ILTACON 2015 – Registration’s Open

Guest post by Rick Krzyminski, Co-Chair for ILTACON 2015
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Believe it or not, we’re at the half-way point to the legal technology industry event of the year, ILTACON 2015. Amazing that it’s already been six months since we wrapped up work on last year’s conference, said goodbye to Nashville and began preparing for this year’s event. An awful lot has happened since then and we’ve come a long way toward developing great content to deliver in August/September at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Along with developing advanced sessions based on legal technology’s primary channels (Information Management, Organization Management, Applications & Training and Operations), we’ve worked hard to make sure proper coverage is given to the industry’s current “hot themes”:

• Business Process Improvement
• Cloud
• Information Governance
• Mobility
• Security

Extensive coverage of these key topics as well as thought-provoking and advanced topics within the more traditional areas of focus ensures that there will be something of value for first-time Conference attendees and something new and exciting for returnees.

Even though we’re still 6 months away, I’m already very excited to see how some of the more advanced sessions will play out. I’m especially interested in learning more about how law firms and their clients can work together to develop game-changing solutions and how Watson might change the face of the legal industry. I’m sure you share my excitement in seeing all the new tools and solutions that will influence our industry and affect the way we deliver services.

Aside from the sessions, it wouldn’t be ILTACON without all the great people that are part of it and that means YOU! The networking at ILTA has always been very rewarding, and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of the smartest, nicest people in the industry over the past ten years. The Conference Committee has been interacting on session development, but there are so many more of you that I’ve missed the last few months – it’s been way too long. So, without further delay, go forth, register for Conference and book your room!

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you this summer at ILTACON 2015!

News from the ILTA Globe, Thursday August 21st

Get Your Keynote Here!
Scott Friedman presents today’s keynote, “Imagine, Create, and Celebrate the Future!” Delta Ballroom A at 8:30 a.m. This fast-paced, humorous call to action will show you and your organization how to become a victor — rather than a victim — of change. Our final keynote of the week will leave you feeling energized, inspired and more accountable to create a better future for yourselves and your organization.

Join the Party
Come celebrate another successful ILTA conference by imagining yourself and your conference friends at a huge tailgate party, sponsored by Nimble Storage.

Enjoy a selection of great eats from food trucks in Delta Ballroom A and the foyer at 6:30 p.m. You’ll find Saweet Sweets!, Simply Sammies, It’s All Greek to Me, Wok and Roll, Grilled Grub, and Tic-Tac-Tacos…yum!

Round off the evening with fun and games! Enjoy ping pong, beach volleyball, video games or our inflatable sports cage, and try your hand at the casino tables (win prizes!). If you are in the mood, imagine yourself a star and head for the karaoke bar (sponsored by Actiance) in Delta Ballroom D.

Annual Meeting of the Corporation
We’ll gather for our annual “state of the organization” address and recognize our volunteer leadership today following lunch in Delta Ballroom A at 12:30 p.m.

Encore! Encore!
We’ve added a session to today’s schedule. Come see “Encore Session – What’s That? New and Cool Technologies” in Governor’s Ballroom B at 2:00 p.m.

Items to Donate
Rather than throwing away any unwanted materials that have accumulated during the conference, we can donate them. The many items that are needed and accepted include lanyards, notebooks, backpacks, etc. Turn in your unwanted materials in the bins at the registration desks today.

Help Wanted for ILTA Website Redesign
We’re in the initial stages of redesigning our website. As with anything we do, we’re committed to prioritizing our efforts with our members’ needs in mind. We’re asking conference attendees to participate in a very simple card-sorting activity that will give us some great insight into how to organize the site. Earn a free drink ticket for participating!

This activity shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes, and your participation will help us get this right. Just stop by the Ask ILTA desk near Delta Ballroom C to sign up. Thank you for your help!

Last Call for Bingo
Your last chance to qualify for vendor eBingo is today at 11:00 a.m. Anyone playing on paper should turn in their card to the Ask ILTA desk by 10:30 a.m. Congratulations to all our winners, and a big THANK YOU to all the vendors that donated prizes!!

Keep the Evals Coming!
Please use the Rate & Review option in the ILTA Events app to provide feedback on the sessions and speakers. The option to rate a session will appear in the app once the session has ended. Your ratings and comments via the mobile app are anonymous and do not show in the Activity Feed. To provide feedback about our speakers, please visit the Speakers list in the app. And remember, you earn lots of points in the app via your ratings!

We’re Back in Vegas in 2015
See you next year in Las Vegas at the beautiful Caesars Palace
Aug. 30 – Sept. 3, 2015.

Happy Trails to You…
It’s always bittersweet to bid adieu to our ILTA friends. Many thanks to the entire community for making this event a great success. Extend the feeling throughout
the year by participating in the many ways we educate and connect you. We hope to see you in all the old familiar places until we meet again at ILTA 2015!

News from the ILTA Globe – Wednesday, August 20th

A Keynote About the Future
Join Rohit Talwar as he presents today’s keynote, “Unleashing IT To Disrupt, Define and Differentiate Future Strategies,” in Delta Ballroom A at 8:30 a.m. He’ll describe the journey of reinvention law firms must embark on in the decade ahead and critical technologies shaping the agenda for IT and law firm leaders.

Website Redesign – Your Input Is Desired
As you might be aware, we’re in the initial stages of redesigning our website. As with anything we do, we’re committed to prioritizing our efforts with our members’ needs in mind. We’re asking conference attendees to participate in a very simple card-sorting activity that will give us some great insight into how to organize the site. Earn a free drink ticket for doing so!
This activity shouldn’t take longer than 8 to 12 minutes (don’t worry, it isn’t timed) and it will really help us get this right. There is nothing you need to do to prepare, we just wanted you set aside some time to participate while you are in Nashville. Please stop by the Ask ILTA desk near Delta Ballroom C. No sign-up is needed.

No Evening Event Planned
There is no planned event for this evening; you are on your own for dinner. Enjoy the great restaurants in the resort, and have fun at the many vendor networking events that are planned!

Our Exhibitors Have Imagination!
Many thanks to our exhibitors for their support of ILTA 2014! And a special thanks to those who got into the spirit of our Comic-Con theme by decorating their booths and dressing in costume during our Exhibit Hall networking event Monday evening. Congratulations to the winners of our booth decorating contest!
1st Place: Traveling Coaches (Booth 300)
2nd Place: SoundPath Legal, a PGi Company (Booth 507)
3rd Place: Mimecast (Booth 605)

Play eBingo
Our very popular game has a new format this year, as we announce eBingo! Earn great prizes by using the ILTA Event app to scan the QR Code that you’ll find at our exhibitor booths! A list of prizes that are available to win can be found in the Daily Winners post in the app (under Important Info). Be sure to visit at least 10 new exhibitors each day to become eligible for that day’s prize drawings. You can play each day! Winners will be announced via the Event app at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. Additional details can be found in the ILTA Event app under Important Info. For tips on viewing your badges earned and tracking them, see the article under Important Info on how to play eBingo.

Congratulations to Our Winners
Attendees had a fabulous time at last night’s awards dinner, and our award nominees all deserve a round of applause. Congratulations to our award recipients.

