I’ve made the now-annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for the internal WebSphere Services Technical Conference. The direct Virgin flight from Gatwick actually seemed to pass relatively quickly despite the lack of working entertainment system in my seat.
So this year I guess the social software coverage is likely to be a little wider. We’re using the tag wstc2008 for blog posts; I’ve created a Twitter hashtag of the same (I know of a few others who will be here); and photos may appear on Flickr or other sites with the same tag (although not from me – I don’t have a camera with me this time around).
The conference agenda looks very good, and very varied. I’ll be presenting a poster session on Social Software on Tuesday evening, and a full talk on the subject on Thursday morning. In the meantime, I’ll share what I can.
SOA / WebSphere at IMPACT
IBM’s customer SOA conference, IMPACT, is taking place in Las Vegas at the beginning of April. IMPACT is the evolution of the annual WebSphere events… actually my first trip to Vegas was back in 2001 when I was an IBM customer, attending the WebSphere conference.
There’s a blog listing some of the details, and you can find out more about the event and register on the IBM site. The event is also on Facebook.
Sadly I’m not expecting to be there myself, but it looks like the B-52s are performing and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is speaking, so I’d love to get along.
LotusSphere comes to you
Like me, you may have missed out on LotusSphere in Florida last month (are we spotting a pattern?). The “roadshow” version of the event is being held in London and Manchester at around the same time as IMPACT at the start of April. Check out the information on the IBM site. Worth going along if you want to learn more about IBM’s social software tools like Lotus Connections.
I posted a couple of weeks ago about our range of travels in 2007. We also take a lot of photos as we go.
Now, both Ola and I have had some photos chosen for inclusion in the latest editions of the Schmap Online Travel Guides. Ola’s image is in the Paris guide, and one of mine is in the Las Vegas guide.
Ola’s photos are frequently fantastic… she usually takes our compact Canon Ixus 850 IS along with her, and her eye for composition is wonderful. When we are out together she often complains that I take too long to frame up a shot with the DSLR, so I envy her ability to spot a good composition. I’ve tagged up her photos as takenby:ola on Flickr… although she’s got a fair portfolio building up so she really should get her own Flickr account, don’t you think? 🙂