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I Got You Babe

It’s official. Lotusphere 2012 is over. I’m sitting in the airport, reading tweets of others traveling home, writing my own tweets. Reading wrap up blog posts, and writing my own.

I’m sad. Those of you who have never been wonder how I can be sad about leaving a tech conference, but it is so much more than that. It is much more like an amazing family reunion, where I also happen to learn a ton of stuff.

Some of the highlights (because I couldn’t possibly write about all of it):

The Opening General Session on Monday – I LOVE OK GO and they played the OGS!  I was sooo excited.  Loved it.  The OGS could have ended then and I would have been just fine.  Michael J Fox was the guest speaker, and he was terrific.  Inspiring, funny, and managed to fit his talk in with Lotusphere and social and community.

Tuesday was Nerd Girl day for me.  First, the Nerd Girls Sparks session, which included several short TED-talk-like presentations.  They were really great and I really enjoyed this.  The Nerd Girls BOF to follow up the discussion from the Sparks ideas was also good.  Unfortunately, I had to leave a bit early, but it was off to a great start.  Later that evening, The Great Geek Challenge took place.  This was the second year for this event, and this year was (if possible) even better!  A great time was had by all with loads of fun and laughter (and reubens and sliders!).

Wednesday I presented two sessions.  The first was on mobile and web development, from Notes to BlackBerry.  I made a decision to change part of the session, thinking I was making it more appropriate for Lotusphere.  Afterward an attendee came up and asked me a question about the very thing I omitted.  Lesson learned, never assume.  My second session was with Jess Stratton on being both the developer and admin.  We had a great time.  I saw a couple of lightbulbs go off for some attendees.  That is always a great feeling.

The closing session was just bizarre.  No other way to put it.  Andrew Zimmern was an arrogant ass (job description for celebrity chef, I think) and mentioned his show and why we should watch it about a million times.  He also claimed to be twitter-savvy and reviewed our tweets before his talk, then said the hashtag was #LS2012 instead of #LS12, which makes me wonder how truly savvy he is.  OH, and he boiled and torched live animals on stage, then ate them.  As I said, bizarre.

So Lotusphere…Great sessions, great speakers. Amazing friends, awesome conversations. Tons of laughs and a million hugs. Met lots of new people and spent time with lots of old people, errr old friends. ;-)

PS The title of this post is in reference to this, this, and this, just some of the fun we have at Lotusphere.

Photo courtesy of Greyhawk68

Essential Geek Travel Gadgets

I’ve written about some Geek Gadgets here before (under the tag “Gadget Glee”, but after a recent Twitter conversation about what to bring to Lotusphere, I’ve decided to round up all the travel gadgets in one post.

My number one favorite and essential geek travel gadget is a portable charger.  I wrote about this one in particular, but I also have this one:

That’s the FatCat charger (and yes that is an Amazon affiliate link), which seems to charge a little more than the first one.  But hey, I have both.  :-)

Next on my list is the USB Squid from ThinkGeek.com.  Rather than some “block” type USB hubs, it allows for flexibility if you’ve got some stuff to plug in that’s bigger than the “usual” plug.




Up next is the Monster Outlets To Go power strip.  Nice and small, with outlets that are spaced out for those big charging blocks.


I love my Grid-It from Cocoon.  Perfect for organizing all of these gadgets!





If you’re presenting anywhere, then I really like the Kensington Wireless Remote, which works great on my Mac (and fabulous at entertaining cats, ooh laser!)

Unfortunately, I can’t share my latest essential geek travel gadget as I’m giving a few away as gifts at Lotusphere.  :-)   But I’ll be sure to post when I’m back.  So what are YOUR essential geek travel gadgets?

MTA:  I own all of these gadgets paid for by my own money.  I recommend them purely because they are awesome, not because someone paid me to.  I get nothing at all for telling you that they are awesome.  Unless you buy them through my affiliate link on Amazon, for which I will receive some tiny little teeny percentage, which you can read about at the Amazon affiliate site.

Lotusphere is Almost Here!

Lotusphere is just over a week away.  Are you ready?

