Even if you weren't able to attend VMworld 2014, you could have followed along online without missing a beat. Attendees kept social media channels pulsing with activity from the conference.
From breaking news to videos of hijinks, keeping up with the Twitter stream of thousands of IT experts was a Herculean task. Here are some of the social media highlights from this year's conference.
During the second keynote address of VMworld 2014, Sanjay Poonen, VMware's general manager of end-user computing, dared conference-goers to volunteer VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger for the ALS Association's ice bucket challenge. The viral fundraising campaign recently kicked into high gear, raising nearly $100 million worldwide since July, according to ABC News.
Sanjay just double dared a bunch of socially challenged engineers to "Ice Bucket" VMware's CEO. Does he know how literal we are? #VMworld — Todd S. Knapp (@Envision_Todd) August 26, 2014
Pat getting dunked in the ice bucket challenge! #ALS #ALSIceBucketChallenge #VMworld #VMware @vmware pic.twitter.com/O74WlqAj7f — Tim Gleed (@timgleed) August 28, 2014
Thousands gathered in Moscone Center North before Wednesday night's VMworld party, headlined by The Black Keys:
The show floor at VMworld is typically a good place to catch a variety of branded activities, and this year was no different. Games, mascots, giveaways and quiz shows kept attendees on their toes throughout the four-day conference:
In the conference hang space, folding and tossing a paper airplane became a big way to give back to a good cause. The further the plane flew, the more money VMware Foundation agreed to donate to social action. The agency committed up to $250,000 to causes benefiting children, education, the environment, human rights, and women and girls.
Here's one instance caught on Vine where one tossed paper airplane flew 100 feet, beating the record:
And this is where those paper airplanes went after making their flight:
Attendees chimed in on the big news of the conference, which ranged from the announcement of EVO:RAIL to VMware's iteration of OpenStack, and a partnership between VMware, Google and Nvidia to forge a new path for the next Chromebook.
VMware announces its own #OpenStack distribution, VMware Integrated OpenStack, available in beta. W00t! #VMworld — Scott S. Lowe (@scott_lowe) August 25, 2014
— Chris Wolf (@cswolf) August 26, 2014
— Mike Kosinski (@2GBRAM) August 27, 2014
Raghu Raghuram : "The best way to run #OpenStack is on #vmware" - wouldn't have dreamt I'd even hear that 12 months ago #vmworld — Michael Warrilow (@micwarg) August 26, 2014
What were some of your favorite moments of VMworld 2014? To view more of our coverage from the show, visit our VMworld 2014 conference hub.