How to get the most out of a tech conference

The Gitlab Commit tech conference at The Brewery

Making the decision to attend a tech conference is a great one. A tech conference can deliver a host of benefits to attendees’ careers and personal development.

From the chance to learn from industry experts and peers, to developing networking skills and widening social circles, attending a technology conference offers a wealth of opportunity to professionals.

If you’ve signed up for a tech conference in 2021, we’ve compiled our top tips to help you get the absolute most out of this rewarding experience.

Review the conference schedule

There is nothing worse than turning up to a conference unprepared and unaware of the speakers and activities on the agenda.

If the conference is taking place in one room all day, with all speakers and activities taking place in the same space, it is less important to review the conference schedule ahead of time. You just need to be aware of when and where you need to be for registration and the conference start time.

However, if the conference is taking place across multiple rooms with various speakers, workshops and activities throughout the event, it is important to take some time to review the schedule in advance. Familiarise yourself with the talks and decide which ones you would like to attend within each time slot in the schedule. This can be tricky, as you may see more than one speaker you wish to listen to within the same slot, so be prepared and research the schedule in advance.

Research speakers and topics

When it comes to tech conferences in the UK, it is hugely important that attendees thoroughly research the array of speakers attending throughout the day and familiarise themselves with their topics.

Research the list of speakers and their chosen subject areas and prioritise which talks you could not bear to miss. There may be a specific must-see talk that will help you or your team’s development, or a subject matter very close to your heart. By researching in advance, it ensures you don’t overlook a rare opportunity to see a specific expert in the flesh or come away from the event disappointed because you have missed a must-see segment.

Sugar Rooms event

Follow up

Take the time to follow up with the conference organisers once the event has ended. Most conferences record each of the talks that take place throughout the day and make these available online. It is worth a follow up, so you can recap on what you watched, and digest all the other talks you were unable to attend.

Why not follow up with conference organisers, retrieve the recording and hold your own feedback sessions with your colleagues and showcase all you’ve learned?

Familiarise yourself with the layout

While it is important to research the schedule and speakers at your next tech conference, it is also crucial to familiarise yourself with the layout of the event venue itself.

The Brewery, with our variety of characterful rooms, is ideal for tech conferences of 1,000 attendees or for more intimate events. Each of our rooms – The Porter Tun, King George III, Queen Charlotte, Sugar Rooms, Smeaton Vaults and James Watt can be tailored to your own unique needs and the range of spaces linked together or used separately for breakout or networking areas.

Ensure you become aware of registration locations, event spaces, breakout rooms, toilets and where you can pick up refreshments. This will avoid you running the risk of getting lost on the day or missing out on important talks through being in unfamiliar surroundings.

Venue layout

Tweeting during the event

Ensuring you are an active listener throughout the event will ensure you are getting the absolute most out of it.

A great way to keep engaged and digest the event is to live tweet throughout the conference. Not only will this keep you on schedule and focussed, but it’s a great way to tag in the event hashtag and speakers, and for your colleagues and followers to share information in real time as the event unfolds.

Network and have fun

One important thing to remember about tech conferences is it is an opportunity to work hard but also have fun.

Don’t forget to use the conference as a chance to network, expand your social circle, make new friends and involve yourself in conversations with like-minded professionals.

If you are thinking of running your own tech conference and need some advice, read our blog: Tips for hosting a tech conference. We also have some great tips for speaking at a tech conference.

Contact The Brewery today

If you are looking for the perfect venue for your next London tech conference, contact The Brewery today.

Our team of experts will work with you to create an event that is perfect for your brand and audience. With six event spaces, a delicious selection of food and delicious drinks, we will help you create a tech conference that is sure to cause a stir in your industry.