It’s down to one month until Cisco Live 2013! As usual, this is the time when the breakneck pace of updates starts coming out. Whether it be about discount Disney World tickets from Teren Bryson (@SomeClown) or the comprehensive update from Jeff Fry (@fryguy_pa), you’ve got your bases covered. One of the events that I’m most excited about is the official Cisco Live Tweetup.
Twitter has become a powerful medium in the IT industry. It allows people from all around the world to communicate almost in real time about an increasingly broad list of subjects. Professionals that take advantage of Twitter to build contacts and solve problems find themselves in a very advantageous position in relation to those that “just don’t get it.” When a large group of IT professionals gets together in real life, it’s almost inevitable that they all want to get together and hang out to discuss things face-to-face instead of face-to-screen. That’s the real magic behind a tweetup – putting a living, breathing face to a Twitter handle or odd avatar.
The 2012 Cisco Live Tweetup was a huge success. Many of us got to catch up with old friends, make some new friends, and generally spend time with awesome folks all over the industry. The social corner was the place to watch keynotes, troubleshoot problems and even talk about non-nerdy stuff. After the end of the event, I couldn’t wait to try and top it in 2013. Thanks to some help from the Cisco Live Social Team, I think we’ve got a great chance.
The 2013 Cisco Live Tweetup will be held on Sunday, June 23rd at 5:00 p.m. at the Social Media Hub. It’s on the first floor of the convention center right across from registration. We’ve got some prime real estate this year to check out all the happenings at Cisco Live! That also means there will be curious people that want to check out what this whole “social” thing is about. That means more people tweeting and sharing, which is always a win in my book. Jeff and I will also have a limited supply of the coveted Twitter flags for your Cisco Live name badge. While there may be a printed version on the main badge itself, nothing shows your social media plumage quite like a piece of name badge flair.
The 5:00 p.m. start time was chosen by popular vote in an online poll. I know that there are lots of events that typically run during Sunday, like labs and Techtorials. In particular, there is a Cisco Empowered Women’s Network event that starts at 4:00. I don’t want anyone to feel slighted or left out of all the fun at Cisco Live from the need to leave an event just to run to another one. To that end, I plan on being at the Social Media Hub starting around 2:00 p.m. on Sunday and staying as long as it takes to meet people and welcome them to the Twitter family at Cisco Live. I want everyone to feel like they’ve had an opportunity to meet and greet as many people as possible, especially if they have to leave to attend a reception or are just coming out of an 8-hour brain draining class.
Remember that the fun at Cisco Live doesn’t just end with the Tweetup. We’re planning on having all kinds of fun all week long. I’m working on the plans to get a 5k run going with Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) and Colin McNamara (@colinmcnamara) for those out there that want to stretch their legs for some great charities. There are also a couple more surprises in store that I can’t wait to see. I’ll drop a few hints once those plans come closer to fruition. I’m really looking forward to seeing all of the people on the Cisco Live 2013 Twitter list as well as meeting some new people. See you there!