How do you spot a geek? They’re wearing the buttons pictured in my header photo! We saw plenty of flair this week as more than 5,000 Synergy attendees celebrated geek pride.

Geek Speak Tonight! crowns geek kings
I hope you had a chance to catch Geek Speak Tonight! last night. All the geeks were there to recognize winners in the GeekOvation awards and compete in Brian Madden’s Geek Out game show (and to enjoy some of the best snacks at the conference—beer and soft pretzels).

Citrix Technology Professional Jo Harder facilitated the GeekOvation awards, recognizing best-in-show Citrix hacks by Citrix users. Five GeekJudges narrowed the field of entries based on geekiness, innovation and business value. The three finalists presented, and the audience voted for the winner on Twitter. Finalists included:

  • Jan Tytgat and Roel Schreibers of the Netherlands for NetScaler CoreLogic
  • Warren Simondson of Australia for Real World Solutions with Citrix HDX Mobile
  • Mads Petersen of Denmark for Decoding NTLM for Fun and Profit with Lync

Congratulations to Mads Petersen for not only winning the GeekOvation award, but also for his mad HTML string, possibly the longest ever posted on a PowerPoint slide in the history of the world. And thanks to our CTP GeekJudges—Theresa Miller, Esther Barthel, Paul Stansel, Chris Rogers and Neil Spellings—for getting into the spirit of the competition. (No, that was not a Jedi knight, just a man in a brown robe.)

Congratulations also to Citrix partner Patrick Coughlin from Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions, who tested his IT brilliance against a panel of his peers and emerged victorious as Top Geek in the Geek Out game show. Patrick is now the proud owner of a Tetris lamp thanks to his genius performance. And special thanks to Brian Madden for the show—it’s always a highlight at Synergy.

Best of Citrix Synergy Awards
GeekOvation and Geek Out game show winners were not the only geeks to be recognized this week. Media partner TechTarget hosted the Best of Citrix Synergy Awards 2016, awarding the most outstanding products on display in the Solutions Expo. Products were judged on innovation, functionality and performance, and value and awarded in four categories plus an overall Best of Show. Brian Madden announced the finalists and winners at the award ceremony in the Solutions Expo this afternoon.

Thanks to TechTarget judges Jack Madden, Gabe Knuth, Brian Madden along with their three anonymous judges, and congratulations to all the companies who are transforming tech in their respective spaces:

Best of Show:
ExtraHop Discover Appliance with Ransomware Bundle

Winner: Application, Data and Network Security
ExtraHop Networks, ExtraHop Discover Appliance with Ransomware Bundle
“The software monitors the entire network and the full application stack, classifying traffic in a way that makes it possible to detect and block or contain a malware infection. It uses passive monitoring and therefore does not introduce performance bottlenecks.

Winner: Desktop and Application Delivery
Atlantis Computing, Atlantis USX
“This software-defined approach to storage lets companies use their own hardware but adds Atlantis’s expertise in inline deduplication, pooling, tiering and more.”

ThinPrint for ThinPrint Hub
Login VSI for Login VSI Suite

Winner: Desktop and Application Delivery Storage, Networking and Infrastructure
Atlantis Computing, Atlantis HyperScale HS-336
“This hyperconverged appliance offers significant value, saving raw storage capacity by providing inline storage deduplication up to 90%. The system can support a significant number of desktops, and as a softwar product it is highly portable.”

eG Innovations for eG Enterprise 6.1

Winner: New Technology
Unidesk, Unidesk 4
“This vendor completely rebuilt their platform so it works with on-premises platforms and Microsoft Azure. Being able to deploy virtual machines composed of layers to any platform is a unique and valuable feature.”

HopTo for HopTo Work for Citrix
RES for RES ONE Security Suite v1

Winding down and looking ahead
Everyone is moving a little more slowly this morning (because Vegas) but still managing to pack in one more day of intensive training and networking as Synergy comes to a close. Presentations from the week’s sessions will be available in your My Account by June 5 for registered attendees, and you can revisit keynotes and sessions on demand on SynergyTV—check the schedule for listings. If you weren’t able to join us in Las Vegas, watch for Synergy Unplugged events in a city near you, as Synergy hits the road to give you an up-close look at the hot new technologies that will help you achieve digital transformation in your organization.

As you heard from Workspace Services corporate VP and GM Bill Burley in yesterday’s General Session, the pace of innovation at Citrix has been pretty astonishing over the past months, and there’s no telling what the coming year will bring. The best way to learn about it? Save the date for Citrix Synergy 2017, May 23–25 in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center. Mark your calendar!

Tonight: Final Night Party
Well, it’s finally here. I hope you’re as excited as I am to see the transformation of the downtown Fremont Street district into an exclusive food and music festival just for Synergy attendees. The amazing, multiaward-winning alternative band Fall Out Boy will be performing to cap off an amazing week.

It’s going to be a beautiful night, with desert temps in the high 60s/low 70s F. You may want to bring a jacket, and be sure to wear your most comfortable festival shoes. Transfers begin leaving at 7 pm from The Venetian | The Palazzo Congress Center, Level 1, Transportation Entrance and return every 30 minutes beginning at 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Don’t forget! You must have a Final Night Party wristband along with your conference badge to get into the party. Pick it up at the Giveaway Desk next to Registration.

One last look
Customers and Partners don’t forget to complete the conference survey by Friday, May 27, at 6:00 p.m. PT to receive your $20 e-gift card. Surveys are available through the email link, the Synergy Mobile app, and from all check-in terminals at Registration. I enjoyed spending time with you this Synergy, and will leave you with a few great tweets:

Follow me on Twitter to stay up-to-date on Synergy: @merisummers.

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