Are you ready to hit the ground running at Microsoft Ignite? When you arrive in Chicago, you'll have an array of choices ahead of you—learning opportunities and networking activities that put you directly in touch with Microsoft and industry thought leaders, and peers who share your interests and challenges. Read on, for resources that can help you take advantage of all Ignite has to offer.
Microsoft Ignite Conference Guide OneNote
Everything you need to navigate the conference—from agendas and maps, to networking and the Expo Hall—is in your Conference Guide. If it's happening at Ignite, it's in the Guide! Access this living document via MyIgnite, then sync to all of your devices, so you'll have it at your fingertips and always up-to-date.
Remote Badge Pickup
First things first – we know how important it is to arrive at McCormick Place and get started without missing a beat. We encourage you to take advantage of one of our many Remote Badge Pickup locations!
- O'Hare Airport: Terminal 1 and 3, Baggage Claim Area
- Drake Hotel: Superior Room
- Palmer House: Mezzanine Level
- Hyatt Regency Chicago: Green Level
- Hotel Chicago Downtown, Autograph Collection: Floor 4
- MileNorth Hotel: Private Dining Area
- Microsoft Retail Store: Shops at Northbridge
Remote Name Badge Pickup locations are open:
- Saturday, May 2 from 10:00 A.M.–8:00 P.M.
- Sunday, May 3 from 8:00 A.M.–8:00 P.M.
You can also pick up your name badge at McCormick Place on Sunday, May 3 from 7:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. and throughout the week during designated times, as noted in the agenda.
Take advantage of the many ways you can get technical training and Microsoft product and technology information at Ignite.
- Opening Keynote
- Showcase Keynote
- Foundational Sessions
- Breakout Sessions
- Instructor-led Labs
- Hands-on Labs
- Certification Exam Prep Sessions
- Microsoft-led Theater Sessions
- Sponsor-led Theater Sessions
- Community-led Theater Sessions
- Ignite 101
MyIgnite is the digital hub for Microsoft Ignite, with tools like Schedule Builder, the Second Screen Experience, and Attendee Directory, access to sponsor and exhibitor information, the Yammer network, and more. Consider opting in to share your attendee profile and schedule—it's a great way to make new contacts, and help others with similar interests. https://myignite.microsoft.com/
Use the Schedule Builder at MyIgnite to search for sessions and labs that interest you and build your personal session schedule. Advanced filtering allows you to search by Audience, Topic, Format, Product Role, Theme, and more.
Join the discussion online during and after Ignite via the Yammer network. Ask questions, network with various discussion groups, and interact with speakers and other attendees. You can also search for other attendees with similar interests, schedule meetings and make personal appointments. Post questions for speakers any time—even during their session! Speakers will remain active on the Yammer network answering questions and providing support for 30 days after the conference.
Networking and Fun
Get involved! Connect with your peers online and in-person. Network with industry experts and meet new associates at the Welcome Reception and Ask the Experts, Mealtime Mashups, After Hours, and throughout the Expo Hall.
Sunday, May 3–Wednesday, May 6 | 8:00pm–11:00pm
Unwind and meet up with other Microsoft Ignite attendees at select conference hotels. Take advantage of special food and drink offers, and keep networking after hours! Check the OneNote Conference Guide for a list of locations.
Channel 9 Live at Ignite
The Channel 9 team is broadcasting live, unscripted, and 100% interactive from Grand Concourse, Level 3, outside the Expo Hall. Hosts will speak with executives, engineers, session presenters, internet celebrities, industry luminaries, and YOU! Join the conversation in-person or online via Twitter. Send your questions and comments by referencing @ch9live in your tweet and the Channel 9 host may ask guests your question live on the air.
Mealtime Mash Ups
Tuesday, May 5 – Thursday, May 7 | 11:30am – 2:30pm
Grab lunch in the meal hall and network at the assigned tables. Connect by region, industry and products throughout the week.
