That’s right, this is not the usual VMworld preview! This event is about getting you hyper-connected to the community, getting you out of the sessions as much as possible to join the “Hallway track,” and finding resources that you may not have ever heard of or experienced.
It’s All About the People
There is a beehive of VMware user community activity around the show as over 23,000 people descend on Las Vegas and are all in one place at one time. It’s all about the people…people, so take advantage of this amazing opportunity to meet with others face to face. Exchange ideas, swap solutions, laugh, eat, and drink (but not too much). What other opportunity do you have to get access to this many people across this many companies and talk tech one-on-one? You can see the official VMworld Gathering List for the Off-Road events.
Get Your Community On
So where do you go? What do you do? How do you meet all of these fantastic and interesting people and engage with them? Don’t be shy, they’re not that hard to find, and they don’t bite.
The VMvillage is the best place in the entire conference to get away from the sessions, rest, and connect with others. This year, there will be a loop walkway that runs you through every part of the village, so you can easily see it all. Here are some of the highlights:
Outside the Main VMworld Conference Center
Lots of things happen outside of the Mandalay Bay conference center during the VMworld conference. Here are some that you might want to check out:
This event takes place the Sunday before the U.S. VMworld show starts. SInce it’s inception 9 years ago, VMunderground’s “Opening Acts” has grown into the biggest community-organized activity at VMworld. It’s a great way to hear from expert panels in an informal setting, start talking with others about what they’re doing with the technology and relax after a long day of travel. For more information, see vmunderground.com.
This is like a network-architect sub-conference within the VMworld conference. Future:NET is being held at the Four Seasons hotel in Las Vegas this year from Wednesday, August30, to Thursday, August 31, and hosted by VMworld. Network architects who are interested in attending future:net can get a free pass by requesting an invite and get some amazing network-focused content from leaders across different industries, including highlights from their digital journeys and the current state of their networking solutions.
During the 2007 and 2008 VMworld conferences, Crystal Lowe discovered that she was not the only one who found herself alone while her spouse, Scott Lowe, was working at the conference — so she came upwith Spousetivities. Since 2008, Spousetivities has organized events for spouses, significant others, families, parents, siblings, or whoever joins the conference participants. For more information, see spousetivities.com.
In addition to the “official” VMworld conference events, there are lots of opportunities to connect with people and really get to know them better. Check out the full VMworld party list to register.
The vTrail Map
The 2017 VMware User “vTrail Map” was created as a result of the Level Up project. Members of the technology community from all over the world have contributed to this guide, providing the information and assets you need to “level up” your skills an d advance your career in the tech field. The guide features both physical and virtual resources that can help you progress on your VMware virtualization career journey — and ultimately discover more.
How to Get a vTrail Map
In the latest episode of the SOCK(net) podcast, Tony and I are joined by the illustrious Keith Townsend (@CTOadvisor), who reveals his VMworld secrets.