Velocity 2011 Onsite Information

Attending the O'Reilly Velocity Conference? Below are important details about checking in and planning your time at the conference in Santa Clara. See the Venue, Hotel & Travel page for lodging information.

Venue Information

Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054 (map)
(800) 272-6822

Where do I find...

  • Registration: First Level, Exhibit Hall A Lobby
  • Speaker Lounge: First Level, Mission City Ballroom M
  • VIP Meeting Room: Hotel Second Level, Saratoga Room
  • Workshops: First Level, Ballrooms A-H, Mission City Ballroom; Second Level, Room 203
  • Keynotes: First Level, Mission City Ballroom
  • Sessions: First Level, Ballrooms A-H, Mission City Ballroom; Second Level, Room 203
  • Products & Services Sessions: Second Level, Room 203 (Wednesday)
  • Exhibit Hall: First Level, Exhibit Hall A
  • Lunch: Hotel First Level, Pool Area; Hotel Second Level, Santa Clara Ballroom
  • Breaks: Tuesday: First Level, Mission City Ballroom Foyer; Wednesday-Thursday: Exhibit Hall


Tuesday, June 14

  • Registration Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Workshops: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Morning Break: 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Workshops: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Lunch: 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • Workshops: 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Afternoon Break: 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
  • Workshops: 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
  • Ignite Velocity: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 15

Thursday, June 16

  • Registration Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Keynotes: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Exhibit Hall: 9:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Career Zone: 9:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Morning Break: 10:00 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.
  • Keynotes: 10:25 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:50 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Sessions: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Afternoon Break: 3:25 p.m.- 4:05 p.m.

Online Attendee Directory

Use the online Attendee Directory to quickly and easily contact, meet, and network with other attendees before, during, and after the event. If you haven't joined the Attendee Directory, we encourage you to do so and get the conversation started with other Velocity attendees today.

Set Your Personal Schedule

Create your own Velocity agenda using the personal scheduler function. Mark the presentations and events you want to attend by clicking on the calendar icon next to each listing on the website. You can then access it by clicking on "personal schedule" link on your Attendee Directory dashboard or in the Schedule View page.

Rate Sessions and Leave Comments

Rate the sessions, workshops, and keynotes you attend by going to any session description page and clicking on the set of stars in the upper right hand corner. You can also leave comments at the bottom of the description page. Please keep in mind that your comments will be public. Only registered attendees may rate sessions, so if you aren't already logged in, you'll be asked to do so. Your username/email and password are the same ones you used to register for Velocity.

Networking Events

Make sure you block off your evenings to mingle with hundreds of other attendees at our networking events, including:

Birds of a Feather (BoF) Sessions

Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions provide face to face exposure to those interested in the same projects and concepts. BoFs can be organized for individual projects or broader topics (best practices, open data, standards). BoF topics are entirely up to you. Get more information about organizing a Lunchtime BoF session. Sign up to lead a BoF session at the BoF board near Registration.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Meet face-to-face with over two dozen exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall. They'll be showcasing and demoing the latest tools and solutions to help you streamline your business and make smarter choices.

Wednesday, June 15: 9:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday Exhibit Hall Reception: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 16: 9:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Velocity Career Zone

Join participating sponsors and other companies at the Velocity Career Zone as they present open positions from their respective companies. Hours: Thursday: 9:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Exhibit Hall.

Get Your Official Conference T-Shirt

Sponsored by:

Be sure to pick up your official Velocity Conference T-shirt at the O’Reilly Media booth in the Exhibit Hall. Available while supplies last.

Wednesday: 12:00 p.m . - 1:00 p.m. & 3:25 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.
Thursday: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Velocity Conference Passport Program

Don't miss the opportunity to participate in the Velocity Passport Program! Pick up a passport at Registration beginning Wednesday, June 15, before the Exhibit Hall opens. Visit our sponsors, and have each stamp your passport. Drop off your completed passport at the O'Reilly booth or registration by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, and you'll be entered into a drawing to win some really cool prizes. See our Exhibitors page for more information.

Power-Up Areas

Need to charge your laptop, iPad, phone, etc? Power strips are available throughout the Ballrooms, Exhibit Hall, and Mission City Ballroom Foyer. Once you've powered up, please share with your neighbors and unplug if necessary.

Wireless Internet Access

Wireless connectivity to the Internet will be available throughout the conference area. There is no password required to access the Velocity wireless network. Keep in mind that you're sharing the network with your fellow conference attendees, so please refrain from downloading large files or using bittorrent while on the conference network. If you need assistance getting online, please visit the customer service Desk in registration or send a message to @velocityconf.

Speaker Slides, Video, and Live Streaming Info

During the conference, all keynotes will be streamed live. After the conference, session files will be available for download and select video will be available for viewing. Look for links on the Velocity home page.


Blogging, tweeting, or posting photos on the Web? Be sure to tag 'em with #velocityconf.

  • Keynote Systems
  • Cisco
  • Google
  • Neustar
  • Betfair
  • Cotendo
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • Akamai
  • Apica
  • dynaTrace
  • Equinix
  • Facebook
  • New Relic
  • Opscode
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • AppDynamics
  • Aptimize
  • Blaze
  • CDNetworks
  • Cedexis
  • Citrix Systems
  • Compuware Corporation
  • Dyn Inc.
  • F5 Networks
  • Heroku
  • Percona
  • Quest Software
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • SiteSpect
  • Splunk
  • Strangeloop
  • WatchMouse
  • Zeus Technology
  • Neustar

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Yvonne Romaine at

Download the Velocity Sponsor/Exhibitor Prospectus

Contact Us

View a complete list of Velocity contacts