Thursday, January 03, 2013

Planning for #IBMConnect - Maps, Apps & Hotel Points

Well, IBM Connect (formerly known as Lotusphere) is almost upon us, as you can see by the countdown timer on the right margin of this page.  (If you want to see the "countdown timer" JavaScript, check out this post from last month.)  This will be my 15th January in Orlando (I think - they blur together after a while), so this stuff is old hat to me; however, I thought that newcomers might like to get a feel for the layout and logistics of the conference.

For starters, your biggest daily concern will be getting from one session to the next.  We're going to be using the full range of meeting facilities in both the Swan and Dolphin hotels, so you may be facing a rather brisk walk in between sessions.  Here, then, are PDF maps suitable for planning (or downloading to your smartphone/tablet/whatever).  NOTE: These are FTP links, not HTTP!

Swan and Dolphin Resort Map
Dolphin Meeting Space Aerial View
Swan Meeting Space Aerial View

A few key points to remember as you plan:
  • Most of the labs (Meet the Developers, IBM Research, etc.) are on the Lobby Level of the Dolphin, in the Oceanic, Asia, and Europe rooms.
  • You'll be eating in the Pacific Hall, on the Ground Level of the Dolphin.  It's a long walk, so plan accordingly.
  • The Product Showcase (both IBM and third-party vendors) will be in the Atlantic Hall of the Dolphin.
  • Most Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions are held in the Swan.
For your downtime and recreational use, the Swan and Dolphin hotels have created an iPhone app with a general resort map, information on restraurants, activities and the like.  It isn't really useful for business visitors, but your family may enjoy it.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Iphone App |

One last point - the Swan and Dolphin hotels are not owned/operated by Disney, but rather by Starwood Hotels.  If you're a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty program, you can pick up points for your stay during IBM Connect.  If not, you can join SPG here.

Feel free to add other resources in the comments - and I'll see you in Orlando!

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