The Soft-ware-er Side of IDF13

So, it is that time of the year again: the next Intel Developer Forum is next week and it looks to be a great one. As usual, there will be lots of great keynotes, cool demos, fun parties, and the balance of activities that will keep you abreast of the great things that Intel has or are around the corner. But, with a show this big, with some much to see and do, we know that, sometimes it helps to put a filter on the event so that you don't miss the things that matters to you the most. Here in the Software Group at Intel, we know that some IDF attendees are a a little more special than others. We know that some folks can create entire worlds just by typing and never have to touch a soldering iron to make something amazing. And it is with the Software Professionals, Code Ninjas, and App Developers in mind that this blog entry is written. There are 3 days to IDF so we want to help our Software Brethren to maximize their time at the show! So, with that, here's what the over arching schedule looks like:
So, some key things to note, besides the obvious Breakfast every day between 7:30 and 9AM followed immediately be each day's keynote is that:
  • Tuesday night there is a Party JUST for Software Developers - register here: 
  • Tuesday & Wednesday from 11AM to 3PM there is a Code for Good Hackathon for students (2nd Floor)
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, we'll have food truck out from 11AM to 1PM on both Mission & Howard Streets (1/2 way between 3rd & 4th street)
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, in the HTML5 Community there is a daily drawing for an Acer Iconia W3-810-1416 8.1-Inch 64 GB Tablet
    • At 6:45 PM on Tuesday & Wednesday and 1:45PM on Thursday - must be present to win - see booth for rules
    • The associated Keyboard is included - subject to change without notice
  • Wednesday from 4PM to 7PM there is a "Pub Crawl" in the tech showcase to add a little libation to our demos
  • Wednesday from 5PM to 7PM, come by the Software Group's booth to meet our Executives
  • Wednesday from 11AM to 11:30, hear Robot Master Engineer Dave Shinsel introduce his robot Loki
  • Wednesday from 
     to 12PM, hear Intel General Manager Peter Biddle speak on "Commit to the Crazy"
  • Wednesday from  
     to 6PM, professor Tom Murphy will discuss Hack-a-thons inspiring intercity students
To dive a little deeper, if you can come by the Software Group's booth, there are a number of great demos on everything from Android to Big Data and amazing things in between. Also, in the HTML5 community, there are other cool demos including Comic Director and free tools to help you make cool things with HTML5. Just to help you get your bearings, here's a map of the Tech Showcase this year:
But, we know great Code Commandos are about more than just parties and demos, that's why there is an entire track devoted to software (SFT in the catalog), but if you want the PDF cheat sheet, you can get it here:
So, that's it, the highlights - the parties not to miss - some of the key giveaways & secret tricks - plus some maps to help you get places in a hurry!
For those of you that will be joining this year, we hope to see you around.
For those of you that will not be about to join us this year, don't despair: we will be doing our best to keep you up-to-date with Live Tweets, Facebook posts, and blogs as often as we can. If you want a complete list of Twitter Handles that will be Tweeting from the show, see:   
We hope you found this useful, but if you have questions, you can always find us at @IntelSoftware and on our Facebook page - so let us know the things you want to hear about - we'd love to get the conversation started!
~ +Eric Mantion on Google+ or @CaptGeek on Twitter

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