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What to expect at DCD>Connect | New York

DCD>Connect is the ultimate in-person event for those who design, build & operate next-generation data centers.

Bringing together over 1,500 senior leaders working on the largest data center projects in North America, DCD>Connect | New York will set the agenda for industry discussion in 2024 and help you forge new partnerships and identify innovative solutions to your core challenges.

Three dedicated content stages. Best-in-class technology discovery. Unparalleled networking opportunities.

Here's what you can expect at this year's event...

Tech Exchange Sessions: Fast-track your technology discovery

A staple of the DCD>Connect series, our Tech Exchange sessions allow you to identify new technology solutions and collaborate with your peers on March 18.

First, you'll hear rapid-fire pitches about new solutions from potential partners in a technology or service category that's of interest to you.

Then, you'll join a small group of like-minded peers & solutions providers for an informal roundtable discussion. Here, you can ask questions about the new products & services you've just heard about, and collaborate with your peers on your procurement challenges.

Beer, wine, soft drinks and canapés will be served throughout the Tech Exchange session to ensure you have a comfortable & relaxed experience.

We'll be exploring the following technologies & services during the Tech Exchange sessions in New York:

  • Facilities Management
  • Construction
  • Power & Sustainability
  • Cooling
  • Networking & Connectivity

Three Content Stages: Hear from over 100 expert speakers

Get to grips with the hottest trends of 2024, from the AI Revolution to Sustainability Accountability on March 19.

We'll be running three dedicated content stages live on the Show Floor, where you can hear from industry experts as they explore the challenges and opportunities currently shaping the North American market, with plenty of opportunities for live Q&A!

With over 100+ expert speakers set to share their insights, you can expect to hear from:

  • Refugio Fernandez, Head of Supply Chain - Cloud Infrastructure, Dropbox 
  • Jennifer Fritzsche, Managing Director, Greenhill & Co. 
  • Jennifer Ruch, Director - Sustainability, Oracle 
  • Herb Tracy, Global Director - Critical Site Operations, BlackRock 
  • Joe Liccardo, Vice President - Data Center Operations, CoreSite
  • Ray Sidler, CEO, DataVerge 
  • Steve Perry, President & Vice President - Operations, Digital Fortress 
  • James Repass, Vice President - Data Center Facilities Operations, Mid Atlantic Region, QTS Data Centers 
  • Mike Licitra, Vice President - Solutions Architecture, Stream Data Centers 
  • Jeff Uphues, CEO, DC Blox
  • Robert Yandrofski, CTO, CloudBurst Data Centers
  • Haynes Strader, Chief Development Officer, Skybox Datacenters
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Industry leaders explore the key issues facing operators across North America on the Main Stage:

Enjoy TEDxTalks style deep-dives with industry experts:

Explore North America's newest facilities & cutting-edge projects:

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Closed-Door Debates: Collaborate with fellow executives

Discuss & debate the biggest challenges facing the industry during closed-door debates on March 18.

Take your seat at the table & share your opinions during expert-led debates run under Chatham House Rule. Each debate will focus on a key question facing the industry and be moderated by subject-matter experts.

Topics under discussion at this year's event include:

  • Will AI Be the death of legacy infrastructure?
  • Moving the goalposts - is environmental compliance an impossible dream?
  • The AI revolution in the data center design - Are we comfortable redefining the blueprint?
  • How secure is your data center and the digital infrastructure it's connected to?
  • Are AI and the Cloud infallible in defining the future of the enterprise?
  • The ongoing power struggle - Can the industry reconcile density & performance?
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DCD>Investment Forum: New for 2024

Explore the current and upcoming investment & financing trends underpinning the digital infrastructure sector on March 18.

To kick-off DCD>Connect | New York, we'll be hosting a closed-door DCD>Investment Forum exclusively for CFOs and finance teams from data center operators and digital infrastructure-focused financial institutions across North America.

You can expect to join leaders from major financial institutions, REITs, institutional investors, infrastructure funds, private equity, sovereign wealth funds, brokers & advisory teams during this half-day summit focused on the current & upcoming investment and financing trends which underpin the digital infrastructure sector.

The DCD>Investment Forum (March 18) is co-located with DCD>Connect | New York (March 18-19), and those who qualify will receive a complimentary pass to both.

Confirmed attendees include:

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Tech Demos: Get a first-hand look at the latest solutions from 80+ leading suppliers

This year, we'll be opening the Show Floor on March 18 for an exciting Tech Demo hour!

