Events & Activities

Make the most of your time with us and add these events to your itinerary!

Your attendance at Visual Studio Live! Microsoft HQ is about learning from your peers as well as the experts; make the most of your time with us and add these events and activities to your itinerary!


Access to the Microsoft Company Store
You bring the money, we get you special access!*
Monday, August 12 & Thursday, August 15

As a VSLive! Microsoft HQ conference attendee, you will have the opportunity to visit the Microsoft Company Store. As an added bonus, attendees* who receive the Store Pass at conference check-in can make a one-time purchase at employee prices (up to $250).

Popular home-use software titles such as Windows, Office, Office for Mac, and Streets and Trips are available. XBOX accessories and a selection of XBOX games are offered at significant savings. At the Redmond campus location, you will find one of the largest selections of Microsoft-branded PC hardware in any retail store. PC Hardware offered includes Keyboards and desktop sets, Mice, Webcams and more.

Upon conference check-in, all eligible attendees will receive a personalized Microsoft Company Store Pass*. The Pass unlocks employee pricing for a single transaction on designated software (as noted on the items price tag.) The Pass allows attendees to spend up to $250 dollars of their money to purchase software at employee prices (the total cost of employee priced items must not exceed $250). There is no dollar limit for discount priced accessories or devices. Restrictions apply**.

*Attendees will be given a Pass that allows them to spend up to $250 of their money to purchase software at employee prices.
**All attendees must have a valid driver's license that matches the name on the voucher.
**If using a credit card for payment, the name on the card must match the name on your voucher and identification.
*If you are employed by a government agency or a school or university, you are not eligible for the discount pass due to Microsoft policy.

Visit the Microsoft Visitor Center
The Microsoft Visitor Center is open to all employees and visitors to the Microsoft campus. Come share in the excitement of their discoveries, explore some of the latest products, and meet some of the people whose ideas and creativity make Microsoft a world leader in computer and software industry.


Dine-A-Round Dinner
Monday, August 12

Join other conference attendees and speakers for a casual, no-host dinner and make a few new friends while enjoying the fun and delicious restaurants in the Bellevue area. This is your opportunity to meet fellow attendees and start friendships that can last for the week or even longer. Groups can break into smaller groups based on where everyone wants to dine and head off to dinner. Everyone is responsible for their own dinner.

Lunch with the Blue Badges
Monday, August 12 & Thursday, August 15

On Monday and Thursday, Visual Studio Live! attendees will have the opportunity to have lunch with the Blue Badges at The Mixer, the Microsoft employee lunch area with over 10 different restaurant options to choose from. These two extended lunch periods are also the perfect time to visit the Microsoft Visitor Center and the Microsoft Company Store. Shuttle service to and from the Commons, as well as Microsoft food coupons will be provided as part of your Visual Studio Live! registration.

Microsoft Ask the Experts & Exhibitor Reception
Tuesday, August 13

The Visual Studio Live! Exhibitor Reception @MicrosoftHQ will be combined with a two-hour Microsoft Ask the Experts session, where you'll get a chance to talk with Microsoft product team members and speakers. Enjoy drinks and snacks while you explore the Visual Studio Live! exhibits, network with fellow attendees and get answers to your questions for the experts and the exhibitors.

Birds of a Feather Lunch
Wednesday, August 14

Enjoy lively lunchtime discussions by joining one of our table topic conversations. Tables will have a designated topic to help start discussions and interact with your fellow attendees. You may even learn a new trick or two or some great tips to take back to the office.

We will also have designated speaker tables - noted with the speaker's name. Join your favorite speaker for a lunchtime discussion or just to ask questions or clarify anything from their sessions.

VSLive!'s Out on the Town in Seattle
Wednesday, August 14

Experience all that Seattle has to offer by visiting the Central Waterfront! Join us on Wednesday night as complimentary buses run from our host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, to the heart of Downtown (drop off and pick up adjacent to the Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59). Take this opportunity to explore Seattle’s vibrant nightlife, including its restaurants, breweries, Pioneer Square, and the city's best seafood, souvenirs, and sweeping views! Buses will depart the Hyatt Regency Bellevue starting at 5:15pm and will run back and forth, roughly every 30 minutes, with the last bus departing Downtown at 9:30pm.