Announcement

Opening Acts 2016

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Plans are starting to come together, and we’re tired of sitting on some of this fun information, so here’s our first dump of official details.

As we revealed last week in our Planning Your VMworld 2016 Trip post, Opening Acts is on.  We’ve had two good years of success running two panel stages concurrently to provide 3 hours with 6 sessions.  One common complaint we’ve received: “Why do you make me choose between all these great panels?!”  So, given this request and venue limitations in Las Vegas, we decided to play with the formula a bit this year.

For 2016, we’re going to run 4 panel sessions sequentially:  Show up for the entire time and you’ll catch all the panely-goodness.  This meant moving Opening Acts forward by an hour to noon, which put us into lunchtime.  If there’s one thing we know will get conference-goers riled up, it’s food!  As fate would have it, about the time we made this decision another great community group (who we’ve wanted to find a way to work with anyways) approached us about sponsoring lunch during Opening Acts.

Please join me in welcoming vBrisket to the Opening Acts family!!

That’s right! Opening Acts now offers you technical knowledge AND BBQ!

So here’s the schedule for Opening Acts on Sunday, August 28, 2016:

  • 10:45am – The doors open
  • 11:00am – Panel Session 1
  • 12:00pm – Panel Session 2
  • 1:00pm – BBQ lunch by vBrisket
  • 2:00pm – Panel Session 3
  • 3:00pm – Panel Session 4
  • 4:00pm – Fin.

The panel sessions are still not defined yet.  You still have time (assuming you’re reading this before May 31, 2016) to help us decide on topics (and possibly offer yourself up as a panelist).  Just go fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MtGcD3C4k2vGjvTPthgiyjONWrO1zx5gFrautroj6AA/viewform

Finally, if BBQ is your thing, the vBrisket team has an AWESOME opportunity available to both fill your mouth with meat (yeah, I know…) and help you get to Vegas right on time for Opening Acts. You should definitely check it out, especially if you live in Chicago, Kansas City, or Denver (or any points along that route).  See all the details here: http://www.vbrisket.com/vbrisket-bus-tour-to-vmworld-2016/.

Planning your VMworld 2016 trip

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If you haven’t noticed, VMware has opened the registration for VMworld 2016 US; they’ve also opened the public session voting for breakout sessions. That means it’s also time to figure out your travel plans if you’re headed to Sin City…

The #vBrownBag and VMunderground teams were given a big challenge when VMware announced the change in venues from San Francisco to Las Vegas for 2016: we had a great, nearby location at the Metreon for our 8th and 9th VMunderground Party, plus two awesome years of increasing attendance and community interest and support for OpeningActs.

So: what to do, what to do…

I hope everyone is as excited as I am that we can officially announce that OpeningActs and VMunderground are GO for 2016. We had to make some adjustments to our previous model of using the same space for both the panel sessions and the party, while still staying in close proximity to the VMworld venue (ie, south end of the strip, near the airport), but we feel pretty happy with what we’ve got planned.

And yes, we’re a community of communities, so some additional shenanigans are in the works with other event teams (more details as we get closer!).

While exact schedules for VMworld are still under wraps—the Schedule Builder won’t go online until mid-July—we can confirm that our activities will occur on Sunday, August 28th. OpeningActs will run in the early afternoon (first panel should start around 11am) and the party will be later in the evening.

As usual, we’re going to be stingy with the final details until we get closer to the end of August, but we wanted to get these critical bits out to the world so that prospective attendees have the opportunity to plan accordingly.

I’m not quite ready to count down the days…

…oh hell. It’s [click here] days away.

The UNticketing…

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After years of intense development, we’d like to announce that we’ve fully automated the WUPaaS. You now have access to an on-demand community networking event in a frictionless manner.

Translation:

From its lowly origins in 2007, the VMunderground party has grown from a handful of like-minded members of the community to one of the largest community events of the week. In the course of our growth, we struggled to find venues that had the right capacity and location for the crush of attendees while staying fiscally responsible to our generous sponsor cadre. Ticketing was used as a means to provide some control, and each year, while trying to be as fair as possible, we still received negative feedback again and again…

We learned in 2014 that we finally found our perfect venue: it was close, it had plenty of room, it was “in budget.”

So in 2015, we’re going to try something old, going back to our roots…

Ticketing will not be required. The doors open to everyone at 8pm. As long as we stay below the Fire Marshall’s limit for the venue—and venue security handles that, not us—you will be admitted; we’re planning on over 1000 people, and we’ll serve food and drink as long as supplies last. When the last beer or cheesecake lollipop is gone, it’s gone…

VIP guests will still require a “backstage pass” to be admitted at 7:30. These passes are available from our sponsors; if you’re not interested in queuing up at 8pm, reach out to them to get special access.

You will still need to prove that you are 21 years old and are part of the VMworld community: Bring government-issue photo ID (e.g., driver’s license or passport) for proof of age. And seriously: it’s a VMworld social event. Wear your badge; it helps put names & faces back together after 1 or more years for many of us.

If you’re from San Francisco or surrounding “local” cities, you must have a VMworld badge so we know you’re not simply crashing the party…

See you on the 30th!!!

