Updated for 2015!
Take notes, collect materials. Come back to work, put on a lunch seminar sharing the biggest things you learned during the week – make it EASY for your boss to approve #OOW16.
Put Twitter handle on name badge.
Plan for sessions in advance using the Schedule Builder
Only pack in carry-ons. You won’t want to be waiting at SFO for your bags. Bring an empty duffle for all the t-shirts and swag you’ll be picking up.
Put the Uber app on my phone
Try to meet some people. Network. This is how jobs are filled, careers made.
Come early. Vendors will be giving away things like full gaming systems and the like.
Don’t be afraid to approach a vendor. We’re there to help, and also learn from you!
Don’t miss the after-parties. A great chance to do that networking stuff.
Join Twitter and follow the Open World hashtag, #oow15. You’ll be the first to know all the cool stuff.
Drink plenty of water, and wear comfortable shoes.
Don’t be afraid to approach the experts. They love meeting new people.
If you’re a blogger, be sure to stop by the Blogger event, hosted by Pythian, usually on Wednesday right before the concert.
Stock up on nerd uniforms, buy one of these T-Shirts and wear it to the show.
If you want to see the sites, meet some folks, and get some exercise – do our group bike ride, run, or swim.
If I were attending as a developer/DBA, here are the things I would be doing: