This is it. You have made it to Day 1 of Lotusphere, Business Development Day for Business Partners and JumpStart day for many others. And for everybody, there is one particular thing to look forward to:
FUN101 Welcome Reception (web link)
Dolphin Poolside - Sunday 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Already, you can see that you have too much planned, too many must-do events, too many people to meet... and you wouldn't trade any of it for a snowy day in Cleveland. Enjoy!
I have a request and a suggestion, If you go into a session you really, really like (or really, really hate), tweet about it. Let the speaker know you enjoyed it. Let others know to avoid the repeat. It is time to do more than go to sessions on social networks, it is time to walk the walk. As an aid, every session has a Tweet button for you, as well as a way to Check-In with FourSquare. Use them and let people know.
Finally, here are two sessions I wish I could attend that I recommend for you. If you attend, let me know how they are:
JMP206 How I Went Beyond the Hype, Narcissism, and Trendiness to Become a Social Software Super Hero (web link)
Speakers: Bruce Elgort, Chris Martin
DL S. Hemisphere II - Sunday 10:30am - 12:30pm
Let's face it - social networking and social software is everywhere, and the term "social" could easily be the buzzword of the year. Embedded in the television shows that we watch, the websites that we visit and the latest offerings of mobile devices, social media is infiltrating our daily lives. The business world is not exempt from the expansion of social media apps either and many companies are exploring, and in some cases scrambling to find, ways they can use and integrate social networking tools and services in their existing applications. In this session, we'll introduce you to social media & software. You'll hear from industry leaders, IBMers and Lotus community members about their experiences using social software in business.
JMP103 Jumpstart Your "Jedi Plug-in Development Skills" with the Masters (web link)
Speakers: Ryan Baxter, Mikkel Heisterberg
DL S. Hemisphere I - Sunday 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Come to this session to get up and running on plug-in development for Lotus Notes, Lotus Sametime and Lotus Symphony & learn the ropes to get started. We'll take you from getting the Eclipse IDE and Lotus Expeditor Toolkit installed to configuring, testing and verifying your setup. Next, you'll learn the basics of plug-in development and based on real-life examples, you'll see how easy plug-in development can be -- and how to reap the rewards. And since there's there's "no good" in having great plug-ins if they never reach user workstations, we'll finish the session with end-to-end information on plug-in signing and widget deployment. This is a "must see" session if you want to get started with plug-in development but never knew how. May the Force be with you.
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