Getting ready for VMworld 2015 US!!!

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That’s right! VMware recently opened registration for VMworld 2015 US in San Francisco, and the VMunderground team is gearing up for another great year.

Based on the success of 2014’s inaugural OpeningActs collaboration with our friends over at #vBrownBag, we’ve started planning that event as well.

There isn’t a whole lot we can share yet, but the most important details—WHEN and WHERE—are known:

OpeningActs, the panel sessions, will run during the early afternoon of Sunday, August 30 at the Metreon City View. Yes, this is the same time and venue as last year!

VMunderground, the independent social event, will run after the Welcome Expo on Sunday, August 30, also at City View.

While some things will be the same as last year, we’re also working to improve; feedback we received from attendees and sponsors will shape those changes, and we’ll be reaching out to everyone—again, like last year—in order to make sure we build panel sessions for OpeningActs that will inform, entertain and delight.

Opening Acts 2014—Panelists & Moderators

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With just over a couple of weeks to go, the members of our panel sessions are being finalized; here’s who we’ve got on board…

Social Media/Careers (1pm)
John Troyer (@jtroyer) moderator
Amy Lewis (@commsninja)
James Bowling (@vsential)
Jeramiah Dooley (@jdooley_clt)
Phoummala Schmitt (@exchangegoddess)
Gina Minks (@gminks)
Storage (SDS & traditional) (1pm)
Trevor Potts (@cakeis_not_aliemoderator
Michael Webster (@vcdxnz001)
Matt Vogt (@mattvogt)
J Metz (@drjmetz)
Keith Norbie (@keithnorbie)
Matt Cowger (@mcowger)
Wade Holmes (@wholmes)
Networking (SDN & traditional) (2pm)
Chris Wahl (@chriswahlmoderator
Tom Hollingsworth (@networkingnerd)
Joe Onisick (@jonisick)
Scott Lowe (@scott_lowe)
Lisa Caywood (@realLisaC)
Ryan Hughes (@angryjesters)
Orchestration, Automation, & Optimization (2pm)
Lauren Malhoit (@malhoitmoderator
Emad Younis (@emad_younis)
Mike Foley (@mikefoley)
Al Renouf (@alanrenouf)
Josh Atwell (@josh_atwell)
Luc Dekens (@lucd22)
Cloud & General Virtualization (3pm)
Leah Schoeb (@vleahschoebmoderator
Stu Miniman (@stu)
Sean Clark (@vseanclark)
Stephen Foskett (@sfoskett)
Hugo Phan (@hugophan)
Aaron Delp (@aarondelp)
Architecture & Infrastructure (3pm)
Matt Liebowitz (@mattliebowitz) moderator
Melissa Palmer (@vmiss33)
Phoummala Schmitt (@exchangegoddess)
Maish Saidel-Keesing (@maishsk)
Mike Preston (@mwpreston)
John Arrasjid (@vcdx001)

2014—The Breakthrough

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You’ve already seen the posts about Opening Acts, so it’s finally time to pull back some of the covers on our EIGHTH presentation of The VMunderground. With the genesis of Opening Acts, we see this is a breakthrough year for community; with this beginning, we hope you agree that there are NO LIMITS to what we can accomplish!


We’re happy to announce that this year’s party will be held in the beautiful City View at Metreon (4th & Mission), making it—as promised—conveniently close to the main VMworld 2014 US campus at the Moscone. As in previous years, we’ve lined up a stellar group of sponsors—both new and returning—which will be revealed slowly as we get closer to the big date.

Enough of the tease! Here are the details we’re willing to share at the moment:

Who: Anyone with a VMunderground 2014 Wristband (more on that in a future post!)
What: A social event: food (heavy apps & desserty stuff, but don’t be “that guy”: eat a meal before you come!), beverages (soft drinks, beer & wine), great peers, great conversations!
Why: Shake off the rigors of travel to San Francisco and prepare for an exhausting week of the annual VMware love-fest!
Where: As indicated above: City View at Metreon
When: Sunday, August 24, 2014. 8pm to 11pm
How: Walk up; get checked in; have fun!

Keep an eye on this blog, and follow @vmunderground on Twitter for more information!

2013—It’s On Like (Software Defined) Donkey Kong!

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As VMworld 2013 looms over the horizon with urgings to “Defy Convention”—the theme celebrating the tenth iteration of the event—an original crew of convention-defiers have instead “stayed the course” and are pleased to present the seventh convocation of the VMunderground.


As usual, a great (and growing!) lineup of sponsors is in the works; those will become public as we get into August, but it’s with thanks to them that we should be able to support the largest gathering in the history of the event.
The venue with which we’re in final negotiation (Terra Gallery) should be close enough to the main conference area for walking, yet far enough away to give attendees a different look at our host city than the view we’ll have in the following days of the conference.
We’re making the details intentionally vague for now; the point of this post is to confirm the rumors: VMunderground will happen, and it’ll be Sunday, August 25 from 8—11pm.
This timing should leave plenty of time for attendees to participate in other, earlier community and conference events that precede the Welcome Reception.
Keep an eye on this blog and the @vmunderground twitter feed for more official announcements, as well as the community interaction that will emerge with the #vmunderground hashtag.

