Category Archives: IBMConnect13 Buttons (UPDATE 2013-02-26) (formerly had a contest to see how many buttons people kept from different Lotuspheres and other conferences through the years. I found a few of them, but I know that a few more are in boxes under boxes in my basement. I’ve got to get in there and see how many more I have… Some buttons through the years.

What do you think?


Anyone going to IBM Connect (#IBMConnect #LS13) early and want to Park Hop? (UPDATE 1/24)

I have 4 one day Disney Parkhopper tickets that I can’t use. They expire on Monday, January 28th. They cost $132.06 (including tax) per ticket. I’m willing to part with them for $75 each. I’m even willing to pay for overnight shipping. Contact me via Twitter @raybilyk, by email ( or just reply to this post!

UPDATE: I was asked a question about transferring the tickets… I never used these tickets, and won them in an auction, so they have no names/associated with them. There’s no issue with transferring them.

UPDATE 1/24: I have 2 tickets left. I will be down there on Saturday if anyone is going to the parks on Sunday (Great for the wife/husband/significant other…) CONTACT ME!

Great post by Kathy Brown on how to be a Lotusphere/Connect speaker

There is a great post by Kathy Brown (aka @RunningKathy on Twitter) on how to go from someone who attends a technical conference to one who SPEAKS at a technical conference.

At first, I thought that this post may be too late, but it’s exactly on time! Start your steps now for next year… you can thank her later, but I’m sure she won’t turn down a beverage sooner than that. (Quick tip – she runs EVERY DAY, so don’t give it to her while she’s running because she probably doesn’t want to spill it!)

I can attest personally to the steps she suggests, but as she says… your mileage may vary.

Confessions of a Lotusphere Speaker – Running Notes

GO READ IT… NOW! If not for this year, certainly for next year!

IBM Connect and Lotusphere 2013 – Call for Abstracts Deadline Extended to November 7, 2012!

Received an email this morning:

News from IBM Connect 2013!

Be more than an attendee at IBM Connect 2013. Be a speaker! The Call for Abstracts deadline has been extended to Midnight ET on November 7, 2012. Act fast to submit your abstract for consideration! Learn more about submitting an abstract.

For any of you last minute types, get it in QUICKLY!

Also, they still have a $100 discount for Lotusphere ‘Alumni’…

Please enter promotion code ICFHJN when you register as a full conference attendee and receive an additional $100 USD off the prevailing rate. Register now to save!

If you have registered yet, now’s a good time (especially since you’ve already voted…. You DID vote, right?)