ILTA’s 2014 Distinguished Peer Award Recipients:
 IT Professional of the Year: Justin Hectus of Keesal Young and Logan
 KM Professional of the Year: Steven Lastres of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
 Leadership Award: John Alber of Bryan Cave LLP
 Litigation Support Professionals of the Year: Joy Holley of Bryan Cave LLP
 Technology Advocacy Professional of the Year: Michael Sweeney of WilmerHale
 Technology Support Professional of the Year: Pamela Hart of Hunton & Williams
 Young Professional of the Year: R.P. Smith of Jones Walker LLP
 Innovative Consultant of the Year: Sherry Kappel of Litéra Corp
 Innovative Solution Provider of the Year: Opus 2 International
 Innovative Vendor Thought Leader of the Year: Deepak Massand of Litéra Corp.
 Innovative Project of the Year: Seyfarth Shaw LLP
 Innovative Law Department of the Year: Exelon Corporation
 Innovative Law Firm of the Year: Bryan Cave LLP

ILTA’s 2014 Publication Awards recipients:
 Outstanding Member-Contributed Magazine Article: Brian Donato and Lisa Pierce Reisz of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
 Outstanding Vendor-Contributed Magazine Article: Ben Weinberger of Phoenix Business Solutions
 Outstanding Member-Contributed White Paper Article: Chris Emerson and Amy Wu of Bryan Cave, LLP
 Outstanding Vendor-Contributed White Paper Article: James Edwards and Kathryn Hume of Intapp
 Most Innovative Editorial Content: Barry Murphy of eDJ Group, Inc.
 Most Innovative Ad Content: Opus 2 International
 Rising Star: April Brousseau of Norton Rose Fulbright

Enjoy the Spa
Spa-goers can show their badge to enjoy a 20% discount on services at the Relâche Spa — the perfect place to relax and enjoy some pampering. For reservations, call 615.458.1SPA (1772) or book online at relacheopryland.com. Book early to get your preferred times!

Turn In Session and Speaker Ratings!
Your feedback on sessions drives the content development for next year. Please use the Rate & Review option in the ILTA Events app to provide feedback on the sessions and speakers. The option to rate a session will appear in the app once the session has ended. Your ratings and comments via the mobile app are anonymous and do not show in the Activity Feed. To provide feedback about our speakers, please visit the Speakers list in the app to do so. And remember, you earn lots of points in the app via your ratings. We’re getting lots of great feedback, so please keep it coming! If needed, you can also provide your feedback on our paper-based Session Evaluation forms that are available in each session room.

Session Recordings
Can’t make a session? Don’t worry about it…all session recordings will be available for download at no cost to ILTA members following conference.

News from the ILTA Globe – Tuesday, August 19th

A Visionary Keynote
Rod Beckstrom, a well-known cybersecurity authority, Internet leader and expert on organizational leadership, presents It’s a MAD, MAD, MAD Cyber World: Imagine What You Can Do About Cybersecurity and Risk Management in Delta Ballroom A at 8:30 a.m. Take part in an exercise on building resilience through support networks as a joint community for knowledge-sharing and incident response.

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening!
The Exhibit Hall officially opens at 10:00 a.m. Enjoy a snack break, and start playing the new eBingo game!

eBingo, You Say?
Our very popular vendor bingo game has a new format this year, as we announce eBingo! Earn great prizes by using the ILTA Events mobile app to scan the QR code you’ll find at each exhibitor’s booth. A list of available prizes can be found in the Daily Winners post in the app (under Important Info). Starting today, visit at least 10 new exhibitors each day to become eligible for that day’s prize drawings. Winners will be announced via the ILTA Events app at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. Additional details can be found in the ILTA Events app under Important Info.

Using the QR Scanner option inside the app, scan the QR code at an exhibitor’s booth. Enter the first name of the vendor representative you are speaking to, and click Send.

Attendees who don’t have a compatible device may opt for the paper-based Vendor Bingo card. Please visit the Ask ILTA desk in the Delta Lobby or at the Vendor Registration Desk in front of the Exhibit Hall to acquire a card. Paper-based cards must be turned in by 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, or by 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, to qualify. Please turn in your cards at the Ask ILTA desk in front of Delta Ballroom C.

Schedule Changes
Keep an eye on the mobile app for any changes to the schedule!

Celebrate Your Distinguished Peers
Join us for the fifth annual ILTA’s Distinguished Peer Awards Dinner tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Delta Ballroom A. Enjoy a fabulous sit-down dinner at this gala event. After dinner, our guest emcee, Mark Eddie, will entertain us with “Comedy That Rocks.” Then award winners will be announced and celebrated. Presenters and award nominees will be dressed to impress, and we encourage attendees to dress up as well.

Enjoy the After-Glow Parties
Following the awards dinner, enjoy dessert in our two after-glow party rooms. For the hip and happy “City Mouse,” there’s a high-energy nightclub atmosphere. If you’re feeling a little more laid back, head to the “Country Mouse” down-home country bar. Sponsored by HBR Consulting and IRIS.

Fun Run/Walk Winners
Thanks to everyone who participated in yesterday’s Fun Run/Walk! Our runners who crossed the finish line first were Mark Tamminga in the men’s division and Wendy Axelrod in the women’s division. Our fast walkers were RJ De la Cruz and Debra Parrish. Many thanks to our sponsor, Intelliteach, for their support of the Fun Run!

Find That Demo Room
All demo room assignments and the full schedule can be found on the ILTA Events app. The schedule is also located on hotel information boards around the conference center.

Lost Something?
Any lost items will be delivered to the Hotel Lost and Found. You can call the Lost and Found Department from any in-house phone at extension 58820 or from outside the hotel at 615-889-1000 ext 58820.

Yes to Wi-Fi, No to Mi-Fi
Connect to the ILTA2014 wireless network at no charge thanks to our sponsor, Canon Business Process Services, Inc. The password is canonbpo.

Please turn off any Mi-Fi devices and mobile hotspot service on your smartphone while in the conference center. Take the “No Mi-Fi Pledge” to help ensure the resort’s wireless service is not impacted by unauthorized Wi-Fi hotspots devices. To take the pledge, visit the Important Info area of the ILTA Events mobile app. Earn a badge and become eligible for a prize by following the instructions in the “No Mi-Fi- Pledge” article.

Stay Dry During Yoga
Yoga will begin each morning at 6:30 a.m., and it has been permanently relocated to Delta Lobby A. An instructor will be present, but please bring your own mat. Towels and water provided. Sponsored by eSentire.

News from the ILTA Globe – Monday, August 18th

An Imaginative Keynote
Peter Diamandis, the world’s foremost expert in incentivized innovation, shares “The World of Disruptive Technologies and Abundance” in Delta Ballroom A at 9:00 a.m. Start the week off right with this insightful, passionate opening session!

 Networking Lunch
Look for signage on a few of the tables during lunch in Ryman B3-4. Some peer group leaders will be providing opportunities for attendees to visit with others who share peer group interests.

Sharon Swartworth Leadership Seminar
Join Major General Walter Huffman of the U.S. Army (Retired) as he talks about leadership as an invaluable skill to any organization in “IMAGINE Yourself As a Leader” at 2:30 p.m. in Delta Ballroom C.