I’ve downloaded the Lotusphere Sessions App for BlackBerry, and the updated the Lotusphere Sessions App for iPad.  Thank you to Gab, Tim, Ben and anyone else that works on those applications and the data!

I’ve updated my profile on http://www.socialbizonline.com/.

I’ve added my sessions to my calendar:

One Application To Rule Them All – Wednesday 11:15-12:15 in DL S Hemisphere I

Collaboration, Party of One: When You’re Both the Dev and the Admin – Wednesday 4:15 – 5:15 in DL S Hempishere III

I’ve added Nerd Girl stuff to my calendar:

Spark Ideas – Tuesday 11:15 – 12:15 in the SW Mockingbird 1 & 2

Nerd Girl BOF – Spark discussion – Tuesday 5:45 to 6:45 in the SW Parrot 2

I’ve added fun stuff to my calendar:

Great Geek Challenge! – Tuesday at 8PM in the Fountain Restaurant in the Dolphin

This week, I will be finishing up demos, packing, trying to get plenty of rest, trying to stay healthy, and looking forward to warmer weather than here.  See you there!  (Now, what am I forgetting…)

MTA:  Wow, apparently I was forgetting when my sessions were…sheesh.

I Don’t Get Lanyrd

So Lotusphere is ramping up, a little more than two weeks away.  I saw a flurry of tweets about people adding themselves to Lanyrd.  I’ve seen Lanyrd in the past and briefly looked at it.  Once again, I’ve taken a look at it, this time a closer one.  Honestly, I am just not seeing the point of the site.  I am fully able to admit, it may be the next big thing and a year from now I will feel stupid that I said this, but for now, I just don’t get it.

What is it supposed to do for me?  I find the few things it does are done by other sites, and those other sites do it better and are already part of my day-to-day routine.

It can show me who is speaking at a conference or attending.  Well, sort of.  It only shows me those people who went to Lanyrd to sign up.  Which is definitely not a complete listing, or even close to one.  I find some of the Twitter lists, or the Lotusphere aggregator to be much more complete on capturing who will be there and what they are saying.  Slideshare, Flickr, and other sites capture a lot more in addition to what’s being said and again, I’m already signed up, so are other people who are attending.  Add a hashtag and BAM, I’ve got all my information.  As I understand it, Lanyrd doesn’t do this.

My other issues with Lanyrd:

Anyone can add themselves as a speaker at a conference, and more importantly, anyone can REMOVE SOMEONE ELSE as a speaker.

Anyone can add sessions with any description they want, such as lewd or incorrect abstracts, or even completely made up (and possibly embarrassing to the event) sessions.

People can cheese out and add their company as a speaker.  Lotusphere does a pretty good job of keeping speakers from marketing their companies during sessions, not so much on Lanyrd.

People can modify other people’s bios.  If they never added themselves (remember, someone else could add them), they may not even realize it as they wouldn’t know to check.

My suggestions for Lanyrd:

Allow conference owners/moderators.  Letting the conference staff themselves moderate would alleviate a lot of the above problems (like made up sessions and fake speakers and “company” speakers).

Show the conversation.  Grab a Twitter hashtag and show the chatter on the conference page.  Grab pictures from Flickr, etc.

What do you use Lanyrd for?  Did you just sign up because other people did or do you actually get value from the site?  I’m not trying to be harsh, I simply don’t get it, and would be happy to have my opinion changed.  So go ahead, convince me.  :-)

Lotusphere Madness

I'm a speakerLotusphere is almost upon us.  The madness is just beginning.  For me, the madness starts now with writing slides.  I was incredibly lucky to have two sessions selected:

One Application to Rule Them All – with Paul Steel.  We will discuss and demonstrate taking your Notes/Domino application to the web and to mobile, specifically the PlayBook and handheld BlackBerry devices.

Collaboration, Party of One: When You’re Both the Dev and the Admin – Jess Stratton.  We will talk about the cautions and gotchas of performing both roles, as well as the upsides.

In addition to that, the Nerd Girls have a lot of great stuff planned, which I’ve mentioned here and here.  PLEASE note that all the Nerd Girl activities are open to men and women.  We’d love to see your Sparks ideas, your Geek Quiz entries, and YOU at the Great Geek Challenge!

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