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6 things not to do at Dreamforce 2016

6 things not to do at Dreamforce 2016

September 28, 2015

 

 

There are a lot of great things to do at Dreamforce, from content, to parties, to seeing the sights of San Francisco. But there are a few things we suggest you don’t do that will make your week of education, work, and fun that much more enjoyable. Trust us, we learned from experience and will be sure not to do any of the following next year.

1) Add “wall sitter” to your resume

Between the Dreamforce app, trying to find your colleagues or a place to eat on Yelp, you’ll be re-charging at least twice a day throughout the week. So don’t forget your portable charger. You can re-charge during sessions, as you walk around the Expo floor, or while you relax with your first 5 o’clock cocktail.

Pro tip: set your phone on airplane mode while you charge and it’ll power up in half the time.

2) Waste plastic water bottles

With hydrate fountains in all the main halls, make sure to bring a nalgene to refill and stay hydrated. I did this all week and it was great in between sessions and meals when it wasn’t easy to find water. Plus, over the next few years it will be much harder to buy a small plastic water bottle in San Francisco, as it’s the first city to work towards banning all sales of plastic water bottles under 20 oz.

3) Go to bed early

While getting plenty of sleep is a must (as most sessions and the expo don’t open until 9 or 10am, depending on the day), don’t miss out on all the night time events. They’re a great place to network, relax, and get some tasty (and free) food and drinks after the long day of sessions and walking.

Pro tip: Download the Partyforce app to get notifications of all the parties, locations and sponsors.

4) Skip a meal

There are plenty of places in the surrounding area of Moscone to get a bite to eat, but Dreamforce also offers free (and yummy) meals. Make sure to pack a few snacks for in between meals, as you’ll be doing a lot of walking and burning calories. Try Dottie’s True Blue Cafe, a hidden gem for breakfast to get a great start to the day.

Pro Tip: Dottie’s line starts forming at 7:15am and they are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

5) Wear heels

This is for the ladies, but comfort above fashion is a must for this week long event. It’s a marathon, not a sprint and your feet (and back) will thank you at the end of it. Leave your heels at home and pack some legit sneakers or more fashionable Toms flats. You puppies will thank you at the end of the week.

6) Forget your business cards

Even though everyone can scan your information off your badge, the best way to exchange information is still via business cards. The connections you make at Dreamforce can be great for partnerships, potential new products to make your work life easier, or just expanding your rolodex within the Salesforce ecosystem.

Pro tip: download the LinkedIn app and connect with people in real time as you’re chatting.

We can’t wait to see you at Dreamforce 2016 and hope these tips come in handy when you’re preparing for next year’s event.