VMware – VMworld 2016 – Thursday General Session Notes

Disclaimer: I recently attended VMworld 2016 – US.  My flights were paid for by myself, VMware provided me with a free pass to the conference and various bits of swag, and Tech Field Day picked up my hotel costs. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event.  Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.


Here are my general notes from the Thursday General Session. The Thursday sessions are traditionally not product announcements, and make a lot more sense to just watch. To that end, you can view replays of the general sessions from Monday and Tuesday here (Thursday will be up there soon).

Ray O’Farrell takes the stage

Theme “seeing and creating the unimaginable”.

Sarah Parcak

Satellite Archaeologist, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Winner of the TED Prize for 2016 takes the stage.

  • Who are we? Where do we come from?
  • Uses satellite images to map and find sites all over the world
  • Inspired by Indiana Jones growing up :)
  • Talks about mapping Tanis
  • Mapped the looting across all Egypt using open-source tools
  • Fundamentally an economic problem
  • Started working with Ministry of Antiquities

“the meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away” – Picasso

Check out globalxplorer.org


Daniela Rus

Director, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)




Neri Oxman

Director, Mediated Matter Research Group

MIT Media Lab


Ray then gets back on stage to wrap up. See you next year in Las Vegas (August 27 – 31)?