IBMConnect

This has to be one of my favorite months of the year. Not only am I well rested, full of new years resolutions and ready to cause some serious coding damage for 2014, I also get to spend a full week overseas at one of the most amazing holiday resorts, attending an IBM event that hosts thousands of people, and hanging out with some of the most talented and awesome folk that the IBM Online Community have to offer.

Yes people, it’s IBMConnect 2014. My flight leaves for Atlanta Friday night (My time) and lands Saturday morning (Florida time). By Saturday 12:00pm I will be dropped off at the Swolphin (Swan and Dolphin), finding a place to keep my luggage, and venturing forth (to the Boardwalk I think) to meet and greet some of the greats.

What makes my week at IBMConnect that much more special, is that I am proud to call myself an IBM Champion for the 2nd year running. Yay for me and yay for the other 80+ champions that were chosen, especially those new to the Title :)

Another special milestone is I get to co-present a session at IBM Connect with Mr Marky Roden. This will be my first real session at IBMConnect and I can feel the nerves already. Last year I had the honor of facilitating a Birds Of A Feather Session, but next week I’m on stage baby!!!

When is the Session?

BP209: IBM Worklight: Going From XPages Mobile to Native Mobile Applications

Dolphin Southern Hemisphere I – Thursday Jan 30th – 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

What is the Session about?

I’m glad you asked, and the answer is….*cough cough*…Mobile. And not just mobile, but IBM Worklight. Marky and I will be highlighting some of the awesomeness that is Worklight, as well as demonstrating a mobile app we developed to integrate with an XPages Application. Join us in our session and see how you can use your XPages knowledge in a mobile development environment.

My message to those attending IBMConnect

People of IBMConnect, I cannot stress this enough….”Connect, Connect, Connect”. Do not be afraid to introduce yourself and build the social chain. If you don’t know where to start…it’s simple…watch out for those with an “IBM Champion” badge of some sort (Blue I think). Part of the reason they are Champions is their willingness to engage and help others. It’s the perfect place to start.

Then, there’s Mr Bleed Yellow himself….Mat Newman. If you need a hug (we all need a hug sometimes), just introduce yourself. He will be spotting a touch of yellow :)

Finally, try your best to attend some the Social events. There are too many to mention. If you use Twitter, there will be value in following these hashtags:

I’ll see you all in a couple of days. Get some rest :)
John
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