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Lotusphere session not accepted? How about an Un-Lotusphere?

Here's a random idea of the day:

My team and I have been working on some brainstorming around how to increase awareness and support for DB2 and Informix and the rest of our data management products.  One of the ideas put forth by a colleague was "Find a way to leverage all of the good presentations rejected for IOD."  

We all agreed this was an excellent idea and worth following up on, but more than that, seeing all of the acceptance (and regrettably some rejection) posts flying around PlanetLotus and Twitter this week makes me think this would be the perfect time for all of you in the Lotus community to jump on board with it, too.  (It's just a hunch, but I'm guessing it'll be easier to get something going on this while abstracts and sessions ideas are still relatively fresh in people's minds, vs. at a time when the conference has already taken place.)

So here's my proposal:  Hold an Un-Lotusphere with all of the sessions that didn't get accepted this year.

My guess is that many (if not most) of you who proposed sessions for Lotusphere either have a baseline presentation on the topic already put together, or have enough knowledge on the topic in your head that you could without too much difficulty put together a presentation of sufficient quality that it would be worth sharing and would add value for people who read it.  (And one of the bonuses of not delivering the session live? You don't have to worry if you would have come in under or over a fixed time limit.  Who cares if it's a 20-minute presentation and not a 60-minute presentation?)  

Take your presentation, upload it to SlideShare, and tag it UnLotusphere2009.
 Just because there physically aren't enough rooms along the Boardwalk or hours in the day over one week, it shouldn't mean that others shouldn't be able to benefit from your expertise and experience.

What do you think? (And who wants to run with this... I've got to head back to my day job now.  Anyone up for an Un-IOD? :-)

***Update - 11/14, 1:00pm ET - Please head and read Ben's post on this topic. He has some great suggestions regarding focusing this more on "supplemental" sessions rather than ones that didn't get accepted, and has created a post on IdeaJam, as well.***


    Bruce Elgort | Website: | 11/14/2008 8:38:43 AM GMT

    Great idea Adam!

    Kevin Pettitt | Website: | 11/14/2008 8:44:56 AM GMT

    Awesome idea Adam. I'm in for two, both Bruce and my "Templates, Templates..." prez and one I didn't submit on SuperNTF (since I didn't have the new release out by the submission deadline and wanted to play it safe).

    One thought though: Since some presentations (Like the SuperNTF one) are probably more demo heavy, we should think about some sort of central place folks could put screencast type presentations. I don't think, but could be wrong, that slideshare offers this option.

    Betsy Thiede | Website: | 11/14/2008 8:46:05 AM GMT

    The Not Ready For Prime Time crew!

    Adam Gartenberg | Website: | 11/14/2008 8:48:27 AM GMT

    @2 - Very good point on demos and presentations. I just checked and it doesn't look like you can upload movies or demos to SlideShare, just presentations.

    Does anyone have a favorite site for sharing demos (other than the obvious, like YouTube?) I know there are some services that let you record screencasts directly, but haven't tried them out. Is there any service that lets you record screencasts as well as upload your own, should you have them already?

    Keith Brooks | Website: | 11/14/2008 8:53:42 AM GMT

    At one point Lotus911 had discussed doing this as well, during the year and such on BleedYellow.

    It's an ainteresting idea, but why would this be any different that us posting it on our blogs or websites?

    And to answer your question, No I don't have a pres done yet.

    Adam Gartenberg | Website: | 11/14/2008 9:08:41 AM GMT

    @Keith - The main differences from just posting to our own blogs (which I would recommend that people do, too), would be:

    1. It means everything is assembled in one place and is discoverable via a common tag

    2. It provides an avenue for all of the people that don't have blogs of their own.

    Frank Paolino | Website: | 11/14/2008 10:02:10 AM GMT

    I always liked this idea. I registered the domain VirtualLotusphere. What if we made this the official site for this effort?

    { Link }

    Chris Toohey | Website: | 11/14/2008 10:08:06 AM GMT

    Calling it "Un-Lotusphere" might be a little - dare I say - "tacky" and come across as "sour grapes". I think people taking this approach however to share their expertise can do nothing but boost the exposure to the technology and give everyone in the community better entry to unfamiliar techniques or technologies.

    As for a service, check out { Link } I had originally recorded these on CamStudio and CamTasia for YouTube formatting (which explains the horrible graininess to them), but you get 500MB weekly of storage space, which should be MORE than enough for any given presentation(s).

    Ben Langhinrichs | Website: | 11/14/2008 10:10:13 AM GMT

    I think it is a great idea, but I have an offer for you. If somebody comes up with some consistent, discoverable way to do this, I would be willing to include the sessions in my annual sessions database, thus ensuring a great deal more visibility. If people want to see all the SameTime sessions, they would then see both the "scheduled" sessions and the "virtual" sessions, but the latter would have links to the presentations (or videos or whatever works) rather than just a scheduled time. After Lotusphere was over, this would also allow people who went to Lotusphere to go back and review sessions that WERE NOT held, as well as ones that were.

    Adam Gartenberg | Website: | 11/14/2008 10:56:12 AM GMT

    @7 - I think that would be great, if no one has any objections. (I wonder if IBM would try to clamp down on a site using Lotusphere in the name, even if it's a friendly site? I hope not.)

    @8 - I could see how some might take it that way, but hopefully most wouldn't... I was following the recent trend towards holding "unconferences" in association with (or instead of) formal conferences.

    @9 - I think that's a great idea! Keep them coming

    (And don't forget the last line in my post - any volunteers to take this on and run with it?)

    Ben Langhinrichs | Website: | 11/14/2008 10:58:32 AM GMT

    I modified the concept a little and posted it on my blog: { Link }

    Adam Gartenberg | Website: | 11/14/2008 11:15:35 AM GMT

    @11 - Thanks, Ben!

    [Repost of comments I posted on Ben's site]:

    Great suggestions, Ben, and thanks for extending the idea. I do like the "supplemental" take on things a lot more than "rejected," because I think it is a much fairer view of things. Having a little exposure to the other side of the session review process, far, far more "rejected" sessions would fall into a "I wish we had the space to include your session, but we don't" category than a "what were you thinking?!?" one. And, as you point out, there isn't a reason to exclude a presentation just because it was never submitted to Lotusphere in the first place.

    Lars Olufsen | Website: | 11/14/2008 4:05:19 PM GMT

    Great ideas, Adam and Ben - It would be another great add to the already very excellent community surrounding Notes/Domino.

    Should it be an "open for all" database of presentations and demos, or would there have to be some sort of Quality Control (another place to have your abstract rejected)?

    Patrick Kwinten | Website: | 11/17/2008 4:11:37 AM GMT

    great thought! 'dare to share' =)

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