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.
Miele CM5200 Countertop Coffee System review
Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 10:15a Chris Miller The incredible Miele CM5200 Countertop Coffee System was sent over for review. This is like having your own coffee shop with full bean grinding, steamed milk and cup warmers. While this Miele CM5200 Countertop Coffee System is the width from wall to edge of most counters, it is a whole bean coffee system that offers way more than coffee, even making two cups at once. Here are the key points from our standard video reviews of the Miele CM5200 Countertop Coffee System! - This was easy to se [read] Keywords:
Summer Sure Sight Digital Video Monitor review - Holidays 2013
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Misfit Shine activity tracker review via Best Buy
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CES 2014 - Neptune Pine Smartwatch technical review
Tue, Nov 26th 2013 12:17p Chris Miller Spiked Studio was given the chance to get the first technical interview with Neptune, the makers of Pine Smartwatch. Prepare for tons more as Spiked Studio will be at CES 2014. We cover a lot of ground in this interview with the CTO, Aaron Wilkins. Read the posting at Spiked Studio for all the information. - 3G / Quadband / GSM (1:45) - CDMA (2:05) - tethering app (3:40) - it is unlocked (4:00) - Voice calls and wifi - bluetooth (4:40) - battery life (9:40) - Snapdragon processor (10: [read] Keywords: wifi
IBM taking down most user forums and wikis this weekend for maintenance
Fri, Nov 22nd 2013 9:58a Chris Miller IBM has announced that forums, wikis and apps on www-10.lotus.com, www-12.lotus.com and infolib.lotus.com will be down the afternoon of Friday November 22 2013 to morning of Monday November 25 2013. all other wikis, forums and other applications hosted on www-10.lotus.com, www-12.lotus.com, and infolib.lotus.com are expected to be unavailable from 4:00 PM EST (9:00 PM GMT) Friday, November 22nd, 2013 to 9:00 AM EST (2:00 PM GMT) Monday, November 25th, 2013 due to maintenance work at our facil [read] Keywords: domino
BlackBerry, Smart Tags and BlackBerry AppWorld
Tue, Nov 19th 2013 9:56a Chris Miller Yes BlackBerry you have done something dumb again, this time with Smart Tags and BlackBerry (AppWorld) World. It all started when I found a cool app I wanted to load. It all started when I wanted to try out BlackBerry Express. An awesome new presentation creation tool for the BlackBerry devices. The article took me to BlackBerry World which had the QR code on the page. From here the experience sucked. I opened BlackBerry World on my BlackBerry Z10 device and looked for the simple way to sc [read] Keywords: application
IPEVO USB SuperCharger review - Holidays 2013
Mon, Nov 18th 2013 11:50a Chris Miller As I show in the video there is not a lot to describe on IPEVO USB SuperCharger product review. Plug it into the wall and you have four 2.1A USB ports instantly available. A great space saving tool. The IPEVO USB SuperCharger plugs directly into a wall socket, freeing valuable plug space in your home of office. The power provided by the IPEVO USB SuperCharger is then capable of charging up to 4 iPads at once. You can charge normal mobile phones, backup batteries or anything else that norm [read] Keywords: google
IBM Connect 2014 BP Surround Activities
Mon, Nov 18th 2013 6:24a Chris Miller IBM Connect 2014 has quite a few changes including the new BP Surround Activities. These activities will not be competing against scheduled IBM events as shown in the IBM Connect timeline at a glance posting (see links below) From the information available, the BP Surround Activities will be events lead and driven by IBM Business Partners on Wednesday night that may include a more enhanced experience then just gathering in a hotel suite. Business Partners should make special note that th [read] Keywords: ibm