Cisco Live 2013 is coming to you this year from Orlando, FL. After a 5-year absence, everyone’s favorite networking company on Tasman Drive returns to the Sunshine State to bring information and discussion to legions of network rock stars with Open Arms. However, all work and no play makes networkers very dull. That’s why there is an event to make us all feel appreciated.
What would Cisco Live be without the Customer Appreciation Event (CAE)? In the past six years that I’ve attended Cisco Live, I’ve been a part of some very exciting times. Watching Devo in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Seeing KISS in Anaheim. Watching the Barenaked Ladies on stage at the House of Blues in Orlando. There’s always fun to be had and good time all around at the CAE. This year promises to be no exception.
The 2013 Customer Appreciation Event is going to be held inside Universal Studios Florida! I had a great time in 2008 wandering around the Universal backlot. I got to ride the rides, see the Back to the Future DeLorean, and watch an awesome concert. It’s nice to have access to such a wonderful theme park and it’s super nice of them to host 10,000 invading nerds looking for geeky t-shirts and lots of pictures next to the T-800 outside the Terminator 3-D ride. I’m going to make sure to bring an extra poncho again this year just in case we get one of those famous Florida thunderstorms, but I hope the rain holds off long enough for everyone to have a good time. With all the available attractions at Universal Studios Florida, there’s almost too much to do in one evening. Really, there’s a good time to be had pretty much Any Way You Want It. And that’s not even taking into consideration the star attraction for the CAE.
The headline band for the CAE always generates a lot of buzz. Whether it’s KISS, the B-52s, or Weezer, people want to see the best. The attendees Faithfully come to the CAE to be entertained. In the last couple of years, Cisco Live has given fans the opportunity to vote on the headline band for the CAE. This year’s vote was a close one that included some great artists like Beck and Jane’s Addiction. But in the end, the fans went their Separate Ways with the other options. I give you the Cisco Live 2013 headline band:
Journey! Folks, I can hear the kareoke now. While I’m still a huge fan of all the other bands, I think having a headline act with such wide appeal promises to have an epic level of fun for everyone. I’m really hoping that unlike last year, I’ll get to Stay Awhile at this CAE and enjoy all the entertainment to be had at Universal Studios. I also hope I get to see all of the awesome attendees there as well. I promise to keep the Touchin’, Lovin’, and Squeein’ to a minimum. Okay, I promise I’m done with the Journey puns. For now.
Cisco Live 2013 is still a few months off, but stay tuned for more great info coming up. Once I find out who the special guest keynote speaker will be, I’ll be sure to let everyone know. We’re also in the early stages of planning the big Tweetup and I’ll have the Cisco Live 2013 Twitter list posted soon. There may also be a few more surprises in store, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.