I would normally put out my list a little earlier, but I found it a little more elusive to put together the party planner guide this year. The reason is… because those with parties are afraid of the wave of social media that would fill up their parties. Soooo rather than wait any longer… I decided I'd share what's public and encourage you to visit the booths of the vendors and give you hints of who to talk to. Still hoping to nail down AvePoint, they can't escape… they do such great parties.
Let me start with some key resources:
SPC12 Survival and Readiness Guide by Mark Freeman @SPHotShot includes conference essentials
SPC12 Sessions in a single spreadsheet by Rene Modery
Swingers Tweetjam for SPC12 (Details in Facebook event page)
Sunday, October 28, 2012 6:00pm PDT
Totally optional, but in preparation for the SharePoint Conference this year, we're doing a #TweetJam for the quintessential Vegas movie, Swingers: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117802/ Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Swingers/1019734
Organizers: Mark Rackley & Reagan K Templin
1. Get a copy of Swingers.
2. Log in to Twitter and search for the hashtag #SwingersSPC shortly before the start time.
3. Start the movie & use the #SwingersSPC hashtag during the movie to discuss it with others & plan shenanigans for SPC12!
Live Bloggers Unite
Dave Coleman is organizing group of live bloggers to help connect those who are unable to attend. He sets you up with an account. More details on the SharePointEduTech blog post. He's already started introducing the group.
YAM it up!
This is the moment to really exercise our newest platform join in the participation and awareness of http://yammer.com/spyam and we hope to encourage high use of the #SPC12 tag in the SharePoint Yammer community #SPYAM, this will make it easy to follow. This is the place where the conversations that dropped on twitter after 15 minutes continue for days… on #SPYAM. Request an invite if you aren't already with the 2000 SharePoint strong community and growing.
We are meeting at the opening of the exhibit hall at booth 1137
Come by booth 1137 in the vendor hall. I know 200 people already signed up to build the survival bracelets and I've got 1000 design your own magnet frames. You can see the whole schedule of who's signing what and delivering mini sessions on NothingButSharePoint Hour by Hour. You'll see more details on the activities listed here as well as those that come out during the event. Also swing by for info on who's booth to stop by for invite only.
The Microsoft Community Lounge area is shaping up. There are a number of couches and easels where MVPs will be manning the booth and both Sharing The Point and SPYam will have information. Swing by there to get your tough SharePoint questions answered.
SharePoint 2013 Communities in Action with the Asia Pacific SharePoint Community Portal
Debbie and ShareThePoint.com have invited folks to join the SharePoint 2013 APAC Community Portal
"Attending (or not attending) #SPC12? and interested in the Asia Pacific #SharePoint Community, Events, Blogs, Join us!"
View the portal at http://www.sharethepoint.com/pages/home.aspx then click "Join Us".
Global Regional Luncheons All Week
Throughout the week there are a number of #SPC12 Luncheons designed to get people within the global regions a chance to meet up. You'd be surprised how many people haven't met, and then there are those who seem to meet each other all the time… like those in Australia, but have the Aussies met all the Kiwis? Maybe but have they met the Singaporeans?
Meet up at the Lunch break at the booth every day between 11:30-11:45AM (except Monday which is at 12:15) at the Community HUB at booth #1137 and walk to the lunch hall together.
Monday, 11/12: Africa and Middle East 12:15pm
Tuesday, 11/13: Europe (Join the Sharing the Point lunch session sponsored by Colligo 11:45-1:45) Meet at booth #1137 at 11:30AM (session begins at 11:45).
Wednesday, 11/14: Central, South America and LATAM & HispaPoint 11:30am
Thursday, 11/15: Asia Pacific + AUS & NZ 11:30am
6:00pm - 9:00pm Official Welcome Reception
"See what's in store for SharePoint Conference 2012 while networking with attendees over appetizers and drinks! Experience the latest trends with over 175 sponsors and exhibitors showcasing their latest solutions at the opening reception."
7:00PM-Late SharePoint by Day, SharePint by Night
More Details from @Andrew Connell on his blog
"Going to the SharePoint Conference 2012 in Las Vegas the week of November 12-15 2012? No? Well, are you a SharePoint person that's going to be in the hgreater Vegas area? We'll be doing another SharePoint by Day, SharePint by Night in Las Vegas at the regular conference time: the Sunday evening before the show starts: Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 7p – whenever. After you register, come join other SharePoint professionals for a good drink and banter at the EyeCandy sound and lounge bar, right in the center of the Mandalay Bay casino!"
Let me highlight this comment: This will be the unofficial SharePint location every night of the week!
If you plan on attending, please drop a comment on this post for an idea of how many folks will be around. And don't forget to follow SharePint on Twitter @sharepint!
8:00PM-12:30 Passport Party
An "underground" party to get SPC12 off to a bang organized by Social MVPs.
More details to follow, but for now you only need to know 3 things:
ONLY NON-US ATTENDEES of SPC12 are permitted!
(They are saying they may let you in if you're from the US and have a passport)
Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/962616211 (Location TBC, but visit eventbrite for latest)
Currently has a waitlist… but they are encouraging people to join the waitlist…
6:00pm - 8:00pm ClubSPC
Featuring DJ 'Kameleon'. More information coming soon
#ShareSushi at SPC12
Monday, November 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM (PST)
There's a waitlist… but why not call and create another reservation?
7:00pm - 10:00pm Evening Event – THIS IS THE ONE TO PLAN AROUND. DON'T MISS IT
This is very likely to be outdoor music event. No official details yet, but KnowledgeLake one of the sponsors has shared "the Attendee Party will be a held at the Mandalay Bay beach."
Area 51 Late night.
A group of us are going to sneak out after the big bash to Area 51 and watch UFOs and look for ET. This was very memorable last time. Ping @fabianwilliams for the password and bring a designated driver. This isn't taxi distance…. As well it's limited to 29. @ericharlan thought 30 might be too many to show up at a military installation… makes sense J
6:15pm - 8:15pm Ask the Experts – in the Exhibit Hall. You'll see places to gather around to ask questions.
9:00pm – 1:00am SharePoint Conference 2012 'SharePoint City'
Sponsored by Axceler, Apptix, BlueRooster, Brightstarr, Cloudshare, Concept Searching, Harmon.ie, Jornata, Symantec, WebTrends
SharePoint Community at 'Club of the Year' Tryst Nightclub, Last Vegas on November 14th, 2012.
There are other vendor events going on this and Monday evening in invite only events. Be sure to wander the exhibit hall early on Monday for more details.
Need to plan something cool… EyeCandy might be getting pretty old, but it will be the ol' standby
Paul Hunt @cimares is renewing wedding vows
#ShareWedding is at 11am in your seats (limited to 25) on Fri 16th. "Ice bar at 12:30 for peebs still around" Details on his facebook event page
So, just in case you didn't already know seeing as how I've been mentioning it all the time! It's mine and Billie's 20th wedding anniversary while we're out at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, so what better way to celebrate than a good ole Vegas style wedding at the Little White Wedding chapel? For those of you flying home on Friday afternoon/evening, We're having the ceremony in the morning (So those at home can watch on webcast!) and then we'll be going for drinks afterwards! More details to come.