iOhYes Retired


A podcast by iOS developers for iOS developers, delivering news, tips, and rants for professional iOS/Mac developers, with something for enterprise and indie developers alike.

Hosted by Darryl Thomas and John Sextro.

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93: A Potluck Conference

November 18, 2015 at 10:00AM • 48 minutes • Wiki Entry

John, Nolan and Darryl talk about how to get the most out of attending a conference.

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Discussion: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Attending Conferences

  • What conferences do we attend?
  • Are we attending any upcoming conferences?
  • Choosing a conference
  • Why should I go to a conference?
    • Inspiration
    • Networking
    • Jobs
    • Emerging technologies
    • Training
  • What type of conference should I attend?
    • Structured
    • Unconference (Open spaces)
    • Vendor controlled
  • How to get the most from a conference
    • Be unique
    • Be polite, well mannered and inclusive
    • Prepare and practice an elevator pitch (self / project / company / app)
    • Be outgoing, but not annoying
    • Get outside of your comfort zone (get away from the people you already know)
    • Participate
    • Identify your ‘must see’ sessions
    • If a session isn’t working for you, get out, checkout the “hallway sessions”
  • Sometimes the best of the conference happens in the hallways
    • Make arrangements to stay late
    • Some of the best networking happens after the conference
      • Everything in moderation; don’t let one night of overindulgence ruin your conference experience
    • When possible, get a room at the venue
    • Do you have something to promote? People love free giveaways. Stickers, buttons, pens, etc.
    • Find out who else is attending and attempt to make plans with people that you want to meet





Alternative show title suggestions

  • Hallway sessions
  • Vote with your feet