Regional Meetings
At 5:15 p.m., we split into regions to meet with our neighbors, discuss plans for the year ahead and get ideas for programs of interest to attendees, with a door prize as a bonus! Your regional identification is noted on your name tag. Regional meeting locations:
 Europe: Findley’s Pub
 Middle Atlantic: Delta Ballroom D
 North Atlantic: Governor’s Ballroom AE
 North Central: Delta Ballroom C
 North Pacific: Presidential Ballroom A
 South Atlantic: Presidential Ballroom B
 South Central: Delta Ballroom B
 South Pacific: Governor’s Ballroom

The Legal Bytes Take Center Stage
Get ready for the Exhibit Hall opening reception with a free concert by The Legal Bytes — the all-ILTA-member rock band that plays original music about legal technology. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. outside the Exhibit Hall!

Comic-Con Creativity in the Exhibit Hall
ILTA’s Vendor Comic-Con takes center stage in the Exhibit Hall at 7:00 p.m. Meet with our exhibitors and get acquainted with their products as you witness “imagine”-ation and animation run wild. Make stops at exhibitors’ booths while enjoying food and drink that relate to Looney Tunes, Superheroes, Sci-Fi and Anime. You must wear your badge to enter. Guest tickets are available for purchase.

Experience the ILTA Events App
The 2014 ILTA Events app is available for the Apple iPhone, Apple iPad, Android and Windows mobile devices. For all other devices (including laptops), a mobile Web version is available. The app will provide access to the conference agenda, speaker details, attendee list, exhibitor info, floor maps and more. Don’t leave home without it! To download the app, go to the App Store (Apple, Android and Windows) on your device and search for ILTA Events.

If you have questions about the ILTA Events mobile app, visit the Ask ILTA desk, located in the Delta foyer of the conference center.

Get more information, click here.

Get Your Wi-Fi Here!
The Gaylord Conference Center provides wireless Internet access at NO CHARGE to conference attendees, thanks to our sponsor Canon Business Process Services, Inc. Look for the ILTA2014 wireless choice in the conference center. The password is canonbpo. Internet access in guest rooms is covered by your daily resort fee. Look for the Gaylord Hotels wireless choice while in your guest room. The ILTA2014 option will only be available within the conference center.

You Can Always Ask ILTA
The “Ask ILTA” desk is located next to member registration in the Delta foyer. This is a great place to explore the benefits of your membership. Your questions can be specific or general; they can be about online services, local meetings or our publications. ILTA staff are here to assist you!

Take the No Mi-Fi Pledge
Please turn off any Mi-Fi devices and mobile hotspot service on your smartphone while in the conference center. Take the “No Mi-Fi Pledge” to help ensure the resort’s wireless service is not impacted by unauthorized Wi-Fi hotspots devices. To take the pledge, visit the Important Info area of the ILTA Events mobile app. Earn a badge and become eligible for a prize by following the instructions in the “No Mi-Fi- Pledge” article.

Send Them Tweets
Follow our conference Twitter account at http://twitter.com/ILTAConf. Keep up with the chatter on ILTA 2014 by searching for the conference hashtag: #ilta14. Tweet about each session using the hashtag specific to the event code found in the conference journal or Event app!

Mini-Focus Groups
We are offering mini-focus groups during meals at conference. We need participants for the Vound (Tuesday 12:30 – 1:30) and CoSign by ARX (Wednesday 12:30 – 1:30) groups!!! Email peggy@iltanet.org to participate!

Looking for a Demo Room?
All demo room assignments and the full schedule can be found on the ILTA Events app. The schedule is also located on hotel information boards around the conference center.

Power Up!
The front row of each session room is a “Click Zone,” and it’s where you want to be for tweeting, blogging and taking notes on laptops and PDAs. This area is rich in power strips, so sit down, plug in and get your tweet on. Please remember to mute any device that makes sound in the session rooms. Please note other power-rich locations in the Delta lobby — Laptop Island and the Charging Station.

CE Credits
Although ILTA will not offer continuing education credit, an ILTA certificate of completion will be offered. Attendees may seek CLE credit or other continuing education credit on their own. To obtain a certificate of attendance following conference, provide a list of all session dates/times/titles to randi@iltanet.org.

Session Recordings Have You Covered
Can’t make a session? Don’t worry about it…all session recordings will be available for download at no cost to ILTA members after conference.

Start Tomorrow Morning with Yoga
Join us each day of the conference at 6:30 a.m. for yoga on the Relache Lawn. An instructor will be present, but please bring your own mat. Towels and water will be provided. If weather prohibits the practice on the lawn, we move to Delta A Lobby. Sponsored by eSentire.

Lost and Found
If the hotel staff find any lost items, they will deliver them to the Hotel Lost and Found. Guests can call the Lost and Found Department from any in-house phone at extension 58820 or from outside the hotel at 615-889-1000 ext 58820.

Remember to wear your name badge at all times!

Mini-Focus Groups at Conference

One of our goals in ILTA’s current strategic plan is to enhance vendor collaboration, enriching the relationships with key vendors and creating opportunities for member involvement in the development and enhancement of products.

Once again at conference this year, we are offering five mini-focus groups and would love to have you participate! These mini-focus groups will be 60 minutes in length and will be held during breakfast and lunch on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. They should not interfere with you attending sessions.

The vendors involved in the mini-focus groups are as follows:

Session# Date/Time Company Name
MINI1 Monday, 12:00 – 1:00 Kraft & Kennedy, Inc.
MINI2 Tuesday, 8:00 – 9:00 kCura
MINI3 Tuesday, 12:30 – 1:30 Vound
MINI4 Wednesday, 8:00 – 9:00 RBRO Solutions
MINI5 Wednesday, 12:30 – 1:30 CoSign by ARX

For additional details, see mini-focus groups being offered, with goals and questions outlined by the participating vendors.

Click here to volunteer for a mini-focus group! Please sign up by Wednesday, August 13th.

We appreciate your support of this initiative. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Nashville!

Fitness & Recreation while at Conference

“He who fails to plan is planning to fail” … Winston Churchill

Trying to stay on track with your healthy routine while at conference?  Here’s some info to help you plan before you go:

Fitness Center & Spa

Apart from ILTA-sponsored events listed below, you may wish to spend some time in the hotel pools, fitness center or beautiful spa.  The fitness center is available 24/7, but you will need a room key to gain access from 10:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.

Spa Goers will enjoy a 20% discount on services. The Relache Spa is the perfect place to relax and enjoy some pampering. Mention ILTA when you make your reservations to take advantage of the discount, and book early to get your preferred times! See the Relache flyer for more details about service offerings.

Walkers/Runners

Join us for a Fun Run/Walk (5k run/3k walk) at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, August 18. The event starts just outside the hotel at exactly 6:30 a.m. Each participant will receive an accurate time over an accurate distance. We will have a course layout and markings to show your way.   Register now!  If you’d like to do the routes on subsequent days here are the maps:  3K Route; 5K Route

Yoga

Monday – Thursday from 6:30 – 7:30 a.m., a relaxing yoga class will be held outside on the Relache Lawn (weather permitting). Note: Yoga mats will not be provided; please bring your own. Towels will be provided. Register now!

