Welcome to the official day 1 here at Microsoft Partner Conference 2011! We are so excited to have all of you here with us in this record-breaking crowd we have joining us here in Los Angeles, as well as the partners around the world joining us online and through social media. Since we are kicking off the full conference later this morning, I thought I would share some information for you to make sure you have it:

  1. If you are not able to join us at live at #WPC11, we will be streaming the keynote sessions this week live, starting with today’s keynote live at 9 am PDT. You can watch them here: http://bit.ly/olheTB
  2. For those of you here in person:
    • Breakfast is from 7:00 – 8:30 am and is being served in LACC West Hall A
    • Shuttles run this morning from: 6:30 am – 9:00 am, then again from 5:00 pm – 7:45 pm.
      • There are side meeting shuttles running from 11:30 am – 6:00 pm between LACC (South Hall), JW Marriott, Wilshire Grand, and LA Marriott every 15 minutes
    • Vision Keynote starts at 9:00 am and is at the Staples Center
      • Be sure to get to the Staples Center early to get your seat prior to the session
    • If you haven’t picked up your badge yet, registration is open today from 6:30 am – 7:30 pm
    • WPC Connect/Networking is open from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • Lunch is 11:30 – 2:30
  3. Looking to get the most out of WPC utilizing social media? Here’s some tips on how: Worldwide Partner Conference, WPC11, and social media
  4. Remember, the www.DigitalWPC.com site has information about all aspects of the event. Be sure to utilize it. I have also posted a cheat sheet to get you directly to the information you are looking for on the DigitalWPC site: Getting you directly to the Worldwide Partner Conference info (#WPC11)
  5. If you have a Windows Phone, you can access WPC info through the Microsoft Partner Info mobile app by clicking the the WPC mobile icon on the main screen. You’ll also have access to information from Jon Roskill, the Microsoft Partner Team, Product Teams, and much, much more.
    • And remember, come up to me at WPC11 and show me you have the Microsoft Partner Info mobile app installed on your phone, and you might win a prize. Here’s a great example from yesterday:
      • image
  6. If you don’t have a Windows Phone, or you just want the WPC info, you can navigate to http://mobile.digitalwpc.com in your smartphone browser
  7. Be sure to join us for our very first MPN Live sessions: Keynote focused 1-1:30PM (PDT); end-of-day overview focused 5-5:30 (PDT)
    • I’ll be hosting the evening sessions, so please stop by an say, “Hi.”
    • NOTE: Today’s MPN Live session will be conducted in the US Lounge, due to a scheduling conflict in its normal place, which will be the MPN Booth in the Expo (Solution Innovation Center) in LACC South Hall

I hope this quick little bit of information helps out and I look forward to seeing you all later this morning.

Did you find this information helpful? If so, you may want to make sure you are utilizing all of the areas I share information online, such as: my Facebook page, my Twitter account, my Linkedin account, and my blog. Plus, you can now get all of the latest Microsoft Partner Information right on your phone!

Tweet this:

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Eric LigmanFollow me on TWITTER, LinkedIn, and RSS and see “What I’m thinking
Director, Worldwide Partner Experience
Microsoft Corporation
This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights

Add to Technorati Favorites
Bookmark on: MSDN , TechNet, and Expression