SpiceWorld Day 1

September 16, 2020

The first day of SpiceWorld 2020 Virtual is in the books, and it was a lot of fun. It was nice to see Jay Hallberg speak at the keynote even though he left the company back in March. The partnership between SpiceWorld and Ziff Davis seems to be going really well so far, and it'll be interesting to see how it grows when things pick up next year.

A couple of the sessions that stood out to me were an Office 365 session presented by Mayur Ragha and an Active Directory PowerShell session presented by "PowerShell in a Month's Lunches" author, Jeff Hicks. I am a big user of both products, so it was really nice to learn more about that.

The biggest takeaway of Day 1 for me was the presentation quality of the entire conference via the virtual platform. The website does a pretty good job of virtualizing all the things we expect from a SpiceWorld event including the sessions, Passport to Prizes, connecting with vendors, and networking with other attendees. The sites' UI (shown below) is also very user-friendly and easy to navigate. The SpiceWorks event team really thought through everything when they organized this.

Also, while not officially part of the SpiceWorld event, the SpiceWorks Discord server has been a great way to chat with other attendees in real time while watching the various sessions. If you haven't joined that yet, you can find it spiceheads.chat.

Stay tuned for my update of Day 2 of SpiceWorld later today!