Last year Microsoft hosted its Convergence conference in the Georgia city, but it has since moved to Los Angeles and changed names to Microsoft Envision. Image Source: Exams Training

The second edition of the enterprise tech mega conference Microsoft Ignite is right around the corner. Starting this upcoming Monday, September 26, the Microsoft Ignite event will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

This year’s conference follows the greatly successful 2015 edition. The tech giant Microsoft first presented the Ignite initiative as a mass event back in May last year. The 2016 event will move from the original venue at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois to Atlanta.

Microsoft Ignite will bring together thousands of partners, developers, professionals, and tech enthusiasts in search for enlightenment for their next project or business venture. Attendees have a variety of options to gain access to the conference and special events, including the opportunity to attend the two-day Microsoft Data Science Summit side-event.

This year's Microsoft Ignite Cyber Conference will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Image Source: Ignite
This year’s Microsoft Ignite Cyber Conference will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Image Source: Ignite

Microsoft Ignite 2016: Agenda

Although the five-day long event officially kicks off on Monday, there is also a Pre-Day Training experience on Sunday, September 25, available for an extra $500 day-pass.

Those in attendance of the Pre-Day Training can start their day as early as 7:30 to pick up their Attendee badge and then head up for some courtesy breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Hands-on training in different areas with Microsoft professionals will be available from 9 to 12 and from 1 to 5. Lunch is also included in between courses.

The rest of the week is much more intense. Major happenings take place during exclusive time slots during the day, but different events may be scheduled simultaneously. The overall day at Microsoft Ignite averages twelve hours of events starting at 7:30 a.m. and usually ending around 7:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are included every day of the conference.

Throughout the five days of Microsoft Ignite, conference-goers can choose to attend over 1,000 specialized Sessions from a selection of speakers. Image Source: Zawya
Throughout the five days of Microsoft Ignite, conference-goers can choose to attend over 1,000 specialized Sessions from a selection of speakers. Image Source: Zawya

Microsoft Ignite 2016: Special Events

Microsoft Ignite Sessions consist of presentations from experts in a variety of fields: Microsoft products, business strategies, new technologies, management, IT, programming, applications, and more.

On an inaugural day, Microsoft will host two official Keynotes. The first one is expected to be a welcoming presentation for all attendees at 9:00 a.m. while the second one is tagged as an ‘Innovation Keynote’ from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Also during the week, all those with access to the Expo Hall can gather and meet Microsoft partners, specialists, and industry colleagues from companies like Dell, IBM, Lenovo, Cisco, AT&T, Logitech, PWC, Intel, and more.

Further special events at Microsoft Ignite include Interactive Digital Labs with the latest tech from the company and its partners; Certification Testing sessions to get officially certified by Microsoft representatives; and entertainment gatherings like the Microsoft Ignite Rocks and Microsoft Ignite Celebration.

Microsoft Ignite starts on Monday, September 25 and lasts all week until Friday, September 30. Conference passes are available at the event’s official site.

Source: Microsoft Ignite

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