Golf

ILTA’s 2014 golf tournament will be held Sunday, August 17 with a “shotgun” start at 8:00 a.m. Buses will transport players from the Gaylord to The Hermitage Golf Course. This is a “Captain’s Choice” scramble tournament with a continental breakfast and full lunch provided…and, as always, loads of fun throughout. Trophies will be awarded to the top teams, and valuable prizes are yours for the winning! Register here and share with your friends. Everyone is invited!

 

Communities of Interest at ILTA 2014

Due to popular demand and success from last year’s Communities of Interest, we are extending the time for these networking events on Sunday afternoon to 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

If you haven’t participated in a Community of Interest before, they are a way to kick off the conference by networking with peers with similar interests. An ILTA volunteer leader gathers topics for discussion before the conference (using social media) and will facilitate the discussion and networking in the group. Soft drinks will be provided.

Here are this year’s Communities of Interest:

Communications Technologies – Hashtag #CommIntCT
Emerging Technologies – Hashtag #CommIntEmrg
Financial, Pricing and Legal Project Management – Hashtag #CommIntBFM
Law Departments – Hashtag #CommIntLaw
LegalSEC – Hashtag #CommIntLegalSEC
Litigation and Practice Support – Hashtag #CommIntLPS
Marketing Professionals *New in 2014* – Hashtag #CommIntMktg
SharePoint – Hashtag #CommIntSP
Small Firms – Hashtag #CommIntSmall
Trainers – Hashtag #CommIntTrainers

Plan to attend one to get your conference networking off to a great start!

8 Reasons Why You Should Send Your Hard-Working and Deserving Employees to ILTA 2014

1 Peer Driven Programming

The conference planning committee comprises two co-chairs and nearly 40 experienced and enthusiastic ILTA members who are developing the educational program based on topics and trends identified by their  peers.

2 Quality Educational Sessions

With almost 200 peer-provided educational sessions around four areas of discipline – information management, organization management, applications/desktop and technology operations – there is something for every legal IT professional at ILTA 2014.

3 Value For Your Dollar

The cost for members to attend this four and a half-day event is $1,295 (includes all educational sessions, entrance to the Exhibit Hall, all meals except dinner on Wednesday, and all ILTA-sponsored networking events). The value – priceless! Return with unmatched takeaway knowledge and experience that can be applied to your firm or law department.

4 High-Powered Keynotes

Each morning begins with an impactful, inspirational keynote focusing on the “IMAGINE” conference theme. Our keynote speakers will set the stage for high-energy learning to take place each day.

5 Experienced Speakers

Conference speakers come from ILTA member and vendor ranks. There will be over 350 speakers at ILTA 2014-IMAGINE, attending and sharing experiences and knowledge.

6 Creative Session Formats

Sessions will be presented in a number of formats to meet a wide variety of learning styles. From panel discussions to hands-on training and attendee-driven sessions, there is something for everyone.

7 Multiple Networking Opportunities

Many attendees rate networking as the most important benefit of ILTA conferences. Throughout the week, we offer a number of settings in which to connect and network, and we allow enough time between sessions for you to share and discuss your newfound knowledge.

8 Engaging Exhibitors and Consultants

Explore the Exhibit Hall that will feature 218 key vendors to the legal market, work with specific vendors in assigned demo rooms and take advantage of opportunities to network with these wonderful service providers.

Make sure your deserving employees have a chance to attend.  Register them today!

Spotlight on Keynote: Peter Diamandis

Monday morning’s keynote “The World of Disruptive Technologies and Abundance” will be given by Peter Diamandis.

Peter is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University (SU), the leading institution for the study of exponentially growing technologies. SU was founded with the support of Google, Autodesk, Genetech, Nokia, Cisco and NASA and is located in Silicon Valley. He is also the “New York Times” bestselling author of “ABUNDANCE – The Future Is Better Than You Think,” in which he lays out how we will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet.

On Monday morning, Peter will talk passionately and provides insights on the impact of artificial intelligence, computational Systems, digital manufacturing/3-D printing, synthetic biology/bioinformatics digital medicine and robotics and nanomaterials. He talks about the societal transformation from “local and linear” to “global and exponential,” which is accelerating disruptive stress or disruptive opportunity, depending on your organization’s point of view. These technologies are also leading to the greatest epoch of wealth-creation ever, where new billion-dollar startups are coming out of seemingly nowhere at the same time that 50- and 100-year-old, billion-dollar companies are going out of business. Peter also introduces the idea that exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the “technophilanthropist” and the “rising billion” are conspiring to solve our biggest problems. He examines human need by category — water, food, energy, healthcare, education, communication and freedom — and addresses how a range of powerful technologies such as synthetic biology, embedded networks and cloud computing, AI and robotics, biotechnology and medicine are transforming what was once scarce into something abundant.

Be sure to attend this Monday morning keynote for an imaginative start to your conference experience!

Full Program Available for ILTA 2014: IMAGINE

See the 200+ sessions that cover a range of “hot” topics and common areas of focus.

Plus, don’t miss this opportunity to see an exciting keynote led by Peter Diamandis: “Imagine a World of Abundance.”

Why Should You Attend?
Industry’s best speakers: Learn from and meet some of the most inspiring minds in the industry today.
Unparalleled networking opportunities: The connections you make at this conference will likely benefit you in ways you can’t even envision.
Great location: Join us at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, which is offering special rates for attendees.
Keep your registration options open: Choose a Full Conference pass to attend any session throughout the week (only $1,295 through July 15), purchase a day pass to focus on the sessions that matter most, or send your whole team at a discounted rate.

Need help convincing your boss? We’ve put together a list of the top 8 reasons why they should send you to ILTA 2014.

Have questions? Contact us at ilta2014@iltanet.org and let us know! We can’t wait to see you at ILTA 2014!

 

ILTA’s 2014 Distinguished Peer Awards Accepting Nominations

ILTA’s 5th Annual Distinguished Peer Awards program is open for nominations.  The Peer Award program recognizes ILTA peers who have delivered great business value and transformational impact through their innovations and implementations or have been champions in specific areas of focus for their organizations. Nominations and applications are now being accepted!  Visit http://awards.iltanet.org/ and review the list of 2013 winners and take a look at the various awards and requirements and nominate those who should be recognized for outstanding achievements.

News from the ILTA Globe – Thursday, August 22nd

Annual Meeting of the Corporation
We’ll gather for our annual “state of the organization” presentation and to recognize our volunteer leadership today during a sit-down lunch in the Augustus Ballroom at 12:00 p.m. Specific tables will be identified for members who are interested in networking with other desktop and applications services peers, server operations and security peers, and professional services peers.

 

ILTA’s Geek Colosseum
Yes, we said “GEEK,” and we know you’re gonna love it! ILTA’s closing event is another “catalyst” for fun, providing fine food, great games, casino tables, interactive entertainment and, back by popular demand, our karaoke bar. Even our Wii fanatics and tablet app gurus will be impressed with the variety of fun and networking atmospheres available at the Geek Colosseum. This event takes place in the Forum Ballroom and Foyer at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Box.

