Originally Posted by Orinoko
Hi, my carrier in the UK and RIM are very kindly flying me over to WES 2010 this year and i'm really looking forward to it. I've never attended before so what can I expect?
Do people generally attend all three days and is there enough going on to keep it interesting?
Do people meeting up in the evenings or do you generally just float back to your hotels?
Is WES more aimed at management or the techy side, or is there a good mix?
I'll be stopping at the "Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek", anyone been there before?
Any more tips to making the most of it most welcome!
1. Yep, people attend all three days. Sometimes more. There's always something going on like a session to attend, visiting the Solution Showcase or getting some hands-on training in the lab.
2. Monday evening is the "meet-n-greet" in the Showcase Solution. Free food, free booze and free swag from the vendors. Most people wind up in one of the restaurants or bars afterwards till the wee hours of the morning.
Tuesday is the RIM party with entertainment.
2007 - Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts at the Hard Rock
2008 - John Mayer with Circ de Solei
2009 - Wil. I. Am. from the Black Eyed Peas
2010 - ???
Wednesday is usually the carrier parties. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and TMobile usually have their own gigs running either in the hotel or at a club nearby. Lots of swag given out at these events too.
3. Its a good mix of management and techie leadning towards the BES Admin/techie side. At WES, everybody has a rewarding experience regardless of their background.
4. Never been there. I've been lucky enough to stay at the Orlando World Center (host hotel) each year. I never have to take the shuttle bus or rent a car. (Thanks for the lift, Alan!)