If this is your first Synergy event, you are in for a treat! You’ll have a great time meeting new people, learning new information and seeing the latest products and solutions. It never hurts to have a plan, though, so I’m offering some tips to help you make the most of the conference – starting before you even arrive in Barcelona.

Before Synergy

Get started on the all-important networking aspect of Synergy by building your profile for the Synergy Social Club using the temporary credentials you received via email. Then, you can start a discussion or reach out to other attendees. Another important networking aid is the Event Connection tool located in your My Account Synergy Microsite, which enables you to set up on-site meetings with other attendees in advance.

Don’t forget to schedule your free Citrix certification exam – pre-registration is required.

Another great strategy is to read about the session and Solution Expo picks of the Synergy Featured Fans. You can get some good ideas from these IT professionals about which sessions you will want to attend and which sponsor exhibits sound most intriguing.

During Synergy

Keep up that networking by blogging, posting photos on Flickr and continuing your discussions and outreach using the Synergy Social Club. Also, be sure to attend the regional get-togethers just prior to the Synergy Party on Wednesday, 26 October. It’s a great way to connect with people in your geography. And of course, enjoy the party itself – held at five different and extremely cool beachfront nightclubs.

Be sure to make time for the Desktop Transformation Center featuring videos telling the story of virtual desktops and how they are helping to support Synergy (Entrance Hall, CCIB) and the Solutions Expo, where you can experience virtual desktop delivery on the latest devices and ask Citrix Consulting staff about moving from distributed PCs to a desktop virtualisation environment. The Citrix Solutions and Services Showcase at the Expo is huge and comprises three areas – including a major exhibit on cloud computing.

Every true geek should make a beeline for Geek Speak Tonight! and Geek Speak Live! The first is a happy hour facilitated by Citrix Technology Professionals and CTOs on Tuesday afternoon (16:30) and the second is a series of breakouts that run alongside the normal session agenda, giving attendees a highly technical alternative.

After Synergy

You can revisit the keynote presentation, Super Session and selected breakouts, or share with your colleagues, by attending Synergy Live! on demand. Video content from the event will be available through 31 January.

Also, all attendees should be sure to complete the conference survey. We are anxious to receive your feedback so we can make the 2012 events even more valuable.

As with last year, we will be running the Feed the Buzz contest for attendees who drive high quality, social media conversations, with the top prize of an Apple iPad 2 to be awarded to the best conversation driver! We are looking for excellent content, not quantity. So we encourage you to blog, tweet and post photos about your experience at Synergy. If you do blog, tag your blogs Synergy Buzz and citrix_synergy, and join us on Twitter at #citrixsynergy.

I hope these tips will help you optimise your time at Synergy. I invite you to email your questions about the conference to me at citrixsynergy@citrix.com, and you can follow me on Twitter @AskIngridBCN.

Watch for my next blog update, and see you next week!