 

Free Entry to Pure Nightclub
At 10:30 p.m., Pure nightclub in Caesars Palace will offer complimentary VIP entry for all ILTA guests with a separate VIP line. You will need to show your conference badge or the flyer for free entry. Pick up a flyer at the registration desks, or use the QR code below to save the flyer to your mobile device.

Lost and Found
A few items have been found and returned to the Member Registration desk. Stop by if you lost something this week.

 

Tag Your Bag
Did you drop off a business card at the Member Registration desk so it could be turned into a luggage tag? There are still some completed tags sitting near the registration area. Don’t forget to grab your tag!

 

Last Call for Bingo
Vendor bingo cards should be turned in to the member or vendor registration desk by 10:30 a.m. this morning. The drawing for valuable prizes donated by exhibitors is at 11:30 a.m. in the Exhibit Hall. You must be present to win.

 

Fill Out That Eval!
Please remember to provide your feedback on the sessions you’ve attended. You can do that in the conference mobile app or on paper (extra paper copies can be found at Member Registration). Your input is anonymous and much appreciated.

 

Done with Your Bag and Badge Holder?
Caesars provides conference “leftovers” to local schools through Teacher Exchange. Any bags, badge holders, pens, etc. that you have no need to keep can be deposited in the small wooden school buses you’ll see in a couple of locations in the conference center. We’ll provide additional boxes for the anticipated overflow.

 

We Bid You Farewell
It’s always bittersweet to say goodbye to our ILTA friends. Many thanks to the entire community for making this event a great success. Expect an online attendee evaluation survey next week. Safe travels as you head home.

 

Member Spotlight
Karen LaFleur, Director of Information Technology and Litigation Support at LeClairRyan in Richmond, Virginia, is a speaker at conference. Karen is interested in more volunteer opportunities, and she enjoys talking to her peers who have similar issues, meeting new people and learning about new and future technologies. Today she’s excited about the following sessions:

LegalSEC Update: A Security Trifecta          (10:00 a.m.)
Leveraging Unified Communications for a Competitive Advantage (10:00 a.m.)
Data Privacy and Security Law: An Overview for the IT Professional (1:30 p.m.)

 

Stay Connected
Our Conference Co-Chairs and coordinators, officers and staff all thank you for attending this year’s conference! But the peer-powered connections don’t stop here. We encourage you to stay connected throughout the year via ILTA’s Connected Community, discussion forums (e-groups), local meetings, webinars, etc. Your ILTA membership gives you access to many educational offerings, and our wonderful volunteer leaders work hard to provide insightful, relevant content to you all year round.

 

Get Involved
Want to be a member of our conference planning committee? This wonderful group of people coordinates the valuable educational sessions you’ve experienced throughout the week. If you’d like to be a part of the team or involved with any other volunteer opportunities, visit the Members > Get Involved page on ILTA’s website to fill out an application.

 

Join Us in 2014
We’re headed back to the beautiful Gaylord Opryland resort in Nashville, TN August 25 – 28, 2014. We hope to see y’all there!

News from the ILTA Globe – Wednesday August 21st

An Interactive Keynote
Join Chris DeSantis, an expert in the design and delivery of management and organization development interventions, for “The Crucible Experience as a Catalyst for Leading” in the Augustus Ballroom at 8:30 a.m. Participate in the crucible experience, hear and share stories, and learn specific strategies for communicating effectively, leading teams, achieving results and influencing people. Sponsored by ServiceNow.

Session Move this morning
The Solution Spotlight session on Security Awareness this morning at 8:30 is being moved from Octavius 7 to Neopolitan I-II.

Congratulations to Our Winners
Attendees had a fabulous time at last night’s awards dinner, and our award nominees all deserve a round of applause. Congratulations to our award recipients.

ILTA’s 2013 Distinguished Peer Award Recipients:

• IT Professional of the Year: Gary Berger of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

• KM Professional of the Year: Patrick DiDomenico of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

• Leadership Award: Mark Thorogood of Perkins Coie

• Litigation Support Professionals of the Year: Michael Boggs of Holland & Hart and Stephen Dooley of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

• Technology Advocacy Professional of the Year: Alison Grounds of Troutman Sanders LLP

• Young Professional of the Year: Wale Elegbe of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

• Innovative Consultant of the Year: Olenick & Associates

• Innovative Solution Provider of the Year: Traveling Coaches, Inc.

• Vendor Thought Leader of the Year: Donna Payne

• Innovative Project of the Year: Seyfarth Shaw LLP

• Innovative Law Department of the Year: BMO Financial Group

• Innovative Law Firm of the Year: Seyfarth Shaw LLP

ILTA’s 2013 Publication Awards recipients:

• Outstanding Member-Contributed Magazine Article: Patrick Johansen of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

• Outstanding Vendor-Contributed Magazine Article: Adam Carlson and Matt Wolf of Carlson & Wolf LLC

• Outstanding Member-Contributed White Paper Article: Steve Lastres of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

• Outstanding Vendor-Contributed White Paper Article: Ignatius Grande and Andrew Paredes of Epiq Systems, Inc.

• Most Innovative Editorial Content: Nicole Blake of Lathrop & Gage LLP

• Most Innovative Ad Content: Kroll Ontrack

• Rising Star: Jessica Hutto-Schultz of Greenstein DeLorme & Luchs, P.C.

Our Exhibitors Rock
Many thanks to our exhibitors for their support at ILTA 2013! And a special thanks to those who got into the spirit of our “American Bandstand” theme by decorating their booths and dressing in costume during our Exhibit Hall networking event Monday evening. Congratulations to the winners of our booth decorating contest:

1st Place: Traveling Coaches –– Booth 300/302

2nd Place: BillBLAST –– Booth 545

3rd Place: Advanced Legal Systems, Inc. –– Booth 313A

Tomorrow’s Breakfast
Feel free to sleep in, and join us for breakfast on-the-go in the Exhibit Hall between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. Special drawings will be held every half-hour!

Keep the Evals Comin’!
As always, your feedback on sessions drives the content development for next year. Please complete the session evaluations via the mobile app or on paper. Your input via the mobile app is anonymous.

In addition, the mobile app was missing evals for two sessions:
MISC5: Five Steps To Delivering Dynamic Presentations and
MISC6: How To Develop Quality Requirements for SharePoint Projects. These have now been added. If you attended one of these sessions, please take a moment to provide your input.

We’re getting lots of great feedback, so please keep it coming!

Play Vendor Bingo
Conference attendees are encouraged to visit each booth in the Exhibit Hall to acquaint themselves with our exhibitors and get their bingo card stamped. Bingo cards will be collected and screened on Thursday morning for having at least 40 squares stamped. The drawing for valuable prizes starts at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday in the Exhibit Hall. You must be present to win. Check out the fabulous prizes donated by our vendors on the next page!

Exhibit Hall Hours
The Exhibit Hall will be open today from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and tomorrow from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come on in!

Lost Something?
Any items that are lost and found will be turned in to the Member Registration desk.

 

Member Spotlight
Clark Wilson LLP’s Director of Information Technology, Don Kerr, traveled here from Vancouver, British Columbia. He has attended over 10 ILTA conferences and made long-lasting peer connections that extend well beyond the end of the last educational session. Don appreciates the knowledge everyone shares, noting that members are trying to solve the same problems, and no one can do it all alone. Here are his top picks for today:

• Getting a Handle on Data Storage Growth and Management (11:00 a.m.)
• Implementing and Using Windows Server 2012 in the Legal Environment: A Hands-On Lab (1:30 p.m.)
• HP Autonomy Company Update (3:30 p.m.)

