Spousetivities at IBM Edge 2013

Regular readers of this site know that my wife, Crystal, runs something called Spousetivities. Spousetivities originated out of boredom, essentially—Crystal was traveling with me to VMworld and wanted to find someone to hang out with while I was at the conference. That was VMworld 2008, and since that time she’s had activities at VMworld 2009, VMworld 2010 (including VMworld Europe 2010), VMworld 2011 (both US and Europe), and VMworld 2012 (US and Europe). She’s also had activities at EMC World (2011 and 2012), HP Discover EMEA, and Dell Storage Forum in Boston. This year, she’s added another conference: IBM Edge 2013 in Las Vegas!

IBM Edge 2013 (conference site here) runs from June 10–14 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. If you are attending IBM Edge 2013 this year, I’d encourage you to consider bringing your spouse or significant other with you and getting them involved in Spousetivities. As is always the case, Crystal has a great line-up of activities planned for participants, including:

  • The ever-popular “Getting to Know You” breakfast on Monday, June 10
  • A “Culinary Mystery Tour” of famous restaurants along the Strip
  • A tour of Red Rock Canyon Conservation area and highlights of the famous Vegas strip
  • “Cooking at the Ranch,” where you’ll get to meet Chef Philip Dell of Sin City Chefs and the Food Network’s show “Chopped” (More details here.)
  • A Grand Canyon tour
  • A Hoover Dam tour
  • A wide variety of spa services from THE Bathhouse, including facials, manicures, massages, and pedicures

All in all, it looks like a great week of activities. For the conference attendee, you gain the benefit of being able to spend time with your partner in the evenings without having to worry about them during the day (leaving you to be able to focus on the conference). For the partner traveling with the attendee, you don’t have to worry about being alone, finding your way around town, or bothering your partner at the conference. It is truly a “win-win” for everyone involved.

All these activities have been discounted, thanks to IBM’s sponsorship of Spousetivities, so I encourage you to visit the registration page and get signed up as soon as possible.


  1. Mary Spurlock’s avatar

    This is such a great idea! Congratulations to Crystal and thanks for sharing the story behind Spousetivities. I discovered Spousetivities for the Edge conference in March and was immediately captured by the agenda and diversity. Unfortunately I am working the conference and won’t be able to participate but reading the list of events made me drool! Good luck and I hope it is a HUGE success!

  2. Dave’s avatar

    Can you tell me if there is a way for spouse to get a badge to attend some of the evening events with their husbands.


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