VMworld 2017 Las Vegas – Preparation: hotel, voting, ESTA and more…
- Preparation VMworld 2017 – You are reading it
- My session pick VMworld 2017
- Key takeaways for VMworld 2017 and Las Vegas
- Blogs about VMworld during the event
- A summarising of the most important announcements.
Let’s take a little look at things to do before you travel to VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas.
Session voting is over now, the votes are in and people at VMware are creating the session catalog right now. so in a while you will see a catalog coming online with the session for VMworld 2017 US.
There are different kind of sessions;
- Breakout sessions: 60mins, one or more speakers (2 max) on stage, giving a presentation with room for questions
- Group discussion: 60mins, small group of about 20+ people, some presentation but mostly discussion from topics coming out of the group
- Panel discussions: 60mins, a panel of people (4 max) on stage discussing about a topic, sometimes from topics given by the audience.
- Quick talk: 30 mins, Like a break out, just the essentials.
Next up would be building the schedule but that will be coming around July, I wil put that one in the blog with the key takeaways and update this one when the time is there. It’s a puzzle to find the right mix between what is possible and what you want to see. some session run more often some don’t.
Registration will open somewhere in May, until beginning of June a discount rate for early bird will be available. If you are going make use of this, it saves you money you can spend in the casino’s, on the strip or on a beer.
Prices have gone up a 100 dollar this year, the new prices are;
- $1795, for induvidual
- $1595, for Alumni
- $1695, for VCP and VMUG
- $1495, for Government
- $1395, for Education
There are more price possibilities but these are the most common ones. As soon as the registration link is available I will update this article.
Registration has just opened up, from the 4th of April until the 12th of June the early bird fees are applicable. After that prices will rise 300 dollar for each ticket, that wil be from the 13th of June until the 25th of August. From that time on until VMworld prices will rise again with 200 dollar. So be smart and buy early.
the link for the registration is: VMworld registration. click the green button and fill in all the details.
Every year there is a bag, you get it it during registration and you can use it to store all the leaflets you get handed as well as a bottle with water during the day. So if you are ok with walking around with a VMworld bag you can travel light. Somewhere in the next months a video might appear that will show the bag, it is smart designed with room for a laptop, bottle and lots of leaflets.
Make sure you have some room in your bag to bring home some of the gifts you might get at the conference. Of course if you got time on your hands and go about visiting every vendor for gadget you need to bring a lager suitcase.
Once you booked the hotel you also need to make sure your ESTA, your visa to enter the US of A is done. The ESTA is valid for a while but make sure it is valid when you travel to the US. You won’t even board a plane if you haven’t taken care of that. Apply for an ESTA or check the status of an application right here – ESTA.
…and if all goes well, you are approved to visit the US
Last but not least you need to get to Vegas. So most of you will fly there, at least I am. For the European travellers there is a word of advice here.
Make sure your longest flight is a European bound flight, in and outbound. The reason for that is that travellers in the US are not that protected as in the EU. So when you travel in the US and experience delay you will not get compensated most of the time, you get a voucher for a taxi, a meal and a hotel (at 3am) and that’s it. When however you fly EU bound you will get compensated as they are bound by EU laws. This also goes for the US carriers.
So the best option is to fly from LA to Europe and not fly all over the US to NY first… as we did last year resulting in a stay in lovely New York (well far from the city). It’s just a little advice, so take it or leave it…
oh yeah and don’t fly United Airlines, they have the tendency to use force if you don’t voluntary leave the plane…
Hope this give a little bit of insight and helps you prepare.