Directly following the Tech Exchange sessions, the Tech Demo hour is your chance to meet the suppliers that most interest you, get a hands-on look at their latest offerings, and ask questions about your specific requirements.

On the Show Floor, you'll meet partners including...

Plus, on the Show Floor, you'll have the opportunity to...

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    Explore DCD>White Space areas

    Enjoy designated areas across the Show Floor that showcase the latest product and kit

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    Discover emerging solutions in the Start Up Zone

    Learn about bleeding-edge technology and meet new tech providers set to shake up industry norms

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    Ask the experts your key questions

    Talk to dedicated product experts live on the show floor, with opportunities for Q&A and informal follow up discussions

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    Build relationships with suppliers from across North America

    Connect with partners who suit your ongoing project requirements, to accelerate & inform your buying experience

5-Star Networking Experiences: Forge new connections in a relaxed environment

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    St. Patrick's Day Icebreaker Party

    Celebrate opening night with a St. Patrick's Day-themed icebreaker to kick off the networking (and the fun!)

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    VIP Cocktail Hour

    Invited guests can join their peers for a private cocktail hour away from the Show Floor on March 19

  • iM Women's Lunch

    Closed-door Networking Lunches

    VIP guests can enjoy 3-course closed-door lunches focused on key industry topics on both March 18 & 19

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    Endless Fun

    Play cornhole on the Showfloor, engage in classic arcade games with your colleagues, enjoy a group run to kick off the day and more

Sustainability: Reducing our impact

DCD>Connect | New York is a clean-powered event thanks to the help of our sustainability partner, Zero Labs.

DCD secured 51 U.S. Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to decarbonize the estimated electricity use of the event space and attendees’ hotel stays. You can view the “Green Proof” that Zero Labs’ clean energy SaaS solutions generated to verify our climate action here.

Ready to join us in New York on March 18-19? Here are you ticket options:

Who can apply?

VIP Passes are available to representatives from Hyperscale/Cloud, Enterprise and Investment companies, as well as those from Colocation and AEC/Advisory who are not in a Business Development/Sales/Marketing role.

Technology Vendors and Recruitment firms are not eligible for a VIP All Access Pass, but can purchase an All Access Paid Pass.

*Please note that due to capacity limits we are only able to allocate 10 VIP All Access passes per AEC/Advisory company. There are no capacity limits on groups from Hyperscale/Cloud, Enterprise, Investment, or Colocation companies, however those with sales, marketing or business development roles must book either a Show Floor Access pass or contact [email protected] to book a paid two-day access pass for $1,295.

What's included?

VIP All Access Passes include:

  • Access to all of the content and networking taking place on March 18-19
  • A VIP Welcome Lunch
  • Access to chatham-house debates and workshops on March 18
  • Access to the Technology Exchanges on March 18
  • Access to the Icebreaker Reception on the evening of March 18
  • Access to closed-door Hosted Lunch Briefings
  • Access to the VIP Lounge throughout the event
  • Full access to the showfloor, three industry-leading content stages & best-in-class networking opportunities
Apply for a Pass

Who can apply?

A limited number of complimentary passes are available for eligible operators, institutional and private investors and supporting advisors to join the forum.

Complimentary passes are available to:

  • CFOs & finance teams from colocation and cloud providers
  • Institutional Investors from: major financial institutions; insurance companies, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds
  • Private wealth managers & family office representatives
  • Brokers & advisory service providers
  • Analysts covering alternatives/real estate/TM

What's included?

An Investment Forum Pass gives you access to:

  • All of the content & networking sessions taking place during the forum on March 18
  • Access to the DCD>Connect | New York Networking Party on the evening of March 18
  • Access to the wider DCD>Connect | New York event on March 19
Apply for a Pass

Who can apply?

Enterprise, Hyperscale and Investment companies, as well as those from Colocation and AEC/Advisory companies (including those with sales, marketing & business development job titles). Resellers and Systems Integrators are also eligible for Showfloor passes.

What's included?

A Showfloor Pass gives you complimentary access to all of the content taking place on the March 19 (8:00am - 5:00pm), as well as access to the showfloor so you can network with technology vendors and solutions providers who suit your buying needs.
Showfloor Passes do not include access to Day One of the event, Hosted Lunch Briefings, the VIP Networking Lounge or hosted food and beverages.

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Who can apply?

All Access Paid Passes are available for Technology Vendors and Recruiters looking to attend both days of DCD>Connect | New York.

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