Melbourne VMUG UserCon 2016 Update

mvmugWith just a few days to go before the Melbourne VMUG User Conference (Register Here) and I wanted to share with everyone a few compelling reasons to attend this year’s event!

 

New Venue

This is the first year we will be hosting the UserCon at the Crown Promenade Melbourne, we’re really looking forward to seeing this venue filled with VMUG attendees and have a great day planned…

Keynote Speakers

Firstly, a User Conference wouldn’t be complete without an impressive lineup of international speakers and as with previous years we’ve gone for a mixture of independent speakers along with industry veterans, this year we’ll have keynote presentations from Keith Townsend (@CTOAdvisor) on Adding A Business Skill to Your Tool Belt and Scott Lowe (@scott_lowe) on VMware NSX.

Community Speakers

This year we’ve got vBrownBag onsite with Alastair Cooke (@demitassenz) who’ll be filming Tech Talks along with VMUG Voice videos live in the foyer throughout the day!

We’ve also got a great lineup of community speakers:

We wanted to find a balance between high technology and building community, we hope these guests hit the mark and appreciate feedback on who you’d like to see? You can contact us at @mvmug or via the User Group landing page http://vmug.com/melbourne).

Content Roundup

We’ve continued with the traditional Sponsor/VMware/Community tracks at this years event and have included vBrownBag as a permanent fixture along with the VMUG voice videos: –

  1. Sponsors
  2. VMware
  3. Community
  4. vBrownBag
  5. VMUG Voice.

Along with a solutions exchange in the main Foyer, these are the staple diet of VMUG events and provide Sponsors and VMware with a vehicle to educate attendees along with the opportunity to get direct access to vendors via the solutions exchange.

We’ve opted for longer breaks between sessions this year, while this does mean the event is longer in duration, we really wanted to promote greater networking opportunities along with being able to offer extra content during these breaks in the way of vBrownBag Tech Talks and VMUG Voice videos.

This year we’ve tried to focus more on topics that we think are important to attendees, there’s been a greater level of scrutiny with sponsor content along with the topics VMware are presenting.

Sponsors

A big shout out to all the companies that have sponsored the 2016 Melbourne VMUG UserCon, without your support and commitment we wouldn’t be able to host an event like this, so thanks for your support 🙂

Prizes

We’ve amassed the following prizes for this UserCon, listen up on the day to see how you can win these: –

  1. 2 x Microsoft Surface Pro 4 256GB / Intel i5 with 8GB Ram
  2. Synology DS415+ with 1 Samsung pro 850 512GB and 3 x WD Red 2TB
  3. Intel NUC i5 with 16GB Ram
  4. 2 x Intel 750 Series PCI-Express 400GB SSD
  5. 3 x BB8 Sphero droid.

VMUG UserCon App

Agenda details of all activities on the day are now available offline through the VMUG app which is downloadable from both iPhone and Android  app stores, so make sure you download this before you attend!

VCDX Workshop

A final note that a VCDX workshop will be run by Travis Wood (@vTravWood) on Wednesday 24th February at the same venue, it’s free to register and worth attending if you’re considering following the VCDX journey.

Final Word

Please show your support by registering and attending this Thursday , see you all there!

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