This is always a favorite concept, but we spend a lot of money on a conference to which we cannot attend the vast majority of the sessions. IBM is going to great lengths to try to ensure that every speaker has slides well before the conference (our deadline is Dec. ...
It makes NO sense that he has to work so hard for something that benefits IBM's customers. This would allow him to easily create and update the scheduling DB.
IBM and Business Partners invest heavily in Lotusphere. In order to maximize return and value to the Lotus community, IBM should make a small investment to make sure the material is broadly available. IBM should pay Ben Langhinrichs to attach presentation materials to his sessions database so they could be ...
When Lotusphere makes the conference presentations available to us to download, we can download each track as an individual zip file. The problem is that all the presentations are titled things like "BP101.pdf", "BP102.pdf", etc.
If I want to look up a session from previous years past, I have to ...
Every year at Lotusphere there are several session speakers that never bother to post their presentation slides and/or demos that they promised during their session. There are even more speakers that only post their presentation slides after much hounding by the conference attendees. I think that IBM should require that ...
Other programming communities also have their LotusSphere equivalent conferences, where the experts share their knowledge with the community.
Some of them make available (free) screencasts of the presentations.
Screencasts from LotusSphere help increase the general competence level in the community, which again increases the ...
Every year the disney-bots put the between session coffee away far too early, surely it could be left for an extra ten or fifteeen minutes to allow those who have had to walk from one hotel to another to get a drink before heading into the next session?
Special conference pricing for CLPs was offered to Lotusphere attendees for several years and then taken away last year. I think this really hurt IBM/Lotus' relationship with the certified community more than if they never offered it in the first place. Why not just offer us a token $100 discount ...
Keep refreshments availble throughout the day in he Product Showcase. This will help increase booth traffic.
Please have the coffee, tea, etc. available before/after each session. It's maddening playing the guessing game...
This is not a new idea, but it might be a timely idea to revisit.
Picture: Mr. Robichaux www.nsftools.com/blog
Other coffee/etc ideas:
The Lotusphere conference guide rates all sessions by technical depth (using one, two or three dots). For me this is important information when deciding which sessions to attend. If this information was included in the pocket agenda as well it would save me time.
Lotus must have some pull with Disney (Dolphin/Swan), with their multi-year conference contract.
Get them to upgrade their internet connection. We all are experiencing slow performance, and I saw it effect two presenters today, as they were knocked off during their show.
Send in a few IBM network ...
Last year cert-lab was about to die, but was brought back in.
Has it gone for good now, or could a joint effort (VOTES please) make it survive ?
One of the reasons that using the "big 3" hotels is so important is that the busses stop running to the outlying hotels after some totally rediculous time like 9 pm. Most of the important "networking" is just getting started by then! :)
I would suggest that each conference ...
Some of us lowely independent contractors work pretty hard promoting Lotus Domino but don't have a parent company paying our way. Could IBM lower the price on Lotusphere?
Alton Brown as our closing session speaker was pure brillance. It'll be hard to top for 2009, but I'd like to make the early pitch for Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters! I'm sure there are dozens of geek myths they could put to the test on stage (and even some ...
In the pocket agenda and flipbook agenda, I would like to see all alternative times/days listed on each session. This would make scheduling easier than flipping through 2 different books to find out when that session is being presented again. IBM did this at the Blade Center X-Series Conference, and it ...
We want to see a Blogger's Lounge, as many other large shows have now.
Perhaps part of the press area, but it's a place for us, and for others to come, meet, learn(we can schedule mini sessions) train, do interviews and of coursse blog.
Sponsorship is possible, and ancillary items ...
Many of last year's suggestions still hold merit and may get buried by other ideas. Example: provide a CLP Discount, cross-index the Product Showcase catalog, help Mr. Ben Langhinrichs, etc. We posted them for a reason. IBM should review and strongly reexamine for inclusion, as they are quite relevant. Thank ...