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Jack McCurdy · 12th February 2024

TDX: First time tips for a terrific time!

TrailblazerDX is almost upon us! In just a few weeks, thousands of us will descend on San Francisco 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

The Art of Modular Development with Unlocked Packages | Group Discussion

Join this discussion on using unlocked packages for modular development in Salesforce. We’ll explore how to package, version, and deploy code using packages to support DevOps best practices.

Be a Trailblazer with Salesforce | Danielle Kerendian & Katie Hobbs

Build a successful career, community, and company with Salesforce. Supercharge your success with Trailhead and Trailblazer Community innovations, career resources, and best practices.

Make More Resilient Apps with Advanced Apex Error Handling | Rob Cowell

Learn how to use advanced Apex error handling techniques to build more resilient applications and make debugging a breeze.

Get Certified: DevOps Launchpad Lounge | San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Wednesday March 6 - Thursday March 7 | 9:00AM - 5:00PM

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
Tuesday March 5 | 5:00PM - 10:00PM 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.

First-Timer Meetup: Blazing the Trail | Community Cove Meetup

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 2024!

Uniting the Slack and Trailblazer Communities | Marilo Meta

Discover how the Slack and Trailblazer Communities unite to foster growth, engagement, and collaboration. Explore their unique features and uncover the potential for dynamic community connections.

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:

SalesforceBen Afterparty | The House of Shields
Thursday March 7 | 5:00PM - 8:00PM PDT

Once you’ve soaked up all that TDX has to offer, head over to the SalesforceBen afterparty to carry on the fun! Raise a glass with friends from the community from 5pm at The House of Shields, just a 5 minute walk from Moscone. RSVP here.

TDX Celebration | Moscone West Lobby and on Level 3
Wednesday March 6 | 5:30PM - 7:30PM PDT

Attendees will be surprised and delighted with immersive experiences and delicious refreshments to celebrate the return of TrailblazerDX to San Francisco. New this year, all activities will be hosted on campus in the Moscone West Lobby and on Level 3 — making it easy to connect and have fun after a full day of learning at the developer conference for the AI era. More details to come.

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!