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Dreamforce is just one month away, and whether this is your first or tenth time attending it is an experience you won’t soon forget. We sat down with Conganeers and Salesforce MVPs Peter Terhune (@CongaPete) and Becka Dente (@sfdc_nerd) to ask them to share their Dreamforce hacks. Keep reading for the best tips and tricks before you head to San Francisco this year.
What to bring and what not to bring?
1. Don’t bring your laptop. It’s better to leave it in the hotel and take an iPad instead. Laptops are too heavy, and you’ll never find time to use it.
2. If you forget something you can buy it. Old Navy and Walgreens, are both nearby in case you need to buy extra socks or stock up on snacks.
3. Carry a small bag and try and use a bag that isn’t the free bag Salesforce gives you. There will be so many bags that look just like it that it’s easier to find your own bag if it stands out.
4. Essential items to put in your bag that will come in handy:
- Charger/external battery –recommended brands: lime-ade
- Water (hydrate, hydrate, hydrate)
- Lots of business cards
- Granola bar
- Energy drink
- Emergen-C, Alka-Seltzer
- Power strip
- Don’t forget your badge! And use it to store some business cards.
5. Best apps to download:
- Uber – Uber is a ridesharing service based in San Francisco, California, United States.
- Lyft – Lyft is another privately held, San Francisco–based American transportation network company.
- Dreamforce Mobile App – Get all the Dreamforce events on your phone and update on the go
- Venmo – Connect with people send money for free, and cash out to any bank overnight
- TripIt – Plan your trip with this all-in-one travel organizer
- GroupMe – Free group text messaging app to stay in touch with others during the conference
- Google Maps – Get directions to every location you need on your phone
- Yelp – Headquartered in San Francisco, Yelp is a great business review site before you book a reservation at a restaurant and scope out the area
- Evernote – Designed for note taking and archiving. A “note” can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo or a handwritten “ink” note.
- OpenTable – Online, real-time restaurant-reservation service that also gives you points towards free meals.
- Fitbit – Track daily activity, calories burned, sleep & weight.
How to plan your day:
6. Don’t book more than 50% of your day because you will want to spend longer talking to people you just met. You don’t want to feel rushed throughout the day with a preplanned schedule. Connections can be more important than sessions.
7. Be prepared to ship stuff home. There are Fed-Ex offices all over and you can easily ship home things you don’t want to have to pack and bring back.
8. Get to keynotes early or go to viewing/watch parties. There will be a lot of people going to the keynotes or watching them as a group. Start your own viewing party or consider finding one to attend.
9. Be prepared to spend a lot of time away from the room. When you leave for the day get ready to be out all day. Dress for comfort and wear very comfortable shoes because it’s typical to have an 18-hour day.
10. Try and eat whenever you can! When there are appetizers and food being passed, grab some food while you can. You’ll need it to last the long days; it’s a good idea to remind yourself to eat or you’ll forget.
11. Bring your pedometer! You’ll get plenty of steps while you are walking around the conference
12. Don’t use shuttles. Walking is always faster or try a pedicab. They are sponsored by Dreamforce and they’re fun!
13. Evernote the business cards you receive – Then you don’t have to carry around a stack of business cards
14. Use the Dreamforce org to network – Girly geeks, walking groups so you don’t have to walk alone at night, New to Dreamforce groups are great to get you started.
15. Start scouting out partner parties and plan on attending as many as you can fit into your day.
16. Plan out your expo hall visit. Check out a map beforehand and map out the places you most want to see. Don’t forget to stop by Conga at Booth #N1121
Favorite places to visit in San Francisco?
17. If you can extend your trip to San Francisco, enjoy some sight-seeing:
- Golden Gate Bridge
18. Make time to eat out somewhere while you’re in town. Favorite places to go out to eat in San Francisco:
- Mel’s Diner (celeb sightings at this diner hotspot)
- Super Duper Burger (grab extra napkins)
- Tadich Grill (great seafood option)
19. Be prepared for crowds. The number of people there will blow your mind.
20. Weather is unpredictable. Plan ahead in case it rains and check the weather before you fly out.
21. If you need help, ask someone. Often times what you need is only a quick question away, and people there are ready to help.
22. Have fun! You won’t want to miss this event and will immediately be excited for next year. Enjoy this opportunity!
We hope this helps for all those attending Dreamforce this year. We can’t wait to see you there. Look for us in our Hawaiian shirts, and come say hello.
Thanks to Peter and Becka for sharing their Dreamforce hacks. Have anything else to add? Share them in the comments below.