Has it been a whole year already? It’s that time again to gather with fellow technologists from around the globe to talk shop at Cisco Live, this time in Orlando. It’s going to be hot in every way. Here is a quick guide to what’s happening from tech to social, plus waffles.

Waffles. Just because.
Waffles. Just because.

First, we have a series of amazing bloggers and podcasters to help cover of Cisco Live, trusted tech voices from the community. Whether you’re in person or not, follow the whole thread on Twitter at #CLUS, follow @CiscoDC for specific coverage, and follow the whole list of influencers here.

Chris Wahl will be serving as our Roving Reporter this year. Long-time blogger and Engineers Unplugged Alum, Chris brings great technical depth to the coverage.

Chris Wahl and Steve Kaplan with the very first UaaS (Unicorn as a Service). Is there anything the cloud can not do?
Chris Wahl and Steve Kaplan with the very first UaaS (Unicorn as a Service). Is there anything the cloud can not do?

Also welcome Speaking in Tech Podcasters Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch, #vBrownBag making their Cisco Live debut (with delegates Josh Atwell and Gurusimran Khalsa), and the Tech Field Day crew headed up by Stephen Foskett.

Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks from PacketPushers will be recording in their mobile studio just across the way as well, so you’ll be able to get insights on the emerging tech trends and news in the weeks to come.

In addition to the great sessions and lab opportunities, we have a solutions-focused keynote and several theater presentations in the Data Center booth.

Monday, 6/24, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Solutions Keynote: Unified Data Center for Cloud presented by David Yen

Tuesday, 6/25 Data Center Theater Presentations
1:15 pm – Cisco Unified Fabric – Data Center Switching Portfolio
1:45 pm – Cisco ONE and Virtualization presented by Omar Sultan
2:15 pm – Big Data presented by Scott Ciccone

Wednesday, 6/26 Data Center Theater Presentations
12:15 – Managing Security Between the Clouds
1:30 pm – Nexus 7000 Series Platform
2:15 pm –  Next-Generation Data Center Switching presented by Berna Devrim
4:45 pm  – Cisco UCS for SAP and SAP HANA

Thursday, 6/27 Data Center Theater Presentations
12:30 – Unified Management for Cloud presented by Joann Starke

After all that learning, it’s time to socialize! We’ve got that covered too.

Social Activities:

Sunday, 6/23, 5 pm
Official Cisco Live Tweetup, Social Media Hub: This is a can’t miss, a great opportunity to put a name with a Twitter handle. Come out and say hi!

Monday, 6/24, 10-midnight
#WaffleClub Tweetup: The first rule of Waffle Club? I’ll let you come out and see. Yes, these are actual waffles. It’s a great opportunity to relax and connect with your fellow technologists. Space if limited, RSVP today.

Training for the 5k with my coach. Join us!
Training for the 5k with my coach. Join us!

Wednesday, 6/26, 8 am, Outside the convention center
Unofficial 5K Charity Run to Benefit Wounded Warrior Project: Are you faster than a gator? Pack your shoes, run off the waffles, still get back for the keynotes. It’s a great opportunity to work out, hang out, and support an important cause. Follow the link for all the details. Thanks to everyone who has already donated, and challenged others to do the same. For all you runners, walkers, limpers (that’s me!), game on!

I look forward to meeting those of you attending, and I promise to take a lot of pictures for those who can’t join us this time. If you’ve got questions, ping me on Twitter: @CommsNinja