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Welcome to a new Bookmark series called Tech Refresh. Each month we’ll highlight one tech conference and one startup that are doing big things in the industry. Enjoy, and check back for next month’s Tech Refresh!

Upcoming conference – VMworld 2017

The VMworld 2017 conference, hosted by VMware, is coming to Las Vegas—Sunday, August 27 to Thursday, August 31. The conference is aimed at IT professionals and leaders of tech-driven businesses. Expect talks on industry trends, breakout sessions, expert panels, and even one-on-ones with domain experts.

We asked VMware Global Events Director Linda Britt a few questions about this year’s event:

  • The Bookmark: What’s VMworld all about?
  • Britt: VMworld U.S. is the industry’s largest virtualization and cloud computing event with more than 500 unique sessions and labs and more than 220 sponsors and exhibitors. VMworld is designed for the visionaries driving digital transformation in the workplace.

  • The Bookmark: How many years has VMworld been held?
  • Britt: VMworld 2017 will be VMware’s 14th annual conference in the U.S. VMworld has evolved into a powerhouse IT event with upwards of 23,000 customers, partners, analysts, press and bloggers expected to attend this year in Las Vegas, NV, followed by another 10,000 in Barcelona at VMworld Europe.

  • The Bookmark: What do you hope people take away from the conference?
  • Britt: Attendees will have unparalleled access to the knowledge and tools they need to master the new cloud landscape and transform their business. VMworld provides IT professionals a place to network with VMware’s partner ecosystem, industry leaders, and other IT movers and shakers. They’ll discover new and emerging product breakthroughs, best practices, and case studies. And they’ll gain direct, take-to-the-bank experience in expert-guided hands-on labs and VMware Certification opportunities.

Registration runs around $2k with discounts for groups, students, government workers and others.

Startup to watch — Gametime

Gametime has gotten coverage by the likes of TechCrunch, Mashable and Sports Illustrated for its $20 million in capital raised and its deal with Ticketmaster. Gametime is a ticket-buying app for sports fans and eventgoers. The app shows first-person views for individual seats, aims to streamline shopping for best-value tickets and targets last-minute buyers. We caught up with Sean Pate, Head of Communications at Gametime, with some questions of our own.

See the Gametime app in action.

See the Gametime app in action.

  • The Bookmark: In a nutshell, what does Gametime do?
  • Pate: In addition to being exclusively mobile, Gametime delivers its tickets via the app for most every event. This allows fans to shop right up until the start of the event as they receive their tickets instantly via their phone. Gametime also offers tickets for sale up to 90 minutes into the start of the event for the last-minute fan or deal hunter.

  • The Bookmark: What’s something new and exciting you’re working on?
  • Pate: We’re always innovating and have recently announced development of our FanViews feature that will bring even more insight to a particular seat location for buyers. (The feature allows users to post feedback and reviews about their experience in a particular seat.)