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The Best Sessions, Events and Conference Tips for #CitrixSynergy 2017

by Nicolas Ignoto, CTP, NY Metro CUGC Leader

Synergy is the ultimate Citrix conference, with countless valuable content, sessions and networking opportunities condensed into only few days. With so much going on, it can be hard to know where to begin with planning the few days you’ll have in Orlando. myCUGC is here to help! We’ve compiled the best sessions, events, and conference tips to help you get the most out of Synergy 2017. Let’s go!

First Step

The first step is to download the Citrix Events app from the App Store (Google Play/iOS) to your phone. It will help you organize your trip and includes multiple maps and tips to make managing the conference easier. You should also make sure that you have Twitter installed—a lot will happen on Twitter during the conference under the #CitrixSynergy hashtag. I’ve included many Twitter accounts to follow in this article, but you can start by following my account, @citrix_guru (I’ll be live tweeting the entire time!).

Path to Success

Citrix has prepared a list of sessions based on your Synergy status (newbiefirst timerexpert or veteran) and your interest (HealthcareEducationFinance or Government). You can plan your conference based on the recommendations from Citrix, and take a look at my suggestions below, too.


These sessions are highly anticipated:

There are also two Innovation Keynotes, not sure what to expect:

Location: West Hall D

Best sessions

My approach to this event is that you can get technical content anywhere on the Internet and that most technical sessions and keynotes will be available online after the event. Therefore, my recommendation is to attend small group discussions (Roundtables, Firechats, Meet the Experts) where you can ask questions and be involved in active discussions with experts. I also recommend sessions hosted by Citrix CTPs as they are, most of the time, deep-dives sessions into the products and non-marketing sessions. Here are some I’m looking forward to:


Breakout sessions

Any Match.Geek session

Special Events

Synergy Park – Solutions Expo


FREE Citrix Certification

With your Citrix Synergy pass is included a FREE Citrix certification exam. You just need to use the discount code below and schedule your exam at the Synergy Orlando from 05/23 to 05/25.

Discount Code: PSYN2017

Let’s party at Citrix Synergy 2017

Breakfast & Lunch

Breakfast is provided by Citrix everyday West Hall E at 7.30AM.
Lunch Box is provided by Citrix everyday West Hall B at 12.00PM.

Also provided all day long are refreshments across the Synergy Park.

Instructor-led Learning Labs? Meh.

From Sunday to Monday, Citrix is offering Instructor-led Learning labs for $100 USD. I purchased this last year in Vegas and was disappointed. The content was too light and the labs were just step-by-step documents to follow. Not worth the money or time.

Can’t make to Citrix Synergy?

Check out Synergy TV to watch live streaming of the sessions and keynotes!

Hotels and Transportation

My fellow CTP Neil Spellings has prepared an extensive guide including detailed suggestions on hotels and transportation..


When people think of conferences, they often think that the main benefit is to learn from the many technical sessions. While there is a lot of great content to learn, Networking is what makes Citrix conferences so valuable. It is one time where thousands of Citrix aficionados are all together in one place to share and meet people. While it is possible to make connections online through Twitter and LinkedIn, building relationships face-to-face is much more valuable.  

I hope that these suggestions and resources will make your trip to Orlando a no-brainer, and that you will make the most of this great event! Feel free to reach out to me if you’d like to meet—shoot me a message or send me a tweet, @Citrix_Guru. I am always happy to meet my readers and peers. See you in Orlando!

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