Hello partners!

As the center of geopolitical decisions in the United States, Washington, D.C. is a political and cultural hub, and a gathering place for international communities. It was also my home for almost 11 years, so I could not be more excited to host each of you and welcome the partner community back to Washington, D.C. for the greatest partner event of the year. Washington, D.C. is an amazing city with a vibrant culture and rich history. It’s a melting pot of cultures and peoples from around the world. For me, this is a perfect example of why we’re hosting WPC 2014 in Washington, D.C. July 13-17. What better place to network, grow and make the decisions that prepare your business for the future than one of the most globally connected cities in the world?
Recently Forbes Magazine named Washington, D.C. as one of the best places for business and careers, and a 2007 study by Brookings Institution found that the Washington, D.C. is the most walkable city in the country. Even factoring in the high-quality cultural, political, and historic offerings, many residents of the city cite their fellow citizens as their favorite thing about Washington, D.C., indicating a vibrant and engaged population.
To enrich your WPC experience and make it as smooth and efficient as possible, the Washington, D.C. Tourism Bureau has produced a helpful guide to the city on behalf of potential attendees of WPC 2014. Here you’ll find resources like exciting attractions, incredible restaurants, and historic experiences, all of which can augment your time at WPC. Many of D.C.’s monuments and world-class museums are free of charge and offer tours in multiple languages, and with more than 200 restaurants within a mile of the convention center, you’ll never find yourself wanting for excellent meals. You’ll also discover the best ways to plan your travel to and around Washington, D.C., including a map already populated with points of interest, a guide to the metro, and tips specifically for international visitors. Washington, D.C. has a smaller footprint relative to other large cities, and its density helps cut down on transportation time while in town. The opportunities for engagement and entertainment are close together, and getting around is easy with the efficient metro system.
Washington, D.C. is a fantastic setting for the immersive technological experience that is WPC, and its diverse, cosmopolitan atmosphere will enhance the many opportunities you have to make connections and grow your business. For more about how the city of Washington, D.C. and Microsoft are partnering to create the best WPC experience yet, review the Logistics page on Digital WPC. And don’t forget that you can register for WPC 2014 for a limited time at the discounted price of US$1,695.
Visit washington.org/microsoft for more information to help you make the most out of your trip to WPC 2014. The video below will give you an idea about the excitement in store in Washington, D.C. We can’t wait to explore the city and build connections with you at WPC 2014! 


Kati ​