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Jack McCurdy · 1st March 2023

TDX: First time tips for a terrific time!

TrailblazerDX is almost upon us! Next week in sunny San Francisco, thousands of us will descend on Moscone West and the surrounding areas to soak up all that Salesforce’s flagship conference for those building on the platform has to offer.

As a first time attendee, or a new member of this awesome ecosystem, coming along can seem daunting. So, here are a few top tips to get the most out of your experience (and maybe a reminder or two for the old hands!).

Plan your sessions — and experiment

Make sure you plan your day to hit the sessions you want to attend using the TDX Agenda Builder. There’s a packed schedule and content to suit everyone’s preferences. TrailblazerDX, whilst a huge amount of fun, is primarily a learning experience. Make the most of it by attending interactive sessions to gain more familiarity with the core products you work with. Get out of your comfort zone by attending a session for a new Salesforce offering like Genie or DevOps Center, or an area you’re not as familiar with. There’s an incredible amount of knowledge on offer from all the speakers, so be sure to make the most of it!

Session suggestions for first timers

Tips and Tricks with DevOps Center | Salesforce DevOps Center Product Team
Tuesday March 7 | 4:30PM - 5:10PM PDT

Learn game-changing tips and tricks for DevOps Center. Join us for a deeper dive into ways admins can get the most out of our new change management experience.

Be Your Own Career Advocate | Lauren Dunne Bolopue
Tuesday March 7 | 3:30PM - 3:50PM PDT

Most people are reluctant to share their own accomplishments but eager to celebrate others. Learn the importance of advocating for yourself, how to do it, and the impact it can have on your career.

Sandbox Best Practices for Developers | Group Discussion
Wednesday March 8 | 1:30PM - 2:15PM PDT

Small group discussion and best practices on why using a sandbox is essential to every successful Salesforce project. We will discuss sandbox types, use cases, and best practices for DevOps.

Get Certified: DevOps Launchpad Lounge | Salesforce Tower, 415 Mission St.
Monday March 6 - Wednesday March 8 | All day

Gain new skills and get certified for free with the DevOps Launchpad team. Choose from a range of topics, including Salesforce DevOps fundamentals, DevOps leadership, and more. Pre-register here for exclusive DevOps Launchpad swag on arrival!

Be supported by the community

Ask anyone; one of the best — and most important — parts about the Salesforce ecosystem is the sense of belonging and community. Ultimately, events like TDX wouldn’t be able to happen without a huge level of engagement and passionate people sharing their knowledge, putting their peers before themselves to give back.

At TDX there’s a whole bunch of ways you can meet more of the community, and maybe allay some fears or anxiety you have about attending. Try popping by to one of these events:

Gearset’s Newcomers Ohana Mixer | Vendor event
Monday March 6 | 5:00PM - 11:00PM PDT

This mixer is devoted to first-time TDX attendees to connect with other new Trailblazers in a casual and relaxed setting. Let’s get your TDX experience off to an amazing start, together! RSVP here

Blazing the Trail | Community Cove Meetup
Tuesday March 7 | 9:00AM PDT

Is this your first Salesforce conference? Come start off your two days of learning by connecting with other first time attendees and learn from established Trailblazers to make the most of TDX 2023!

Meet and Mingle With Salesforce MVPs | Community Cove Meetup
Wednesday March 8 11:30AM - 12:20PM PDT

Salesforce MVPs are product experts and community leaders who've made a lasting impact through their expertise, leadership, and generosity. Join us for a networking hour to connect and ask questions.

Have fun!

As previously stated, TDX is a LOT of fun! There are plenty of meetups that you can be involved with: Bobablazers for those who like boba tea, sticker swaps to get your Salesforce sticker collection started, and a mental health user group coloring session to name but a few. Of course, there are also afterparties galore to let your hair down!

Make sure to carve out some time for having a bit of fun, as there’s nothing better than connecting with like-minded folk in a relaxed environment. Here’s where you can do just that:

Gearset’s DevHops Afterparty | Golden Gate Tap Room
Tuesday March 7 | 5:00PM - 10:00PM PDT

Come along and help yourselves to food, drink and game tokens to have a go on all the arcade games dotted around the bar. Challenge old and new friends and enjoy free refreshments while you unleash a bit of healthy competition. RSVP here.

TDX Celebration: Fall Out Boy | The Masonic
Tuesday March 7 | 6:00PM - 9:00PM PDT

As is tradition, Salesforce is throwing a concert! Join grammy-nominated rock band Fall Out Boy for a celebration with your fellow Trailblazers at San Francisco’s iconic Masonic. No need to register, just show up with your TDX badge!

TDX23 Wine Down Party with Pacifica User Group | Spaces
Wednesday March 8 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM PDT

Join Elements and the Pacifica UG leaders for a glass of wine at Spaces. Network, reminisce and plan for Dreamforce ‘23. This is a great opportunity to meet the people who make it happen — both locals and attendees from around the world. RSVP here.

See you there!

Hopefully this helps you make the most of your time at TDX. We’re looking forward to being part of it and celebrating success with the amazing Salesforce community. See you in San Francisco!