What’s the number one reason people come to Citrix Synergy?


That’s right. Technical training is—by no small margin—the biggest reason you come to Synergy, and it’s why we spend months putting together an in-depth program of technical breakout sessions and hands-on labs. But when you come up for air, there’s so much more to experience, from structured networking opportunities to informal social events.

Here’s a day-by-day look at some of the programs that will take your conference experience from merely great to amazing:

7:00-8:30 p.m. Instructor-led Learning Labs Happy Hour (Sands Expo, Level 1, Sands Hall Lower Lobby)

If you’re coming to Synergy early for the pre-conference Instructor-led Learning Labs workshop, be sure to attend the networking happy hour on Sunday night. It’s a chance to unwind and connect with other lab attendees, speakers and facilitators (and it’s part of your workshop package, so take advantage!).

6:30-8:00 p.m. Diversity in Technology Networking Reception (The Venetian | The Palazzo Congress Center, Level 2, Veronese 2401B/2501A)

Diversity is a pretty hot topic in tech circles, and the Diversity in Technology Networking Reception offers a unique forum for meaningful, small-group discussions. Guest experts will lead special conversation areas, each focused on a specific topic, and you’ll have a chance to talk about issues with professionals from many organizations who share your commitment to fostering diversity. It’s a unique program, and a great way to kick off your week. Add SYN401: Diversity in Technology to your agenda in the session catalog to sign up.

7:00-7:45 a.m. Newcomers Breakfast (Sands Expo, Level 1, Sands Hall Lower Lobby)

If you’re new to Synergy, the number of choices—for sessions, networking, even downtime—can seem overwhelming. Begin the week at the Newcomers Breakfast and let seasoned attendees help you learn how to get the most from your conference experience, with tips for planning your agenda and what not to miss.

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch Table Tech Chats (Sands Expo, Level 2, Sands Hall C, Solutions Expo)

Every day, lunch is served—with a tech twist—in the Solutions Expo. Lunch Table Tech Chats are grouped by technology solution, such as cloud, security or mobility management, and no reservations are required—just use your lunch break to join these informal discussions led by volunteer Citrix User Group Community (CUGC) members and Citrix Technology Professionals (CTPs), and take away new insights, not to mention a few new contacts.

2:00-3:50 p.m. Match.Geek (Sands Expo, Level 2, Sands Hall D, Synergy Park, Event Connection Lounge)

Geeks are the rock stars of Synergy and each day at 2:00 p.m. in the Event Connection Lounge, you can pair up with your choice of expert for one-on-one technical advice and guidance on your specific IT challenges. They’re short sessions, but these are some pretty smart geeks, so there’s no telling what you’ll learn in 30 minutes. Choose your favorite: add Match.Geek to your agenda in the session catalog.

6:00-9:00 p.m. Welcome Reception (Solutions Expo)

At the end of the first full conference day, join your friends and colleagues in the Solutions Expo to talk about the Day 1 Keynote and swap stories about the breakouts you attended and the new technology you demoed. The Welcome Reception is a great place to connect with old friends and meet new contacts. And, don’t miss our very own Citrix CTO, Christian Reilly, spinning some funky tunes to help kick off the fun at Synergy!

Tuesday 4:00-6:00 p.m.; Wednesday 1:00-3:00 p.m. and 4:00-5:30 p.m.; Thursday 1:00-3:00 p.m. Simply Serve @ Synergy (The Venetian | The Palazzo Congress Center, Level 1 Foyer Alcove)

I’m always so impressed by how many attendees take the time during a busy conference to give back to the community. At Synergy, you’ll have four different opportunities to roll up your sleeves and take part in an on-site volunteer activity, from building robots to building bridges, with Simply Serve @ Synergy. We’ve partnered with the United Way of Southern Nevada to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, and these activities are a fun way to network while helping at-risk youth in a meaningful way.

5:30-7:00 p.m. Geek Speak Tonight! (The Venetian | The Palazzo Congress Center, Level 2, Titian 2201B/2301A)

It’s a double session of high energy, tech trivia and unfiltered geeks! First, you’ll evaluate the finalists for GeekOvation, best-in-show Citrix hacks by Citrix users, and vote for the winner live on the Geek Speak Tonight! show stage. Then, test your wits and knowledge center stage in Geek Out, a lighthearted, Jeopardy-style game show. Participants are chosen from the audience—you’ll have the chance to amaze your friends with the true depth of your geek knowledge!

Wednesday is a free evening: use it to get out and explore parts of Las Vegas that most conference attendees never experience. Here are a few fun attractions I can recommend (hint: if you ride the Zoomline, you’ll get a preview of tomorrow’s party).

3:30-4:30 p.m. Beer Crawl (Solutions Expo)

I’m sure you don’t really need a description of this event, do you? Enjoy a cold beer as you walk around the Solutions Expo for one last visit with our sponsors. It’s a great way to relax and revisit some of the great technology on display as Synergy comes to a close.

7:30-10:30 p.m. Final Night Party (Downtown Las Vegas, Fremont East District)

I promise Thursday will be unforgettable, as Synergy treats attendees to a Final Night Party unlike any you’ve ever attended. We’re transforming downtown Las Vegas into a food and music festival under the desert stars exclusively for Synergy attendees. Get a taste of the cooler, edgier side of Vegas and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of classic Las Vegas for a night of dinner, drinks and fun. Did I mention our special guest? It’s Grammy Award-winning alternative band Fall Out Boy! (I know, I can’t wait.)

Don’t forget that—in addition to all of these great programs—Synergy Park will be open on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Wednesday from 11:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. That’s where you’ll find The Citrix Shop for great conference swag, the Social Media Hub and the Citrix Corporate Citizenship Booth, where you can Gamble for Good on the slot machine and win prizes for yourself while helping us grant wishes to three local underserved schools.

Synergy will be here before you know it, so if you haven’t already done so, register now. I hope to see you May 24–26 in Las Vegas. I’ll update my feed with news as it happens: follow me on Twitter @merisummers.

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