Lotusphere/IBM Connect/IBM ConnectED have always been great events and it's absolutely natural to expect the same for this year's edition. A glance through the session list shows that the conference should meet that expectation.

But for me, as a developer, there was always something missing at these events: the hands on experience. Yes, there where labs (which I enjoy), but try to do something cool and crazy. Work together with other developer and do something special. There was no time - too many good sessions, too many good opportunities to talk with friends, customers, experts, and executives.

This year, IBM and OpenNTF have joined together to something special. We will hold a Hackathon on Monday, the day before IBM Connect. 10 Teams, each with 10 people, 10 hours (that was the vision). And each team solves an individual project, lead by Project Leader from the community. All teams should be staffed with people from the community, local students, and IBMers.

Our target is to break boundaries and integrate cognitive into all kinds of applications. It starts with giving Domino Domain Monitor the capability to send messages to Twitter (and maybe also direct to Watson Workspaces?); we will extend IBM Verse; we will use IBM Watson Work Services to analyze emails that are processed in a service desk; and we will customize IBM Connections Cloud.

This day will become the day where your hunger for new and exiting stuff is satisfied!

Do we have prizes for the winners and runners up? Yes, care of OpenNTF:

$1000 for the winner
$500 for the first runner up
$250 for the second runner up

Already registered for IBM Connect? Extend your stay and sign up for the Hackathon 2017.

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