Why has VMworld been transformed into VMware Explore?

VMware is a company that thrives on profound reinvention. With a hyper-focus on customer innovation, we’re defining a new market category—with apps and multi-cloud at the center of everything we do. This transformation communicates that we are a strategic leader in multi-cloud, shaping its future, from public to private to edge. To help effectively express that, we need to revolutionize the VMworld experience as the center of the multi-cloud universe—VMware Explore.


What’s new in content?

With a focus on solving the problems faced in this multi-workload, multi-cloud, and multi-workspace IT environment, VMware Explore will show you how to accelerate cloud transformation, build and operate a cloud native platform, secure and empower a hybrid workforce, connect and secure clouds and apps, and expand your horizons. 

VMware Explore will remain familiar to previous attendees in many ways but will offer numerous new opportunities for discovery. There will also be more non-VMware-led content and speakers—fresh, distinct voices and points of view—gathered in one place like never before. You’ll hear from community leaders, executives, VMware customers, and VMware partners in keynotes, breakout sessions, small group sessions, gamified sessions, hands-on labs and more.


Will my VMworld alumni status carry over to VMware Explore? 

Previous VMworld Alumni status will be transitioned into the VMware Rewards Program. Within this program, customers and partners will be recognized with an exclusive digital badge award. Stay engaged to win exclusive prizes as you level up. At VMware Explore, event loyalists will receive access to the Rewards lounge. Stay tuned for specific details. 

When and where will VMware Explore 2022 Europe take place? 

VMware Explore Europe will take place in Barcelona at the Fira Gran Via, 7 – 10 November 2022. 


What is the address of the Fira Gran Via?

Fira Barcelona Gran Via

Carrer del Foc 10

08038 Barcelona


Will there be a digital component offered?  

VMware Explore will present unique on-demand technical content as well as replays from in-person sessions in the video library. Access to this offering will be free of charge but requires a VMware ID to access. As of 7 November, even more on-demand technical content will be added with the kickoff of our European in-person event.


Who should attend VMware Explore?

Those engaged in enterprise applications, cloud architecture, infrastructure, end users, networking and security will be among their peers at VMware Explore as we’re inviting all to help build the new multi-cloud world.  


What health and safety measures will be in place for VMware Explore Europe?

VMware is committed to the health and safety of our customers, partners, employees and team members. We encourage you to visit the Health and Safety page regularly for updates. 


What is the common language spoken at VMware Explore Europe?

The official language of the event is English, and all general sessions, breakout sessions, and hands-on labs will be presented in English. If you wish to bring a translator, please contact the VMware Explore registration team at vmwareexploreeuregistration@vmware-events.com for more information.


What is the recommended event attire?

Casual to business dress is appropriate. We do recommend dressing in layers as temperatures can vary.


Is there an age minimum to attend?

You must be at least 18 years of age to attend VMware Explore Europe.


What disability accommodations are available?

At VMware, we strive to create a welcoming and inclusive event experience for every attendee. If you require an accommodation for a disability, please indicate your requirements on the registration form.


What should I know before I arrive onsite?

View the Plan Your Experience page for important logistical information and for details on the VMware Explore mobile app.


Who do I contact for questions?

Please visit our contact page for more information.

What are the registration fees for the event?

View the registration pricing page to see the fees for VMware Explore Europe. Pass prices listed do not include taxes. Registration fees may be subject to Spanish tax at 10%. Click here for a copy of the VAT registration certificate.


What is included in the registration fee?

Your registration fee for a full event pass at VMware Explore Europe entitles you to the following:

  • 300+ in-person and online sessions, including the general session, solution keynotes, breakout sessions, roundtables and more*
  • Destinations, lounges and activities such as The Expo and VMware Hands-on Labs
  • Admittance to official VMware Explore evening events: Welcome Reception, Hall Crawl and The Party
  • Attendee meals Tuesday through Thursday

*Note that some breakout sessions and programs are restricted to VMware partners or other select groups of attendees.

Your full event pass purchase also allows you to add on VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification exam vouchers during registration at a 50% discount (exams must be taken onsite during VMware Explore Europe).

View the registration pricing page for more information.


What payments do you accept for registration?

When registering, you may pay by credit card. Payment must be received to print a badge onsite. Registration fees are subject to Spanish tax at 10%. Click here for a copy of the VAT registration certificate.


Are there any discounts?

Yes, we offer discounts for early registration, groups and VMUG Advantage level members. View the registration pricing page for more information.


