Highlights from IDF 16 in San Francisco: Day 0

Mark Twain is often given credit for saying “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”  Whether he actually said that or not, there’s no denying this a great place to get a reprieve from the blistering Sacramento August heat that I normally call home.  As an added bonus, I am tasked with taking in all the happenings at IDF this week and reporting them out on a daily basis.  Which means, I may be working at IDF, but unlike last year, I’m not strictly working at IDF.

For reference, the IDF 2016 San Francisco website, with detailed agendas and additional links is here.  IDF is predicated on the idea that innovation begins in the mind of the developer.  With that in mind, here is a quick glance at the technical tracks offered during this IDF:

  • Analytics
  • Cloud & Software Defined Infrastructure
  • Connectivity
  • IoT
  • Memory & Storage
  • New Devices & Services
  • PC Innovation
  • Road to 5G
  • Software
  • Special: Business, Altera, Sponsor
  • Virtual Reality& Gaming
  • Visual Experience

These tracks are complemented by Key Notes with senior Intel leadership, a Technology Showcase, and Hands-On Labs as part of the Technical Sessions.

Check back daily throughout the week for updates.  In the meantime, enjoy some of my Day 0 musings below.

Day 0- August 15th

Approaching Moscone West on my way to registration- like a beacon I’m shown the way


In case there was any doubt, this is the entrance…


18+ years at Intel and I still have to occasionally capitalize the “T” in my last name, which thankfully the registration system supports!
Shameless plug for the session I’m co-delivering on August 16th (MAST03). Now that I know where the room is, no excuses when it comes for being late…











Rakib Sarwar, my old friend, and veteran of many of these shows. He stoped to pose while working on setup of the Data Center Experience Zone.



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About Ken LeTourneau

Ken LeTourneau has been with Intel for 20 years and is a Solutions Architect focused on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. He works with leading software vendors on architectures and capabilities for Big Data solutions with a focus on analytics. He provides a unique perspective to leading IT decision makers on why AI is important for 21st century organizations, advising them on architectural best practices for deploying and optimizing their infrastructure to meet their needs. Previously, Ken served as an Engineering Manager and Build Tools Engineer in Intel's Graphics Software Development and Validation group. He got his start as an Application Developer and Application Support Specialist in Intel's Information Technology group.