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Dreamforce Survival Kit: T-Minus 4 Weeks

By Erica Allen September 8, 2016

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Can you hear that? That’s the sound of Dreamforce 2016 approaching at lightning speed! We’ve got your weekly Dreamforce Survival Kit to equip you with the tips and tricks you’ll need to make DF16 you’re best Dreamforce yet — or an amazing first time.

If you missed last week’s edition, take a moment to read it. If you’re all caught up, let’s dive into a fresh batch of pro tips:

Astro honorary ranger1. Check out the Trailblazer’s Guidebook for Nonprofits and Higher Ed.
The Trailblazer’s Guidebook is your first look at the sessions, breakouts, and panels for nonprofits and higher ed. We just published it today, so you can be among the first to get your DF16 game plan together! NOTE: Session titles and topics in this first version are subject to change before Dreamforce, but we hope it’ll give you a good idea of which sessions to go sign up for in the Dreamforce Agenda Builder.


Astro with heart2. Get to know our partners.
If you’ve been to Dreamforce before, you know that the best kept secret is that Salesforce partners throw the best parties. We have an amazing roster of nonprofit and higher ed partners joining us in the lodge this year, and they get just as excited as we do around Dreamforce. See the full list of partners and make sure to check out their websites and blogs — many of them put out great DF-themed content around this time of year.

Astro kayaking3. Brush up on your Hawaiian.
Here at Salesforce, we draw a lot of inspiration from Hawaiian culture, and we really view each other as part of one big Ohana — anyone who’s seen Lilo & Stitch can tell you what that means. Everyone knows what aloha means, but if you really want to impress at Dreamforce, try busting out some of these common expressions.

If you don’t believe us about our love of Hawaii, check out this throwback from DF14:

Astro with sash4. Get hyped for the Lodge.
This year, the homebase for nonprofits and higher ed at Dreamforce is the Lodge, located at the Westin St. Francis. There will be nonstop action happening in and around the Lodge throughout the conference: inspiring speakers in the Power of Us Theater, community meetups, and of course, the chance to win some amazing swag! It’ll be open From Tuesday, October 4th through Thursday, October 6th from 8:00am to 6:00pm, and Friday, October 7th from 8:00am to 2:00pm. See you there!

Astro lion5. Meet the Astro!
If you’ve done any Trailhead, you know Astro. And you might also know that Astro loves to dress up. But when our beloved mascot dresses in this lion-themed getup, Astro specifically represents and the spirit of giving back. Prepare to have a roaring good time with our feline friend at the Lodge this year!

That’s all for now! We’ll have 5 fresh tips and tricks next week — in the meantime, be sure to tag your posts with #DF16 to get in on the social conversation.

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