It’s no secret that IT people love the latest technology tools and toys. At Synergy, you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store, with plenty of chances to get your hands on the latest goodies. From a self-guided demo sandbox to a live showcase of what’s going on behind the scenes, technology-wise, at the conference, Synergy will keep you interested, amused and even mesmerized.

Make a beeline for these new activities

Synergy offers value with several brand-new activities you definitely won’t want to miss!

  • Solutions Demo Sandbox: Located in XenCity (Hall A), the sandbox channels your inner child by letting you play with recently announced and upcoming Citrix solutions. It’s a self-guided, self-contained demo environment using preconfigured tablets and smartphones. Be sure to stop by the playground, but fighting over toys is not allowed! 🙂
  • Lunch Table Tech Chats: Use lunch to your advantage by joining one of 10 discussion groups in the Solutions Expo. Each table will cover a different topic, led by Citrix User Group members and CTPs. Just grab some food, have a seat and “speak your geek”. Tech Chats will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Network Operations Center: The NOC, located in XenCity, combines expert advice, technical support and a showcase of Citrix technologies that are powering Synergy. You’ll even see backend stats of the Citrix production environment which I think is pretty cool.  And don’t miss checking out the presentations from the Citrix on Citrix team in the Meet the Expert theatre in the NOC – they’ll fill you in on a lot of behind the scenes scoop.

So many activities, so much time

As you can see, there’s a lot to do at Synergy, but you have three full days to fit it all in. Be sure to set your alarm (or several alarms 🙂 ) Thursday evening after the Synergy Party because we have a full day of breakouts, labs and all of these new activities for you on Friday. This year, we’re even keeping the Solutions Expo open on Friday so you’ll have extra time to learn about products and services from Citrix and our sponsors. Friday is also a good catch-up day as it offers some repeats of popular sessions, giving you a chance to attend breakouts you missed on Wednesday or Thursday.

P.S. Just for fun

Here’s still another new activity that actually starts before the conference. The “Rock on at Synergy” mega-fan promotion is a contest to determine the most fan-atical Synergy attendees. We’re offering great prizes to the two attendees whose rock outfits or rock faces win the most “likes” on the Citrix Facebook page. Get dressed up, take a photo and submit it  between May 1 and 15. Submissions will be uploaded to the “Synergy Mega-Fans” album on the Citrix Facebook page on May 17. The two photos with the most “likes” by the end of May 22 will be named our winners. You could win the VIP treatment at the Synergy Party and a free trip to Synergy 2014. Winners will be announced at Synergy on May 23.  A heads up that all entries are subject to official contest guidelines and rules, so I recommend you please review eligibility requirements and full details on the promotion.

Join the fun and follow me on Twitter @merisummers for more Synergy content updates.