Navigating Dreamforce 2023: A Guide to Maximize Your Experience

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A Guide to Maximize Your Experience

Dreamforce, Salesforce’s flagship event is right around the corner! Dreamforce kicks off September 12 in San Francisco at the Moscone Center. As the countdown begins with less than a week away, it’s time to start planning your adventure!  In this blog, I will be your compass by providing strategies, resources, and insights to help you make the most out of this three-day conference. Whether you’re a seasoned attendee or a first-time participant, this guide is your key to unlocking and maximizing your Dreamforce ‘23 experience. 


Your Must Knows Before You Go 

Prepare For Your Dreamforce Journey

As you prepare for your upcoming journey to Dreamforce, it’s crucial to have some key insights at your disposal for a well-prepared conference experience. First, take the time to discover the impressive lineup of speakers. With over 1,500 sessions spanning a wide range of topics, planning ahead is essential. Keep an eye out for regular additions to the session lineup by visiting the Dreamforce Session Catalog. To stay organized throughout the event, craft a personalized agenda that reflects your interests and tracks the sessions you plan to attend. Remember that session availability is on a first-come, first-served basis, so adding sessions to your agenda helps prioritize your priorities. Lastly, for an efficient conference experience, consider scheduling sessions that are in close proximity to each other, allowing you enough time to move between them seamlessly.

  1. Discover the Speakers at Dreamforce: Dreamforce – Speakers ( 
  2. Explore Sessions, Keynotes, and More: Dreamforce Session Catalog.  
  3. Build and Customize Your Agenda: Start putting together your trail map here.


Essential Packing Tips for Your Dreamforce Adventure

For a smooth and enjoyable Dreamforce experience, packing the right essentials is essential. Here’s a list of the top six packing must-haves that will take your Dreamforce adventure to the next level.

  1. Light Jacket and Umbrella: San Francisco’s weather can be unpredictable, so it’s wise to pack a light jacket and an umbrella to stay prepared for any weather conditions, whether it’s rain or shine.

  2. Bookbag: Make sure to bring a bookbag to carry your essentials and any swag you collect during the event. It’s worth noting that Salesforce has shifted toward sustainability and no longer provides traditional Dreamforce swag bags.

  3. Smart Business Casual Attire: Observing the dress code from the previous year, which leans towards comfort with a touch of professionalism, it’s advisable to pack smart business casual attire. Include items like jeans, casual company shirts, and pullovers to fit right in.

  4. Networking Essentials: Prepare for networking opportunities by stocking up on business cards. Alternatively, embrace modern networking techniques by using QR codes for quick connections or having your electronic business cards ready for seamless networking with new acquaintances.

  5. Comfortable, Supportive Shoes: Be ready to explore and walk every corner of Dreamforce, so prioritize comfort by packing comfortable and supportive shoes that can handle the miles of walking and exploration.

  6. Don’t Forget Your Water Bottle: Keep a water bottle on hand to stay refreshed, energized, and, most importantly, well-hydrated throughout the bustling days of the conference. These essentials will ensure you’re well-prepared for your Dreamforce adventure.


Don’t Miss Out on These Top 6 Must-Attend Events

Immerse yourself in these six key events to enhance both your Dreamforce experience and professional knowledge.

  1. The First Keynote: Mark your calendar for the opening keynote on September 12th, scheduled from 10:00 to 11:00 AM PST. Arriving early is crucial for securing a seat at highly anticipated keynotes and popular sessions.
  2. Explore the After Parties: Some of the most memorable celebrations and networking opportunities occur outside the Dreamforce conference, especially at events hosted by partners. Discover a comprehensive list of post-conference events on Salesforce Ben’s blog.

  3. Dreamforce Homecoming Celebration: Start off the conference with a bang at the Homecoming Celebration from 5:00 to 7:00 PM PST on Tuesday, September 12th.

  4. Dreamfest: Immerse yourself in rock ‘n’ roll as the Foo Fighters take the stage live at Chase Center from 6:00 to 9:00 PM PST on Wednesday, September 13th.

  5. Other Wednesday Dreamforce Party: Don’t miss the Party on Howard! From 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, you can dance the night away on Howard Street while enjoying live music, delectable food, and refreshing drinks.

  6. Dreamforce Volunteer Day: Make a positive impact by participating in volunteer activities on September 11th, contributing to essential maintenance projects in San Francisco’s public parks.


3 Strategies to Elevate Your Networking

When you attend Dreamforce, the connections you forge have the potential to blossom into valuable relationships and partnerships. To maximize the impact of your networking efforts, consider these three essential strategies:

  1. LinkedIn QR Codes: Harness the power of LinkedIn QR codes, making it effortless to exchange your profile with new connections within the Salesforce ecosystem.
  2. Practice Your Elevator Pitch: Craft a compelling elevator pitch that succinctly introduces yourself, your role, and the motivations driving your participation in the conference. This will help kickstart conversations on the right foot.
  3. Foster New Connections: Remember that nurturing and maintaining the connections you establish is vital. By following these strategies, you can elevate your networking game, ensuring that your connections continue to grow and mutually benefit both you and your newfound contacts.



In conclusion, we trust that this guide has equipped you with the confidence to fully embrace Dreamforce this year. Remember, preparation serves as your guiding star for navigating and optimizing your conference experience. Let’s collectively ensure that Dreamforce 2023 becomes an unforgettable event. See you at Dreamforce!


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About the Author

Nikki Holter is a dynamic and accomplished professional who serves as the Business Development & Marketing Manager at TruSummit Solutions. Nikki Holter

“I am dedicated to cultivating valuable relationships. My enthusiasm for innovative problem-solving and staying at the forefront of industry trends equips me to successfully engage with potential customers, partners, and talent in need of support.” 

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