Welcome reception

Tuesday 9 October | 6:00 pm - ­7:30 pm

Welcome to San Francisco! Kick off PuppetConf 2018 in style at our Welcome Reception. Join us for drinks, appetizers and music as we kick off this year's conference in the exhibit hall at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel. Meet fellow attendees and 30+ sponsors.

Puppet 5K Run

5k Run - Wednesday 11 October | 6:45 am - ­7:30 am

Lace up your running shoes and join us for a friendly, non­-competitive group run before the conference kicks off. Walkers, joggers, and runners are all welcome. Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:30 am.

Puppet User Group (PUG) meetup lunch

Thursday 11 October | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Connect with your fellow PUGs for a fun meetup lunch. This is a casual, drop-in event; you're welcome to stay the entire time or just swing by for a bite and a chat.

Women’s Lunch

Wednesday 10 October | 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

All women attending PuppetConf 2018 are invited to the Women's Lunch. Join us to chat, network, and share a meal from 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm on Wednesday afternoon. After the lunch, join us in the Exhibit Hall for dessert, to check out this year's Puppet Test Pilots, Puppet demos, to visit the Puppet Walk-up Clinic, chat with our awesome sponsors and more! 

Birds-of-a-feather sessions

A birds-of-a-feather (BoF) session is an informal meeting at conferences where the attendees group together based on a shared interest and carry out discussions without any pre-planned agenda. We hope you'll join us for this new event offering. See the online agenda for more details coming soon!

Blacks in Tech (BIT) meetup

Thursday 11 October | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us at lunch for a social and informal meetup for black attendees and conference friends. Look for the tables marked "Blacks in Tech Meetup". Meet old friends, make new ones, network and simply enjoy each other's company.

LGBTQ meetup

Thursday 11 October | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us for lunch on Thursday for a social and informal meetup for all LGBTQ PuppetConf attendees and conference friends. Look for the tables marked "LGBTQ Meetup". Meet old friends, make new ones, network and simply enjoy each other's company.