February 24 - 25
Hakkasan Nightclub | Las Vegas, Nevada


Meet with experts and leading game designers to focus on UI game design. Examine winning techniques and strategies for programming, audio, visual arts, and artificial intelligence to drive adoption. Get hands-on training with a code jam competition while writing your code to develop and test an AI.

Journey and Beyond -
Designing games for
every player

Jenova Chen, thatgamecompany

Mobile-first Design
Opportunities and innovations in cross platform app development.

Kevin Whinnery, Twilio

DBaaS for Mobile & Internet of Things
Take the gnarly parts of the stack, turn them into a service for apps.

Adam Kocoloski, Cloudant


Rewrite the rules on creating rich client experiences and learn how to integrate wearable technology. Play with the latest and greatest technology and get experience developing and running apps in various languages in the BlueMix environment.

Impact of design and technology on the world
Point-of-view discussions from a technology leader.

Charles Adler, Kickstarter

Develop in the Open World
Focus on the forces that impact platform success.

Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack

Reinventing Development
and Design

Decisions, from platform to infrastructure.

Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code


Sharpen your skills in writing, testing, and deploying code. Experience a new take on cloud-based app development platforms and become cloud-native in your own application architecture. Focus on your app and let the cloud take care of the rest.

Design in a MobileFirst economy
Mobile app development, wearables integration, what's on the horizon.

Don Boulia, IBM

Develop in the Open World
Focus on the future of HTML 5, PaaS, and open graph analytics.

Angel Diaz, IBM

Rapid App Development and Open Source
Live demo of the 'Best Application Mash-up' winner from Netflix.

Andrew Spyker, IBM

The Oculus Rift Salon
See industry-leading developers in the nascent world of VR game design share their latest creations, breaking down new techniques and strategies for getting the most out of the Oculus Rift platform. For those looking for a deeper VR experience, we’ll also be featuring 8 different demo stations with some of the latest Oculus game titles.

Monday evening DJ party. Music, Food and drinks in the club from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. The visualizations from the Code Jam challenge competition will be displayed throughout the evening - showcasing the battle of AIs. Prizes will be given to the top racers.

Tuesday evening Pulse Palooza! As a dev@Pulse attendee you can attend the Pulse Palooza party in the MGM Grand Arena from 7:00 pm - 10:00. A great evening of fun, food, drinks and music. Performing will be Fall Out Boy and Elvis Costello. A definite must attend event as part of dev@Pulse! Performances by:

Elvis Costello
Fallout Boy


Experience Oculus Rift, a futuristic virtual reality headset for 3D gaming

Raspberry Pi
It’s small.  It’s powerful.  It is only the size of a credit card, but the Raspberry Pi can run a wide range of technologies.  Visit the Playground in the Ling Ling Club to test drive one today. Never used a Pi before? No problem! We will have experts on hand to take you through all you need to know. Have a project that could do with some Pi? Come and test drive some of our software to see if it meets your needs. Know everything there is to know about Pi? Check out our “Internet of Things Challenge” utilizing MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT) and IBM technologies.

developerWorks and IBM Watson
Do you think you can stump Watson? Do you have some cool ideas for how Watson could be used in the real world? Come try a prototype at the developerWorks booths in the Ling Ling Club showing how IBM Watson might behave as a cognitive user answering questions in a support forum similar to Stack Overflow. The developerWorks team will demo the new dW Answers Q&A site and other new resources at developer.ibm.com.

Drone Zone
Visit the Drone Zone to experience a wide spectrum of Parot AR Drone use cases – ranging from fun/simple to real-time analytics – all built with node.js, IBM MessageSight and NodeRed. We will have the drones doing flips, performing tricks and even “dancing” under the control of fruit (yes, fruit).  The drones will even react in real time based on your dev@Pulse tweets.  Be sure to stop by the Playground in the Ling Ling Club to test them out for yourself!

