1. Download the SXSWedu application.
You’re excited about traveling to Austin now is the time to download the application. Use the app to build your strategy to get the most out of the conference. This user friendly app puts the conference right in your hand.
2. Start introducing yourself.
The best part of every conference is making connections, gathering resources, and growing your community. One of the features of the conference app is the Discover tab.Use this feature to discover and connect with others in your space and discover outside of your network. Take two additional start following these new contacts on Twitter and connect with them on LinkedIn.
3. Schedule smart.
Modify the S.M.A.R.T. (defined as specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-bound) goal principle for the conference. Specific – Be specific on your intent for the conference. Are you there to connect, gather information, or perhaps an other reason. Measurable – Attend the workshop, use the app directory and email to connect with attendees. Achievable – Do what you can with what you have. Plan and then let yourself experience SXSWedu.
4. Travel smart.
Pack your conference clothes and your play clothes too. Your favorite and comfortable t-shirt, sweatshirt or pair of slippers. Something that signals your mind and body it’s okay to relax.
5. Pack your snacks.
Lastly plan for an irregular schedule. Time zones, great conversations, and squeezing every moment out of your @sxswedu experience can lead to missed meals. Pack your go to snack. My favorite is the easy to pack Kind snacks. My special tip: Get to Costco or Sam’s Club tonight and pick these snacks up! Save time and money by packing these treats. If you’re checking in your luggage make sure you pack treats in your carry on luggage. Prepare for delayed flights or airport food.
6. Pack multiple bottles of hand sanitizer.
In your carry on bag, purse, backpack or pocket. When soap and water aren’t available, hand sanitizer is a good alternative. Remember almost 80 percent of all infections get spread by hands, pocket sanitizers are a great way to stop bacteria and viruses.
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