Thursday, 9 May 2019

TrailheaDX 2019 Tips and Tricks: Get Ready

TrailheaDX is only a few weeks away, and I can barely contain my excitement! I shared some "official" thoughts on Why Admins should attend TrailheaDX on the Salesforce Admins blog, but I figured I could share some fun "unofficial" thoughts as well as some tips and tricks here.

Travel


Get yourself a Clipper Card - it's the transit card for the Bay Area. You can get one at the airport (not to mention many other places), and depending on where you're staying, get the BART to right near Moscone. I definitely recommend riding the Heritage Street Car up Market Street to Fisherman's Wharf if you have the time too.

Getting from the airport -  If you're not staying near a BART station, and as an alternate to taking a Ride Share (Ride share surge rates can get a little crazy depending o when you arrive) or Taxi, Super Shuttle is a great option. It's less than $20US one way, and will drop you right at your door.

Extra Curricular Events


Keep an eye out on twitter for links to Parties happening. There won't be as many as Dreamforce, but they're definitely worth attending.



Registration


Pick up your Conference badge as soon as you can. Registration opens at 2pm on Tuesday - I'll be there right for opening.


Planning your Days


More and more sessions are being added every day - Agenda Builder will go live a week or so out from the conference, so start having a look book marking sessions that tickle your fancy, as well as make sure you have the Salesforce Events App ready to go. Bookmark everything you're interested in so if you're unable to get the first session you'd hoped to, or you got caught up chatting to a new friend, you already have an idea of what else you can do! (edit - Agenda builder is now live!)

Make sure you bring a powerbank to keep your app powered throughout the day.

Becase I'm Appy


Speaking of Apps... The Dreamoji app is a whole lot of fun and can add a bit of extra whimsy to your social media during the week. A TDX update will go live around the time the Agenda is added to the Events App.


Make Friends


I touched on that in my official thoughts, but I really mean it. Making friends and connecting with the Salesforce Ohana last year was a total game changer for me. Strike up a conversation with a new friend and make plans to keep in touch swing by Community Cove to talk to the Community volunteers and take in a session if available.

If you're not sure where to start and are looking for friends to have dinner with, check here! You can also start getting active on social in advance to make some new friends - @trailhead and #TDX19.


Swag


While not as crazy as Dreamforce, TDX is still PLENTY swagalicious. We've already heard about OG Astronaut Astro and Hootie plushies available at this year's event, so make sure you leave room to bring home goodies! You earn them by completing various tasks and challenges during the days, so keep an eye out for the Quest in the Events App (another reason to download it).

If stickers are your thing, stop at every booth/table/welcome desk you see - multiple times a day. You'll find all sorts of different ones and new ones are sometimes switched out throughout the day well. I also picked up some pretty handy "cheat sheet" documentation at the welcome desk last year too - it definitely came in handy a study resource.

If you happen to see Astro's Mom around, she always has a supply of the rarest stickers you can find. (bonus tip: Attend her session for the BEST prizes!)


Still have more questions? Reach out and I'll do my best to help! See you in San Francisco - don't forget to say hi!

Soundtrack: Get Ready - The Temptations

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