20 Quick Tips for Making the Most of Your Time at IBM Insight

Melanie StopferBy Melanie Stopfer
Consulting Learning Specialist, Information Management, IBM
If you’ve been to as many conferences as I have, you’ll know that there are certain habits that you can follow with so much going on around you.  Here are my 20 tips to make life easier for you at IBM Insight 2014 taking place October 26 – 30.

Tip #1: Get organized! Build your agendas at IBM Insight Conference Connect Center.    Log in with the username and password given to you in the registration confirmation letter.  Download the mobile version so you can take your agenda with you.  If there are too many sessions for you to navigate through, be sure to read the blog entries to help you choose the best sessions.

Tip #2: Avoid lines! Pickup you IBM Insight badge in the Bayside Foyer Mandalay Bay CC South Level 1 as soon as you can.  They are open on Saturday from 10AM-9:30PM  and Sunday from 7:30AM-9:00PM.

Tip #3: New to IBM Insight? You can walk many miles during a conference. Wear comfortable shoes and your fitbit! #HighHeelsRNotYourFriend

Tip #4: Meet experts, grab coffee and schedule meetings in the IBM Business Partner Café at IBM Insight.  Sign up at the Cafe welcome desk.

Tip #5: Register for InsightGo and stay connected at IBM Insight.  This is a free interactive digital platform for virtual conference experience.  This can be used even by those not attending the conference this year!

Tip #6: Follow IBM Insight social media on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+

Tip #7: Spend IBM Insight time at @StopHungerNow Expo Booth & package meals for malnourished kids. Register early.

Tip #8: Bring photo ID when pickup badge at IBM Insight registration. License, passport, or work ID required.  Your badge is GOLD – don’t lose it!

Tip #9: Interact, explore, network, kickback at InsightGO Lounge at IBM Insight. Contests, giveaways, video wall & charging stations!

Tip #10: For $30 take Test C2090-311:  IBM DB2 10.5 DBA for LUW Upgrade from DB2 10.1 at the IBM Insight Certification Testing Center.

Tip #11: read Susan Visser’s blog to prepare for Certification Exams at IBM Insight.

Tip #12: Read IBM Insight Navigation, Tips, & Hints by Ember Crook.

Tip #13; Kick off IBM Insight right! Network & preview wide-ranging technology exhibits at Grand EXPO Welcome Reception, Sun. 6:00-8:30 PM.

Tip #14: Get grounded on what technology is hot at IBM Insight EXPO Theater.

Tip #15: Take charge of your career at #WIT panel. Learn how executives manage careers. Networking reception follows.

Tip #16: Baby it’s cold in there! Pack a sweater, wrap or jacket for IBM Insight. #MeatLockerTemps

Tip #17: Networking opportunities galore at IBM Insight. Pack a lot of business cards, get out there & mingle at EXPO, receptions & lunches.

Tip #18: Meet an author!  17 books are featured this year at IBM Insight with either a book signing, giveaway or both: Book Signings and Giveaways at IBM Insights 2014

Tip #19: Have fun at a No Doubt Concert!  Join us for Tuesday night’s special event featuring No Doubt!   No Doubt has won two Grammy Awards and five MTV Video Music Awards, launched international sold-out tours and were invited to perform for Paul McCartney and the President at the annual Kennedy Center Honors in 2010.

Tip #20: Get inspired!  Attend the general sessions to hear from Keynote speakers: Kevin Spacey, Captain Richard Phillips, Grant Imahara, and Terry Jones.

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