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Worldwide Partner Conference 2015: What you need to know before you go!


Is your luggage ready for the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference? WPC brings together thousands of thought leaders, IT visionaries, marketers, business builders, and executives in Orlando for a week full of networking, pursuing new business deals, and learning!


We know you don't want to miss joining us July 12-16 for WPC 2015 (right?), so, if you have not registered yet, you are still on time! Just go ahead and register here.


Once your registration is complete, be sure to check out the WPC 2015 Session Catalog. This newly designed catalog now has more filters to help you quickly and easily find the right sessions for your business, gives you a real-time view of sessions at WPC, and can be used to create your own personalized schedule for the event.


If you are still unsure about session types, here's how sessions will be classified this year for you to choose the ones that are right for you:



Vision Keynotes Feature senior Microsoft executives, such as CEO Satya Nadella and COO Kevin Turner, where they share the Microsoft vision for the year ahead and communicate the roadmap to profitability.
General Sessions Delivered by senior Microsoft executives and other industry leaders and are tailored to a business segment, product family and/or partner type. General Sessions outline the key priorities for your business and discuss the most important issues facing business leaders today. Executive speakers will share their insight and vision around the challenges you are facing and discuss how we can solve those challenges together to meet the needs of your customers.
Breakout Sessions are 60 minutes of presentation(s) focused on topics that inform, such as program/product updates, process improvements and/or product roadmaps. May include demonstrations, tips and tricks, best practice sharing – or a combination of all of these. Presenters may offer Q&A time at the end of the session, but the priority in this type of session is on the presentation(s).
Panel Sessions are 60 minutes of discussion among select panelists, who are subject matter experts on the topic(s). Typically involves case studies and/or sharing best practices. Presenters may offer Q&A time at the end of the session, but the priority in this type of session is on the panel discussion.
Workshops 60 minute sessions designed to be highly interactive, where attendees work together to solve business challenges, apply concepts to real-life situations, etc. Often includes facilitators to help guide the discussion, this type of session will have minimal to no presentations and be focused on discussion and exchange of ideas from the audience. Seating is limited in these sessions to provide a more intimate discussion.
Immersive Sessions (Microsoft Customer Immersion Experience or CIE) is your chance to experience firsthand how Microsoft can solve your biggest business challenges in a real-world setting. These facilitated, hands-on experiences allow you to get deep insight and knowledge of specific products or technologies. Seating is limited in these sessions to provide a more intimate discussion.
Expo Sessions Presented in a Microsoft booth in The Commons, and are typically delivered by Microsoft subject matter experts, covering program/product updates, demos of products, etc.
Social Hub High-energy, often interactive, presentations focused on topics related to social media and digital marketing. These sessions are delivered in the Social Hub, located in The Commons, and vary in length.
Partner Sponsor Theater Brief presentations from our event sponsors. Conducted on the expo floor, these 15-20 minute sessions will offer you the opportunity to learn more about the solutions and services provided by our valued partners.
Regional General Sessions Your chance to hear priorities and business challenges targeted to your geography. Typically delivered by Microsoft executives from the given region/country, these sessions will enable you to understand how the Microsoft vision affects your region.


When making out your schedule, don’t forget to plan time to stop by the HP booth too!  At booth #800, HP will have informative demo stations on HP Reseller Option Kits, HP iQuote, the FLP Partner Proposal Program, and SMB solutions—so be sure to stop by and say hello (and pick up some Coffee Coaching goodies)!


Another important thing to know before you go: packing tips! We know that packing for a convention can be overwhelming, whether you’re a first time attendee or a WPC pro. To help with this process, we have created a short list of extras you may not have thought to pack:


  • Comfy shoes: there will be a lot (trust us, A LOT) of walking. The Orange County Convention Center is the second largest convention center in the US.
  • Business cards: There will be a lot of networking opportunities, so never be without a business card unless you are in the shower!
  • Pen and paper: good for jotting down a quick note or number (without having to power it up, or worry about your battery)
  • Power cords and/or mobile power source: so you won’t have to worry about your batteries
  • USB flash drives: keep important shareable documents at your fingertips
  • Reusable water bottle: Orlando tends to be hot and it is important to stay hydrated
  • A camera and enough free memory on it: There will be a good number of memorable shots to capture while in Orlando!


If you have other questions about Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2015 please ask away, we are here to help!


If you are unable to attend, don’t worry, just join the Coffee Coaching community on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn to get helpful resources and up to date information (Coffee Coaching will be covering the event live from Orlando!).   


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