VMworld 2017 Las vegas – Parties and Swags

This article will give a quick overview of the parties during VMworld, also mentioned in another article, and the Swags you can pick up in Vegas. I thought it would be useful to have an overview of both together and they both require some sign-up and both can get lost in the vast amount of tweets going by.

VMworld 2017


This blog will consist of several parts, this is the start with a preparation article.


Every year several vendors offer a Swag to be collected if you sign up. It’s a courtesy of the vendors so don’t be pissed off if they run out of stock. better be quick to sign up.


Datrium is giving away a Arduboy swag to the first 300 vExpert to sign up, so you better hurry.  They are at booth #618 if you got registered.


Arduboy is a miniature game system the size of a credit card. It comes installed with a classic 8-bit game and can be reprogrammed from a library of open source games available online. Arduboy is open source so you can learn to code and create your own games.


The link to sign up is : swag signup


The vSphere team is creating a swag bag to give to all the vExperts, no matter if you are at VMworld or not you are able to get it. you received a mail if you are a vExpert but here is the link for your convenience. If you’re not a vExpert you won’t get anything, so signing up is useless.


Y’all work hard, and we really appreciate it. This year, to show our appreciation, we have swag bags for each and every vExpert, courtesy of the vSphere team. But we need your help to deliver these bags to you. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Please check your email, or visit the vExpert private blog for instructions
  • Complete those instructions by August 9.
  • Enjoy your swag bag!

Thanks again for all you do, and thanks for being on this virtualization journey with us. See you soon!


The link for the swag bag is here: Swag bag (vExpert only)


Cohesity is offering a survival bag for VMworld again this year (didn’t get mine last year due to excessive demand).parties and swags

Fill in the contact form and you will receive a confirmation mail for the survival kit. The kit will consist of:

  • USB Power adapter
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Chap stick
  • spinner.

I think it is a must have, fill in your contact details here: survival kit


Uila is giving away an  Amazon Echo Dot to every vExpert that was online for the exclusive webinar. but if you weren’t you can send the a message and you can watch the webinar offline. After doing that you register for a quick personal vExpert briefing on Uila Even if you are not a VMware vExpert you have a chance, see all the details on their web page –

Schedule a meeting with them on: Meeting request and have a chance for the daily Amazon Echo draw as well.


Parties and events

With that being said we end up at the parties. Parties are to relax after the sessions. Vendors throw parties and you will need either get an invitation or apply for a ticket.
Some parties are invitation only and others are open for everyone. As VMworld2017 is only one small week most parties are in the first three days. This means that on one evening you may have to select which party to go to as you might have 5 or 6 to attend. That’s the biggest pity of being in Vegas, distances are huge.

Some of the events are listed right here.

27-08 Sunday

VMunderground – Party

VMunderground – Opening Acts

VMUG Member Party

Hall Crawl – VMworld 2017 US

28-08 Monday

Login VSI, IGEL &Nutanix Exclusive Happy Hour

Zerto, “Journey to the cloud party”

CXI party: Sponsors: Xiologix, BigSwitch, STKPromotion

BigSwitchBreak; Happy Hour

Cohesity: VMworld Kickoff party

CoreSite + Faction; Happy Hour

29-08 Tuesday


Solarwinds, monitoringmorning

Cerner Customer birds of a feather Lunch

VMware Healthcare customer reception

Hall Crawl – VMworld 2017 US

VMware vExpert party

VEEAM annual VMworld party

Rubrik party with Ice Cube

BigSwitchBreak; Happy Hour Tuesday

30-08 Wednesday

VMworld Party 

Epic Customer Birds of a Feather Lunch


There is an extensive list with also the private parties for customers and so on. I chose to list on the open ones that you can sign up to. The complete listing is found right here. Event listing

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