Ladies and Gentlemen of VMworld 2019.
Wear comfortable shoes.
If I could offer you only one tip for the conference, comfy shoes would be it.
The long term benefits of comfortable shoes have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…
I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the knowledge and learning imparted at the breakout sessions; oh nevermind; you will not understand all the knowledge and learning imparted until you watch the recordings.
But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at your notes from the event and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much technology lay before you and how fabulous that UI really looked…
You can’t fit in as many parties as you imagine.
Do one thing everyday that scares you.
Present a session.
Don’t ignore other people’s opinions, don’t put up with people who ignore yours.
Talk to people.
Don’t waste your time on free pens;
Sometimes there’s T-shirts,
Sometimes there’s LEGO.
The swag list is long, and in the end, it’s only what fits in your suitcase home that counts.
Drink plenty of water.
Maybe you’ll do the Hackathon, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll watch a vBrownbag, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll get an early night, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken at the VMworld party.
Whatever you do, don’t worry too much when someone says on-premise.
Enjoy your time at the conference, Use it every way you can… Don’t be afraid of doing new things, or what other people think of them,
Spending time wisely is the greatest investment you’ll ever make…
Use that Early Bird pricing, you’ll miss it when it’s gone.
Be nice to your peers in the vCommunity; They are the best way to learn and the people most likely to stick with you in the future
Go to VMworld US once, but leave before it makes you hard;
Go to VMworld EU once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Accept certain inalienable truths, vBeards will grow and turn grey, vendors will talk FUD, you too will get tired, and when you do you’ll fantasise that when you were younger vChins were clean-shaven, vendors were noble, and the flash client was the best thing since sliced bread.
But trust me on the comfortable shoes…
It was announced this week that registration for VMware’s VMworld 2019 conference will open at the beginning of May so now seems a good time to look at some of the key dates for the event.
Call For Proposals – March-April
The CFP process seems to be a little different this year being only open to VMware Employees (till -April 9th). However Non-VMW staff can submit an outline for review, applications for which are accepted through to April 16th. The reviews then happen through May and submitters should find out by June 11th.
The process is running concurrently for both US and EU events and full details are on the vmworld.com site.
Early Bird Registration 7 May
If you’re definitely going (and why wouldn’t you?!) then Early Bird pricing is the way to go. For VMworld Europe this deal runs from registration opening on 7th May through to 27 July and cuts the price by 200 Euro.
For the US event Early Bird Registration ends 15 June and offers a $300 saving on the regular rate.
Remember, there’s additional discounts on top of these offers for VMUG Advantage members, VCP holders, and Alumni.
Content Catalog 18 June
The release of the content catalog is the first chance to see the sessions on offer for both EU and US events. Whilst timings aren’t announced at this stage it’s a good opportunity to start marking the breakout sessions that are of interest.
The sessions listed can change, with some being added or possibly removed as the catalog develops so keep popping back during this period to keep up to date
US Session Builder 16 July
The Schedule Builder is where you can plan out your week and the US one goes live about a month before the event. A top tip is to get in early on the day this goes live and book in your “must see” sessions. As with the content catalog, keep popping back as the event draws near (and even after the keynote) as new sessions are always added in- particularly those tied around as-yet-unannounced product releases.
VMworld US 25-29 August
After a couple of years out in Vegas, VMworld US returns to the Moscone Centre in San Francisco for 2019.
EU Session Builder 25 September
Like the US session builder detailed above, the timetabling function for the European leg is released a few weeks before the event itself.
VMworld Europe 4-7 November
The European leg is back in Barcelona again this year and keeping to the November dates from last year.
Full details of the conference can be found on vmworld.com