Over the years, Alumni and Staff have shared their tips and strategies for getting the most out of TechEd. If you're new to TechEd, these "Top 10" tips will help you prepare for an incredible experience and ensure you get the most out of your investment.
#1: Wear comfortable shoes. You will walk miles—literally! Bring more than one pair of good shoes, so you can focus on learning and networking, not on sore feet. Buy them now and break them in, so they will be truly comfortable by the time you hit the convention center.
#2: Planning your session schedule before you fly will help you get what you came for. Use Schedule Builder (for North America and Europe) to find the sessions that you want to attend and add them to your calendar. Have a backup plan. If a session you wanted to attend is full or you find out it's not what you expected, you'll save valuable time by having a Plan B session for each timeslot. Remember, you can also view sessions you missed on-demand here.
#3: After you've picked up your badge, check your conference guide for info on WiFi set-up, the location of the Technical Help Desk, and Information Center, so you can quickly get help onsite if needed.
#4: Attend a TechEd101 Session at TechEd North America. Think of it as a TechEd primer covering everything there is to learn and do at the event, so you can take advantage of it. TechEd 101 will be held on Sunday, June 2 at 1:00pm and 4:00pm.
#5: Talk with EVERYONE. Spend time in the Microsoft Solutions Experience (MSE) in the TechExpo and talk with the product teams. These are the people who created the products, here to help you in-person. Talk with the Speakers... tapping their expert knowledge is a key take-away. And then there are thousands of other techs, just like you, who came to learn and share their experiences.
#6: Make time in your schedule for Hands-on Labs (HOLs). Remember, HOLs are not only a chance to try out the latest products, but Technical Learning Guides (TLGs) will be on hand to help walk you through or answer questions. Explore the HOL for North America and Europe.
#7: The TechExpo is big! Check out the participating sponsors and exhibitors for North America and Europe and make a list of companies you want to visit. When you get onsite, use the floor plan in your conference guide to plan your route through the hall.
#8: Don't sit out the social events. You may be tired at the end of a long day of sessions, but the parties, receptions, and jams are your best chance to network with your peers and Microsoft experts, and have some fun. You won't regret it in the morning.
#9 Get Certified at TechEd. Take advantage of the support available onsite, like the Exam Prep Sessions, Study Hall, and Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) who are here to help you through the process. Plus, you'll get 50% off the regular exam price. Learn more and sign up to take a Microsoft Certification exam at TechEd North America or TechEd Europe.
#10: Take a big suitcase (or an extra one!). You'll need room for items you receive or buy at TechEd. Or, consider shipping materials home from the Business Center onsite.
If you've got TechEd tips of your own, share them!