Explore Activities at VMworld 2018 US

At VMworld, attending our exciting sessions is only half the fun—we also offer plenty of ways to connect with other attendees. From sponsored get-togethers to unofficial meetups and outings organized by the VMworld community, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to catch up with your peers, connect with old friends, and make new ones!

Looking for a place to connect? VMworld features a variety of special-interest lounge spaces located throughout the conference area. The VMware partner lounge, VMware alumni lounge, and other areas are perfect spots to socialize, network, or just hang out. 



Mark your calendar for the Inclusion in Action session and reception on Monday evening, and keep the conversation going throughout the event. Join this TED-style talk and reception sponsored by Intel to hear from inclusion game changers representing Randstad, KeyCorp, and VMware on what their companies are doing to create inclusive cultures. We can all ask ourselves—what are we doing to make sure that we are creating and supporting an inclusive environment at work, in the tech industry, and in our communities?

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Celebrate at VMworld

Work hard, play hard! VMworld Fest, our can’t-miss party, is always a high point of the VMworld experience. It’s a great chance for old friends (and new ones!) to get together and blow off some steam over some food, drinks—and, of course, great music. This year, VMworld Fest will take attendees around the globe in one night. Explore the vibrant menus, games, experiences, and music of four unique environments: tropical, desert, jungle, aquatic. Auxiliary stages will include jazz, dueling pianos, The Purple Experience (Prince cover band), and San Francisco native DJ Chris Clouse.

The main stage headliner is Royal Machines. Rock the night away with Royal Machines. Self-described as "Rock's Greatest All-Star Band" the group is fronted by Mark McGrath (of Sugar Ray), Dave Navarro (of Jane's Addiction), and Billy Morrison (of Billy Idol as well as The Cult). They are the world's greatest rock stars playing the world's greatest songs. If that wasn't enough, Royal Machines will include additional rock legends as special guests.


Not only is the Solutions Exchange an amazing showcase for VMworld sponsors and exhibitors, it also hosts two highly anticipated events: our welcome reception and our hall crawl. You won’t want to miss these experiences!



Welcome Reception

Kick off VMworld on Sunday evening with thousands of your new friends! Enjoy delicious appetizers and drinks, and get to know each other in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. In addition, you’ll be able to explore vendor offerings and discover new technologies on display.

Hall Crawl

A fan favorite, the hall crawl gives you the chance to get up close and personal with the VMware ecosystem, sponsors, and exhibitors in the Solutions Exchange. Participate in giveaways and contests, get in-depth product information, watch some great demos, pick up some free goodies, and socialize while enjoying snacks and drinks. Check out the hall crawl map in the VMworld mobile app to plan out your route for Tuesday afternoon.


The heart of VMworld, VMvillage is where it all happens. Explore, relax, play games, meet and network with other attendees, discover VMware programs, and much more. VMvillage is home several unique lounges, where you can learn more about the topics that matter most to you in a comfortable and fun environment. These lounges include: the Broadcast Booth, VMware Champions, Cloud City, VMTN & VMware {code}, VMUG, VMware Innovation Zone, Listening Post, Education & Certification, VMware Assessment Lounge, and Partner Lounge.

Charge Up or Power Down

Our hang space is an oasis of calm in the middle of the excitement of VMworld. Stop by to rest your feet, catch up on email, or charge up your phone. Enjoy quiet conversations or lively debates—and thanks to our big screens, you won’t miss a minute of VMworld.

Social & Community

VMvillage is headquarters for a host of social and community activities. In addition to your IRL interaction with other VMworld-goers, you can share your VMworld experience with your followers—we make it easy with a vlogging station offering self-service video and podcasts and blogger tables with every amenity. Be sure to check out our social media resources and use the VMworld hashtags in your posts.

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Sponsored by Trend Micro

Join us for the VMware AWS Hybrid Cloud Community Activity, Sponsored by Trend Micro on Sunday, August 26 beginning at 12:00 PM in VMvillage. Start your VMworld experience by networking with other delegates, colleagues, and friends while assembling stuffed animals for children in need.

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Introducing the VMworld Challenge

Get swag or lend support. It’s all up to you this year. Earn virtual achievements throughout the conference to redeem for an array of swag, such as the VMworld backpack, a baseball cap, a water bottle, or tech accessories. Or you can choose to support global communities through Kiva microloans. 

Read more about the VMworld Challenge in our blog

Meeting Spaces

Need a room? We can help. VMworld offers drop-in, flexible meeting space for attendees to connect with VMware subject matter experts and each other. You can make same-day reservations for non-consecutive, one-hour blocks. 

VMware Store

No visit to VMworld is complete without some swag! Stop by the VMware store to pick up a mug, wearable, or other memento. Or choose from a selection of popular and niche books to feed your brain or tickle your fancy.



VMworld always offers lots of ways to connect with other attendees. From sponsored get-togethers to unofficial meetups and outings organized by the VMworld community, you'll find plenty of options for time time with friends and making new ones.

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