Welcome to the official Day 1 here at Microsoft Partner Conference 2012! Once again, we have a record-breaking number of attendees joining us this year here in Toronto and we are so excited to have all of you here with us, 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:

  • If you are not able to join us at live at #WPC12, we will be streaming today’s keynote sessions, starting live at 9 am EST.
  • For those of you here in person:
    • Breakfast is from 7:00 – 8:30 am and is being served in the  Air Canada Centre
    • Shuttles run this morning from: 6:30 am – 9:00 am, then again from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. (for all non-walking hotels)
      • There are side meeting shuttles running from 11:30 am – 5:00 pm between MTCC, Sheraton Centre, and the Hilton every 10-15 minutes
    • Vision Keynote starts at 9:00 am and is at the Air Canada Centre
      • Be sure to get to the Air Canada Centre early to get your seat prior to the session
    • If you haven’t picked up your badge yet, registration is open today:
      • From 7:00 am – 11:00 am at the Air Canada Centre, Team Store
      • From 7:00 am – 6:00 pm at the Sheraton Toronto Centre
      • From 7:00 am – 7:30 pm at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, Level 600
    • Lunch is from 11:30 – 1:30 in Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Hall A-C
    • WPC Connect/Networking is open from 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm in Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Level 300, Hall A
  • Looking to get the most out of WPC utilizing social media? Here’s some tips on how: Worldwide Partner Conference, WPC12, social media, and mobile
    • By the way, there are WPC12 Tweetups taking place tonight as well as during the day tomorrow, so be sure to join us for these!
  • Remember, the www.DigitalWPC.com site has information about all aspects of the event. Be sure to utilize it.
  • If you have a Windows Phone, you can take advantage of both the WPC12 and the Microsoft Partner Info mobile apps. Here’s some info on both and how to get them.
  • We’ll be broadcasting 3 MPN Live shows out today, airing at 8:30 am, 11:00 am, and 5:00 pm. I’ll have all of the details on the MPN Live sessions here by 6:00 am this morning.
    • Also, be sure to tweet me your Top 5 items throughout today to include in my Daily Recap session of MPN Live at 5:00 pm
  • By the way, did you see that we’re offering a 2 for 1 Competency Exam offer for our Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 attendees?

I hope this quick little bit of information helps out and I look forward to seeing you all later this morning. By the way, I’ll be live tweeting the keynotes today (and all week), so be sure you’re following me on Twitter to get the latest if you’re not already and you can bet I’ll be putting up a lot more information here on my blog for all of you throughout the week.

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