Are you going to SAP TechEd&&dcode soon? Here are my 9 best tips on how to get the most out of your week.
1. Use the Agenda Builder
There is so much to see at TechEd&&dcode! Take the time to browse the Agenda Builder on the event website and choose wisely. You will probably not be able to see every lecture/workshop/etc. you’d like to see.
2. Book yourself in double
There’s a lot going on at the same time! So choose two (or event three) things to see or do at the same time. So if a lecture ends up being about something you already know or if a workshop’s exercises are not what you’d like to do, you always have a plan B.
3. Have a mobile device and download the SAP TechEd&&dcode event application
It’s like having a personal assistant keeping you informed of the next workshops, schedule changes and other events that were not in the Agenda Builder prior to the event.
Lectures and hands-on workshops may change room, change time or get cancelled at the last minute, so always check before going and save yourself some walking! (See point 5!)
4. Browse the presentation material before going to TechEd&&dcode
Either download the presentation slides from the Agenda Builder (or if it’s like Las Vegas 2014 – browse the USB key given at registration).
Take a look at the slides for a preview of the lecture/workshop you want to see and if the content is not going in a direction that interests you, you may want to check that second presentation you booked in your agenda (You read tip 2, right?)
5. Plan time for the show floor, Hacker’s Lounge and other stuff
It’s easy to plan every minute with lectures, workshops or other presentation – but don’t forget to wander the show floor and other ongoing stuff like the Hacker’s Lounge. You never know what you’ll find and this is a great place for tip 7. It’s also a great plan B for tip 2.
6. Wear comfortable shoes
SAP Tech&&dcode is a huge event and the convention centers are big places! You are going to walk a lot, so bring your most comfortable walking shoes.
7. Talk to people
Meeting people is an important part of SAP TechEd&&dcode. Chat with presenters, booth staff and fellow attendees. You’ll never know what you may learn and these discussions are often the best memories.
8. Take notes
The days are so full of new information that it is worth it to take down notes. In a few month, you will thank yourself to writing down your impressions, ideas, and stuff that were not in the slides of the PDF files.
9. Follow the TechEd&&dcode event you are attending on the social networks
Like SAP TechEd&&dcode on Facebook or follow #SAPtd on Twitter. Take a look at what other attendees are up to and join the fun!
Enjoy your time at SAP TechEd&&dcode!