Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

 

General Conference Information

What is Visual Studio Live?
As the development world's trusted educational provider of developer-focused technical content since 1993, Visual Studio Live! (VSLive!TM) provides attendees with cutting-edge techniques needed to solve development challenges with shipping or soon to be shipping technologies compatible with the Microsoft Platform. 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?
Visual Studio Live! is for those involved or interested in expanding their knowledge and skills on Microsoft's developer tools and platforms including Software Architects, Systems Analysts, Developers, Designers, and anyone in the development industry looking to build their expertise.

When is Visual Studio Live! Philadelphia?
Visual Studio Live! Philadelphia takes place October 18 - 22, 2020.

Where is Visual Studio Live! Philadelphia?
Visual Studio Live! Philadelphia will be held at the Marriott Old City in Philadelphia, PA. For more information about the conference location, please visit the Visual Studio Live! Philadelphia Venue Page.

Who can attend?
The conference is open to the public.

What meals are included with registration?
For all paid Visual Studio Live! attendees, morning coffee/pastries and lunch are provided on all days that you attend sessions, workshops, and hands-on labs at the conference.

Will I be able to request special meals (i.e. kosher, vegetarian, gluten free)?
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 and we will make every effort to accommodate your request.

Where can I find information about Sponsorship Opportunities?
If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at Visual Studio Live! Philadelphia, please contact Navid Davani, 949.265.1512, [email protected].

Can I bring a guest or companion to conference sessions and meals?
Only paid attendees are allowed in conference sessions and meals. Thank you for your understanding.

Where can I find things to do in Philadelphia?
Visit the www.visitphilly.com/ for information on places to visit and things to do in the Philadelphia area.

 

Travel/Transportation

The distance between the Marriott Old City and the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is 9 miles.

Taxi
One way to and from the Philadelphia Marriott Old City and the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) fare averages $28.50.

Avis Rent-a-Car is offering a discount on car rental for Visual Studio Live! Philadelphia attendees. To receive the discounted rates, call Avis at 800.331.1600 and use the Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number D005872, or click here to make your reservation online.

Parking at the Philadelphia Marriott Old City

  • Valet Parking 6 hours - Overnight - $49.00 per day with 24 hour in/out
  • Valet Parking, 0 - 6 hours - $32.00 per car

Alternative Parking Option
Autopark at Old City
125 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Parking Rates

  • Up to 1 hour – $9.00
  • Up to 2 hours – $17.00
  • Up to 10 hours – $19.00
  • Up to 24 hours – $24.00
 

Networking

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?
Connect with other Visual Studio Live! attendees at:

 

Registration

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 Conference Registrar Joyce Jackson at [email protected] at 949.296.9840. All payments must be received on or before September 18, 2020 or the registration will be canceled.

Where may I obtain your federal tax ID information for my accounting department?
Please contact our Conference Registrar Joyce Jackson at [email protected] and she 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 received a link to your receipt in your confirmation email. You may access your registration at any time with the email address you registered with and your reference number, found in your confirmation email. Click here to log back into your registration.

You can also request a receipt through our Conference Registrar Joyce Jackson at [email protected] or by calling 949.296.9840. Receipts are processed weekly.

How may I make changes to my registration?
You may request changes to your registration by writing our Conference Registrar Joyce Jackson at [email protected] or by calling 949.296.9840.

What if I need to cancel my registration?
All requests for cancellation must be sent in writing to our Conference Registrar Joyce Jackson at [email protected]. Requests must be received by the cancellation deadline of September 18, 2020 to qualify for a refund. A cancellation-processing fee of $250 will be charged for each cancellation request. No refunds will be given after September 18, 2020.

If I cancel my conference registration will my hotel room cancelled as well?
No, these are handled separately. Please contact your hotel directly to cancel your room reservation.

If you have added the Hotel Package to your Visual Studio Live! Conference when you registered and need to cancel your conference registration, Visual Studio Live! will also cancel your hotel reservation at the Marriott Old City. If you cancel after the cancellation deadline of September 18, 2020, 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, October 18, 2020. Requests must be made in writing and may be emailed to our Conference Registrar Joyce Jackson at [email protected], by calling 949.296.9840, or by bringing 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 our Conference Registrar Joyce Jackson at [email protected] or by calling 949.296.9840. Subject to Visual Studio Live! verification.

Do you offer government discounts?
We offer employees of a national/federal, state, provincial, or local government entity, including public higher education institutions employees with a valid government photo ID or .mil / .gov email address are eligible for a discount off of the full priced conference registration fees. To qualify for this discount, please contact our Conference Registrar Joyce Jackson at [email protected] or 949.296.9840. Subject to Visual Studio Live! verification.

 

Technical

Will there be Internet access at the conference?
Yes, complimentary Wi-Fi is available on the conference floor.

Where do I get the notes for each conference session?
All conference attendees will receive access to Visual Studio Live! Philadelphia session proceedings in advance of the event.

Do you record conference sessions?
Yes, you can now extend your learning with VSLive! On-Demand access to all of the recorded content from the VSLive! Philadelphia sessions (does not include workshops or hands-on labs) taking place Tuesday, October 20 – Thursday, October 22. The VSLive! On-Demand Content Package gives you access to all sessions, keynotes and panel discussions shortly after the conference ends for one full year. For more information, visit the VSLive! On-Demand page.