Play the Game: Code Jam
Code Jam is a free, open source racing game with a twist -- instead of racing around a track using a controller, you program an AI (artificial intelligence) controlled car to race for you! Rules and details will be explained at the show, but prizes include Bose noise cancelling headset and a Jawbone Wireless Jam Box. Click here for Terms & Conditions. The contest and prizes will be sponsored by Rocket Software. To learn more about Rocket Software, visit their website or stop by booth #D306 at Pulse.

MDA - A New Approach to Gaming
Mechanics, Dynamics and Aesthetics (MDA) is a framework which provides a formal language and structure for discussing and building superior games. Join Stone Librande (Diablo III Lead Designer and Sim City Creative Director) for a hands-on workshop where you’ll learn best practices for analyzing and designing your own games.

Technical product certification lays the groundwork to help you become a world-class resource to your clients, colleagues, and employer. IBM certification testing will be available to dev@Pulse attendees and there are a lot of opportunities available.

dev@Pulse attendees will be able to take their first Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure, IBM Security Systems or IBM Cloud Computing certification exam for free for each attendee. A complete list of can be found at:

Cloud & Smart Infrastructure certifications
IBM Cloud Computing certifications
IBM Security Systems certifications

You have the option of taking IBM certification exams during dev@Pulse, as well as on Sunday and Wednesday. Here are the hours and locations, all within the MGM Conference area.

Sunday - 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. (Directors Boardroom, 2nd floor)
Monday - 9:30 a.m - 6:00 p.m. (Room 311)
Tuesday - 9:30 a.m - 6:00 p.m. (Room 311)
Wednesday - 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Room 311)

Keep in mind that the last seating is 1 hour prior to close and we expect the Sunday and Wednesday sessions to be very full. Also, all testing is based upon first come, first serve and you cannot make an appointment. Testing is busiest first thing in the morning and during lunch. If you have flexibility, come by in the afternoon.

Does my free pass to dev@Pulse also include airfare, hotel or any other kind of travel expenses?
dev@Pulse is offering a free pass to the face-to-face event only. All travel expenses, including hotel and airfare, are the responsibility of the attendee.

I would like to arrive on Sunday - can I register that early?
Absolutely, and we encourage you to do so! That way you can avoid possible lines at Hakkasan right before the event on Monday. On Sunday, there will be a dedicated counter at the Pulse registration area on the first floor within the MGM Conference Center. This registration area opens at 7:00 am and closes at 9:00pm on Sunday.

Once I get to Las Vegas, where do I go to pick up my registration badge - and when can I do that?
You have three options on where you can pick up your registration badge. If at all possible, we encourage you to pick up your badge and registration materials on Sunday at the main Pulse registration area. You can also pick up your badge on Monday at the Pulse registration area, as well as outside the MGM Grand Arena prior to the general session. Look for a dedicated dev@Pulse counter at both locations.

Important Note: Badges must be worn at all times for all events.

_ _ Location Hours Sunday 22-Feb Pulse Conference Registration Area - MGM Conference Center, Level 1 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday 23-Feb MGM Grand Garden Arena in the Studio Ballroom Foyer 6:30 a.m – 9:00 a.m Monday 23-Feb Outside Hakkasan entrance to dev@Pulse 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday 24-Feb Outside Hakkasan entrance to dev@Pulse 8:00 a.m. - noon

Where should I stay and if I drive, will parking be available?
The Hakkasan venue within the MGM Grand is located on Las Vegas Boulevard, the "strip," with many other hotel options within walking distance.
Free parking is available on MGM Grand property.

How early can I get into the venue at Hakkasan - and how late can I stay on Monday/Tuesday?
The doors at Hakkasan will be open as follows:
- Monday hours 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
- Tuesday hours 10:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m.

What meals are included in my free event pass to dev@Pulse?
You will definitely not go hungry! dev@Pulse will have continuous food and drinks available Monday and Tuesday starting when the doors open at 10:00 a.m.

