10 Tips to help prepare for DrupalCon
With Drupalcon now only a few days away, preparations are beginning to ramp up (or maybe starting to die down, depending on how much prep work your company has already done). Drupalcon is *the* Drupal event of the year—and with more than 3,000 attendees and 50+ expert-led sessions, there’s a lot to think about before boarding that plane to Portland.
1. Pack Appropriately - Doug Vann said it best. See his post here. By the way, Mediacurrent is giving away a portable phone charger so be sure come by our booth (139).
2. Know your schedule- When you’re choosing sessions, try to pick a mixture of topics that you already know about (but want to know more) along with topics that are new to you. Choose sessions that focus on where the industry is headed, or on strategies that you’d like to start implementing in your professional life. Keep in mind that certain topics might catch your eye once you get to DrupalCon, so leave a little wiggle room in your schedule to jump into sessions that interest you. One session you don’t want to miss is “Marketing and Selling Drupal”
3. Network before you get to Drupalcon- We all know that you’re expected to mix and mingle once you get there, but you can lay a lot of groundwork before the event even starts. Connect on LinkedIn with people you’d like to connect with. Join the conversation on Twitter (#Drupalcon) and RT other’s announcements/sessions etc. BTW, Mediacurrent will be posting photos and a daily photo blog on our Facebook page.
4. Avoid the Drupal Flu- No kidding.
5. Familiarize yourself with the area- Drupalcon is going to be jam packed with action, so you’ll want to make sure you know where you can grab a bite to eat, pick up a quick cup of coffee, and refuel whenever you have any downtime. Finding a few minutes of quiet during those long days can help you rejuvenate, so you’ll be ready to jump back in when it’s time for those after-hours events.
6. Prepare your own elevator pitch- Are you looking for a new gig? Many of the sponsors at Drupalcon are hiring and even doing interviews *at* Drupalcon. So be prepared. Mediacurrent is looking for Project Managers and Solutions Architects—be sure to come by our booth!
8. Bring Your Business Cards- There are tons of give-a-ways during this event. Mediacurrent alone is giving away t-shirts, hand made tumblers, our latest eBook “Preparing for a Drupal Website Redesign,” a Roku, and a portable phone charger. (Drop off your business card on Tuesday)
9. Study the Floor Plan- At Drupalcon you will meet prospects, clients, partners and peers. Do you know exactly where they will be? At an event as huge as Drupalcon it pays to have a map. Look over the floor plan. Check out where your scheduled sessions will be held. Familiarity with the space now will save you time later.
10. Plan to meet the Medacurrent team- Below are our teammates that are headed to DrupalCon.
+ one more tip! Ask Questions- The conversations can be more valuable than the sessions at a conference like this. Drupal is a great community, and you never know who you’ll meet, so talk to as many people as possible.
If you’ve attended Drupalcon in the past, what other tips can you offer to help prepare? Let us know in the comments below!