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How To Win Interop: 5 Tips For A Great Conference

From the mobile app to comfortable shoes, here's a handful of suggestions to help you make the most of Interop Las Vegas.

There’s a lot going at the 2015 Interop conference, from hands-on instruction to IT leadership training to a host of sessions on the latest technology developments. These 5 tips will help you get the most out of your time in Las Vegas.

Get The Mobile App

The Interop mobile app is a great resource to help you navigate all the educational content and the Expo floor. Download the map to get the complete agenda, a map of the conference, and social features to connect with other attendees.

Plan Your Schedule

With more than a hundred twenty-five workshops and sessions across ten technology tracks, plus free classes, InteropNet tours, and special events such as the Dark Reading Cyber Security Crash Course, it’s a good idea to plan your schedule ahead of time. You can dive deep into a specific track such as Infrastructure or Mobility, or go a la carte.

Connect With People

Take advantage of this live event to interact with your peers. A great option is the Speed Networking event, which uses your preferences to match you with other Interop attendees for mini-meetings to network, share experiences, and gain knowledge. Speed Networking is included with Total Access, Conference, Workshop, or 1 Day Passes. Register here.

We’ve also got a variety of social events to facilitate interaction, including a Welcome Reception on April 28 and an Interop Happy Hour on April 29. Paid attendees can also join us for the official Interop party at the Light nightclub in Mandalay Bay on April 29.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

There’s approximately 1.7 million square feet of convention space in Mandalay Bay, so prepare for a lot of walking. How much? Interop attendee Robert Novak tweeted that at last year’s Interop, he logged 34.6 miles over five days.

If you’re bringing a FitBit or another activity tracker to Interop this year, you can join our 10K Step fitness challenge: show your step total to Interop staff at the Interop HQ on the Expo floor and then spin the wheel of prizes.

Go Outside

It’s entirely possible to go the full five days of the conference without ever leaving the climate-controlled, artificially-lit warren of the convention complex. If you do this, you’ll find that somewhere around day three your circadian rhythm starts spinning like the Macintosh color wheel, and you begin to question the very nature of reality.

That’s when it’s time to go outside. Stroll down to the Bellagio to see the fountains, float on the lazy river at Mandalay Bay, or check out a few off-beat options to get you out of the perpetual twilight of the casino.

Interop Las Vegas is April 27 through May 1. Register now to learn the latest technology developments, accelerate your career, and network with your peers in the IT community.

Drew is formerly editor of Network Computing and currently director of content and community for Interop. View Full Bio

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