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The amazing Watson playing and beating human competitors at Jeopardy.

Some photos taken at Lotusphere With no mention of Lotus during the conference I thought ‘That’s Not My Name’ by the ‘Ting Tings’ would be appropriate. All the photos have been added to the Flickr ‘Lotusphere 2011 – Official Group’

I was searching through old Lotusphere resources preparing for this year’s conference and found a conference report from Lotusphere 2009. If you will be new to Lotusphere this year, it might give you an insight into the conference.   Lotusphere 2009 [Redacted] and Paul Hudson attended the annual Lotusphere conference at Disney’s Dolphin and Swan conference Centre in Orlando, Florida. This is a conference where 8000 administrators, developers, IBM Business Partners and IBM staff, spend a week discussing all things Lotus. Think of it as the ‘Vodka and Red Bull’ of Lotus conferences, part conference, part training and part social. It’s an enjoyable but exhausting week. I know, a conference at Disney in Florida, with a Wednesday night party at Universal Studios Theme Park, sounds like a jolly doesn’t it? But how does starting at 7am and walking 3 miles a day sound, because that’s the average distance a Lotusphere…

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(I meant to post this last week but didn’t get round to it) It’s interesting to read the reaction to the abstract rejections for Lotusphere. I’m sure some of the rejected ideas would make great presentations. But I’m not going to go into the pros and cons of the abstract selection process, that’s been covered by many recent blog entries. After I had my abstract rejected last year, I vowed that I’d blog about my particular area of interest, accessibility. After sitting through numerous XPage presentations, from both IBM and developers, I was concerned with the apparent lack of concern about accessibility issues XPages introduced. I came back vowing that this area was too important to wait for the next Lotusphere and vowed to blog about improving the accessibility of Domino web apps. Guess what, I’ve done nothing about it. Yes, I have many excuses: My SysAdmin won’t allow me…

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This year I put in two Lotusphere abstracts, a BOF and presentation on ‘accessible web design‘. To be honest neither abstract was very good having been put together at the last minute. If I’m honest, I’m relieved that I won’t have the worry of presenting and can just relax and enjoy the week. But I’m always uncomfortable attending conferences when I’m not presenting, especially at such an expensive conference (why doesn’t IBM sponsor educational establishments – most academic conferences are half the price of this one?) Accessibility is extremely important in my job. A large proportion of ‘Web 2.0’ sites are designed without any real consideration of accessible design and I have a concern that Domino 8.5 will encourage the Domino community into adopting Web 2.0 technologies without understanding the problems they might be creating. When I was a design student I visited the ‘Royal National Institute for the Blind’…

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