A Note About Wireless Access
We are aware that many are having trouble with the resort’s wireless network. The resort’s engineers have taken several steps to improve the situation, and they continue to make efforts for a better wireless experience.

In addition, please keep the following in mind:

• If you have a hotspot or Mi-Fi device, please turn it off. We understand the need to get on the Internet, but these devices are a significant cause for disruption and poor wireless service for attendees. Mi-Fi devices will overpower the resort’s signal for wireless for those seated nearby you.

• If you have an iPhone, iPad or newer laptop that supports the 5GHz wireless option, you should see a wireless connection called ILTA2013_Faster. While technically not faster, it does use a frequency range that is far less congested and constrained than the ILTA2013 choice that operates at 2.4GHz.

• If your smartphone has good cellular reception and data service, consider using that instead of the resort’s wireless service.

For additional tips, visit the mobile app’s General Info icon and review the information on wireless troubleshooting.

Recycle Your Stuff
Caesars provides conference “leftovers” to local schools. Any bags, badgeholders, pens, etc. that you have no need to keep can be deposited in the small wooden school buses you’ll see in a couple of locations in the conference center. We’ll provide additional boxes for the anticipated overflow.

Caesars Recycles
We’re excited to report that Caesars collects and recycles all guest room amenities (soaps, shampoo, lotion, etc.) and donates them to Clean the World.

An Evening to Yourself
There is no planned event for this evening, so you will need to make your own arrangements for dinner. Enjoy the great restaurants in the resort, and have fun at the many vendor networking events that are planned!

News from the ILTA Globe – Tuesday, August 20th

Kick-Start Your Day with Today’s Keynote
Rohit Talwar, global futurist, strategy advisor and award-winning speaker, will present “Law Firm 2020: Emerging Business and Technology Opportunities” at 8:30 a.m. in the Augustus Ballroom. Rohit will discuss ILTA’s Legal Technology Future Horizons research project and answer questions from Monica Bay, Editor-in-Chief of LTN.

Legal Technology Future Horizons Project
ILTA is undertaking a thought leadership study on the future of technology for legal. We are working with Fast Future Research Limited, a research and consulting firm directed by Rohit Talwar, to challenge current thinking by providing critical insights, case examples and practical takeaways. It will inform the development of future IT strategy and decision-making for ILTA members across the globe. Rohit also will be leading two workshops this week:

  • The Role of Emerging Technologies in Driving Future Legal Strategies and Business Models –– Today at 3:30 p.m.
  • Transforming Business Processes and Practices in Tomorrow’s Law Firms and Law Departments (The Role of Innovative and Disruptive Technologies) –– Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

 You can also provide input by taking the two-part survey:

Come to the Exhibit Hall!
The Exhibit Hall grand opening is at 10:00 a.m. in the Octavius Ballroom. Enjoy a snack break, and get your vendor bingo card stamped!

Play Vendor Bingo
Each member attendee will be given a bingo card at the grand opening of the Exhibit Hall this morning. Bingo cards have a square corresponding to each booth number. To get the card stamped, answer two questions posed by the exhibiting company. Get 40 stamps, and turn your bingo card in to the Vendor Registration Desk by 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning to be entered into the drawing for great vendor-donated prizes. Prizes will be given away Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the Exhibit Hall. You must be present to win.

Honoring Sharon Swartworth
We are sorry to report that we are canceling the Sharon Swartworth Leadership Seminar scheduled for today. We were looking forward to celebrating the 10th Swartworth Seminar this year but found we were unable to schedule quality speakers due to the sequester. The support of the General Officers of the Army JAG Corps, both active and retired, has been outstanding over the past nine years and has consistently put this seminar at the top of the session evaluations. Sequester or not, we promise you these sessions will return next year — better than ever!

If you entered the Swartworth Leadership sessions in your personal agenda, please remove them. SWART1 and SWART2 were scheduled for this afternoon from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Distinguished Peer Awards Dinner
Please join us for the fourth annual Distinguished Peer Awards celebration. This is an elegant sit-down dinner with attendees dressed to the nines. The event is located in the Forum Ballroom, and it begins at 6:30 p.m. After dinner, our awards presentation will be emceed by comedienne Don McMillan.

After-Glow Parties
Immediately following the dinner and awards, there will be two After-Glow Party dessert rooms (hosted by ILTA). One room will have a jazz club atmosphere designed for networking. Dreamy chocolate desserts and comfortable seating areas will make this a great place to gather with friends. The other room is high-energy and tropical. You’ll want to bring your dancing shoes and limbo stick to this party! Thank you to sponsors iPRO Tech and Nuix.

Crossing the Fun Run Finish Line
Congratulations to our Fun Run winners! Shawn Gaines with Relativity by kCura was the first male to cross the finish line, and Jo Sherman with EDT was close behind as the fastest female. Jack Hairston with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP clinched first place for the walkers. Tammy Nichols and Teresa Schechter with Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP led the female walkers. We had 90 runners (5k) and 35 walkers (3k) participate. Thank you to our participants and to Intelliteach for sponsoring the Fun Run!

Showing Off Their Golfing Skills
Sunday’s 15th annual ILTA golf tournament, sponsored by Kraft Kennedy, broke a new record with 104 players. Here are some of the highlights from the day:

1st Place Team: Michael Kraft • Marty Metz • Fernando “Monte” Monteleone • Sandy Stratton

2nd Place Team: Elie Francis • Monroe Horn • Jenn Logan •  Kevin Smith

3rd Place Team: Avi Deutsch • BJ Schaknawski • Scott Springer • Jeroen Winkel

Longest Drive (Men): Scott Springer

Longest Drive (Women): Carena Reber

Closest to the Pin:  Joey Perez and Lavar James

Congratulations to the winners!

Member Spotlight
Keith Phillips is the Director of Information Technologies at Bush Ross, P.A. in Tampa, Florida. Keith is a previous ILTA City Rep, and he’s interested in the direction of technology within legal and how it will impact his firm. Keith is thrilled to have so many vendors in one place; he’s sure to spend a ton of time in the Exhibit Hall. His top session picks for today are:

iPhones and iPads and iOS, Oh My! Leveraging Apple Mobility in Your Firm (11:00 a.m.)

Implementing Network Access Controls (1:30 p.m.)

Wireless Solutions and Best Practices for the Untethered Enterprise (3:30 p.m.)

Get the App
Have you wondered where a session room is or who is speaking at a particular session? Download the ILTA 2013 mobile app on your iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone to have all the answers just a tap or two away. If you don’t have one of these devices, use a browser to access the mobile Web version at http://m.iltanet.org. Stop by the Ask ILTA desk if you need help or have questions

Demo Educational Rooms
On Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., many of our vendors will be conducting educational sessions in their demo rooms. This is another opportunity for you to get information from our vendors in an environment that is far more personal than a session room. The content has been developed by the presenting vendor and is not part of the general conference educational lineup. Find details on the conference mobile app or on the conference website.

