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Velocity 2012 Onsite Information

We're looking forward to a great Velocity Conference. Below is information to help you get the most out of your time at Velocity 2012.


Conference Location

The Hyatt Regency Santa Clara & Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 748-7000
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Registration / Check-in Hours

Stop by Velocity Registration to pick up your badge and other materials. Registration is located in the Exhibit Hall A Foyer, Level 1.

  • Sunday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Monday: 7:00am - 5:15pm
  • Tuesday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm

Speaker Lounge Hours

If you are speaking at Velocity, please check-in and pick up your badge at the Speaker Lounge, located in the Mission City Ballroom, M1-2, Level 1.

  • Monday: 8:00am - 5:15pm
  • Tuesday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday: 7:30am - 6:00pm

Exhibit Hall Hours

Make sure to stop by the Exhibit Hall to check out the exhibitors displaying the latest in web performance and operations related tools and technologies. See who will be exhibiting.

Tuesday, June 26

  • 10:00am - 4:30pm
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Exhibit Hall Reception - Sponsored by Basho

Wednesday, June 27

  • 10:00am - 4:30pm


If you need to change the name or organization that is displayed on your badge please see the registration coordinator who will help you print another badge. The front of your badge includes a barcode that contains your name, email address, job title, organization, address, and phone number. The back of your badge includes a QR code that includes your name, job title, email address, organization, city/state, and phone number.

Badge Animals

Blackbuck Antelope

The blackbuck antelope (Antilope cervicapra) is an endangered species found mainly in India, and is also known as the Indian antelope. On the open plain, the blackbuck is one of the fastest animals on earth, able to reach speeds of 45 mph and outrun most predators over long distances. From the 18th through the early 20th centuries, the blackbuck antelope was the most hunted wild animal in India. In 1932, several species of Indian deer and antelope, including the blackbuck, were introduced to Texas for hunting and breeding. Today, these species live on private hunting ranches and roam the surrounding hill country.They are so plentiful-having multiplied to 19,000 throughout the state-that many have been shipped to India to repopulate the native habitat. Now protected in India by the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the blackbuck population is steady at 50,000 native animals, plus 43,000 descended from Texas and other populations. According to Hindu mythology, the blackbuck is considered to be the vehicle of the moon god, Chandrama, and is believed to bestow prosperity wherever it lives.


The greyhound is the fastest dog in the world, reaching speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, enabled by its streamlined, narrow body; large lungs, heart, and muscles; double suspension gallop (two periods of a gait when all four feet are off the ground); and the flexibility of its spine. Although greyhounds are incredibly fast, they are actually low-energy dogs and lack endurance, requiring less exercise time than most dogs. Greyhounds are one of the oldest breeds of dogs, appearing in art and literature throughout history. In ancient Egypt, greyhounds were often mummified and buried with their owners, and hieroglyphics from 4000 B.C.E. show a dog closely resembling the modern greyhound. In Greek and Roman mythology, greyhounds were often depicted with gods and goddesses. Greyhounds appeared in the writings of Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Cervantes, and they are the only type of dog mentioned in the Bible. They've long been appreciated for their intelligence, graceful form, athleticism, and loyalty.


The raven (Corvus corax), the world's largest black bird, is a member of the familyCorvidae, which includes crows, jays, and magpies. They are one of the most widespread, naturally occurring birds worldwide. While they can be found throughout most of the Northern Hemisphere in many types of habitats, they are permanent residents of Alaska, where they nest anywhere from the Seward Peninsula to the mountains of southeast Alaska. Unlike many birds, ravens do not undertake long migrations, but they do relocate locally for nesting each year. There is no mistaking the raucous call of the raven; its deep, resonant caw is its trademark, yet the bird can produce an amazing assortment of sounds.

The raven has played important roles in many cultures, mythologies, and writings. Ravens disobeyed Noah during the great flood by failing to return to the ark after being sent to search for land. In Norse mythology, the god Odin ordered two ravens named Thought and Memory to fly the world each day so they could inform him of what was happening.

Short-Eared Owl

The short-eared owl's signature ear tufts are small and appear simply as ridges on the top of its large head. These tufts become more visible, however, when the owl feels threatened and enters a defensive pose. One of the world's most widespread avian species, this is a migratory bird that can be found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. The short-eared owl lives in open country, such as prairies, marshland, or tundra. During breeding season, males exhibit spectacular aerial courtship displays in which they clap their wings together, rise in circles to great heights, and dive rapidly toward the ground. The short-eared owl is also somewhat of a thespian in the animal world-it will play dead to avoid detection, or feign a crippled wing to lure predators away from its nest.


