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2013 IBM Impact Zone
Jan 9, 2013 1:45 PM CST

Welcome to the GWC Impact Zone!

Check back regularly for updates on news on Impact 2013 from the Global WebSphere Community.

Go to the IBM Impact Smart Site to Access Impact Presentations
Did you return home from Impact 2013 and find you left your notes on a key presentation back in Vegas? Are you looking to reference the presentation from a great session you attended, or one you missed? IBM has you covered. Impact 2013 registrants can access all the presentations at the Impact Smart Site. (

Global WebSphere Community and WebSphere User Group
Member Discount!

Global WebSphere Community and WUG members are eligible for a reduced conference rate of $1,795.  This is a $400 savings off the $2,195 full conference rate.

Rate in effect from February 1 - May 2, 2013.

In order to automatically receive your GWC Member Discount, you must be a registered member of the Global WebSphere Community. To indicate this when registering for Impact 2013, please check “Yes” for the question “Are you a member of the Global WebSphere Community (GWC)?” and select the WebSphere User Group(s) in which you participate.

GWC's Activities at Impact Announced
Join the Global WebSphere Community (GWC) for a week of contests, racing, prizes and fun! Here’s a glimpse of what we have in store:

Buttons, buttons, and more buttons!
Be sure to stop by the GWC Welcome table (both across from registration and in the Level 2 Sands Foyer) to pick up some of our new 2013 buttons. In addition to the three that won our GWC Button Slogan Contest, which were submitted by our members, we are showcasing many more buttons themed around the IBM products you know and love!

GWC “Register and Race” Area
May the fastest WebSpherian win! Join the GWC at the "Register and Race" Racing Area for a chance to race your fellow GWC members around our race track for an opportunity to win a $100 AmEx gift card*. Only GWC members are eligible to win, so be sure to register now or on-site at Impact.


  • Elwin Lim won the first winner of racing events. He receives on of big tablet prizes.


  • Eric Sevland of Liberty Mutual won our New Member Award! He receives a $100  AmEx Gift Card! In addition to being a new member of the community, Eric also joined our Boston WUG. Hope to see you at the next meeting, Eric!
  • Michael Arfruma of Costco Wholesale wins day two of racing! He's won one of our tablets or Bose prizes! He's also just joined our Puget Sound WUG



  • Christopher Smith of AES Success wins our new member contest. He receives a $100 AmEx Gift Card!

"Developers Start your Engines" digital dashboard contest
Visit the Impact 2013 Social Playground and get a key for a chance to start our digital car dashboard, which is located adjacent to the GWC Race Track in the Unconference Information Area. Three lucky GWC members whose keys start the digital dashboard will win a Kindle Fire HD*!

Code Rally Challenge
Develop and design the fastest animated vehicle using your coding skills and IBM developer tools and race against other Impact Attendee racers for the fastest lap time. Visit the Code Rally "pit" adjacent to the GWC racing for more surprises on-site at Impact 2013.

"Holler Back at Impact" Contest
All week long, any GWC member who tweets or posts about their Impact experience with #GWC and #IBMImpact is entered into a daily drawing for a $50 AmEx Gift Card*. To be eligible, follow @websphereorg on Twitter!

Our winners at IBM Impact! 

  • Sunday - Aditya Budi won the daily $50 AmEx Gift Card!
  • Wednesday - Simon Maple won the daily $50 AmEx Gift Card!

Custom T-shirt Booth
On Wednesday and Thursday of the conference the GWC will be changing gears, relocating to the Third Floor Foyer West to set up our custom t-shirt shop. Visit us and get your favorite GWC Button slogan on a GWC shirt.

Share your Story
Share your favorite IBM Impact 2013 moments in a GWC Video Testimonial and receive a special GWC thank you gift. Schedule a time to record a video in advance by contacting Community Manager Steve LaFond or visit us Sunday - Wednesday in the Level 2 Sands Foyer to schedule a time.

GWC Coverage at Impact
We are covering all the happenings at Impact, so stay tuned to the GWC Impact Zone for live blogging, articles on keynotes and sessions, podcasts, testimonial videos from attendees, and a list of our daily contest winners.

Here is where you can find the GWC at IBM Impact 2013:

Sunday: Level 2 Sands Foyer (5:00 pm - 7:30 pm)
Monday: Level 2 Sands Foyer (9:30 am - 7:30 pm)
Tuesday: Level 2 Sands Foyer (9:30 am - 5:00 pm)
Wednesday: Level 2 Sands Foyer (9:30 am - 2:30 pm); 3rd Floor Foyer West (2:30 pm - 5:00 pm)
Thursday: 3rd Floor Foyer West (9:00 pm - 12:00 pm)

*Employees of IBM; UCG; and national, state, or local governments of any country are not eligible to win GWC Member Rewards prizes.

Congratulations to the winners of our annual GWC Buttons contest!

After receiving many great entries, we had the unveniable task of choosing the winners.

The winners of our contest are:

  • Jason Alloway - "The Wonderful Wizard of WAS"
  • Gabriel Aberasturi - "It WAS? No, it is!"
  • Mark Montgomery - "Give me Liberty!"

Those slogans will will be made into buttons that you can pick up in the GWC Community Room at Impact 2013! Our contest winners will receive a GWC package that includes:

  • A TSA-approved fast-track laptop backpack
  • A stainless steel travel mug
  • GWC LED keychain

Thank you to everyone who submitted ideas and rated the ideas.