Experience ILTA TV Live!
Live Internet broadcasts from ILTA 2013 will run from noon – 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The show will be filled with exciting, fast-paced interviews with experts from the conference. Message your staff who can’t attend ILTA 2013; it’s a great way to connect!

Today’s focus is on management issues faced by CIOs, KM directors, CFOs and CMOs. Shy Alter will guide and direct questions on diverse topics, such as user experience and the KM practitioner, storytelling in KM, information governance, e-discovery features of Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013, Autonomy and data integrations in mergers and acquisitions.

Find the entire schedule on the mobile app.

Need to Recharge?
If your mobile device’s battery is running out of juice, stop by the laptop lounge near ILTA TV Live! to plug in to the charging station.

Hunt for Prizes
Not only can you participate in Vendor Bingo, the Emerging Technologies Peer Group (ETPG) has developed a scavenger hunt game that you can play to win some cool prizes provided by CDW. Begin by receiving and scanning the ETPG badge applique with a QR scanner. Select a single device to use (for tracking purposes), and enter your email address within the game to be eligible to win prizes. Your email address will NOT be shared; it will be used to send you important information and to announce the prize winners.

Find members of the ETPG to unlock items within the game.
Additional items can be unlocked by attending the emerging technologies sessions. Good luck!

News from the ILTA Globe – Monday, August 19th

Reactions Abound with Today’s Keynote
Scott Klososky, enterprise social technology expert and startup pioneer, shares Technology, Trends and the Catalytic Impact on Law Firms in Forum Ballroom (enter through doors 11 & 12) at 9:00 a.m. Scott will shake things up, explaining how technology is changing digital marketing and outreach for law firms and clients, driving revenue, building business intelligence and addressing big data.

Get Your Region On
At 5:15 p.m., we split up into regions to meet with our neighbors, discuss plans for the year ahead and get ideas for programs of interest to attendees, with a door prize as a bonus! Your region is noted on your name tag. Meeting rooms for each region can be found in the conference journal or on the mobile app.

Bandstand in the Exhibit Hall
ILTA’s Bandstand comes alive in the Exhibit Hall (Octavius Ballroom) at 7:00 p.m. Meet with our exhibitors and get acquainted with their products as you experience music and décor from their favorite musical talents. Make stops at exhibitors’ booths while enjoying drinks and snacks! A badge is required for entry, and guest tickets are available for purchase. And come early…the LegalBytes band will be playing outside the Exhibit Hall at 6:30 p.m. – get pumped!

Connect to Wireless
Wireless Internet access is available at NO CHARGE to conference attendees while in the conference areas thanks to sponsor Fulcrum GT. Look for SSID ILTA2013. For those with newer devices supporting 5 GHz, look for the ILTA2013-faster SSID. 

The password for both SSIDs is fulcrumgt

The free conference center wireless is NOT available from the guestrooms. The resort offers paid Internet access ($14.95/day) while in your room, and ILTA has made arrangements so that you may use the guestroom Internet service for a single device, and this fee will be removed from your hotel bill at checkout. Please avoid selecting the “resort wide” option as that option will NOT be deducted. Also, use on a single device only will be made available at no charge. Additional devices will be charged at the standard resort rates.

Your Badge Is Your Ticket
The name badge you received at registration should be worn at all times during ILTA events, and it is your pass to the sessions, all meals and social events, and the Exhibit Hall. The printed barcode is verification that your meals and social events have been covered by your registration fee. Losing your badge is equivalent to losing cash, and a replacement fee to reprint lost badges may be imposed. Don’t leave home without it!

If you need to purchase event tickets for a spouse/guest, you can do so at the member or vendor registration desks located on the Promenade Level of the convention center.

ILTA 2013 in the Palm of Your Hand
The conference mobile app is available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. A mobile Web version is also available for any device or computer with a browser. The mobile app gives you easy access to the conference agenda, educational session details, members-only access to the list of attendees and much more. In the App Store or Play Store, search for ILTA 2013. For full details, visit http://conference.iltanet.org/mobile.

Click-Friendly Zones
There are click-friendly zones with a few electrical power connections in session rooms for tweeting, blogging and taking notes on laptops and mobile devices. Please mute all devices while in the session rooms.

Attend and Vote for a Winner
Short-list nominees for the organization Distinguished Peer Awards (Innovative Law Department, Innovative Law Firm and Project of the Year) will give presentations about their accomplishments at sessions today. Check your schedule in the journal or the mobile app for details. Attendees will vote for their favorite, so check your schedule to see if you can attend. Winners will be announced at Tuesday evening’s Awards Dinner.

Experience ILTA TV Live!
Live Internet broadcasts from ILTA 2013 will run from noon – 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The show will be filled with exciting, fast-paced interviews with experts from the conference. Message your staff who can’t attend ILTA 2013; it’s a great way to connect!

Today’s focus is on management issues faced by CIOs, KM directors, CFOs and CMOs. Shy Alter will guide and direct questions on diverse topics, such as change management in LPM, Apple Mobility iOS and Agile LPM, practical applications of SharePoint and how to maximize your pilot group strategy

Find the entire schedule here.

Go Ask ILTA
Stop by the “Ask ILTA” desk ­­–– this is a great place to ask questions and explore the benefits of your membership. When coming up the escalator from the casino level, the Ask ILTA desk is on the right. ILTA staff are here to assist you in finding the answers!

Member Spotlight
David Clark, IT Director at Kirton McConkie and ILTA RVP, is visiting from Salt Lake City. He’s looking forward to an exciting week of networking with people from his region and with those who can share insight on things he can do at his firm. David enjoys getting to know ILTA vendors and attending demonstrations. He’ll be in hands-on sessions, and here are some of his top picks for Monday:

IT and Firm Risk Management: The Crucible (11:00 a.m.)
What’s New in Microsoft Server 2012? (11:00 a.m.)
Making the Technical Understandable for a Law Firm Audience (2:30 p.m.)

What’s the Buzz on Social Media?
Join the social media crowd to stay current on conversations and idea-sharing during and after conference.

  • Use the Twitter hashtag #ilta13 to participate.
  • Watch the conference blog, where pundits and key influencers chat about ILTA 2013.
  • Log on to ILTA’s Connected Community, where various peer groups are blogging about their sessions. The ILTA 2013: The Catalyst community provides a specific forum for conference attendees. You can subscribe to the blog RSS feed to get updates.

Mini-Focus Groups
We are seeking participants for the following mini-focus groups, which occur at times that will not interfere with your session attendance. If you can participate, email Peggy Wechsler at peggy@iltanet, or leave your business card at the member registration desk. Please specify the group in which you wish to participate:

MINI1 Monday, 12:00 – 1:00  CenturyLink
Gain insight into adoption of managed and cloud services.

MINI2 Tuesday, 8:00 – 9:00  RBRO Solutions Inc.
Discuss the challenges faced by firms under pressure to adopt alternative fee structures in low-value work areas.

MINI3 Tuesday, 12:30 – 1:30  Kroll Ontrack
Portfolio Management – The Future of Ediscovery

CE Credits
Although ILTA will not offer continuing education credit, an ILTA certificate of completion will be offered. Attendees may seek CLE credit or other continuing education credit on their own. To obtain a certificate of attendance following conference, provide a list of all session dates/times/titles to Randi Mayes at randi@iltanet.org.

