The 2013 Newbies Guide to Attending IBM Innovate Conference in Orlando

In preparation for the IBM Innovate conference starting this June, I've put together some helpful advice to newcomers who've not been to one of the conferences before. By no means is this a complete list, nor is it an official list. Its MY list. Enjoy:

What to bring

CLOTHING: Well, first off, this is Florida. I live here and know the weather well. The conference rooms are on the cold side. Outside? Its HUMID! The first time you go outside after being in the AC, your glasses will fog up. So, with that said, you need bring business casual for all the sessions (Sunday - Wednesday). You can rethread an outfit for Thursday, or do what most people do and go with shorts. You need to bring a few pairs of shorts, t-shirts or short sleeve shirts for the evenings away from the conference. Next week it is expected to be highs in the high 80's, with lows in the low 70's, but still very humid. That said, the weather can change rapidly. Take the weather report with a grain of salt.

You should bring very comfortable walking shoes, as you'll be doing a lot of it. Bring extra socks also. Bring flip flops or sandals also. Don't wear a business suit to the theme park event on Wednesday. You'll think you look like a professional, but you'll be a professional fool.  Wear nice casual clothes and relax (this includes the IBM executives). People are more likely to talk to you.


What NOT to bring

Where to go

And just in case you would like to make sure you visit one of our several sessions, here is where and when we will be presenting:

1753BSoftware Archaeology with Rational Developer for System z and Rational Asset Analyzer - Discovering What You've Forgotten, Knowing What You'll InheritDolphin - Australia 2Tue, 4/Jun, 01:45 PM - 02:45 PM
1214ATeaching Old Dogs New Tricks: Successful Steps in Rolling out Rational Developer for Power for IBM i and AIX DevelopersDolphin - Northern E1Tue, 4/Jun, 01:45 PM - 02:45 PM
1212AMaking a HATS a Strategic Investment: Integration with Relational Systems and Web ServicesDolphin - Northern E1Wed, 5/Jun, 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
1393AThe Caffeinated Mainframer: Java on System z with Rational Developer for System zDolphin - Northern E2Thu, 6/Jun, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What to Know and Prepare For

We're looking forward to the conference as we do all year. Hope to see you there!

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