When Technologists are Challenged by Technology #ILTA13

ILTA13 It’s my good fortune to be attending the International Legal Technology Association’s 2013 Conference. The conference takes place this year at the Caesar’s Palace resort in Las Vegas. For a relative Las Vegas novice like me, everything here is a little larger than life — including the prices of food and drink. However, today’s main challenge was not expensive coffee. Rather, it was the WiFi.

Clay Gibney, ILTA’s unfailingly helpful IT Director, just sent a note to all attendees letting them know that his team and the hotel’s engineers are hard at work to improve the WiFi available in the conference areas. Since the ILTA conference focus is on education, I should not have been surprised by the fact that his email was itself highly educational as far as I was concerned. For example, I learned that the Hotspot/ MiFi devices of the few can disrupt the WiFi of the many. I also learned that, even in 2013, the best safety net is arriving to conference with a personal data account courtesy of AT&T, Verizon or one of the other telecommunications providers.

In my case, I had data accounts on my iPhone and on my iPad, but my thumbs just weren’t up to the task of rapid data entry. I had been planning to be super efficient by using the excellent keyboard that is part of my laptop. Unfortunately, my laptop could not reliably connect to the WiFi. For someone who spends most of her time at conferences tweeting up a storm, this day has been challenging. That said, there were several people who had more productive thumbs and were able to tweet a fair amount today. You can find their tweets under the hashtag #ILTA13. I hope to be among them tomorrow.