Well folks, VMworld 2014 US is upon us. The tweets and –god forfend– private Facebook message groups are awash with anticipation for the week.
There have been a number of questions sent to the VMunderground, #vBrownBag and Opening Acts teams; we’ll try and address them in this post…
Q: Looks like Opening Acts is full. Is there any room?
A: Who knows? We won’t turn anyone away as long as we have room. While we have a huge space (we’re using the same venue for both Opening Acts and VMunderground), a significant portion is will be “off-limits” during Opening Acts to allow for the prep & setup for VMunderground. We set the registration limit at 200 to manage the seating, but the spaces we set aside might hold as much as 2x that number. Additionally, there’s bound to be turnover–a bunch of folks might need to high-tail it over to v0dgeball–so don’t be afraid to come for a 2pm or 3pm session even if we’re packed at 1pm.
Q: I missed round X for tickets to VMunderground. How do I get in?
A: As of this writing, there are still nearly 100 tickets available. Hop on over to vmunderground.eventbrite.com and grab one. Keep in mind: if you have a conference badge, tickets are NOT required for entry! Tickets get you first access to the party when the doors open at 8pm, and are required for anyone without a conference badge (this is a VMworld community event, not a San Francisco community event).
Q: I have a ticket/wristband. Do I need to bring my conference badge?
A: Please do! This is a social event, and conference badges do a good job of helping people connect faces and names. Include your Twitter handle on your badge! Lots of people in the community are known by their Twitter handles rather than their IRL names; if your handle isn’t printed on your badge, find someone with a Sharpie or label maker and add it!
Q: Dude. That’s an insane amount of restrictions. What’s up with that?
A: In past years, limited space has made it…challenging…to keep an even, fair opportunity for everyone in the community to get access to the party. Every restriction listed is based on somebody in the community trying to take advantage of the then-stated-rules to get more that what we–the VMunderground team–consider to be a “fair share” of the tickets. Yes, it sucks to have so many rules, but there are some of those among us who consider themselves…”first among equals.” Let’s just leave it at that.
Q: I’m in like Flynn for the party. I love the sponsors and I already have a wristband (awesome, too, btw. I’m going to wear mine all week!). Do I need to bring anything else to the party?
A: Yes. Please, please, PLEASE bring a photo ID from a legitimate government to prove your age if you want to be served alcohol. California–like most of the US–requires anyone being served alcohol to be aged 21 years or more. By default, you should be that age as a participant in VMworld, but as they don’t check and the legal working age in the US is 16… Just do us and yourself a favor and bring your ID.
Q: I know where the Metreon is, but can’t figure out where City View is. A little help, please?
A: CityView is on the fourth floor of the Metreon. It’ll be easiest to access if you enter the Metreon from the Yerba Buena Gardens entrance, as opposed to 4th street. Take the escalator or elevator to the top, and there you go.
Q: I’ve got my backpack with me; will it be safe, or do I need to keep lugging it around with me?
A: Although you’ll need to keep track of it yourself during Opening Acts, we will be providing a coat check/bag drop during VMunderground. However, we won’t be accepting liability for loss/damage whether using the coat check or not, so please use your judgement if you carry a laptop or other personal electronics. A backpack full of expo swag should be just fine…
Q: I live in the city/rented a car and plan to drive. Where is parking?
A: We have no special arrangements for parking. Most attendees will be from out-of-town, and we explicitly chose a location near Moscone to make it more “walkable” than last year. If you do decide to drive, please have a designated driver. We’re also working with Uber to provide some “getting home safe” discounts, so please consider a cab or other ride before choosing to drive; we’ll have more info on that at the party
The afternoon’s agenda is set, the panel membership for the topics is being finalized, and moderators are being assigned. With that, we’re ready to publicize the times and panels for our inaugural Opening Acts:
|Time||Panel A||Panel B|
|1pm||Social Media/Careers||Storage (SDS & traditional)|
|2pm||Networking (SDN & traditional)||Orchestration, Automation, & Optimization|
|3pm||Cloud & General Virtualization||Architecture & Infrastructure|
Judging by the questions Brian, Theron and I are receiving on Twitter, email and in the men’s restroom, there is some keen interest on when tickets for the 2012 VMunderground WuPaaS (Warm-up Party as a Service) will be available. So this blog post was necessary to communicate our intentions and to provide you instructions on how to get signed up AND how to be a responsible attendee of the party.
