Hello World!

(I’m a geek. I had to say it on my first blog post; didn’t I?)

OK. So I’ve been here since the end of November and this is my first blog post. (Can I claim super busy-ness? Please?)

Why am I posting now? After 5 months?

Well, I’ve been learning my way around Citrix, meeting a ton of new people and getting up to speed. Oh. Yes. There’s an event coming up in May that you may have heard about. It’s called Citrix Synergy. Sound familiar? It all takes place in Los Angeles, California, May 22 – 24, 2013.

You may have attended a Synergy event in the past, but read on because we have many new things in store for you in Los Angeles. Let me tell you more:

  1. Our famous Geek Speak Tonight! is on Tuesday afternoon from 4pm to­ 6pm and it’s going to be a little different this year. We’ll still have two topics and two panels of industry experts, and we decided to mix it up a little by really getting the audience and panelists involved in the discussion. So here’s what we’re doing:
    1. Everyone will receive two cards: 1 Green card and 1 Red card.
    2. Agree with something? Or think “Hey! That is a great idea!” hold up your Green card.
    3. Do NOT agree with something? Or think “Hey! That idea needs help!” hold up your Red card.
    4. Toss in a little snack food, some beverages and this should be a great time!
  2. We have a great lineup of Geek Speak Live! breakout sessions that should make you jump for joy. The list is below; including most of the presenters’ Twitter handles.
  3. Synergy and Geek Speak Live! presenters are blogging (on the Citrix blog)about their sessions. Get involved!
    1. Post comments on their blogs
    2. Speak directly with presenters through their Twitter handles
    3. Be sure to share your favorite posts with peers and colleagues

We tossed in a little something special for you this year: Lunch Table Tech Chats! (A.K.A. Birds of A Feather.)   This is an opportunity for you to get ‘Geeky’ with your friends over lunch. There are special tables set up for you in the Solutions Expo, Hall B. Location and times are below.

Keep up with all the happenings as they happen

Follow the #CitrixSynergy and #GeekSpeakLive hashtags on Twitter and all the speaker blog posts too.

Geek Speak Tonight! Session (Level 3; Ballroom E)

Tuesday, May 21

4:00pm – 6:00pm

SYN501: Desktop virtualization deployments: the “Reality Show”
Moderator: Dan Feller @Djfeller
Robert Morris CTP @agsi_rmorris
Steve Greenberg CTP @SteveGreenberg
Jarian Gibson @JarianGibson
Shane Kleinert @shanekleinert
Kraig Stewardson @kraigstew
SYN501: Can you achieve Xen in enterprise mobility?
Moderator: Jack Madden @JackMadden
Shawn Bass CTP @ShawnBass
Thomas Krampe CTP @ThomasKrampe
Waheed Qureshi, CTO of Citrix Mobile and Zenprise Founder
Dr. Rhee, CTO Samsung

Geek Speak Live! Sessions (Level 2; 210B)

The Geek Speak Live! sessions breakdown like this:

Wednesday, May 22

8:30am – 9:15am

SYN502: Persistent VDI: real-world solution or empty promise?
Helge Klein CTP @HelgeKlein

2:00pm – 3:15pm

SYN503: Data everywhere and still no visibility: how to consolidate your Citrix data for greater insights
Moderator: Brandon Shell CTP @bsonposh
Jason Conger CTP @JasonConger
Jesse Rothstein @extrahop
Dana Gutride @dgutride

3:00pm – 4:15pm

SYN504: Hands off my gold image! Automate XenDesktop and XenApp images using free tools
Aaron Parker CTP @stealthpuppy

4:00pm – 5:15pm

SYN505: From Windows app to mobile app in 10 easy minutes
Warren Simondson CTP @Caditc
Jason Conger CTP @JasonConger
Donovan Hackett @Donovan_RH
Thursday, May 23

9:00am – 9:45am

SYN506: May the best protocol win: an independent comparison of Microsoft RemoteFX and Citrix HDX
Bernhard Tritsch CTP @DrTritsch
Shawn Bass CTP @ShawnBass

10:00am – 10:45am

SYN507: Reducing desktop infrastructure management overhead using “old school” tactics
Denis Gundarev CTP @fdwl

2:00pm – 2:45pm

SYN508: The “Wow!” factor that NetScaler brings to desktop virtualization
Thorsten Rood CTP
Rick Dehlinger CTP @RickD4Real
Nico Luedemann CTP @NicoLuedemann

3:00pm – 3:45pm

SYN509: VDI workload best practices:  independent research results defined (VRC 2013 Edition)
Ruben Spruijt CTP @rspruijt
Jeroen van de Kamp CTP @TheJeroen
Friday, May 24

9:00am – 9:45am

SYN510: Integrating Microsoft App-V into Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, and Vdi-in-a-Box
Timothy Mangan CTP @TimothyMangan

10:00am –10:45am

SYN511: Provisioning services and machine creation services in an Excalibur world
Jim Moyle CTP @JimMoyle

11:00am – 11:45am

SYN512: Direct from customers: “The VDI and SBC State of the Union,” A New VRC Project
Ruben Spruijt CTP @rspruijt
Jeroen van de Kamp CTP @TheJeroen

1:00pm – 1:45pm

SYN513: Mobile device licensing in an Enterprise environment: a Pandora’s Box?
Nicki Wruck CTP ‏@CommunityGuide

2:00pm – 2:45pm

SYN514: PowerShell wizardry: solving real-world customer problems
Carl Webster CTP @CarlWebster

Lunch Table Tech Chats (Solutions Expo, Hall B)

Wednesday, May 22
1pm – 2pm
Lunch Table Tech Chats
Thursday, May 23
1pm – 2pm
Lunch Table Tech Chats
Friday, May 24
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Lunch Table Tech Chats

 What are you waiting for? Go get your Geek On! 🙂

Perrine Crampton is the new Community Programs Manager at Citrix. One of her main projects is “wrangling” the CTPs for Geek Speak Live! events at Synergy.