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Connect Abstracts - Start Your Engines Everyone

Gabriella Davis  9 October 2012 16:30:49
At the IBM Leadership Alliance conference in Boston last week Paul and I had many conversations with people from IBM about Connect 2013 and the Lotusphere track within it.  I know lots of people (including me) are panicking over the delayed call for abstracts and worried about being able to write sessions in time so here are a few things we were told and were allowed to share
  1. Your favourite tracks from previous Lotuspheres are back (think Best Practices, Show and Tell etc). So now you know that you know what you can submit to
  2. Despite community rumours there is no requirement on subject matter or technology to adhere to, the rule still is "write about anything you know and are enthusiastic about so long as it's centred on IBM technology"
  3. You're still going to have a 75 word limit on your abstract
  4. The content team is well aware of the timelines to produce materials and are working on taking the pressure off that

The official call for abstracts is coming and may not be open long but if you want to present get your abstracts ready right now.  Every year Paul and I say the same thing, if you want to present, just write a good abstract.  Don't half-ass it.  A good abstract on a good topic will stand you a very good chance of selection every year.  

I'm working on mine now, I hope you are too but just in case, I've bought a ticket and look forward to seeing you in Orlando.


1Mark Myers  10/10/2012 09:10:45  Connect Abstracts - Start Your Engines Everyone

wise words!!!

2Mark Roden  10/10/2012 20:15:12  Connect Abstracts - Start Your Engines Everyone

Gab - so I was led to believe that the track managers had a theme every year and the abstracts that were selected had to meet what they were looking for.

is that not the case?

3Gabriella Davis  11/10/2012 04:25:02  Connect Abstracts - Start Your Engines Everyone

@Mark - I can tell you absolutely not for the tracks I know about this year. Of course a broad range of topics is what everyone wants, 400 sessions on XPages no matter how good won't go over well with attendees. That said, the guidelines still are - write on abstract on anything you think is interesting, that you want to talk about and that has IBM software as part of its story.

Hope that helps

4Rocky Oliver  12/10/2012 19:25:50  Connect Abstracts - Start Your Engines Everyone

@Mark - as a followup to Gab's response, yeah Lotusphere itself typically has some form of a kewl/marketing "subtitle", kinda like the one awhile back called "Pool of Knowledge" (I have no idea why that's the only one I can remember ;) ). Some tracks try to play to it a bit; but most of the time the tracks that do so are more marketing stuff. The IBM-based tech tracks, such as Infrastructure and App Dev, will have "suggested products" they want covered, and every once in awhile they are even told to allot some sessions towards those products.

But when it comes to the BP track, I am very confident that it will be exactly as Gab said. The great part of that is that the Content Team manager (Kristin Keene) is a strong champion to keep the BP track that way - which essentially means that KK "has their backs".

The Content Team is one of the strongest Lotusphere (Connect) has had. I am sure you won't be disappointed.