We ask two things when putting together the S4 Social Events:
Let’s face it. As great as the S4 agenda is, a lot of the benefits of going to any event is spending time with your peers and the luminaries in the industry. Establishing and renewing relationships. So we make sure there is plenty of time to do this, and we put you in an environment where everyone can relax and have some real and longer conversations.
The three official S4 social events are:
You’ve just enjoyed the first day of sessions on 3-stages. Your mind is full of new ideas, and things you want to discuss with peers. Or you just want to relax and talk about anything but ICS security. Either way we have you covered with the S4 Welcome Party.
After the first full day of S4, we all walk three blocks to the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens for the Welcome Party from 17:00 to 19:30. It’s a beautiful outdoor venue to experience the sunset and twilight with your fellow attendees. Talk over the days events and enjoy yourself. We have a lot of fun and innovative activities. Some come back every year like the cigar rollers, domino tables, and death star firepit. And then we bring in new activities every year. Not to mention great food and drink, music and more.
Most events have an exhibit in a conference ballroom; S4 has the Cabana Sessions. We spend Wednesday afternoon (the middle day) around the Surfcomber pool, under the palm trees, and a few steps from the ocean.
The sponsors are in Cabanas, and they have really stepped up in past S4 events to bring fun activities in line with the poolside atmosphere. At past Cabana Sessions there was live graffiti art painting, book signings, boat races in the pool, golf contests, war robot parkour, kegerator hacking challenges, virtual reality, make your own waffle sunday, learn how to make classic cocktails, cantaloupe smashing, back massages, dunk tanks and more. Of course, there is a full assortment of food and drink and the music starts after lunch.
The real benefit is you have time to have the deep discussions about work and life that build bonds. Many are skeptical about the Cabana Sessions until they experience it, and then it often becomes one of the favorite parts of S4. If you must work every waking hour, their are some technical challenges and the sponsors will give you very deep and technical demos.
Most event end with a whimper. The last speaker finishes, a few thank you’s, and everyone picks up and shuffles out. We didn’t like that, so we created the Craft Beer Bash.
After the Closing Panel, everyone is invited up on the gigantic S4 Main Stage for the Craft Beer Bash. We bring in the best beer and root beer from local brewers, and it is a chance for a last toast with your friends and colleagues before everyone heads home. However … now that S4 has grown to 500+ we are extended into the orchestra pit and have more bars and more varieties of refreshments.