If you plan to attend the general sessions at Pulse on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning, breakfast items will be available outside of the arena from 6:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. on Monday/Tuesday and from 7:00 am - 8:45 am on Wednesday. Also, if you able to stay for the Pulse Palooza party that is held in the MGM Grand Arena on Tuesday from 7:00 pm -10:00 pm , there will also be reception food there.

I am under 21. Will I still be able to attend the event evening parties where alcohol will be served?
You bet. However we will be checking IDs and you will not be served alcohol or be allowed to stand 10 feet or closer to any bar - that's a Nevada law.

What is the Pulse party on Tuesday evening that my dev@Pulse pass also allows me to attend?
Pulse Palooza is a party for Pulse attendees that is held in the MGM Grand Arena on Tuesday from 7:00 pm- 10:00 pm However, as a dev@Pulse developer, your badge will also provide you complimentary entry into that party. Reception food/beverages will be available. Don't forget your dev@Pulse badge.

I plan to participate in the hands-on-labs - will you be providing the equipment, or do I need to bring my own?
Please bring your laptops or tablets to participate in the Labs. These will not be provided.

For the "Internet of Things Lab" a limited number of devices will be available, but you are recommended to bring your own Raspberry PIs if you have them.

Tell me more about the Pulse Conference general sessions on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday that I can attend before dev@Pulse opens in the morning?
Your dev@Pulse badge entitles you to attend the Pulse general sessions, focusing on insights and guidance you need to reinvent your business with cloud, leverage security intelligence, optimize IT & service management, and build a smarter infrastructure.

General Sessions are held in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

General Session Day 1: Cloud as a Growth Engine for Business
The session will focus on how dynamic clouds enable a composable enterprise and you will learn how cloud based applications are changing the way work gets done and how organizations react. You’ll hear directly from customers who are making their own bold moves by reinventing their own customers experiences through Infrastructure, Platform, and Software as a Service solutions. Please join IBM executives Robert LeBlanc, Erich Clementi, Craig Hayman, Deepak Advani as well as market leading IBM clients and hear them share their insights and vision.

General Session Day 2: Think it, Build it, Tap into it.
Learn how to build a composable business while securing the enterprise. Understand intelligent security in a post-perimeter world and discover what infrastructure really matters to you and your business. Senior IBM Executives Steve Mills, Deepak Advani, Brendan Hannigan and Tom Rosamilia will uncover how to develop, integrate, secure and manage your entire infrastructure – on and off premise. Several clients will highlight their own business transformations and how their Bold Moves have paid off.

General Session Day 3: Inspiring Bold Moves
Hear from Softlayer CEO, Lance Crosby about how to Innovate or Die! SoftLayer was founded back in 2005 with the aspiration of becoming the defacto platform for delivering cloud services. Today, with some help from IBM, that vision is becoming a reality, forever changing the way technology is delivered and consumed. This session will explore how SoftLayer is blurring the lines between dedicated, cloud, virtual and physical infrastructure through innovation resulting in an on-demand, consumptive billing model that everyone can use.

I want to take a free IBM certification test. Can I do that during dev@Pulse or only before/after the happening?
You have the option of taking IBM certification exams during dev@Pulse, as well as on Sunday and Wednesday. Here are the hours and locations, all within the MGM Conference area.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Directors Boardroom, 2nd floor)
Monday: 9:30 am - 6:00 p.m. (Room 311)
Tuesday: 9:30 am - 6:00 p.m. (Room 311)
Wednesday: 10:30 am - 6:00 p.m. (Room 311)

Keep in mind that the last seating is 1 hour prior to close and we expect the Sunday and Wednesday sessions to be very full. Also, all testing is based upon first come, first serve and you cannot make an appointment. Testing is busiest first thing in the morning and during lunch. If you have flexibility, come by in the afternoon.

Also, all IBM certification exams are offered through Pearson VUE. In order to facilitate you taking a test, you should create an account at Pearson VUE www.pearsonvue.com/ibm prior to attending dev@Pulse if you don't already have one. If you have any questions, please visit the Pearson VUE FAQ.

I have a very specific question. Who can I contact?
For questions, please email devatpulse@maritztravel.com.