May 48, 2015
Chicago, IL

Spark the future.

The best and brightest minds will be all in one place to talk cloud infrastructure and management, productivity, big data and the internet of things, unified communications, mobility and more. So welcome, thinkers. And get ready for a glimpse at what’s possible today and in the future.

Why Ignite

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Why Ignite


IT moves at lightning speed. Change sparks more change. So to keep your business competitive, you’ve got to anticipate and innovate. Microsoft is here to help—with thousands of minds working together to deliver solutions to keep your business moving forward.


Whether you’re a senior decision maker, IT professional or enterprise developer—you’ll be inspired by our vision of where technology is headed. Tailor your learning experience in this one-of-a-kind conference designed to fuel your business and give you a glimpse into the future.


It won’t just be Microsoft there, either. Connect with other tech leaders, IT professionals and technology partners who’ll help you rise to the challenge and move your business forward. Thoughts will be sparked. Questions will be answered. And fun will be had.

Satya Nadella

Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft

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Satya Nadella leads Microsoft’s transformation to a productivity and platform company in the cloud-first, mobile-first world. Prior to becoming CEO, he held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company. Nadella joined Microsoft in 1992 and became known as a leader who could span technologies, businesses, and transform product offerings. Originally from Hyderabad, India, he currently lives in Bellevue, Washington, with his wife and three children.

Brad Anderson

Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Client & Mobility (ECM), Microsoft

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Brad Anderson is CVP of the Enterprise Client & Mobility (ECM) team. This organization is focused on supporting a modern workforce that operates in a world of continuously connected devices. The ECM team is a key pillar of Microsoft’s Mobile-First, Cloud-First focus and a major driver of Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite. Brad writes regularly on his blog, In the Cloud. Prior to Microsoft, Anderson spent 12 years at Novell, serving as VP of ZENWorks.

Julie Larson-Green

Chief Experience Officer, Applications and Services Group, Microsoft

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In her 21 years at Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green has been involved in defining products and customer experiences that touch more than a billion people, from developer tools in her early years to multiple versions of Internet Explorer, Office and Windows. In each role, she has balanced breakthrough design with a deep understanding of current customer needs and expectations. A native of Washington State, she lives in the Seattle area with her husband and two children.

Gurdeep Singh Pall

Corporate Vice President, Skype, Microsoft

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Gurdeep Pall joined Microsoft in January 1990 as a software design engineer and has worked on many breakthrough products during his tenure. Prior to his current position, he was the corporate vice president for the Information Platform & Experience team responsible for vision, product strategy and R&D for the Bing services and platform. Pall currently holds more than 20 patents in networking, VoIP and collaboration areas and is on the board of trustees of Ashesi University.

Dave Campbell

Chief Technology Officer, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft

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Dave Campbell helps formulate, implement and communicate Microsoft’s cloud strategy. Over the last five years he has focused on the Azure platform and Microsoft’s Big Data strategy. Since joining Microsoft in 1994, he has primarily focused on data management challenges and held a variety of product development roles within the SQL Server team. Campbell has over 25 years of enterprise software experience.

Joe Belfiore

Corporate Vice President, PC, Tablet and Phone, Microsoft

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Joe Belfiore is responsible for the Microsoft customer experience across phones and devices. Prior to his current role, he was the Corporate Vice President and Director of Program Management for the team responsible for the design and software product definition of the Windows Phone and Corporate Vice President of Zune Software and Services. Belfiore graduated from Stanford University.

Peggy Johnson

Executive Vice President, Business Development, Microsoft

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Peggy Johnson is responsible for driving strategic business deals and partnerships across various industries with key customers, strategic innovation partners, OEMs, key accounts, third-party publishers, and industry influencers. Prior to this role, she served as Executive Vice President and President of Global Market Development at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Johnson lives in the Seattle area with her husband and the youngest of her three children.

Chris Jones

Corporate Vice President, OneDrive and SharePoint, Microsoft

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Chris Jones joined Microsoft in 1991 and currently leads the engineering team for Windows Live software and services, including Hotmail, Messenger, OneDrive, and Essentials. Jones also manages the Windows Content Services engineering team. Prior to his current role, he served for several years as Vice President in both program management and engineering in the Windows Division. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematical and computational sciences from Stanford University.

A hands-on experience

Get hands-on experience and boost your skills on the tech you use today and see what’s coming next. Take a test drive of the latest tech to really get a feel for its potential. With tips and techniques from people you respect and admire, you’ll walk away inspired and ready to put it all into action. Here are just a few Microsoft products we’ll be featuring:

  • Azure
  • Dynamics
  • Exchange
  • Intune
  • Lync
  • Office 365
  • Project
  • SharePoint
  • SQL Server
  • Surface
  • System Center
  • Visual Studio
  • Windows
  • Windows Server
  • Yammer
  • And more

Week at a glance

Accomplish more in one week than in months back at the office. Begin planning your experience—Sunday, May 3 kicks off with pre-conference sessions at 9am, and ends mid-afternoon on Friday, May 8.

Sunday, May 3

  • Name badge pick up
  • Pre-conference sessions
  • Additional conference activities

Monday, May 4

  • Opening keynotes
  • Expo opens
  • General sessions
  • Breakout sessions
  • Labs & certification
  • Welcome reception

Tuesday, May 5

  • Expo
  • Breakout sessions
  • Labs & certification

Wednesday, May 6

  • Expo
  • Breakout sessions
  • Labs & certification

Thursday, May 7

  • Expo
  • Breakout sessions
  • Labs & certification
  • Attendee celebration

Friday, May 8

  • Closing keynote
  • Breakout sessions
  • Labs & certification

Registration and pricing

Full Conference Pass

All access. All breakout sessions. All social events.

Early Registration $1,920 Register before December 11, 2014

Standard $2,220 Register after December 11, 2014

The full conference registration pass provides access to all sessions, content, and the Expo Hall; plus all conference meals.

Academic Faculty and Staff Discount

$1,220 Details and restrictions

The Academic Faculty and Staff Discount Pass provides the same access as the full conference pass. Limited passes available.

Student Discount

$995 Details and restrictions

The Student Discount Pass provides the same access as the full conference pass. Limited passes available.

Bulk Discount

Buy 10 Passes, get 1 Free (9% savings)

Buy 15 Passes, get 3 Free (17% savings)

Buy 20 Passes, get 5 Free (20% savings)

Details and restrictions

Day Pass

Access to sessions and Expo Hall for selected day only.

$500 Details and restrictions

Expo Only Pass

Access to the Expo Hall for selected day only.

$300 Details and restrictions

Welcome to Chicago

Microsoft Ignite has arranged for exclusive discounted rates at hotels near McCormick Place in Chicago. Note: special rates are only available through the registration site.

Microsoft Ignite will take place in the McCormick Place Convention Center, just minutes from downtown Chicago. Which means a jog by the lake, a red hot for lunch or live jazz and drinks are all within walking distance.

Photo: McCormick Place

McCormick Place

2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60616

Image courtesy of Choose Chicago

Be a part of the action

Being a sponsor or exhibitor at Microsoft Ignite gives your company the unique opportunity to access multiple audiences in one location—from senior decision makers to IT professionals to enterprise developers. The attendees are engaged, energetic and actively seeking solutions. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago this May.

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