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On Wednesday, I hop onto a plane and fly into lovely Chicago for the annual ABA Techshow, one of my favorite conferences.

If you're going to be there, let me know and I'll add you to my ever-growing Twitter list of Techshow attendees.

You can download the offical ABA Techshow mobile app here. This app includes the official calendar of events, including sessions, Taste of Techshow dinners, etc. It also includes a list of attendees and vendors.

For a look at the social side of Techshow, including "unofficial" social events, check out Lanyrd.com and their accompanying mobile app. This app allows attendees to take control of their social experience at Techshow. You can create your own profile, including a photo, short bio, and link to your Twitter account. In my bio I included my cell phone number to faciliate communication throughout the conference.

The ABA Techshow event on Laynrd can be found here. I've populated the app with information about Techshow, including links to blog posts about the event and I created "sessions" which correspond to the public social events that I'm aware of, all of which are listed below as well.

The app supplements the official ABA Techshow app and allows users to create their own social Techshow experience. Once you add your profile to the app and indicate that you're attending Techshow, you can also add events, whether it's an "unofficial" social event that I missed or an event of your own making, such as an impromptu happy hour. In addition you can add links to any other coverage of Techshow. 

This app should facilitate the social experience of Techshow since it give all attendees that choose to use it a more accessible bio, along with a photo, and you can include whatever contact information you would like in your bio. And, it puts all social events and press or blog coverage in one easily accessible location. So, check it out.

Also, I strongly suggest you download the "Bump" mobile app as well. It makes it easy to quickly exchange contact info with other attendees simply by "bumping" your phones together.

In terms of "unofficial" social events, there's a lot going on this year. Here's my recap of the different social events that are open to all attendees. If I left yours out, just let me know and I'll add it:

  • Wednesday March 28th, 6-7:30pm--Rocket Lawyer reception, Hilton Chicago, Continental Ballroom
  • Wednesday March 28th, 7 pm--Lexthink1 event. It's sold out but you can still sign up for the waiting list.
  • Wednesday March 28th, after Lexthink1--NetDocs/LegalTypist happy hour, the South Loop Club (aka the dive bar).
  • Thursday March 29th, 4:30-5:30--Lawyerist meetup, Hilton Chicago lobby bar
  • Thurday March 29th, 5:30-7 pm--Official ABA Welcome Reception, EXPO Hall
  • Thursday March 29th, 8 pm--Clio Meetup, SushiSamba 
  • Friday March 30th 5:30-7 pm--Lexblog & ABA Journal Beer for Bloggers, Hilton Chicago, Lakeside Green Lounge in lobby.

You can also sign up for the Taste of Techshow dinners that aren't yet full here.

I'll be all over the place at Techshow this year, but now that I'm VP of Business Development and Community Relations for law practice management software company MyCase, I'll undoubtedly be spending most of my time at the MyCase booth, #314, and would love to meet you and would be happy to sign either of my ABA books if you stop by the booth.

You can also find me at the "Meet the Author" session for my most recent ABA book "Cloud Computing for Lawyers" on Friday March 30th at 1:45-2:15 in the author lounge.

Techshow's almost here and I can't wait! Hope to see you there!


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