The Blogger Open: Not Your Typical Round of Golf
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A Unique End to a Unique Conference: The Blogger Open
By Mitch Cohen
What is the Blogger Open? The Blogger Open is a great example of what the community brings to Lotusphere. The event takes place each year after the Closing General Session. This year 89 people headed over to the Disney Fantasia Miniature Golf course to keep the Lotusphere fun going just a bit longer.
There is a whole other side to the Blogger Open, which is contributing to the community. Over the last three years Mike McGarel has developed an XPages based site to handle registration and other logistics for the Blogger Open. This year not only did Mike continue to improve the site, but he also contributed the code back to OpenNTF as a new project named Event Signup.
Vendors at Lotusphere provide prizes awarded to the best individual score, best team and worst team. Thanks to Panagenda, Simplified Technology Solutions, the London Developer Coop, and community member Jim Casale for donating this years prizes and giveaways.
The Blogger Open is a terrific example of what is so special about the Lotusphere Community, and the best way to wrap up Lotusphere.
Special thanks to our 2012 event sponsors: Northern Collaborative Technologies, GSX, Notes In 9
Mitch Cohen is Manager of Messaging & Collaboration for Colgate-Palmolive, working with IBM/Lotus Technology for 15+ years, implementing and managing global implementations of Notes/Domino, Sametime, Quickr and Connections. Mitch is the co-founder of the Tri-State Lotus User Group, has presented at many Lotusphere conferences and Lotus user groups and runs the popular Blogger Open mini-golf tournament at Lotusphere. He is lucky to be married to the most amazing woman in the world and has an 8 year old daughter and twin 3 year old boys. Mitch's blog can be found at http://www.curiousmitch.com and you can follow Mitch at @curiousmitch on Twitter.