What You Need To Know To Prep For Qonnections

Between the hundreds of speaker sessions, the many networking and entertainment events, and all the little surprises throughout the conference – it can be overwhelming if you aren’t prepared! Here are some tips to make the most of Qonnections!

So much to do. So little time.

This is our eighth year attending Qonnections, so we’ve picked up a few tips that may help you navigate the awesomeness that is Qonnections. 

Preparing For Qonnections 

  • Stop and ask yourself: “What do I want to get out of Qonnections?  Why am I spending time away from my job (and family) to attend this conference?” Be conscious about why you’re attending so you get the most out of the event.  
  • Research sessions beforehand and pick a variety of topics to keep things interesting.
  • Register early for sessions! Many of the good ones fill up quickly. Luckily, there is a lot of good content so don’t be afraid to have a backup plan.
  • Review the list of exhibitors beforehand and see what they are all about so you can prioritize who you want to talk to. The expo hall can be crazy, especially if you go during the specified times.  
  • Schedule meetings with people you really want to meet before the conference. Make the most of having customers/partners/vendors in one spot and get on their calendars early!

What To Pack & What To Wear 

  • Attendees: Dress Comfy. 
  • Exhibitors: Dress a step above casual - we have more attire tips for you here.
  • Bring lots of business cards.
  • Wear comfortable shoes! The venue is huge, and you will be walking a lot. 

During The Conference 

  • Before your session, check for any last minute changes to the times and locations.
  • Budget 15 minutes of walking time between sessions.
  • Consider going to the expo center during off hours to talk to the vendors you planned on having a conversation with. It’s less crowded and the vendors will have more time to talk with you. NOTE: Keep in mind that not all the vendors will be available during that time.
  • Make sure to walk the entire exhibitor floor at some point. There are many great products and companies that you may not know know about.
  • Ask people you meet for their business card. Jot down notes about them; you’ll meet a lot of people, and it’s easy to lose track of them all.
  • Get on social media with the hashtag, #Qonnections! You'll interact with other conference goers, learn about what others are learning and doing, get communication from Qlik about the conference, and see special offers from exhibitors. We’ll be posting a lot under these hashtags too: #WinWithData + #HappyMapping.
  • The food is awesome, and the venue is nice, so HAVE FUN and enjoy networking!

A Few Tips Directly From Qonnections Veterans

  • “Lunches are open seating.  Take that opportunity to meet new people.”
    – Patrick Vinton, CTO 
  • “Make sure to attend as many of the extra activities they have planned as you can- you meet people in surprising ways (like in the early runs or cycling classes).”
    -Tracey Doyle, VP Marketing
  • A Tip For Other Exhibitors: “Just because we 'compete' with some of the other resellers doesn’t mean we have to avoid them. We should befriend them and learn from each other to beat Tableau, etc.”
    –John Fitzgerald, VP Solutions

Analytics8 will be presenting sessions, demoing our products at our booth, and bouncing around at Qonnections. We'd love to see you there.

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