LISA18 Activities

Events for LISA18 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 Mixer

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.

Already Registered for LISA18?

Curious to know who else at LISA does what you do? Conferences are a great way to meet your birds-of-a-feather, and this year we've listed various roles on the LISA18 mobile app website. If you'd like, create a profile with your picture and add yourself to a role. You can choose whether to make your profile and schedule public. Then choose the contact details you would like to share, so people can find you, and you can find them.

Welcome Get-Together

Sunday, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm, 5th Avenue Prefunction
Whether this is your first time at LISA or your 32nd, stop by the Welcome Get-Together and meet your peers. Refreshments and snacks provided.


Monday–Wednesday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm, Cumberland Room 5–6

The LISA Lab returns this year to bring you self-guided classes 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 self-guided classes, just a challenge for yourself to see what you can learn.

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)

Sunday, 7:00 pm–11:00 pm
Monday, 7:00 pm–11:00 pm
Tuesday, 8:00 pm–11:00 pm
The always popular BoFs are very informal gatherings of people interested in a particular topic. View the current schedule and scheduling instructions on the LISA18 BoFs page.

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. Contact the Sponsorship Department for more information.

USENIX Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC) BoF

Sunday, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm, Music Row 3
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

Sunday, 8:00 pm–9:00 pm, Music Row 3
Come for the refreshments, stay for the opportunity to meet and network with other students and young professionals.

Board Game Night

Sunday, 9:00 pm–11:00 pm, Music Row 3
Join us on Sunday night for some good old-fashioned board games. We’ll have some on hand, but bring your own games, too!

LISA18 Expo

Monday, 12:00 pm–7:00 pm
Tuesday, 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Legends Ballroom EFG and Music Rows Foyer

Visit the LISA18 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!

Lunch at the Expo

Monday, 12:30 pm–2:00 pm
Tuesday, 12:30 pm–2:00 pm
Legends Ballroom EFG and Music Rows Foyer

Expo Mixer

Sponsored by Apple
Monday, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm, Legends Ballroom EFG
Join us at the LISA18 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: Tuesday, 1:30 pm, Legends Ballroom EFG
Win great prizes! 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!

Conference Reception

Tuesday, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm, Broadway Ballroom A–E
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.

Conference Luncheon

Wednesday, 12:30 pm–2:00 pm, Broadway Ballroom E–K