When it comes to identifying the value in attending Convergence, past attendees are quick to point out the benefits gained from networking: gaining insight from peers, interacting with the vendors at the expo and the community, the sessions run by users, and speaking to product experts. One attendee noted that Convergence was “bringing together people with similar challenges and goals to exchange information for success.” That’s a great synopsis of what we hope happens.

There are countless ways to network while at Convergence. You could notice a name tag on the person you share an elevator with and proceed to swap career stories. You might spot a familiar logo on the backpack of the person beside you on your walk to the convention center and talk shop. Or, you could participate in some of the planned activities we have in store for you in Atlanta.

Making that connection

New! Speed Networking: As the conference grows in size, we don't want to forget how this all started: the building of relationships. If you’re adventurous enough to give it a try, we aim to make Speed Networking a fun and advantageous chance to meet new people. In order to customize the networking aspects, this more structured networking activity will only be open to customer and prospect attendees and is very limited in size. If you want to participate, be sure to arrive early! Speed Networking takes place on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning in the Convergence Experience Center. Visit the Session Catalog to view the details. And for a brief preview of Speed Networking, check out our “Now We’re Talking” video.

Community Experience Center: Just like your favorite neighborhood hangout, you’ll find tables and couches where you can meet-up with others, productivity areas to utilize the Wi-Fi and recharge your devices and much more. The Community Experience Center is located in the Convergence Experience Center.

Meeting Points: If you’re already thinking ahead to some meet-ups with existing or maybe new contacts, we’ll have five (5) Meeting Points distributed throughout the convention center. Each Meeting Point location is simply marked with a “Meeting Point” sign and has tables and chairs, power, and Wi-Fi connectivity for your use.

Interactive Discussions: This session type is far less about any presentation, and is more about learning and sharing with others. Each interactive discussion will have a set topic, and one or more moderators, yet it’s the participants in the session who help drive the value as experiences are shared, questions are asked, and connections are made. Seating in interactive discussions are small on purpose to help foster a more relaxed conversation. Visit the Session Catalog for a listing of our Interactive Discussions.

Roundtable Discussions: These sessions are an opportunity to join in the discussion with fellow members of your Microsoft Dynamics community to share knowledge, tips and experiences in a loosely structured environment. Table topics help center your conversation and moderators will help guide the small group conversations. You’ll find that time flies while talking with others of similar interests. View the listing of available sessions in the Session Catalog.

User Groups: Our Microsoft Dynamics user group community is alive and kicking—and very actively involved in Convergence! Not only will they host all the sessions held on Friday, March 7, but you also have a chance to learn more about user group activities that happen throughout the year by visiting the user group booths located in the Microsoft Solutions Experience within the CEC.

Convergence Experience Center Reception: This is always one of the greatest opportunities to connect with a variety of partners, Microsoft experts and other attendees in a relaxed, fun environment – complete with food & beverages too! The Convergence Experience Reception takes place on Tuesday, March 4 from 6:00-9:00pm.

Contact Exchange: Easily exchange contact information with other event attendees by scanning the QR code on their badge (using the event mobile app makes this super simple). The QR code printed on the front of the badge will allow you to share your name, email address, company name, and business phone number with other attendees (note: you must opt-in to this during the registration process to have the QR code printed on your badge).

Be Social! Be sure to join the Convergence discussion online by using hashtag #CONV14. You can also access our Social Feed where you can see all the latest chatter from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr—all on one page!

Join the Community: Check out the new Convergence page on the Microsoft Dynamics Community site where we host the Convergence Blog, Convergence Forum, event-related videos and social media. Connect with other attendees year ‘round, ask questions, get insider tips on how to get the most out of our events and stay up-to-date on the latest news. If you haven’t already joined the Microsoft Dynamics Community, sign up is easy using your Microsoft Account.