This week I hosted a Ladies Who Java session and reception at DevNexus in Atlanta, Georgia. One of the cool things about this conference is that they have a scholarship program for women with the Atlanta Women Who Code group.
This reception was an opportunity for the women to get together and
since many were new to attending technology conferences, I put together a
brief Top 10 Ways to Conference talk. We also did some introductions
and networking activities. This was a fun and productive event. I would
like to see more conferences organize this type of activity.
The attendees requested I publish it, so see below for the list.
1. Introduce yourself to others – this is the best way to get
something out of the experience. Be yourself – in personality and
appearance. Remember to follow up!
2. Review the schedule – pick sessions to attend in advance. Pair with someone you just met.
3. Attend the sessions. As many as possible. Think of topics or
methods you can present next year or at other conferences.Share what you
have learned on Twitter., blogs, etc.
4. Voice your opinions confidently and introduce yourself to speakers.
5. Go to informal social events. This is not the time to chill in your room – you can sleep later!
6. Attend the keynotes and closing sessions.
7. Attend the evening sessions also.
8. Hangout in the informal spaces – hallway track, nighthacking stage, hacker areas, etc.
9. Have fun . Any issues or requests, talk to conference organizers.