LISA17 Activities

Events for LISA17 attendees are planned throughout the week.

  • Take part in the always popular Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs)
  • Complete a challenge in the LISA Lab
  • 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, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm, Grand 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, Waterfront AB 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!


Sunday–Monday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm, Market Street Foyer
Tuesday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm, Regency Room

LISA Lab is combining with the LISA Build team this year to bring you mini labs you can use to learn new skills, brush up on current skills and test your knowledge. There are no quizzes or fantastic prizes for completing the mini labs; just a challenge for yourself to see what you can learn.

But you won't be alone. The LISA lab leaders will be there every step of the way to help you through your lab. This isn't a competition, it's about hands-on learning and experimentation. We'll have topics such as IPv6, metrics with InfluxDB/Grafana, basic and advanced security tools for pen testing and auditing, Docker, Ansible, and more. Labs can be as quick as 10 minutes and you can make them more challenging by asking the LISA Lab leaders for more options.

If you've never heard of any of these things, no worries; we'll start you off with the basics and build up your skills. If you know all these topics front to back, come and mentor those who are learning it for the first time. Or, just come and hang out with us in the Lab.

Any way you look at it, there is something for everyone in the LISA Lab!

"LISA Lab is like nothing else anywhere and I'm so glad I attended!"
Direct quote from a USENIX LISA17 attendee after the conference

(We're so sure someone will say this, we put it in here early.)

Note: LISA Build will not take place this year, and all activities will be in the Lab.

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, 8:00 pm–11:00 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 LISA17 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) BoF

Monday, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm, Waterfront AB Room
Let’s talk about women in advanced computing. All registered attendees—of all genders—are welcome to attend this BoF.

Students and Young Professionals Meetup

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

USENIX Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC) Open Community BoF

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

LISA17 Expo

Wednesday, 12:00 pm–7:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Pacific Concourse
Visit the LISA17 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

Wednesday, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm, Pacific Concourse
Join us at the LISA17 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, in the Pacific Concourse
Win a Google Home, Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones, or a $100 Amazon gift card! 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!

LISA17 Conference Reception

Thursday, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm, Atrium
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.