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Jan 29 2018

A Veterans Guide to Attending Red Hat Summit

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So you are thinking about attending Red Hat Summit? Great, it is a fun and exciting opportunity to connect with other open source enthusiasts, Red Hat Customers, and even Red Hatters themselves.

Red Hat Summit continues to grow and evolve but a few crucial tips from yours truly, an experienced 4x Summit-er, can help ensure that you don't miss a beat.


1. Book your tickets early to save

Head to the following link ASAP to book and save.  There is also special pricing for public sector customers so once you either receive approvals to attend from your organization or make the decision to go yourself, reach out to us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to help you get those tickets.

2. Plan your schedule out in advance

There are so many sessions, trainings, discussions, meet ups, and social events that it can be a bit overwhelming.  Do yourself a favor and look at the available sessions and lay out a plan in advance.  Some of the sessions require reserving a space before you go to Red Hat Summit so be sure to book your spots for these limited events in advance.  The full schedule of sessions has not yet been published so keep an eye out.

3. Keynotes

Don't miss the general sessions and keynotes. This is the Red Hat equivalent of Apple Keynotes with exciting news, new product announcements, thrilling demos, and high profile speakers and guests.  Sometimes there are even give-aways.  I participated in a live Red Hat OpenShift/Red Hat Mobile demo as a member of the audience and was lucky enough to win a Samsung Galaxy Smart Watch, which was pretty awesome.  

4. Power Training

If you are interested in getting specific training, Red Hat offers POWER TRAINING at Red Hat Summit.  These are accelerated, high intensity training sessions to get you and your team the certifications you need in no time. Check out the following link for more information:

5. Book your room NOW

The closer you get to summit, the fuller the hotels get.  Red Hat has blocks of rooms at many of the conveniently located hotels so be sure to book through the Red Hat Summit registration links provided unless you have a specific hotel of preference.

6. Come Monday-Leave Thursday

Arriving Monday gives you an opportunity to settle in to your hotel, take in all that Red Hat Summit has to offer, and potentially get out to enjoy beautiful San Francisco.  If you can, stay through Thursday.  Red Hat throws a heck of a party on Wednesday night and I think this year Weezer is playing, and best of all it is free with your ticket.  Put on your favorite Buddy Holly glasses, enjoy this Happy Hour, and make Summit your Island in the Sun.  If you can't make it, just Say it ain't so. (Okay, Okay that is enough Weezer puns)

7. Come Monday and join us too

We are still finalizing the exact plans but we will be throwing a public sector happy hour/meet up on Monday night.  This event is free and open to public sector Red Hat customers, Red Hatters, and select Red Hat partners and sponsors.  There will be free food and drink, games, and of course a lot of Red Hat networking to be done.  This is a great opportunity to interact with other Government Sector Red Hat customers to discuss use cases, compare notes, and make connections.

Check with your Red Hat Rep or Emergent Rep for more details.

8. Get out and check out San Francisco

If you haven't been before, San Francisco is a wonderful and vibrant city with an amazing food scene, lively nightlife, and great site-seeing.  From the Haight to the Embarcadero it is all well worth taking in.  Give yourself some time after the doors close on Summit to explore.


So that is it for now, but check back in here once Red Hat publishes their full list of sessions and presentations for my list of "Must Sees".  Get your tickets, book your flights, and I will see you at Summit.



Emergent's 2017 Red Hat Summit booth!

Emergent's Director of Sales, Austin Wineholt, at 2017 Red Hat Summit!

Emergent Consulting's Gary Sanchez with Jim Whitehurst at 2016 Red Hat Summit.