IBM events tend to be huge. Amongst the thousands of people, a large solution hall and events all over the place, it’s tough keeping up with everything.
That is where Foursquare comes in. At this year’s Impact you can use the geo-location service to keep track of what’s going on where and see where like-minded souls have been.
The Impact organizers have done the great job of adding a number of locations including the Solutions Hall and the Unconference.
Once you create a Foursquare account, search for ‘#IBMImpact’ in the Las Vegas area. You should see a list which looks something like this:
You can go ahead and add To-do’s for areas that look interesting to you.
You can also go ahead and find friends that may also be on Foursquare by synching with Facebook/Twitter. I’ll admit I didn’t see the full value in this – especially as many in my networks won’t be at Impact. What makes more sense is to look for people who check-in to my places of interest who potentially have something in common. You can also add locations of your own and see who checks in (use ‘#IBMImpact’ in the name to ease discovery).
Overall much more effective than hoping the guy in front of me in the lunch queue happens to be an HTML5 advocate too (although, I’m not suggesting you be anti-social when waiting for meals!)
If you have any particular experiences on Foursquare to share, be sure to comment below.