As a technical professional, it's a safe bet that you will attend a conference (or two) during
your professional career. Given this reality, it's a good idea to have a plan
that outlines what you should do before, during and after each conference. With
Microsoft TechEd 2010 less than a week away, I thought it would be a good
idea to share some of my tips & tricks when attending this conference.
Attending Microsoft TechEd 2010
While Attending Microsoft TechEd 2010
Ugh. Today's weather (May 31, 2010) in New Orleans. To a Canadian, this equals "NOT FUN".
After Attending Microsoft TechEd 2010
Some What-You-Should-Do-While-Attending-a-Conference Resources
Oh, and there's one more thing...
Yes, I'll be attending TechEd. I'll be there with Mack Male and members of the Canadian DPE team. If you happen to see me wandering around, please stop me to say hello. I always love meeting up with folks from the technical community, especially Canadian developers!
Getting to TechEd from Toronto is not going to be pretty - connecting through Chicago. Whatever happened to the direct flights from Toronto to NOLA?
If you are attending TechEd, you can get a list of some of the meetups and after parties happening at TechEd at http://www.techedevents.info
So you're saying wearing shorts to these events is fine, I have never been.
@jeff: Yes and no. It depends on your point of view. Personally, I won't be wearing shorts; rather, I'll be sporting business casual.
Thanks for the quick response. I'll probably go jeans or khakis and a polo shirt then and keep the shorts for night.
@jeff: Yep. That sounds about right.
Thanks for the tips. Looking forward to my first ever TechEd ever. So ... errrr... just how "BIG" of a backpack do you recommend? Would it still fit as carryon?
I'm really looking forward as well to feeling that "End of TechEd" headache. All of those sessions and KNOWLEDGE!
@Sean: One key survival tip is to make sure that you don't stay up too late and consume too many "pops" in the evening. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and avoid snacking on the salty treats that are provided. Opt for the fruit instead. Your body and mind will thank you later in the evening while everyone else is suffering. ;)
Re: 3G vs. WiFi - I agree, WiFi will be pretty tight, but if my experience at the last MS Sharepoint conference in Vegas is any indicator, so is 3G. My iPhone performed terribly, but my plain ol' Verizon cell phone worked great.
@rfjnewton - We lost our directs to NOLA from Seattle a while back, too.