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If you’re looking to kick off the month of November in style, there’s no better place to do it than VMworld 2018 Europe. Taking place 5-8 November at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, VMworld 2018 Europe is set to bring all the excitement, innovation and fanfare of VMworld US in Las Vegas earlier this year to the Catalonian capital. To help prepare you for this year’s event, we’ve curated everything you need to know before touching down at VMworld 2018 Europe. Think of this blog as your handy travel brochure for all the can’t-miss experiences at VMworld 2018 Europe.

Download the VMworld Mobile App

The VMworld mobile app is your treasure map to all things VMworld. Use it to adjust your daily schedule, network with fellow attendees and post about the exciting things you just saw to your social channels. Orient yourself with the interactive map so you can explore the conference center and find the perfect location to congregate with colleagues. And be sure to keep your eye out for push notifications alerting you to the latest happenings at the show. If you need any help navigating the app, just ask Val, the VMworld app liaison built with IBM Watson. Download the app of iOS or Android now.

Badge Pickup

Your VMworld conference badge unlocks all the magic. You can pick up your badge at the registration desk in the VMvillage located in Hall 6.0. To make the process go even quicker, get your Print Badge QR code from the VMworld mobile app. Registration kicks off at 16:00 on Sunday, 4 November. Check out all the registration and badge pickup times here.

Conference Shuttles/Transportation

Landing in Barcelona and looking to go straight to VMworld 2018 Europe without passing go or collecting $200? You’re in luck—conference shuttle service will be provided from Barcelona-El Prat airport to the Fira Gran Via on 4-5 November. Shuttles will run every 30 minutes from Terminals 1 and 2. On 8 November, departure transfer shuttles will run from the Fira to the airport from 12:00-18:00, with a shuttle coming every 15 minutes.

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VMworld Challenge

As you make your way through VMworld, attendees with full conference badges have the opportunity to earn virtual achievements thanks to the VMworld challenge. By attending sessions, keynotes, Hands-on Labs, Solutions Exchange booths and much more, you earn virtual credits that you can use to collect VMworld swag or support global communities through Kiva microloans. Learn more about the VMworld Challenge here.

Learn: General Sessions, Showcase Keynotes, Breakout Sessions and More

The foundation of VMworld 2018 Europe is education and expanding one’s knowledge, and there’s no better way of doing that than by attending as many general sessions, keynotes and breakouts as you can. These learning opportunities give you access to cutting-edge technologies and insights that just might turn your virtual world upside down. Check out the different VMworld 2018 Europe tracks at this year’s event to start curating your personalized schedule today so you can hit the ground running when you arrive at the Fira.

VMworld 2018 Europe will boast two general sessions featuring top VMware leaders discussing the company’s industry perspective on digital business, transformative technologies and innovation. Details on each below:

  • Technology Superpowers – Tuesday, 6 November, 9:00 – 10:30

Join the VMware 20th anniversary celebration as Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO and Ray O’Farrell, VMware CTO share what superpowers are needed to navigate the disruptive world of technology. Pat, Ray and additional guest speakers will discuss how to innovatively build and navigate the digital infrastructure that powers digital business.

  • Pioneers of the Possible – Wednesday, 7 November, 9:00 – 10:30

Sanjay Poonen, COO, VMware Customer Operations will talk with several customers who have taken the digital transformation path. Afterward, Robin Matlock, VMware CMO will host special guest speaker Martha Lane Fox. Martha is the founder and executive chair of doteveryone.org.uk, an independent think-tank and charity championing responsible technology for a fairer future. She will share her perspective on innovation, education and the development of responsible technology.

Meanwhile, this year’s showcase keynotes will focus on four critical business-critical topics: modernizing the data center, integrating public clouds, empowering digital workspaces and transforming networking and security.

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Gets Hands-on and Certified at VMworld 2018 Europe

Always a huge hit, Hands-on Labs (HOL) offer attendees a first taste at new VMware products, allowing them to test drive these solutions and collaborate directly with VMware experts in real-time for any questions or troubleshooting. VMware HOLs give you an inside look at new labs and products before they’re released to the public, giving you a competitive edge over your colleagues.

VMworld also offers numerous certification programs that enable you to realize the full value of investments. Getting certified helps you build the virtualization and cloud tech skills and experience you need to design, deploy and operate your VMware platform and evolve your organization. Be sure to take advantage of special training and certification offers at VMworld 2018 Europe, including 25% off our on-demand courses and premium digital learning subscription, as well as 50% off VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) exams.

VMworld 2018 Europe Activities

It’s not just all work and no play at VMworld. We also offer tons of activities and opportunities to socialize, network and kick back with new friends. The Solutions Exchange is an incredible showcase for VMworld sponsors and exhibitors, hosting two of the conference’s most highly-anticipated events: The Welcome Reception and Hall Crawl.

Join fellow attendees on Tuesday from 17:30 – 19:00 for the Welcome Reception to celebrate VMworld in style with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and camaraderie. Wednesday night’s Hall Crawl from 17:00 – 19:00 will give you the chance to get up close and personal with the VMware ecosystem, sponsors and exhibitors while also enjoying some delicious food and beverages. And be sure to drop by the VMvillage throughout the conference, which acts as the main hub of activity and excitement for VMworld 2018 Europe.

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VMworld Fest

The party that wraps it all up, VMworld Fest (7 November, 19:00 – 22:00 in Hall 4.0 of the Fira) is set to be bigger than it’s ever been at this year’s event. Our main headliner act is The Kooks, with supporting acts including the Counterfeit Stones, multiple DJs and dueling jazz pianos. Flock to VMworld Fest to show off your dance moves, test your skills playing arcade games, capture memories in the photo booths and enjoy a wide variety of food and beverages. Free shuttle service will be provided from VMworld Fest from 21:30 – 23:00. Pick up will be located at Career de l’Alumni with drop off at either Plaça de Catalunya or Plaza de España. Click here for information about how to use the Metro to get to and from VMworld Fest.

Stay tuned to the VMworld Blog and our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for the latest breaking information leading up to VMworld 2018 Europe. And remember—the possibilities begin with you! See you in Barcelona!