VMworld 2020: FAQs

Find the answers to frequently asked questions about VMworld 2020.


What is the format of this year’s VMworld 2020 and when will it take place?

We will be hosting VMworld 2020 as a global online event during the week of September 28, 2020. We are currently working on specific program aspects but VMworld will be a digital event where attendees will learn about innovative new technology solutions, hear perspectives from VMware executives, dive into educational and technical content, and engage with experts across the industry ecosystem.


Why are the physical VMworld 2020 US in San Francisco, California, and VMworld 2020 Europe in Barcelona, Spain canceled?

Like others, we have been closely monitoring the situation involving the coronavirus outbreak, or COVID-19, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and other health authorities. The safety and well-being of VMworld attendees is our top priority, and as a precautionary measure, we have decided to reimagine VMworld 2020 as a digital event and cancel the physical events at San Francisco’s Moscone Center and Barcelona’s Fira Gran Via.


Will I need to register for the online event?

Yes, stay tuned for registration information. Sign up to receive VMworld Insider newsletters to get the latest updates delivered to your inbox.


What else is VMware doing to help during the response to COVID-19?

We are exploring several ways to work with communities and customers to address the challenges surrounding COVID-19. For more details about our efforts, see how VMware is responding and our business continuity solutions.


When and where will VMworld be in 2021?

Next year’s VMworld US 2021 will be held from August 29 – September 2, 2021, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. VMworld 2021 Europe will be held November 8-11, 2021 at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain.


Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact the VMworld team with any other questions.


How much will it cost to attend VMworld 2020?

We are currently evaluating our program to ensure that we provide an experience that is valuable to you as an attendee. This may include interactive networking opportunities and specialized learning tracks that require a fee. As details are finalized, we'll provide updates on VMworld.com so check back often for more information.


How will the content change as a result of being a digital event?

We are still working through many of the details, but we are excited about the opportunity to share our newest innovations with you and bring technical content on the latest in app modernization, intrinsic security, multi-cloud, and digital workspace technologies to an even wider global audience. We will post updates on the VMworld site as additional information becomes available.


What kind of software will be required to view keynotes, sessions and interact with the experts? 

VMworld 2020 will be web-based, so all you will need is a computer and an internet connection. Additional information will be provided prior to the online event.


Networking with other users is a big reason I attend. How are you going to offer that benefit online?

We understand the value that attendees get from engaging and interacting with VMware executives, experts, customers, partners, and thought leaders. We will continue to share details regarding how we plan to build those opportunities into the digital event experience.



What can I expect from VMworld 2020 as a digital event?

We are currently working on specific program elements of VMworld, keeping the attendee experience at the forefront of all our plans. As such, we expect to provide digital attendees with an experience in line with that provided for our face-to-face event.


When can I register?

Stay tuned for registration information. Sign up to receive VMworld Insider newsletters to get the latest updates delivered to your inbox.


Will sessions be available to view after the online event?

After the event, recorded content will be available as usual in our VMworld on-demand library.


Will I be considered an “alumnus” if I attend the digital event this year?

Yes, your participation will count toward your VMworld alumni status. The details on the amount of engagement required to earn credit towards your alumni status are being developed now and more information will be available soon. As a reminder, VMworld alumni are those who have attended a VMworld event in 3 of the last 5 years.



I have submitted a proposal for a speaking session at VMworld 2020 in San Francisco. What do I do now?

Thank you for your interest and submission. The call for proposals for VMworld 2020 has closed. We expect to notify submitters of their status on June 23.


How will content be structured for VMworld 2020?

The VMworld Content team is working with global VMware track teams to solicit, review and determine content for VMworld. The process of collecting and deciding on content remains the same. We are currently soliciting ideas from VMware employees, customers, and partners.


I am a contracted VMworld 2020 sponsor or exhibitor. What will happen to my sponsorship/exhibit status now that it will be a digital event?

VMworld 2020 sponsors/exhibitors will have the following options:


  • Roll over your investment to VMworld 2021 at your same sponsor/exhibitor level, at the 2020 rate.
  • Receive a full refund of your sponsor/exhibitor fee.


Our sponsor sales team will be reaching out to all sponsors/exhibitors to discuss your opportunities and plans by May 1st. You must let us know of your decision by May 31st, 2020.


When do I need to let VMworld know whether I want to roll over my sponsorship fees or request a full refund?

We request that you email our sponsor team with your decision by May 31. If a rollover is chosen, our team will share an amendment reflecting the sponsorship fee rollover to VMworld 2021 US or VMworld 2021 Europe as applicable.


Sponsor team:

Companies A-M:
Shana Cosgrove
USA: 617-807-6011
International: +44 20 8584-0056


Companies N-Z:
Bethany Porrazzo
USA: 617-848-8765
International: +44 20 8584-0056

Are there sponsorship opportunities as part of the digital event?

VMware is exploring different online sponsorship opportunities for the VMworld 2020 digital event, and as soon as a final decision is made, we will communicate directly with our current VMworld 2020 sponsors and exhibitors. Details on sponsorship opportunities will also be posted on the VMworld website


What if I haven’t paid my 2020 sponsorship fees and do not want to roll these over to 2021 sponsorship?

Confirm this request by emailing your appropriate sponsor contact (Companies A-M, Shana Cosgrove; Companies N-Z, Bethany Porrazzo)