Rich Hay (known as @winobs on Twitter) will be working with myself and Harjit next week at IT/Dev Connections. Rich does a bunch of things here at Informa/Penton, including coverage of all things Windows for our ITPro web site – which is in the midst of major renovation (check it out: Rich works on the editorial side of things.

Using his magical, editorial skills, next week at IT/Dev Connections Rich will be helping pull together our sponsor “stories” throughout the week. He’ll be meeting with the sponsors to help each one get deeper footing into our community and ecosystem.

In addition to this, he’ll also be monitoring and managing the social wall for IT/Dev Connections 2017. What’s the social wall? I’ll let Rich explain…

From Rich…

I am sure many of you are making your final preparations to get ready for travelling to San Francisco for next week’s IT/Dev Connections conference – I begin the trip myself on Sunday. It is going to be great to see everyone out there at the Hilton Union Square and in all the sessions, networking opportunities, and of course the meals.

Yesterday Rod shared with you some details to be able to follow happenings at IT/Dev Connections through social media using the official conference hashtag (#ITDevConnections). There will be plenty of activity on those channels for every to track whether they are attending the conference or not next week.

However, if you are attending IT/Dev Connections there is an additional option for contact and sharing among others who are actually at the conference and that is the official IT/Dev Connections 2017 Mobile App.

The app provides quick access to your session schedule, the conference agenda, used to submit session feedback, and will use push notifications throughout the week in case important updates need to be communicated to IT/Dev Connections attendees.

There is another element of the mobile app that is available which allow attendees to communicate with each other plus share pictures and video snippets with others at the conference.

The IT/Dev Connections App Social Wall can be seen as a mini social network just for those attending the conference. Using the Social Wall in the mobile app will also help clear up some of the noise that can occur on social media and allow you to quickly communicate to fellow attendees. I will be monitoring the Social Wall all week so it is also a great place to make us aware of any requests for assistance so we can get it to the right person to help you out.

Accessing the Social Wall is very easy but first you have to install the IT/Dev Connections mobile app and then sign in using your registered conference email address. Once you are signed in just find the Wall tab at the top of the main screen to enter the Social Wall. From here you can set up a profile with a picture and other contact details and then start reading and commenting with fellow attendees.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week in person and on the Social Wall.

Rich Hay