5 Things I Can’t Wait to See at Dreamforce ’15

With less than a month to go, the social media buzz around Dreamforce ’15 is truly at its peak. This is the fourth Dreamforce that has happened since I was introduced to Salesforce, and this year I am lucky to be attending for the first time.

Since I found out, I have been reading non-stop about San Francisco as a city (My first time!), how Dreamforce is formed, things to do and see and how to maximize my time.  From my research, these five things are getting me really excited about Dreamforce ’15 (to be held Sept. 15-18 in San Francisco).

The Partner Expo
Over the past year I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the London and Munich World Tour events, and both have a huge Partner Expo of 50-plus partners showing off their services and products. This is always one of the highlights of any Salesforce conference, as these app companies always bring innovation, which is great to see in action. We can expect 400-plus companies showcasing themselves, which is like a Partner Expo on steroids. Here we can expect demonstrations, networking opportunities and generally a great buzz from cloud computing companies all over the globe.

The Sessions
One of the most positive things I hear about DF is that attendees come away from it feeling motivated, inspired and excited to bring changes to their organizations, and I think the sessions are largely responsible for that. MVPs, partners, leaders and innovators are all presenting in various forms throughout the week. Here is where you can learn things that you can put into action right away, whether you want to hone your skills in a particular area or explore new products and skillsets. Over the past few months, lots have submitted presentations to Salesforce, and only the cream of the crop are selected to present to us.

The People
There are people that I have received support from, read articles by and generally looked up to over the past few years. Luckily most of these Salesforce all-stars are going to be at Dreamforce! But it’s not just the celebs I’m looking forward to hanging out with, I’m generally looking forward to meeting as many members of the Salesforce community as possible, including partners, end users, admins, developers and consultants. One of the best ways to learn in this ecosystem is just by talking to people and listening to stories. It’s amazing to find out how people use Salesforce and what kind of results they experience.

San Francisco
This will only be my second trip to the U.S. ever, so I’m even more excited to be able to visit one of its most influential cities. Dreamforce isn’t just confined to a conference hall somewhere in the city, but it completely takes over the whole city in a sense, and that gives others and me a great opportunity to see it. I have read various DF tips and blog posts in the run-up and as mentioned, I am taking a few days after Dreamforce to really explore the city and hopefully get to see some of its historic landmarks as well. That reminds me, I have to book Alcatraz…

So much more!
There are too many things to list in this blog post, and when I think I’ve covered it, I think of some more things I’m looking forward to at Dreamforce. Here are a few side (but still massive!) parts of Dreamforce that I am certainly looking forward to seeing:

  • For the first time ever, due to a lack of hotel rooms, we have a cruise liner coming to dock in San Francisco for the duration of Dreamforce. Aptly named the “Dreamboat,” in addition to hosting guests, there will also be numerous parties and sessions onboard, including the MVP Appreciation Party.
  • Throughout the week, various Salesforce partners will be hosting all kinds of a parties. From cigar lounges to cocktail bars to full-blown clubs, these events and venues will be a great place to network and let off some steam.
  • If you haven’t tired yourself out by Thursday evening, Salesforce will be hosting the annual Gala where The Foo Fighters will be headlining.

There are so many reasons to get excited for Dreamforce, the world’s biggest software conference. But here are just a few that will hopefully get you as excited as I am. As well as attending sessions, parties and getting lost in San Francisco, I will be manning the Conga booth all week, so come and say hi and see what all the buzz is about!

Ben McCarthy is a certified Salesforce admin and developer. He writes the popular Salesforce Blog, Salesforce Ben. Ben has a wealth of experience in the Salesforce ecosystem as a Business Analyst, Head of CRM and Certified Sales Cloud consultant.

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