SHARE Columbus Activities

SHARE Columbus Attendee Orientation Recording

Will SHARE Columbus be your first in-person SHARE event? Or your first SHARE in-person event in a long time? Do you have questions about the event or just need to brush up on your conference knowledge before you register? Watch the recording from our recent SHARE Columbus Attendee Orientation webinar to learn everything you need to know to successfully attend this year's conference.


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SHARE Columbus will continue to offer attendees an opportunity to earn the DevOps Wizard and Security Warrior digital badges. Earn your badge to demonstrate your mastery of the topic!

Attend at least 8 DevOps Wizard or 10 Security Warrior eligible sessions. To see which sessions are eligible, filter the Technical Agenda for “DevOps Wizard” or "Security Warrior" Digital Badge.

Submit a Digital Badge form** for each eligible session attended proving the unique code for each session. After SHARE Columbus, you will receive an email from SHARE HQ to access your digital badge, which you can showcase on your email signature, social media profiles, and digital resumes.

**This form is only active during the conference.

SHARE Receptions

Throughout the week, enjoy delicious cuisine and refreshments while networking and mingling with others at the various SHARE receptions!

Sunday Welcome Reception  | Sunday, August 21 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. EDT
Howl at the Moon, 504 North Park Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Kick off the week with an evening of dueling pianos at Howl at the Moon! Buffet dinner and refreshments will be provided. NOTE: There will be no transportation provided. Anticipate less than a 10 minute walk. Your event badge will be required to attend. 

Monday and Tuesday Evening Receptions | Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EDT
SHARE Technology Exchange 

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments as you make your way through the SHARE Technology Exchange networking with exhibitors and attendees.

Thursday Closing Happy Hour  | Thursday, August 25 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Delaware Foyer, Hyatt Regency Columbus 

Make the most of your final night in Columbus while enjoying light food and refreshments at the closing happy hour. 

Lunch and Learn Sessions

Lunch and Learn Sessions are your opportunity to learn more from our key partners about the latest technology and services that you use in your every day. Join a lunchtime session on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday to enhance your experience. Pre-registration is highly encouraged, but not required.

During the registration process, you have the opportunity to select complimentary add-ons under "Additional Registration Options" for sponsored Lunch and Learn sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and/or Thursday. Lunch and Learn session information is in the Technical Agenda, filtering by “Lunch n Learn.” 

SHARE Hackathon presented by IBM and Broadcom

Monday, August 22 - Friday, August 26 | 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT 

Hackathons encourage the participants to explore new areas, learn new concepts, and collaborate with new colleagues. The Hackathon at SHARE – sponsored by IBM and Broadcom – provides a unique opportunity to build a hybrid cloud application on IBM Z. The event, which consists of a series of escalating technical challenges, walks participants through all skill levels. Your challenge is to complete all 5 levels.  These applications will leverage APIs hosted on z/OS, zLinux, and the web APIs creating a modern, born-on-the-web application. Participants can win prizes, earn badges, and network with other participants in real-time. The sky’s the limit. Through additional content, participants will have a chance to dig deeper into the topics covered and unleash their creativity to make the project their own.

The Hackathon runs in person from August 22-26 with dedicated space at the conference to ask questions, meet other participants and sponsors, and complete the challenges alongside others. It will continue virtually from August 27 through September 5. The Hackathon is free, open to the public, and does not require conference attendance to participate and win prizes. Seperate registration is required. Register here for the SHARE Hackathon

Making Our Community Stronger Reception

Tuesday, August 23 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT 

Hosted by BMC Software, Broadcom Mainframe Software, IBM, Rocket Software, TechChannel and VirtualZ Computing

Making Our Strong Community, Stronger (MSCS) was born in 2020 as mainframe leaders, community members and partners came together to accelerate diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) initiatives and create environments that foster belonging. DEI isn't a one-time initiative; it's a lifetime of educating and listening to everyone in the company to improve - and no matter what your role is, everyone can contribute. 

To attend, you must RSVP during your event registration. All attendees are welcome.

Encouraging Women in IT Breakfast

Wednesday, August 24 | 7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. EDT

Join us at SHARE’s Women in IT networking breakfast, an opportunity to connect with and learn from others in the IT industry.  Share your experiences, wins and trials during casual table discussions.

To attend the Women in IT breakfast, you must RSVP during your event registration. Registration is now closed for this event.

Thank you to our Women in IT sponsors: BMC Software, Broadcom Mainframe Software, and Key Resources. 

Wednesday Lunch Sponsored by Broadcom Mainframe Software

Wednesday, August 24 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT

Highway to the Mainframe Zone
 Greg Lotko, SVP & GM Broadcom Mainframe Software

Goodness gracious great time for mainframe! Join us for lunch and immerse yourself in the thrill of the Top Gun soundtrack. There will be lots of fun and prizes as we celebrate the best of the best in the IT world ….mainframers!