1. Physical Requirement
Make sure you can physically be in San Francisco on Sunday, August 26, at Jillian’s near the Moscone Center by 8 PM. The party goes from 8 PM to 11 PM.
2. Ticket Required
If you satisfy condition #1, then know that you’ll need to have a ticket to gain entry to the WuPaaS event or be invited by one of our magnanimous sponsors.
3. Ticket Registration
Ticket registration will go live at Wednesday, August 1, 3:00 PM CDT (Chicago summer time) on EventBrite: http://wupaas2012.eventbrite.com/ – Have your credit card in hand and ready.
4. Why is there a fee to a free party?
In the past we’ve had issues with people snapping up tickets for others and sometimes they didn’t end up showing up. Or they requested more tickets than they needed. Our solution good, bad or ugly is to use the EventBrite features to take a small donation. 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.
This year, For VMworld US 2012 100% of the proceeds of ticket sales will go to Save the Bay.
5. Tickets will go fast!!!
Last year we sold out about 300 tickets in 5 minutes or so. This year we have an even bigger venue so we’re targeting about 400 tickets for general giveaway, but even with the credit card addition on the sign-up form, we’re expecting these tickets to go quickly.
What if I don’t get a ticket, I’m on vacation or my dog died?
Please check in with our sponsors as they sometimes will offer a contest for a ticket. Also, with a bigger venue and bigger pool of attendees, there will likely be a better chance to walk-up and gain entry once the deadline for ticketed entry has been reached. Last year we had quite a few walk-ups and I don’t think many (if any) were turned away. If ticker holders aren’t there by 8:15 PM, whoever is in line gets in. Since the venue is smack dab in the middle of VMworld City and near most of your hotels, you don’t have anything to lose by showing up for a chance to the party. Worst case scenario you will meet some good folks in line and your can all go hit a local pub in the area if you can’t get in.
If you fly in late, don’t waste your time with a ticket. Just show up and crash the party late.
Head’s up. Registration opens Wednesday, July 27th at 6PM CDT (Chicago time). You can register at our Eventbrite page: http://wupaas2011.eventbrite.com. Tickets will go fast so be there at 6PM.
I’ll also post info from my @vSeanClark twitter account with #vmunderground hashtag if anything changes.
If tickets run out. You may just want to hang tight and refresh the page. Some times a registration doesn’t finish on time and a ticket will open up. If you don’t get in, you might consider hanging out in New York, New York area because we’ll likely have no-shows and you’ll be able to get in. And if nothing else, at 10PM Nine Fine Irishmen opens up to the public and the band will take the stage. It’s highly likely that we aren’t going anywhere and vmunderground will ride on into the wee hours. 😉
Good luck on getting a ticket. My apologies if you don’t. I’ll just have to see about talking Theron and Brian into a 1,000 seat venue next year. 😉 I’ll also make sure I stay late and raise a pint with you.
Registration is Live!
Visit our registration page to sign up today. The URL to the reg site is: http://wupaas2010.eventbrite.com/. The first half of the tickets are going live at 10 AM Central time (11 AM Eastern time). Last batch of tickets will go live at 12:30 PM Eastern Time (New York) on Monday, August 16. Also, fair warning about the tickets will be given on Twitter through @vSeanClark and the hastag #WuPaaS.
Info on the tickets and admittance to party will be found on the event brite site for now. For the now, here is the thought behind this madness:
- Last year’s party filled up fast, so we need to to set good expectations for people making party plans. Tickets seem like good way to do that.
- There are a handful of people that need to be here: sponsors, Theron, Sean, and VIP guests like Foreigner. (fingers crossed) Some tickets are reserved for this.
- Also want to allow for people to walk up the day of the party and squeeze in.
- Releasing tickets in batches so can we give party goers a chance to get their computer over the weekend to sign up.
Tweet me at @vSeanClark or email at email@example.com.