Sunday, August 18th Conference Update

We will be posting daily updates about events of note and any “breaking news” during ILTA’s annual educational conference. We’re delighted to have everyone here, and we hope your experience this week is beneficial, enlightening and enjoyable. Join the chain reaction and participate in all the catalytic happenings throughout the week!

Wi-Fi Accessibility:
The conference center is set up for wireless Internet access at NO CHARGE to conference attendees, thanks to our sponsor Fulcrum GT (SSID = ILTA2013; password = fulcrumgt). For those with newer devices supporting 5 GHz, look for SSID = ILTA2013-faster.

Note: you will need to launch your browser one time (if not automatically prompted to do so) so that the password input page will appear (fulcrumgt). If your device goes idle for more than an hour, please re-open your browser so that the password authentication can be processed again for Internet access.

The free conference center wireless is NOT available from the guestrooms. The resort does offer paid Internet access ($14.95/day) while in your room, and ILTA has made arrangements so that you may use the guestroom Internet service for a single device, and this fee will be removed from your hotel bill at check-out. Please avoid selecting the “resort wide” option as that option will NOT be deducted. Also, only a single device usage will be made available at no-charge. Additional devices will be charged at the standard resort rates.

The Mobile App:
The ILTA 2013 mobile app gives you easy access to the conference agenda, educational session details, speaker information, exhibitor directory, floor maps, attendee directory, personal agenda builder, twitter activity, and so much more. This year’s mobile app includes over 10 new features, including session handouts from within the app, and an Add to Outlook feature! Get all the details here. Laptop users and alternate mobile devices can use the mobile web version at http://m.iltanet.org.

Some have experienced that the conference information in the app hasn’t updated to show the most current information. Please visit this link for full details on how to resolve the issue and how to determine if your device isn’t updating conference information.

If you have any questions about the ILTA Mobile App, please visit the Ask ILTA desk, located in the Promenade foyer of the convention center.

Events for Sunday, August 18:
Registration takes place in the Caesars Palace Convention Center, beginning at noon. Everyone can proceed to the main level of the convention center (Promenade level), and the member registration desk is a short walk from the elevators; the exhibitor, consultant and press registration area is farther down the same hall. Many staffers are on hand to make the registration process quick and easy.

The registration desks are open till 8:00 p.m. on Sunday evening and open at 6:00 a.m. on Monday.

ILTA members can meet from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in our “Communities of Interest.” With several hot topics providing the backdrop for this networking opportunity, it’s a great way to start ILTA 2013 and gain even more value from your overall experience. Check your Conference Journal (obtained at check in) or the mobile app for meeting rooms and topic areas.

The Speaker Meet and Greet will take place from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Augustus Ballroom III-IV. This event is a brief orientation and networking opportunity. This is a must-attend for speakers!

The Conference Orientation for ILTA members will take place from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Augustus Ballroom I-II. Navigating conference and maximizing the value of your attendance can be daunting no matter how many times you’ve attended. Let us give you some tips and tricks to make the most of your conference experience — and it’s another great opportunity to meet your peers!

UPDATE – LOCATION CHANGE Our opening reception, ILTA’s Oasis in the Garden of the Gods, runs from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. This traditional kickoff to our conference week will give members and vendors a chance to enjoy connecting informally with ILTA friends. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages in the Palace Ballroom located on the Emperors level. Wear your badge!

Green News:
Caesars collects and recycles all guest room amenities (soaps, shampoo, lotion, etc.) and donates them to Clean the World.

Teacher Exchange: Caesars provides conference “leftovers” to local schools. Any bags, badgeholders, pens, etc. that you have no need to keep can be deposited in the small wooden school buses you’ll see in a couple of locations in the conference center. We’ll provide additional boxes for the anticipated overflow.

We look forward to seeing you, and please enjoy your week!

Caesars is Sold Out

The ILTA Block of rooms at Caesars Palace is now completely SOLD OUT and Caesars is almost sold out of all rooms, not just those in our block.  Those few rooms left are fairly pricey.  If you haven’t made your reservation yet, there are many near-by hotels you can contact for room reservations including the Flamingo (702.733.3111), Paris (702.946.7000), Planet Hollywood (866.919.7472) and the Bellagio (888.987.6667). ILTA does not have any special rates at these hotels.

ILTA 2013 Mobile App Now Available

The conference mobile app is available for Apple iPhone, Apple iPad and Android devices! A mobile Web version is also available!

Get your 2013 conference info on the go! The ILTA mobile app will provide access to the conference agenda, speaker details, attendee list, latest ILTA news and more. The ILTA 2013 conference mobile app is available for the Apple iPhone and iPad, and Android devices (see device requirements below). No BlackBerry or Windows version?

  • For the iPhone and iPad app, visit the App Store on your device and search for ILTA 2013.
  • For the Android version, visit Google Play on your device and search for ILTA 2013.
  • To access the mobile Web version, visit http://m.iltanet.org (or http://ilta2013.quickmobile.com)

Note: Visit the General Info icon within the app for helpful information about the app, including username and password instructions and a list of FAQs. Your ILTA website username and password will be used to log in to the app. If you need to reset your ILTA website password, visit www.iltanet.org, click Login and then click Forgot my password for reset assistance.

ILTA Conference Mobile App Feature Set (Click here for a video demo of the app!)

  • View and search event schedule details
  • Use Now Showing feature for quick access to events underway
  • Build a Personal Agenda
  • Complete session evaluations via the app
  • Access an attendee list with messaging capability
  • Review the exhibitor list, the interactive Exhibit Hall map and demo room schedules
  • Engage in the conversation with Twitter integration (now includes both session and #ILTA13 hashtags!)
  • Find your way with resort information with property floor maps
  • Sync your Personal Agenda across your iPhone, iPad and Android devices
  • Create and edit notes about a session

**The following features are NEW for 2013!**

  • Email your notes to yourself or others
  • View session listings by Area of Focus (Tracks)
  • Add sessions to your Outlook Calendar (device calendar)
  • See where an educational session is located with new “map” button
  • Access session handouts/slidedecks from within the app
  • Queue it up! Session evaluations will queue for background-transmit if Internet connectivity is unavailable
  • Log in to the app using your ILTA website username and password
  • Enjoy the iPad experience with a new interface that makes better use of the tablet screen size and reduces the need for pop-up windows that have to be closed
  • Experience an enhanced Vendor Directory which allows for keyword searching, along with an option to add vendors to favorites list
  • Invite other attendees to meet with you, and have the appointment appear in the app’s agenda if accepted
  • Avoid data updates, which now happen in the background (silently)

Device Requirements ILTA, in partnership with QuickMobile*, is pleased to announce the development of the 2013 conference mobile app for the following devices: Apple iPad, Apple iPhone, Apple iPod Touch and Android smartphones. For Apple devices, Apple iOS v5.1 to 6.1 is required. For Android devices, Android OS v2.3.3 to 4.2.2 is required.

Questions For questions about ILTA’s conference mobile app, contact Clay Gibney or Philip Graybeal. Visit the GENERAL INFO icon in the app for lots of helpful information.