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Year after year, VMworld hosts the brightest, most innovative minds in technology to inspire change and new ways of thinking that drives us toward a better future. This year’s general speaker line-up is no exception, upholding this stalwart mission while envisioning new, exciting horizons.

VMworld 2017 US Monday General Session

Pat Gelsinger, CEO, Ray O’Farrell, EVP and CTO, along with guest speaker Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, will open up VMworld’s first general session by sharing their perspectives on what skills are needed to navigate the disruptive world of technology and how VMware is shaping the future of the cloud, mobile, networking, and security. Don’t miss this insightful session on Monday, Aug 27 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Sanjay Poonen, COO, VMware Customer Operations, will kick-off the second day of VMworld in conversation with customers who have plunged into digital transformation and explore both their challenges and triumphs. He will then set the stage for Tuesday’s special guest speaker: Malala Yousafzai. Malala Yousafzai, named one of ‘The 100 Most Influential People in the World’ in 2013 by TIME magazine, will be joining us to share her perspective on the challenges and opportunities girls face within their communities across the globe. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Aug 28, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. for what’s sure to be an inspiring address.

Last but certainly not least, you’ll want to stick around for “The Frontiers of Reality,” Thursday’s always innovative and forward-thinking general session. The session will showcase the work of three extraordinary technologists, Raffaello D’Andrea, Founder of Verity Studios and Co-Founder of Kiva Systems, Dr. Laurie Santos, Psychologist and Primary researcher at CapLab, and Anil Seth, Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex and Co-Author of 30-Second Brain, as they explore the essence of being a person and how this drives our singular ability to innovate, as well as our potential for happiness and connection. Rise and shine early for this session on Thursday Aug 30 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., as there’s no better way to start out the last day of VMworld.

We can’t wait to show you everything we have in store this year. For the full VMworld speaking schedule and for details about the speakers click here.