Impact 2013 Exhibitor Special Offer Global WebSphere Community
Partner Marketing Programs

Don’t miss out on this added benefit of Impact 2013 Sponsorship. Take advantage of exclusive discounts on any new Global WebSphere Community (GWC) business partner sponsorship package and extend your marketing beyond the Impact 2013 audience through the reach of the GWC. With more than 17,000 members and nearly 30,000 subscribers to our newsletter, Global WebSphere Community Business Partner Programs are powerful marketing tools that provide you with effective social media marketing, lead generation, brand awareness, and differentiation.Impact 2013 exhibitors get 15% off any marketing program including newsletter advertising and advertorials, lead generation whitepapers or Webcast programs, or online display advertising. Talk with our expert team about creating custom campaigns that fit your marketing and sales goals like a glove. 

Or, save even more (48%) with one of our pre-defined, integrated marketing “Make an Impact packages:

Generate awareness around your presence at Impact, drive traffic to your booth, and reach beyond the attendance to capture even more leads.
  • Banner ad on the GWC site through May 31 (the sooner you sign up, the better deal it is for you)
  • 1 Q&A interview on your solution and Impact plans highlighted on the GWC site and in the newsletter
  • 1 pre-Impact tailored webcast featuring your solution

Only available to Impact exhibitors and sponsors, follow up your Impact presence by reaching beyond the attendees to the broader Global WebSphere Community to build awareness, generate leads and drive new sales.
  • 3 months of banner ads on the GWC site
  • 1 Q&A interview about your solution or organization highlighted on the GWC site and in the newsletter
  • 1 post-Impact whitepaper hosting and promotion package
  • Bonus: Your Q&A interview is also published in WebSphere Insights digital magazine
Deadline: May 31, 2013
For pricing and additional information about the Global WebSphere Community Business Partner Program and these special packages please contact Scott Treggiari at or at 781-751-8734. For Impact 2013 sponsorship and exhibitor inquiries, please contact Kevin Jackson at 312-265-9638 or via e-mail at

Impact 2013 Developers Unconference Sponsors:


Impact 2013 Developers Unconference Topics Lightning Talks are Chosen

Your ideas helped shaped May 1, 2013! The Developer Unconference Lightning talks have been chosen thanks to your particiapation on our Ideation Blog. Here are the sessions:

 2:45 - 3:15PM

3:45 - 4:15PM
4:30 - 5:00PM
Thanks for helping us choose the agenda, GWC. Hope to see you there!

Two GWC Members Won Complimentary Impact 2013 Passes for Their Unconference Topics!

First, here are the Unconference Speakers

Tim O'Reilly
Founder of O'Reilly Media

Grady Booch
IBM Fellow, Chief Scientist for Software Engineering

The Impact 2013 Developer Unconference -May 1, 2013- A unique and historical event that no developer can afford to miss! Join Tim O'Reilly and Grady Booch as they kick-off our Developer Unconference with a once in a lifetime conversation that will go viral, so be one of the few who can say "I was there in person!". The Impact 2013 Developer Unconference is set up to help developers connect and exchange ideas with each other. And for those who see development as more an art than a science, we will be offering ways to expand your creativity.

Out of all the ideas that have been submitted for session topics, the two winners of our Session Topic contest have been chosen. We're happy to announce that Martín Itúrbide and David Herring received enough high votes to earn each of them a full Impact 2013 conference pass!Just because the contest is over, however, doesn't mean that you can't still set the agenda for the Unconference.

Here's how it works:

Prior to Impact 2013, submit and vote on topics you would like to either present or hear more about. Care about socially responsible computing? Submit it. Care about trends in designed-for-users mobile interfaces? Offer to lead a session. You get the drill.

For the Impact 2013 Developer Unconference, You—the developer—set the agenda by proposing the topics for the sessions and voting on these topics. We will be taking session topics up until Sunday, April 28, 2013.

Impact Pass for Developers: Check it Out!
Attend Impact on Wednesday and Thursday – the days with the best developer content - for the special price of $495. Receive full access to:

• IBM Impact Developer Unconference
• Keynote speakers that will blow your mind!
• Hands-on technical labs
• Certifications testing
• Technical sessions
• Birds of a feather sessions
• Peer to peer networking

Use promo code WPT13DEV when you register to receive this special price.

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WATCH IMPACT 2013 LIVE! Click PLAY below.

Impact TV is streaming highlights from IBM Impact 2013. Tune into this LiveStream feed to watch exciting Ignite Talks, video demonstrations, and the General Sessions. 

Impact is Coming to You
The IBM Impact 2013 experience is on the move! Learn from the experts and gain the insights that over 8,500 attendees received at the Impact 2013 Conference at a local event near you.

Take this opportunity to hear use cases of IBM technologies and about new developments in Big Data, Mobile, and Cloud Computing.

Here’s the schedule:

  • May 29, 2013 – Impact Columbus
  • June 4, 2013 – Impact Toronto
  • June 12, 2013 – Impact Chicago

You can register for these events here.

Live @ IBM Impact 2013: A Q&A with CTIA’s John Marinho On Mobile Opportunity, Security And Privacy
At Impact 2013, Todd Watson (aka “Turbo Todd”) spoke with John Marinho, VP of technology and cyber-security for CTIA. The two compared and contrasted the tremendous opportunities of mobile computing with the challenges of security and protecting the privacy of users. Watch the discussion here.

Find More Information about Impact Hot Topics

Attendees at IBM Impact 2013 received a comprehensive overview of the latest IBM WebSphere technology, along with interactive labs, demos, and expert interviews. For those of you wanting more, never fear; IBM has provided these top notch references to enhance your Impact 2013 learning:

Watch this video of the Day 3 Highlights of IBM Impact featuring Tim O’Reilly and Grady Booch:

“We are called to make a difference” – Tim O’Reilly

This Impact video features IBM Champions, Jerry Cuomo, Doug Schmidt, Tim O'Reilly, Grady Booch and Melvin Greer.


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