2012-Shaking Things Up

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For the last few years, a small, unofficial crew has been organizing a rapidly growing event to meet up, have a few drinks, socialize, network, and generally get psyched up for vmworld the night before it all gets started. This started as a community effort and we remain true to our roots this year.

This will be year 6.  (Crazy right?!)

We’ve got AWESOME sponsors.

Get ready.

Be sure to check in here for more details! Alternatively, updates will also be posted on twitter as we did last year so be sure to follow the crew:

@bknudtson
@vseanclark
@theronconrey

We’re looking forward to seeing you this year again at the Mother of All vBeers, stay tuned for more details!

-Theron
unofficial vmworld party as a service provider

When

Sunday August 26th, from 8 – 11PM

Given the interest in both #v0dgeball and #vmunderground, we’ve coordinated this year! We’ve had a lot of questions about vOdgeball this year.  If you have a ticket, please be on time and we’ll set up a separate line for those of you that want to come party but don’t have a ticket.  No guarantees there folks, and remember, sponsoring vendors do have tickets available as well.

We’ll more than likely stick around after the party shuts down, so get ready for a great night back in SFO!

Registration

Additional Registration details can be found here: Golden Ticket Update!

Ticket Sales

We’re decided that the best way to handle ticketing moving forward is to charge a small fee.  In doing so we’ll donate 100% of the ticket sale proceeds to a local charity in the hosting city for VMworld as a way of saying thanks for letting us all party in your town.

For VMworld 2012 100% of the proceeds of ticket sales will go to Save the Bay.

Thanks for your support of #VMunderground and we look forward to seeing you at the party!

Where

Jillians!

2011-Vegas Baby! (MOAvB)

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The Nitty Gritty

For the last few years, a small, unofficial crew has been organizing a rapidly growing event to meet up, have a few drinks, socialize, network, and generally get psyched up for vmworld the night before it all gets started. This started as a community effort and we remain true to our roots this year.

This will be the FIFTH year we’ve organized this event, the third year we’ve gotten FANTASTIC sponsors. This year boys and girls, we’re raising the bar (for part 5).

So get ready. Our sponsors are lined up, and our location has been booked.

Be sure to check in here for more details! Alternatively, updates will also be posted on twitter as we did last year so be sure to follow the crew:

@bknudtson
@rbrambley
@vseanclark
@theronconrey

Looking forward to seeing you all in vegas this year for the Mother of All vBeers, stay tuned for more details!

-Theron
unofficial vmworld party as a service provider

When

Sunday August 28th.7-10PM

Be on time this year, the beer will be cold and the food will be hot.

We’ve had a lot of questions about vOdgeball this year.  Listen, we’re kicking off at 7 PM.  We want a full house and there’s a wait list.  If you have a ticket and aren’t there by 7:15ish we’re going to assume you’re a no show. Someone else is going to get your spot.  Sorry.

We’ll more than likely stick around after the doors open, if you can’t get in, we hope to see you then!

Registration

Registration has sold out!  Find out more at our eventbrite ticketing page.

Where

The Nine Fine Irishman (ALL OF IT) in New York New York Hotel and Casino.

BPaaS (Beantown Party as a Service): TFD6 Edition

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VMunderground is happy to announce that we’ll be helping throw a virtualization community bash with the Tech Field Day 6 crew!!  If you are in the Boston area or local enough to Fenway, mark your calendars for Thursday night, June 9.  It will be the mother of all FCoTR user group meetings!!  Planning a dance fight for FCoTR supporters versus the FCoAC (Avian Carrier) supporters.  It will be spectacular!

Seriously, it’s on. It’s happening. And there will be a big giant green monster involved. Tech Field Day has the EMC Club at historic Fenway Park in Boston and TFD is opening up the event attendence to VMunderground! We have around 100 seats we’re looking to fill.  If you’re in the Boston area this night clear your calendar and sign up for a ticket and get ready to bring your “A” game to the VMunderground BPaaS (Beantown Party as a Service).

If you’ve had the fortune of attending a VMunderground WuPaaS (Warm-up Party as a Service) at the last two VMworlds, you know that VMunderground is a blast.  Some of the smartest virtualization minds in the world, best sponsors, and always some good food, brews and conversations. We’re currently rounding up some great sponsors to help support this community focused event. Stay tuned to learn more about this awesome opportunity to rub elbows with Boston’s finest vPeople and the Tech Field Day crew.

If you’re interested in sponsoring the first installment of BPaaS, please contact Theron Conrey and Sean Clark at beantown@vkaboom.com (parent company of VMunderground).  We have a few slots open for sponsorship, but speak up soon to reserve your spot.

ATTENDEES: Please note, this is NOT the VMworld party.  This is a first-time joint collaboration with Tech Field Day and you should probably live within Boston area before committing to this event.  VMunderground rocks, but not maybe not enough to fly into Boston for.  😉

Huge thanks to Stephen Foskett of Gestalt IT for letting VMunderground co-sponsor this amazing event, as well as letting us use his photos!