So Teched's sold out which leaves me wondering how many tickets there were on sale.
Google is good for finding the answer to most things but teched numbers isn't one of them!
I bet BING has them... :)
I don't think they generally report all of the raw numbers, but I would say the best guess would be around 10,000 total.
At the keynote in Atlanta in 2011 they had the attendance numbers on the screen showing 10K people. I've heard the most recent ones are above that now, but I haven't seen any official numbers since that keynote. Cisco Live, VMworld, etc... are all too happy to hype their 20K person attendance numbers over and over. I am wondering if MS has a bit of reservation posting their numbers compared to those conferences.
I believe that TechEd 2001 was the last extremely big TechEd (it was in Atlanta). Of course, this was before 9/11. In New Orleans the following years, the numbers were way low in comparison to previous TechEds and I'm not sure if they have gone up since then.
As for the other conferences, many of them quote overall numbers, but they tend to include vendors, staff, employees, etc. in those numbers. I believe TechEd has usually reported paid attendees, so even if the official number is 10K, there's still more people present than that number.
I know Tech Ed 2007 was a sellout. Think I heard upwords of 15K for that one. 2008 they split IT and Dev. I went to dev and I think it was over 8K. 2009 was down and I think it was around 7K. I think it has gone up some since then each year. I don't remember how I heard any of those numbers. Seems like it was what was heard at the conference.
Keep in mind that sellout is relative as this is based on the size of the convention center. San Diego was a sellout, but it's also a relatively small convention center in comparison. I think LA is a smaller convention center as well.
Actually, you're right about 2007, it being in Orlando that it was a sell-out and probably in league with Atlanta 2001. I believe the two-week experiment was due to Microsoft bailing on New Orleans because the convention center and all of the downtown was a mess after Katrina. As I heard it, Orlando offered Microsoft a sweet deal to host there two years in a row which allowed for Microsoft to get two weeks for the price of one. Unfortunately, I also went to the Dev week and wished I also went to the IT week because of SQL Server.
I am an MMS vet and this will be my first teched. I never really paid attention to attendance numbers but how does MMS compair to teched? Last year MMS was at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Between sessions the hallways sometimes got a little cramped but other than that it was nice. Meal lines were quick and the techexpo flowed nicely. 10,000 sounds huge to me. Should I expect massive crouds everywhere? Can I expect long lines in the expo?
I would expect that TechEd is much larger than MMS, though the venues are also different. A big hotel for something like MMS works well, but not for TechEd, thus, it's in a convention center (which would be overkill for something like MMS).
As for lines, well...meals are like herding cats, but I have to say that most of the convention venues have been very efficient, regardless of all of the complaints people make about meals. Frankly, it's not easy to push thousands of people through a meal in 1.5 hours. Of course, these meal queues are based on Murphy's Law, Corollary 738: You will always be on the wrong side of the meal hall when getting in line.In other words, you go to the north side and they send to south, or vice versa.
As for the TechExpo, it will be crowded on Monday night during the reception and on Thursday afternoon when all of the goodies are given away, but at most other times, you should have access to most of the vendors. Some, especially the big ones, like to make you sit through a presentation to get the SWAG, but you should be able to get information easily.
The worst crowds as far as moving are at any convergence points in the convention center. Never too bad. Biggest lines are bathrooms, snacks, and meals. Breakfast lines can be avoided if you show up earlier. Lunch all depends on luck. Sometimes the lines are short or fast, sometimes you just got there when everyone else did.
Having been a few times the sheer number of people and things going on at once can be intimidating at first. Just pick your favorites and learn your way around the center.
Regarding bathrooms, look for "hidden" bathrooms, ones that are not in the traffic areas. Then again, the Brown Convention Center is rather compact, so this may be a challenge.
Thanks guys. This is what I feared. Since they merged MMS into Teched I expect attendence to be way up. I know there would be some crouds I just hope its not to the point were they become overwhelming..If half my conferece time is spent battling crouds and lines it will not be enjoyable for me.
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