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Live! 360 Monday

Live! 360 began in Orlando, FL on Sunday, November 12 with new Pre-Conference Hands On Labs sessions. Topics included Angular and Xamarin for developers, SQL High Availability, Ethical Hacking and Windows Troubleshooting for System Admins, and SharePoint Search Management and Microsoft Team Development for the Office pros. All sessions were full day sessions.

Monday featured a selection of all day pre-conference sessions. I attended the session on Windows Security with expert Sami Laiho. These deep dive sessions let you spend an entire day with very accessible experts. In between, a sit down luncheon of chicken served on polenta with vegetables, salad, and carrot cake for dessert. While not the main reason to attend the conference, it is a bonus when the food served is this good.

Tonight is the Dine-A-Round dinner which will begin at the conference center. We will walk over to Margaritaville where we will be served complimentary appetizers. From there, we will divide up and go to dinner at one of the many great restaurants at CityWalk.

I will be there tonight in my very bright orange Hawaiian shirt. So, if you are looking for a group to hang with at the conference, you can at least look for the orange Hawaiian shirt. There will also be many of the speakers at the Dine-A-Round. I will post my dinner location on my Twitter account, @ITCertPro.

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The conference will be held at the beautiful Royal Pacific Resort at Universal, November 12-17.

What can I tell you about this conference? First of all, the food is great. Don’t just take my word for it. I heard this from some of the speakers who work a lot of tech conferences and they have even commented about the food.

Next, the conference venue is on Universal property. This means that you can walk from the hotel to CityWalk and the theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. And now, Universal has opened their new water park, Volcano Bay. And, yes, it may be warm enough for Volcano Bay in November. Can you see why Live! 360 is called a “Tech-Cation”.

Then, there is the Dessert Luau on Thursday. Delicious desserts, drinks, plus talented dancers and musicians to entertain you. My favorite part is when the chief dances with the flaming torches. And maybe at the end, you will be one of the lucky ones to be invited on stage to learn the hula.

Let’s see. Food. Theme Park fun. Luau. What did I forget? Oh, yeah, the conference!

Live! 360 is 5 conferences in one.

  • Visual Studio Live!
  • SQL Server Live!
  • TechMentor
  • Office & SharePoint Live!
  • Modern Apps Live!

And the cool things is when you register for one conference, you register for them all.

For example, I am a systems administrator. My main conference is TechMentor. But I also work with SharePoint and SQL Server. So, when I see a session in SharePoint or SQL Server that interests me, I just walk on over and attend. It is that easy.

And the speakers are all top notch. Many of the speakers are authors or have created video training courses. And they are ACCESSIBLE! Have you ever been to a conference and wanted to talk to a speaker, but the line was a mile long? Not at Live! 360. Most of the speakers stay throughout the conference. You couldn’t get a chance to talk to them after their session? Talk to them at the exhibitor reception. Or maybe sit down with them at lunch.

And talk to each other, too. One of my favorite parts of Live! 360 is the people that I meet. I have a friend, Mark, who I met through the conference. We have met up for the past 3 years and I hope to see him again this year. Last year, I met a man named Shalom who had this incredibly positive outlook on life. These friendships started out on the first day of the conference at the Dine-A-Round dinner which will be held on Monday.

Even if you are not attending the Pre-Conference sessions, join us for the Dine-A-Round where we meet up for free appetizers and then set out in groups to find dinner at CityWalk.

If all of this sounds good to you and you want to register NOW, save some money by using my code: UGOR06

I will be there. Will you?

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