Is there a deadline for registration?

No, there's no deadline. You can register online through the last day of the event. 


Can I be denied registration for any reason?

VMware reserves the right to deny registration to any individual or entity for any reason, at VMware's sole discretion, including past or present failure to meet VMware's standards of conduct, and also including (but not limited to) engaging in violent, illegal, threatening, or discriminatory conduct.


Can I register for multiple VMware Explore events?

Registration for each event is separate, and you will need to register and pay (if applicable) for each event independently.

Will I need a badge to get in?

Yes, an event badge is required for entry and should be worn at all times. You'll be able to pick up your badge at a VMware Explore registration check-in desk during open registration hours. For security purposes, be prepared to show identification. If you lose your badge, you may show photo identification and have it reprinted at the registration assistance desk for a fee.


Do I need a visa to attend the conference?

There are a few countries that require a visa for entry. We recommend checking in advance with your country's local Spanish consulate for details and requirements. 


How do I obtain a visa invitation letter?

During the registration process, you will be asked if you require a visa letter. In order to request a visa letter from the VMware Explore team, please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Full name on passport
  • Date and place of birth
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Passport number, place and date of issue, and date of expiration
  • Are you a government official? [yes, no]

Visa invitation letters will be submitted for approval for attendees who have requested a letter and have completed registration data for a full conference pass, including payment. Please note that we can only issue visa letters for fully paid attendees and you will need to allow two to three weeks for your embassy to process your request. Visa letter requests will not be accepted after 14 October.

What special dietary requirements are accommodated with the meals at VMware Explore Europe?

If you have any special dietary requests, please be sure to inform us during the registration process. Limited vegetarian and wheat-free options are available at most event-related meal functions.

What meals are provided?

The following attendee meals and refreshments are included with your purchase of a full event pass:

  • Monday: light refreshments
  • Tuesday: lunch and light appetizers at welcome reception
  • Wednesday: lunch, refreshments at the hall crawl and food stations at the party
  • Thursday: lunch

Which hotels are official VMware Explore Europe hotels?

View the list of hotels to choose from while attending VMware Explore Europe. These hotels have been chosen with convenience and budgetary requirements in mind to best fit your needs. Don't forget to secure your accommodations in the VMware Explore hotel block when you register. 


Do I need to contact the hotel to book my reservation?

No, when you register online for VMware Explore, you will have an opportunity to request your hotel and provide your check-in and check-out dates. A hotel reservation will be made for you and guaranteed with your credit card. 


If I am not registered for VMware Explore; how do I book my hotel room?

You are free to make your own reservations directly with the hotel of your choice. However, to take advantage of the VMware Explore discounted room rates, you must be registered for VMware Explore and make your hotel arrangements via the VMware Explore booking process.

Do I need to give a credit card to reserve my room?

Yes, a credit card will be needed to confirm your reservation at a designated VMware Explore Europe hotel.


Are there conference shuttles between the VMware Explore Europe hotels and the venue?

There are no shuttles between the hotels and the Fira Gran Via. To get to the venue you can take the Metro to either Fira (L9) station (8-minute walk) or Foc (L10) station (6-minute walk).


Are there discounts on flights?

United Airlines is proud to offer a discount on flights for customers and partners attending VMware Explore Europe by clicking here. Ensure the code, ZKZV950833, is listed in the promotions dropdown when booking your flight. It is valid for flights in and out of BCN between 6–14 November 2022, with discounts between 2%-10%. The code is only valid for customers and partners; VMware employees should not use this code.

What is the content catalog, and when will it be available?

The VMware Explore Content Catalog provides a comprehensive list of breakout sessions, hands-on labs, and other sessions. Whether you've already registered or are still considering attending VMware Explore, you can use the catalog to check out topics and speakers, and find the sessions that meet your event goals. 

Can I preregister for sessions?

Yes! If you have completed your registration and payment for VMware Explore, you can preregister for sessions and begin building out your personal schedule for the week. Because sessions can fill up quickly, we advise preregistering at your earliest convenience.


Can I get copies of the material presented at the conference?

Yes, most presentations will be posted after VMware Explore. Please note that only those sessions that are pre-approved for publication are made available online.


Can I still access content from VMworld?  

Yes, you can find most sessions from the past 2 years in the VMworld Video Archive

I would like to learn more about 2022 sponsorship opportunities. Who can I contact? 

Please contact the sponsorship team at vmwaresponsors@nteractive.com for more information.