What to bring to Dreamforce

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Well, if you told me in 2010 that I would be attending Dreamforce 4 times in row (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015), I would have called you crazy. However, over the last 4 conferences, I have learned quite a bit about what plan, pack, and do to make one of the most intense weeks of your life a little easier. Are you attending Dreamforce this year? If so, here are my recommendations:

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General

  • Fly in early and leave late – maybe even stay over the weekend if you can. SFO is nuts without all of the extra people in town
  • Uber is your friend but beware of surge pricing. Other options are Lyft or BART
  • Be prepared to walk quite a bit so wear comfortable shoes and bring your fitness trackers!
    • Cannot stress comfy shoes enough
  • While there will be food available at Dreamforce, you can easily get your meals close to Moscone if you want to skip the lines
  • If you want swag, show up on Tuesday for the Cloud Expo
    • The first day is the best chance to get great stuff
  • If you like to run, there is an annual Dreamforce 5K fun run you can sign up for

 

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Clothing

  • I’ve seen everything from suits to jeans and t-shirts. Wear what is comfortable to you, however, you never know who you will meet
  • Comfy shoes are a must. I highly recommend gel insoles!
  • A hoodie or light jacket is great to carry with you – you never know what the temperature is going to be like.  The weather can change quickly! Bonus points if it has some Salesforce branding
  • Sunglasses for the times you are outside

 

Joe Sterne Photography, Dreamforce 2012, #df12, Moscone Center, San Francisco, Chromebook

Electronics/Equipment

  • A small bag (backpack or shoulder bag)
    • Full Conference members get a slick backpack at check in too
  • A refillable water bottle is critical!
    • They will give you one, make sure to HYDRATE
  • I recommend bringing the following cords/extras:
  • Bring some form of entertainment- for me that’s a PS Vita
  • A Ultrabook and/or a tablet to take notes
    • I recommend Evernote
    • Also used to keep up on emails, if you have time
  • Stock up on business cards
  • A pen and a Moleskine notebook is pretty useful even in the digital age
  • Chewing gum/breath mints and snacks to munch on if you have back to back sessions
  • Some sort of small camera if you have it
    • Even if it ends up being your phone, this can be super helpful for capturing slide decks to taking pictures of business cards
    • You never know when you might meet a celebrity
  • Earbuds- it’s nice to zone out at times, especially walking to sessions
  • Highly recommend bringing a FireTV Stick/Chromecast for your hotel room
  • A Kindle. Much easier than carrying a few books

Joe Sterne Photography, Dreamforce 2012, #df12, Moscone Center, San Francisco,Marc Benioff

Shameless plug: Please come visit me at the Cloud Expo in Moscone North (N1701). I’ll be at the Acumen Solutions booth showing some pretty awesome things in the Prototype Playground.

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(p.s. this is our booth from last year but you get the idea)

Are you going to Dreamforce? What recommendations do you have- leave them in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “What to bring to Dreamforce

  1. Great tips, thanks for sharing! This will be my first Dreamforce, looking forward to it, but also a bit nervous! Everyone says to wear comfy shoes, but what exactly qualifies? Do people wear sneakers?

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