilet paper direction. See our Worldcup blog for more photos and videos via the Flickr group and YouTube channel. [read] Keywords:
Wink Connected Home Hub (PWHUB-WH01) review
Wed, Sep 17th 2014 9:59a Chris Miller The simplicity of the Wink Connected Home Hub makes this a bit confusing to some. The Wink Hub is only the hub and a power cable. During configuration you connect it to your wifi (which should have Internet access) and then use the mobile app on iOS or Android to finish the configuration. The easy steps are as follows (which we cover in the video) - Plug in the wink Hub - Load the iOS or Android app - Connect to the Wink Hub and begin configuration - Add supported devices by simply scann [read] Keywords: application
IBM ConnectED 2015 conference tracks
Mon, Sep 15th 2014 9:18a Chris Miller IBM has placed the ConnectED 2015 tracks online for the January 25-28, 2015 event replacing IBM Connect/Lotusphere. Gone are BOFs and Show and Tell but a new tracks take theirs place. IBM has introduced Chalktalk Sessions in track seven to replace BOFs. This means a more interactive and open communication approach to the early morning/late evening sessions. Also new is "Beyond the Everyday" which gets itself in quotes and seems to place the Show and Tell track. The rest seem to be prett [read] Keywords: collaboration
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Google launches Cloud platform for startups
Fri, Sep 12th 2014 9:38a Chris Miller Google has come out with an offering to give startups $100,000 in credit with full support of application, database and storage servers and all their Cloud Platform products. Getting eligible is not too difficult: You must be in an approved accelerator, incubator or VC fund Have not received Cloud Platform credits before You have less that $5M in funding Currently less than $500,000 in annual revenueEven companies like SnapChat are on the Cloud Platform at Google. Which gives them a good edge [read] Keywords: application
Does Server_Restricted Do What You Think?
Thu, Sep 11th 2014 10:00a Chris Miller In another SocialBizUg article I had to question how we think about the Server Restricted ability in Domino. It does not always work how we think it should. Since IBM offers it we definitely want to use server_restricted=x with the appropriate value. There are four possible values (previous to 8.5.2 FP3 there was only 2): The problem is that some of the options still have unintended results. Mainly allowing users access to the server still based on database ACL rights. You can read the whole [read] Keywords: acl
iLuv Wavecast Portable Bluetooth Stereo Speaker review
Tue, Sep 9th 2014 9:00a Chris Miller The iLuv Wavecast Portable Bluetooth Speaker comes in four colors, with the pink apparently hard to find. The sound quality was decent for such a lightweight device. It sits at just under one pound in weight. The battery life in the iLuv Wavecast was about four hours on a full charge. The back indicator light stays lit while charging until the battery is full. Make sure to turn the power switch on the top off between uses to converse the battery on this one. Pairing was simple. Hold the [read] Keywords: archive
BLU Studio 5.0C HD review - An unlocked, dual sim Android phone
Mon, Sep 8th 2014 8:45a Chris Miller The BLU Studio 5.0 C HD phone with dual SIM cards, quad core processor, a close to stock Android 4.4 Kit Kat operating system, 8MP camera and more for under $150? In four colors too. From the moment I opened the box I knew we had a winner with the BLU Studio 5.0 C HS phone. A dual sim, unlocked phone with an almost non-modified Kit Kat version of Android. That right there would cost you hundreds more in most phones. But the pricing on this made me skeptical until I did some real world testin [read] Keywords: archive
IBM Champion 2015 nominations are open
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 9:00a Chris Miller IBM has opened nominations for IBM Champion 2015 program. Anyone can be nominated and yes you can nominate yourself. I have been astounded to be part of the program since inception four year ago now. So what is an IBM Champion? I wrote a blog posting back in 2013 trying to give you a snapshot into what other Champions think it means to hold the designation. To sum everyone up it recognizes those people that give back to the community. From user group founders to OpenNTF contributors to someon [read] Keywords: collaboration
Thinkware X300 Dash Cam with LCD Touchscreen review
Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 8:50a Chris Miller As we show in the video, the Thinkware X300 Dashboard Camera with LCD Touchscreen is simple to configure and use providing exactly what they state in the product description. However, there were a couple areas keeping us form giving it a perfect 5 stars. See the video or read the detailed explanation below. Packaging: Compact with all the necessary accessories outside of one item. A way to provide power to the camera when not in the car if you wanted to set menus or anything else while sitt [read] Keywords: archive