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General Conference Information

What is Visual Studio Live?

As the development world’s trusted educational provider of developer-focused content since 1993, Visual Studio Live! (VSLive!) provides attendees with cutting-edge techniques needed to solve development challenges with shipping or soon to be shipping technologies compatible with the .NET Framework and Visual Studio. No other conference, no corporate trainers, no one else compares to the Visual Studio Live standard of editorial excellence and commitment by speakers, such as Microsoft Development Team members and renowned industry experts, to provide real-world, practical information.

Who is Visual Studio Live for?

Those involved or interested in using the Microsoft application development platform. For example, people in technical roles e.g. architects, developers, designers, and technical managers.

When is Visual Studio Live Las Vegas?

Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas takes place April 18-22, 2011.

Where is Visual Studio Live Las Vegas?

Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas will be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV. For more information about the conference location, please visit the Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas Venue Page.

Who can attend?

The conference is open to the public.

Why should I attend?

Find reasons to justify your attendance here.

What meals are included with registration?

For all paid Visual Studio Live attendees, morning Coffee and Pastries and lunch are provided on all days that you attend sessions or workshops at the conference.

Will I be able to request special meals (i.e. kosher, vegetarian)?

Yes, you will be prompted for special meal requirements during the registration process.

How can I request assistance with special needs (i.e. hearing impaired)?

You will be prompted to tell us about your special needs during registration. We will make every effort to accommodate your request.

Where can I find information about Sponsorship opportunities?

If you are interested in sponsoring Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas, please contact Ann Belz at 508.532.1411 or [email protected].

Can I bring my spouse or companion to the conference?

Due to the business focused atmosphere of the conference, we respectfully request that, as a conference attendee, you do not bring your spouse or any companion to the conference sessions. Your hotel concierge would be happy to provide information on local attractions and related visitor materials about the Las Vegas area. Thank you for your understanding.

Where can I find things to do in Las Vegas?

Visit the Official Las Vegas Tourism site for information on places to visit and things to do in Las Vegas.


Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is 4.5 miles from McCarran airport.

How can I get from the airport to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino?

There are many different transportation options in Las Vegas, including shuttle buses, taxis, and limousine services. If you would like to pre-arrange transportation to the Rio, contact the hotel’s Concierge Services at (866) 746-7671.

Taxi or Town Car

One way fare from McCarran airport averages $16.00.

Is parking available at the conference hotel?

Yes, the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino provides complimentary self-parking.

Directions to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino:

From McCarran Intl Airport, head southeast on Wayne Newton Blvd

  • Take the ramp onto Wayne Newton Blvd
  • Continue onto Swenson St
  • Turn left at E Harmon Ave
  • Take the 1st right onto Paradise Rd
  • Turn left at E Flamingo Rd (destination will be on the right)
  • Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino: 3700 W Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103


Will there be opportunities for small group discussions?

We have scheduled an evening event and other networking opportunities allowing you to learn and share in smaller group settings. We also encourage attendees to network during meals and breaks.

How can I network with peers who have similar interests?

Be a part of pre-conference networking with paid attendees by checking the "Attendee Networking" box when you register. Prior to the conference you have an opportunity to introduce yourself to other attendees and arrange to meet for lunch, dinner or during other break times to meet and network. You can also connect with other Visual Studio Live! attendees online:

Visual Studio Live! Social Networking Links:


Twitter Hashtag: #vslive




Do you accept Purchase Orders?

If you would like to use a Purchase Order you may do so when registering online. If you have any questions about using a purchase order please contact our registration department at 1.541.346.3537.

Where may I obtain your federal tax ID information for my accounting department?

Please contact the registration office and they will fax or mail a completed W9 form to you. Visual Studio Live!'s Federal Tax I.D. Number is 20-4583700.

Where can I request a receipt?

You will receive an official receipt on your badge when you check in at the conference. However, if you need a receipt before arriving onsite, you may request one by writing or by calling the registration office at 1.541.346.3537. Receipts are processed weekly.

How may I make changes to my registration?

You may request changes to your registration by writing or by calling 1.541.346.3537 or by faxing your request to 1.541.346.3545.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

All requests for cancellation must be sent in writing to the registration office. Requests must be received by the cancellation deadline of March 23, 2011 to qualify for a refund. A cancellation-processing fee of $250 will be charged for each cancellation request. No refunds will be given after March 23, 2011.

If I cancel my conference registration will my hotel room be cancelled as well?

No, these are handled separately. Please contact your hotel directly to cancel your room reservation.

If you have purchased the Visual Studio Live Complete Conference & Hotel Package and need to cancel your conference registration, Visual Studio Live! will also cancel your hotel reservation at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. If you cancel after the cancellation deadline of March 23, 2011, certain hotel cancellation fees may apply.

May I send someone in my place if I cannot attend?

Yes, you may transfer your registration to another person at any time prior to the start of the conference, April 18, 2011. Requests must be made in writing and may be emailed or faxed to 1.541.346.3545 or bring the request with you onsite.

Will I receive confirmation of my registration?

Yes, if you include your email address during the registration process, you will receive an email acknowledgement of your registration being received in the conference database.

Do you offer any student discounts?

We offer full-time college students from accredited universities a discount off of the full priced conference registration fees. To qualify for this discount, please contact the registration office at 1.541.346.3537 and be prepared to provide a copy of your student identification card.


Will there be computers with Internet access at the conference?

Yes, the Internet Café and Power Station is available onsite for all attendees.

Will printers be available for attendee use?

Yes, a printer will be available as a part of the Internet Café.

Where do I get the notes for each conference session?

All conference attendees will receive access to Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas session proceedings in advance of the event. Conference registrants will also receive a proceedings CD-ROM on-site.

A full Visual Studio Live! Las Vegas proceedings book is available for purchase at the time of registration for $40, and contains all of the session slides contained in the conference CD with plenty of extra space for taking notes

Full-day pre- and post-conference workshop printed notes will be available to registered workshop attendees.