LISA16 Activities

Events for LISA16 attendees are planned throughout the week.

  • Take part in the always popular Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs)
  • Check out our co-located events
  • Mingle with your peers and technological luminaries during the reception and at the Expo Happy Hour

Don’t miss out on these unique opportunities to network with colleagues working in multiple disciplines. Check back here for the latest additions to the activities schedule.

Welcome Get-Together

Saturday, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm, Grand Ballroom Foyer
Whether this is your first time at LISA or your 30th, stop by the Welcome Reception and meet your peers. Refreshments and snacks provided.

Board Game Night

Sunday, 8:00 pm–11:00 pm, Exeter Room
Join us on Sunday night for some good old-fashioned board games. We’ll have some on hand, but bring your own games, too!

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)

Monday, 7:00 pm–11:00 pm
Tuesday, 7:00 pm–11:00 pm
Wednesday, 7:00 pm–11:00 pm
Thursday, 8:30 pm–11:30 pm

The always popular evening BoFs are very informal gatherings of people interested in a particular topic. View the current schedule and scheduling instructions on the LISA16 BoFs page.

Vendor Birds-of-a-Feather Evening Sessions (Vendor BoFs)

Want to demonstrate a new product or discuss your company’s latest technologies with LISA attendees? Host a Vendor BoF! Let USENIX bring the beer and wine, while you bring your best technicians. Email for more information.

USENIX Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC) BoFs

Monday, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm, Jefferson Room
Wednesday, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm, Jefferson Room
Let’s talk about women in advanced computing. All registered attendees—of all genders—are welcome to attend these BoFs.
Thanks to LOPSA for providing refreshments.


Meet the USENIX Board of Directors and Staff

Tuesday, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm, Jefferson Room
Get an update on USENIX activities and events. Tell us how we’re doing and give us feedback on the conference.

Students and Young Professionals Meetup

Monday, 8:00 pm–9:00 pm, Jefferson Room
Come for the refreshments, stay for the opportunity to meet and network with other students and young professionals.
Thanks to LOPSA for providing refreshments.

LISA16 Expo

Wednesday, Noon–7:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Grand Ballroom Complex

Visit the LISA16 Expo to find out about the latest and greatest technologies, products, and services for IT operations. We encourage our exhibitors to bring their technical staff so that you can get in-depth answers to your serious questions. Stop by the Expo booths to let our exhibitors know how you use their products, and what you want to see next!

Expo Happy Hour

Sponsored by Apple Inc.
Wednesday, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm, Grand Ballroom Complex
Join us at the LISA16 Expo for refreshments, and take the opportunity to learn about the latest products and technologies. Don’t forget to get your Expo passport stamped!

Expo Passports and Passport Raffle

Expo Passport Drawing: Thursday, 1:30 pm, Expo stage in the Grand Ballroom Complex
Win an Amazon Echo or an Apple Watch! Visit the exhibitors shown on the Expo passport in your attendee bag, take a moment to chat with the exhibitors, and make sure to get all your passport squares stamped to be eligible for the raffle. You must be present to win. Good luck!

Book Signing

Thursday, 10:30 am–11:00 am, Grand Ballroom Complex
Meet authors who will be signing books: Mark Burgess, Christina J. Hogan, Thomas A. Limoncelli, and more!

LISA16 Conference Reception

Thursday, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm, Grand Ballroom Complex
Take a break from your laptops, and join us at our annual LISA Reception for dinner, drinks, and the opportunity to connect with other attendees, speakers, and conference organizers.