VMworld USA 2014

With  two weeks to go until I leave for the conference my schedule is starting to fill up. Like a lot of people VMworld is a busy time for me with too much to do and not enough time.

My wife, Tracey, is coming along for her first VMworld and first USA trip. This means that Saturday will be a tourist day, we have tickets to go to Alcatraz. Saturday night should be a “quiet” dinner with the vBrownBag crew who will be in town. I cannot believe that there will be 16 people in vBrownBag shirts this year, quite a big step up from the five of us the first year. After dinner we plan on going to the Community Kickoff to say hi to lots of other people. I think that this is replacing the usual vBeers at the Chieftain, although I suspect plenty will also go to the Chieftain.

On Sunday I’ll be helping run the Opening Acts panel discussions, the tickets have sold out and we have some great panellists so it should be a great event. After Opening Acts it’s the VMworld Welcome reception followed by the VMunderground party.

For most of the rest of the week I’ll be in the Hang Space helping make the Community Stage run, this is where the TechTalks will happen along with live recording of a couple of podcasts, the full schedule is posted here.

I am leaving the Community Stage to other people on Tuesday, there isn’t much that takes me away from making TechTalks but the Tech Field Day Extra is one. Presentations by vendors and the company of other independent bloggers is a great time.

The evenings are full of parties, I usually go to a few but I’m usually back at my hotel long before they are over. The best list of parties and other gatherings is Tony Dunn’s one here. I plan on going to vFlipCup, the vExpert reception, vBacon, probably the Veeam party and #BeerTweetup. Trying to get to too many parties means you spend the evening in cabs, not so fun.

This year I’m not flying home until Friday, so may do something quiet with my wife on Thursday afternoon. Maybe see a little of San Francisco that’s not the three blocks around Moscone.

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About Alastair

I am a professional geek, working in IT Infrastructure. Mostly I help to communicate and educate around the use of current technology and the direction of future technologies.
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