It’s time once again for VMworld, and you know what that means—it’s time for Spousetivities at VMworld again! This year VMworld will be back in San Francisco, and the team has been working hard to put together a fantastic line-up of activities for you. Registration is already open, so click here to visit the registration page and sign up.
As usual, there will be prizes and giveaways, the famous vWife T-shirts (there will be some gender-neutral shirts for anyone who needs them), and bags filled with goodies. All in all, Spousetivities at VMworld 2012 is shaping up to be a great event.
Who can attend Spousetivities?
Anyone! While it's primarily targeted at the spouses of the conference attendees, anyone traveling with a conference attendee is welcome to join us. Parents, spouses, domestic partners, significant others--all are welcome.
The whole layout of VMworld is new again this year. Right outside the Solutions Exchange (remember -- bring your comfortable shoes!) is going to be what we're calling the "Hang Space" -- not sure if that's our internal code name or if it'll be something like "The Stately VMworld Relaxation Gardens" by the time it gets to your program, but let's just use "Hang Space" for now. In that space, along with lots of room for, um, hanging, will be other landmarks like the VMworld Bookstore and the always-popular VMworld Community Lounge. In the lounge is where a lot of action takes place, and where you'll find our community and social media team hanging out all week. We'll have tables and power for our blogging colleagues, but everyone is welcome to come by and hang out. The Community Lounge is also a great place to use as a meeting point.
New this year we're also having a full program of vMeetups in the Community Lounge! What's a vMeetup? Well, that's up to you! The vMeetup schedule is a completely open schedule that will be set by the attendees of VMworld in half hour blocks Monday through Thursday throughout the entire week of VMworld Las Vegas. vMeetups are just like Birds of a Feather meetings or Special Interest Groups that you're familiar with at other conferences. These aren't for presentations; these are chances to get together with like-minded individuals and talk!
Your vMeetup could be for....
- people interested in a virtualization or cloud topic (security? building a cloud requirements document? high performance computing?)
- administrators of a particular piece of software (Notes? Blackboard? Oracle Apps?)
- IT professionals in a particular industry (K12? Dental Practices? Logistics? Retail?)
- other people in your city or region without a VMUG
- meeting a book author
- discussing how to do something (one for people interested in starting a virtualization blog)
- or you tell us what you want to talk about ... it's in your hands!
The vMeetup schedule will NOT be in the Schedule Builder -- you'll find it online, on the Big Board in the Hang Space, and on screens in the Community Lounge. We'll lock in as much of the schedule as we can before the show so that you can plan around any interesting vMeetups. These vMeetups are also separate from the Knowledge Expert Group Discussions that you can find in the Schedule Builder on topics like Cloud Security and Memory Management. VMworld exhibitors are welcome to propose a vMeetup, but priority will be given to community-submitted topics, and we encourage you to submit topics that can engender discussion among community members, or meetings of like-minded individuals around a particular topic. Each organization is limited to one vMeetup per day.)
#vMeetup Scheduled Times in the VMworld Community Lounge
Join your fellow VMworld attendees in a special bike ride and fun run on Monday, August 29 in Red Rock Canyon (about 30 miles away from the Las Vegas Strip). You can enjoy either a 23 mile bike ride or an hour run/walk taking in the sights of the Las Vegas desert and towering cliffs of the canyon.
You will start the day meeting everyone at 5am, yes that is really early but you have to beat the heat, and be shuttled to the starting point. From there the groups will head out and be returned to The Venetian by 8:30, with time to shower and prepare for VMworld.
This is a great opportunity for you to meet some colleagues and network before hitting the ground running with education and all that VMworld has to offer.
There is a cost associated with the Bike Ride and Fun Run to cover shuttle costs, bike rentals and such, but all proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Red Rock Canyon, an organization dedicated to the preservation, protection and enrichment of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
Visit the sign-up page for more information and we look forward to seeing you on the roads.
Have you ever wanted to participate during the General Sessions at VMworld? Or, be seen by thousands of your peers and colleagues? Then, this is the opportunity you can’t miss.
This year we are inviting everyone to submit a video to help represent the entire VMware community. Simply shoot a brief video of yourself saying four key phrases in your native language and send it to us.
If selected, you will join other members of the community in a complied video played during the opening General Session of the US and European conference. Don’t miss this opportunity to represent the VMware community. Get more information on these special VMworld videos.
We are pleased to announce that VMworld Europe will be held in October 2010. The VMworld Europe conference will follow our Global VMworld conference, scheduled for San Francisco in September 2010, to ensure that we are able to roll out key initiatives to customers and partners more quickly and consistently worldwide. As the leading virtualization conference, VMworld will continue to offer its diverse global audience the latest information on how virtualization is revolutionizing the next generation of computing.
More information on the specific dates and location for VMworld Europe 2010 will be announced soon!
In the meantime, don’t miss your chance to register for VMworld 2009 taking place August 31-September 3 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Will you be unable to attend VMworld 2009 in San Francisco?
Starting July 1st, 2009, you can purchase a VMworld.com Subscription for annual access to all VMworld 2009 Keynotes, Sessions and Labs offered through our virtual conference on VMworld.com. Experience all presentations and demos online from the VMworld conference by purchasing your own VMworld.com Subscription.
You will also gain exclusive access, benefits, and promos for the year-round VMworld.com online conference. Additionally, with a pre-purchase, you will receive access to VMworld 2008 and VMworld Europe 2009 content for the remainder of the current annual subscription.
Don't miss out on the premier virtualization event of the year, subscribe today!
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