Microsoft Ignite Celebration
Thursday, May 7 | 7:30pm – 10:30pm | Lakeside Center, McCormick Place
Join us for the Microsoft Ignite Celebration featuring Chicago's own GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum selling rock band Fall Out Boy! It'll be an evening to remember...incredible Chicago cuisine from 30 restaurants; the Goose Island beer garden featuring local craft beer; and food and beer trucks on the East Fountain Terrace with a cool local band. Experience Chicago's most iconic neighborhoods with entertainment, music and activities in Hall D, then head to the main stage at 9:00 to see Fall Out Boy, live. With a convenient location, right in Lakeside Center at McCormick Place, you can head straight to the party after sessions end on Thursday (bag check will be available in Hall B). There will be something for everyone to enjoy!
Microsoft Ignite Rocks!
Monday, May 4 | 9:00am–12:00am | House of Blues Chicago
Get on stage and rock the legendary House of Blues Chicago. Grab an instrument and show off your hidden talents, or hang out and enjoy the show. You'll have access to sheet music, instruments, lyrics, and a complete sound and lighting system. Tonight, the House of Blues is all yours!
Welcome Reception and Ask the Experts
Monday, May 4 | 6:15pm–8:15pm | Hall A1/A2
Connect with the community of experts here at Microsoft Ignite! Join us in the Expo Hall for the Welcome Reception and Ask the Experts, to check out Microsoft product demos, talk with product team members, engage with Microsoft Partners, and meet fellow attendees. Enjoy great food and drinks while you make valuable contacts, discuss best practices, and explore all that the Expo has to offer.
- Women in Technology
Luncheon: Wednesday, May 6 | 12:15pm–1:4pm | Room S406
Change Opens Doors and Creates Opportunity
The exploding demands for data, the expansion of the mobile workforce, and the emergence of cloud computing are all highly disruptive trends for IT and for business in general. That disruption creates opportunity, because when old patterns or methods go by the wayside, the path opens up for new approaches. For women in technology, this is an exciting time. How can you make your mark on the changing world and take advantage of the new possibilities that are now opening up? Join us for lunch and hear how our panelists achieved their goals.
- Networking Breakfast: Thursday, May 7 | 7:30am–8:30am | Room 406AB
Join women at Ignite for breakfast, a casual networking opportunity and open conversation.
Check out the latest products and technologies from Sponsors and Exhibitors – the place to connect with the brightest minds in tech and see the coolest innovations. Here are just a few things that you will find in the Expo Hall.
The Customer Showcase area features a variety of customer stories. These companies use an array of Microsoft technologies to drive their business, including Trek, Godiva, Alaska Airlines, AccuWeather, Zespri, and North American Eagle.
The Device Bar is the place to see and touch the latest Windows devices. Check out industry specific uses for the breadth of the Windows devices in market today.
- Cloud Platform Immersion
Investigate how data, devices, infrastructure, and applications are altering business productivity and how you can find success with the Microsoft Cloud Platform.
- Customer Immersion Experience
Experience firsthand how Microsoft can solve your biggest business challenges in a real-world setting! CIE sessions are facilitated, hands-on experiences focusing on enterprise challenges: being productive while mobile, using social networking to get work done, and connecting in real time with coworkers and customers.
Take a break and recharge in one of five Expo Hall lounges. Here you'll be able to plug-in your devices, connect with others and grab a snack. Schedule meet ups around a whiteboard to carry on conversations started earlier or start new ones. Hear community and sponsor presentations here too! Be sure to add these product-focused, demo-rich, sessions to your schedule.
Microsoft Ignite Studio
Join us at the Microsoft Ignite Studio daily during session breaks on the Expo Hall floor to catch a rich medley of demo rich 15 minute shows. Go behind the news and stay informed with exclusive technology first looks from the people behind Office, Windows, and Azure. Attend as part of our filmed studio audience and secure your chance to win a Surface Pro 3 and other prizes with sweepstakes at the end of every show. Check out the daily schedule here.
Microsoft Solutions Experience
Meet face-to-face with speakers, Microsoft product managers, and industry experts to learn about products, ask questions, or follow up on points raised in sessions you've attended. The Microsoft Solutions Experience is just that—a place to experience the latest Microsoft solutions and meet with the product teams that developed them.
Questions? The Forums at https://channel9.msdn.com/Forums/MicrosoftIgnite are a great place to join discussions with speakers, staff, and other attendees. Join the Yammer network via MyIgnite, and reach out on Twitter using #MSIgnite in your tweets. The OneNote Conference Guide is also a great reference for event details. Remember to sync it to all your devices for access to the latest information everywhere you go.
See you in Chicago!