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    Patrick​Dunlap

    Get out the Brother label printer and print your name, phone, email, twitter, etc. on everything.  Power bricks, power strips, laptops, phones, etc.  For larger items you can just tap a business card on them.  That Surface Pro is rather nice and only 3 at your Office but there will be hundreds of them at TechEd.

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    Vecna

    Just thinking about other stuff I normally do...

    I tie a bright bandana around the lift-handle on the backpack.  This instantly distinguishes it from the thousands of others people leave lying around.

    I like patrickdunlap's ideas a lot.

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    KRemde

    Here's a practice I've come to rely upon after 17 previous TechEds and other assorted conferences:

    Right after you register, find a quiet corner in the registration hall; preferably near a waste/recycling bin.  Take a quick look through all of the promotional materials, and sort into "keep" and "dump" piles.  Keep just what you are absolutely sure you will want to look at or read later.  Keep any "bingo cards" or other such promotions if you're interested in playing those games.  The rest: Recycle it. 

    There's no reason you should have to carry 5 more Lbs of paper back to your hotel if you're just going to dump it there. 

     

     

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    Kenneth​ReynoldsMCT

    Something I've not heard anyone else mention . . .

    When your strolling through the Exhibit Area and you say to yourself . . . Hey Self!  I'd like to learn more about that product, participate in that drawing, collect that swag, register for that give away, or the like.  A nice person will inevitably come up to you and ask if they can scan your badge; with the sincere and heartfelt promise that they or their company will not spam you.

    Well, sorry for the bad news, they will, so don't be surprised.  I guess everything has its price (No Pun Intended)!

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    tp0

    I've seen a lot of posts about packing light and just getting t-shirts from the vendors at the expo.  I'm actually going to miss the first day of the conference and will arrive on Tuesday.  Is there a chance I'll still be able to load up on shirts from the vendors on Tuesday?  Just trying to decide if I should take a chance with packing really light.  One of my airlines is charging for carry-on, so I'm trying to find ways to save.  Thanks.

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    mfifer

    , Kenneth​ReynoldsMCT wrote

    Something I've not heard anyone else mention . . .

    When your strolling through the Exhibit Area and you say to yourself . . . Hey Self!  I'd like to learn more about that product, participate in that drawing, collect that swag, register for that give away, or the like.  A nice person will inevitably come up to you and ask if they can scan your badge; with the sincere and heartfelt promise that they or their company will not spam you.

    Well, sorry for the bad news, they will, so don't be surprised.  I guess everything has its price (No Pun Intended)!

    Great point!  If you are in tight with the email peeps (or if you ARE the email peeps), get a special "TechEd" email address so you can filter and track all of the resulting email.  Some you will care about; some you won't.  But this will at least let you keep it segregated...

    -=- mf

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    PeterMaria

    How would you go about making sure that that this "TechEd" email is the one that is linked to your badge?

     

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    CAReed

    Note that even if you avoid getting scanned, all vendors will have information on all of the attendees, so it's not going make any real difference. I usually do not get "spammed" by the vendors who see that I'm a developer and have no interest in their product.

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    KRemde

    @tp0:You'll definitely have other opportunities to visit the vendor exhibit hall during the week, so don't think that just because you missed the vendor reception you'll be unable to get cool, wearable swag.  And worst-case, you can buy Microsoft and TechEd branded swag at the Microsoft Store on-site. 

    Hope you have a great week!

    Kevin

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    chrsrbnsn

    A great tip I learned at TechEd 2012...stalk the official TechEd Twitter hashtag for great swag, contests and vendor offers.

    For example, everyday of the conference last year the book store was giving away (limited number) of books on various topics until supplies ran out.  Or several of the IT mags had discount codes that could be used in the official store.

    A lot of conference info is disseminated via Twitter.

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    bobby50371

    PACK FRIGGIN LIGHT!!!! I came home with 27 t-shirts last year, I plan to only show up with shirts for two days enough up to the techexpo, then wear what I get as swag.  Carry one luggage bag, so that you have the freedom to carry on the second when the trip is over.  $ave$ on bag fees.

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    Travisvn1

    Since this is NOLA, there is some awesome food around. If your stomach may not be used to some of the spices being used you may want to consider bringing along some Antacid so you can truly enjoy the experience without the pain.

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    mfifer

    My wife has a strict "no swag" policy so you may wish to consult you S.O. for their take on returning with piles of stuff (that often piles up) Wink

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    Harjit

    , CAReed wrote

    Note that even if you avoid getting scanned, all vendors will have information on all of the attendees, so it's not going make any real difference. I usually do not get "spammed" by the vendors who see that I'm a developer and have no interest in their product.

    I think they have already started to spam in advance. I've been getting a lot of vendor related emails for a couple of days.

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    Harjit

    @chrsrbnsn:Great tip. Thanks.

     

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    Harjit

    @bobby50371:27 t-shirts? Holy cow!

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    Harjit

    @mfifer:My wife has the "no swag" policy too but I still try and sneak some.  LOL

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    rmattei

    This is great, thanks for the tips!

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