4 Tips for Navigating Dreamforce ’14

dreamforceDreamforce is here, so it’s a good idea to have your agenda ready and an idea of where you want to go and when. Dreamforce is a big conference (the largest IT conference in the world), so you have a lot to do, see and learn. I’ve been a few times and have four tips for navigating Dreamforce 2014.

Agenda advising
To set your agenda, use the Dreamforce website’s “My Agenda.” Click on “Sessions” to find the sessions you want to attend, and then click on the green check mark next to each to sign up for them.

You can also favorite sessions by clicking the star beside them, which is useful if sessions are already full but you want to try to get in to them anyway. This will make those sessions show on your agenda when you view it later or when you add it to your calendar. Even if sessions are marked as full, you stand a decent chance of getting into them if you show up early by the door and get scanned for the waiting list. Once you have selected all of the sessions you want to attend, (it will let you know if you try to double-book yourself), print out your agenda, save it to a PDF or add to a calendar, such as Outlook or iCal.

Map it out
Check out the maps section as well to see where your different sessions are physically, since getting from one place to another during the conference may take some time. Allow yourself plenty of time between sessions if they are in different buildings.  Not only is the walk long, but distractions are all along the way on the conference campus, such as live music, food and drinks, kiosks with product info, partner info, hands-on areas, games to try and even street performers.

Download the Dreamforce app
As soon as you can, download and install the Dreamforce mobile app on your Android or iOS device. From the app, view Dreamforce sessions, your personalized agenda, maps and sponsor info and receive conference updates. You can also use the mobile app (or Dreamforce site) to connect with people or groups for networking during the event.

Don’t forget your chargers
Prepare for your phone battery to not last as long as it usually does while at Dreamforce. With the big crowds, frequent updates and moving around on WiFi, your battery can drain more quickly than normal. Take along your phone, tablet and laptop chargers and extra batteries, or Mophie if you have one. Charging stations are all around the conference, but be prepared to wait for a spot to open up, as they fill up pretty quickly.

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