Four Days in April: The Definitive SuiteWorld17 Travel Guide

Barney Beal, Former Content Director

April 18, 2017

SuiteWorld17 represents a slew of firsts for the #1 cloud ERP event of the year – the first time in Las Vegas, the first time as a business unit under Oracle and the biggest event yet.

With more than 6,000 people expected to descend on the Sands Expo & Convention Center to attend more than 200 sessions and nine keynote addresses, the challenge is not going to be how to fill the day, but how to fit it all in while still making time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Vegas. This guide offers some suggestions and advice for getting the most out of the event.

Key in on the Keynotes

Executive Vice President Jim McGeever kicks off the conference with the opening keynote on Tuesday, providing vision, strategy and details on NetSuite’s latest innovations. He’ll be followed by Executive Vice President of Development Evan Goldberg’s keynote on Wednesday with a deeper dive and a look at some of the features NetSuite is coming up with next. And this year there are seven industry-specific keynotes spread across the four days with the addition of Fintech(opens in new tab) and Advertising, Media and Publishing to last year’s slate, giving attendees insights into key trends in their industry and how NetSuite will help address them. Taking center stage throughout are NetSuite’s innovative customers like Ring, Smartsheet, Hortonworks, Blue Microphone, Lucky Brand Jeans, Avant and more. Customers will dominate the SuiteWorld breakout sessions as well, with more than 125 customer presenters.

Come Home Smarter

There are plenty of ways to learn how to get the most out of your NetSuite investment. Besides the more than 200 sessions (broken out by beginner, intermediate and advanced experience levels and by role), there’s a chance to meet with SuiteGurus for 30-minute appointments with experts from Professional Services, demos and best practices on the Expo Stage, and an area specifically for developers to exchange tips and ideas at Devland. Be sure to hit the show floor and see the products and services of the more than 100 partners on display.

Spotlight on Customer Innovation

SuiteWorld presents the opportunity to showcase more than just NetSuite. Some of the most innovative companies in their industry will be showing off what’s next at the event and attendees get a front row seat for those innovations.

  • Meet Brian Kelly, travel expert and founder of The Points Guy, to learn how to get the most out of your frequent flier miles and credit card points at 5:30 p.m. on Monday on the Expo stage.
  • Learn what goes on behind the scenes at Blue Apron, learning how they put together a different subscription box each day and walk away with a free recipe.
  • Learn how 23andMe is helping people learn about their health, traits and ancestry via DNA samples and get a discount on your own test.
  • Get a glimpse of what’s next in home décor by visiting the Jonathan Adler lounge.
  • Take a break from wandering the show floor and relax in the comfort of a Lovesac in the Lovesac Lounge.
  • Look into the future of home security at the Ring home environment and see how far the wifi video doorbell has come.
  • Bring all your SuiteWorld schwag home in style after stopping by the Trunki photo booth featuring Trunki’s menagerie of animal-themed suitcases.

Get up and Give Back

SuiteWorld17 again provides an opportunity to support organizations seeking to make the world a better place. Once again, SuiteWorld is hosting the Hackathon 4Good(opens in new tab). Set for Monday, this year’s event will challenge teams to create innovative prototypes to help BrightPoint Health, a leading nonprofit provider of integrated health care and social support services to New Yorkers, especially those challenged by poverty, discrimination and lack of access to health care. This year’s event includes NetSuite’s Devland, where members of the NetSuite Product team will be on hand to help and support teams with the creation of their solutions and prototypes.

You can also take a break and do your part by packing activity kits for the Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT) a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring, engaging and educating children through the power of hands-on learning. The activity kits you pack will be donated to Bay Area organizations educating children and youth.

Meanwhile, T3 Expo, another NetSuite customer, is working with RAREFORM to reduce waste from conventions and tradeshows by recycling signage into one-of-a-kind bags and accessories and donating them to foster kids. Enter the raffle for a chance to win a commemorative bag made from recycled SuiteWorld17 signage.

Go Shopping and Relax

Stop by the SuiteStore, powered by the SuiteCommerce InStore POS system and get all your NetSuite gear along with items from our customers like ThinkGeek, Found My Animal, RuMe and Poppin. Then unwind on some of the coolest furniture around from Design Within Reach at the SuiteTunes Lounge. Log in to Spotify and subscribe to SuiteTunes.

Get Down

Be sure to get amped up for the conference at the Welcome Reception from 5-7 p.m. on Monday on the Expo Floor and Rock Out on Wednesday night at the NextFest Gala at the Hard Rock Hotel with the Royal Machines including special guests.

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