Every year, most IT professionals plan and gear up for a pack year of IT conferences. There is a lot of really great conferences held globally. So there is a need to plan travel to these events is key. This year, everything has changed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All, if not most conferences has been cancelled from being hosted physically. This had to change the way vendors would host their annual conferences. Virtual Conferencing is the way forward.
There is a lot of pros and cons related to this. By going virtual there is larger audience that can be targeted, which will also allow individuals that don’t have budget for travel. The interaction with experts and networking and connecting with like minded individuals from around the world is limited to digital, which I will really miss and these conferences are places where I get to meet friends from abroad that I have met attending conferences since 2011.
This year, we have seen that most of these events have no charge associated to attending them, which is great, but I do understand that this also creates a huge financial impact for vendors, conference facilities etc. I’m grateful that many that will be able to attend will understand the value that these conferences bring to self development and helping your organisations grow and be more relevant, sharing your experiences.
I had to request vouchers for my flights from the airlines as I had made my bookings in advance so that I could get my flights and accommodation at a better rate, Some of my friends globally have been unlucky, as they could not get a refund or vouchers.
My upcoming trips that I was really looking forward to attend was VMware Empower, Dell Technologies World, Veeam ON & VMworld. This year I will be attending these conference from the comfort of my home.
Below are some of the vendors that have gone virtual and have no fees for registration.
- VMware Empower 2020
- VMworld 2020
- Veeam ON 2020
- Carbon Black Connect 2020
- vForum 2020
- Dell Technologies World 2020
- HPE Discover 2020
There are many more virtual conferences out there, so such online to discover more. This is a first for many vendors to convert their annual conferences to virtual.
Just get onto google and search for the events and register. And if you can’t attend there is always the on-demand content from these events to catch up!
Hope you meet you virtually at the upcoming events!