Make sure to join us at one (or all) of the events planned at Velocity, including the Poolside Welcome Reception, Ignite, Exhibit Hall Reception, and Music + Tech Party.

Special Book Release + Author Signing!

In celebration of the release of our newest Velocity title "Web Performance Daybook Volume 2" we're planning a big group signing, featuring many of the article authors who contributed to the book. Meet and chat with some of the leading experts from the WPO community, during the Exhibit Hall Reception on Tuesday from 6:00pm - 7:00pm. Free copy of the book to the first 50 people.

Velocity Office Hours

Velocity Office Hours gives you a chance to meet face-to-face with some of our speakers! No sign-ups necessary. Just stop by the Office Hours area in the Exhibit Hall to discuss the speaker's area of expertise, give feedback about their sessions, or ask questions. See the current list of participating speakers.

Velocity Mobile App

Want Velocity info to go? Download our mobile event app packed with schedule and other essential data.

Wireless Internet Access

Wireless 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 Velocity attendees, so please refrain from downloading large files 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.

Live Streaming, Speaker Slides, and Video Recordings

Live Streaming

We'll be live streaming all of the keynote presentations (view the live stream schedule.)

Speaker Slides

We'll be posting speaker slides as we get them, however keep in mind not all speakers choose to make their slides available for download.

Video Recordings

All workshops, sessions, and keynotes at Velocity are being recorded. This video compilation will be available for purchase about three weeks after the conference ends. Please note: If you have an All-Access Pass, the complete video compilation is already included with your pass. There is no need to purchase it separately.

Online Attendee Directory

The Online Attendee Directory for Velocity is now open. See who else will be at Velocity this year, set up your personal profile, message other attendees, and manage your contacts. You must be registered for the event and have opted-in to the Attendee Directory in order to begin using it.

Set Up 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 the "personal schedule" link in the Schedule View page.

Printed versions of the daily schedule will also be available throughout the conference area.

Rate or Comment on the Workshops and Sessions You Attend

Have a question or comment for a speaker? Post them in the "Add New Comment" field found at the bottom of any session detail page. Please keep in mind that your comments will be public.

You can also rate any of the sessions you attend on the Velocity mobile app. Just click on the set of stars on the session description page to submit your rating.

Stay Connected with Hashtag - #velocityconf

Stop by the O'Reilly Booth

Author book-signing on Tuesday and Wednesday. The first 25 people get a complimentary autographed copy for each book:

Tuesday, June 26

10:00am Baron Schwartz, High Performance MySQL, 3rd Edition
Estelle Weyl, HTML5 & CSS3 For The Real World
3:10pm Jason Grigsby, Head First Mobile Web
Kyle Simpson, HTML5 Cookbook
Nicholas Zakas, High Performance JavaScript & Maintainable JavaScript
6:00pm - 7:00pm Book Release and Group Signing (during the Exhibit Hall Reception)
In celebration of the release of Web Performance Daybook Volume 2. Join Stoyan Stefanov
and many of the book's article contributors. A free copy of the book to the first 50 people.

Wednesday, June 27

10:00am Tom Hughes-Croucher, Node: Up and Running
3:10pm Jesse Robbins, Web Operations

You can also enter for a chance to win these prizes:

  • $500 in O'Reilly products
  • 6 month subscription to Safari Books Online

Networking Opportunities for Women

Looking to network with other women during the conference? Come to the morning Coffee and afternoon Lunch Birds of a Feather discussion tables on Tuesday. You can also stop by the Velocity Ladies Lounge in the Exhibit Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Questions / Feedback

If you have a question about Velocity or feedback you want to share, let us know:

  1. Message us on Twitter @velocityconf
  2. Stop by our customer service desk in Registration in the Exhibit Hall A Foyer, Level 1
  3. Send us an email at conf-admin@oreilly.com


Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Gloria Lombardo at glombardo@oreilly.com

Media Partner Opportunities

For media partnerships, contact mediapartners@ oreilly.com

Press and Media

For media-related inquiries, contact Maureen Jennings at maureen@oreilly.com

Contact Us

View a complete list of Velocity contacts