Whether you are a first-time attendee or a seasoned Summit pro, these tips and visuals are something we put together for ourselves and wanted to share. This year marks the new, expanded agenda that includes a third day (Wednesday) and allows for a “free” evening on Monday where you can entertain your clients or network over dinner.
Summit always inspires so much energy, I really do enjoy it, but with everything that is going on along with keeping an eye on clients, it can be overwhelming. They are long days, for sure. But it is still such a worthy event, I’m excited to hop on the plane tomorrow morning and see so many people I’ve come to call friends.
Tip #1: Download the app. It’s so handy for setting up quick meetings and finding new contacts. 😊
- Sign up for all sessions that look interesting. Even if you double-book yourself, because you can’t get in a session room unless you’re registered. The only session I would be vigilant about is the Women in Tech – if you find yourself suddenly unable to go, please remove yourself so others who are on the wait list can get in!
- Peruse the attendees and exhibitor tabs and scope out who you’d like to connect with in advance.
- Familiarize yourself with the overall layout and key spots to make quick work of transitioning between sessions, meetings, and meals. It’s a big place, but once you’re on the “floor” things are pretty close together.
Tip #2: Attend the Women in Tech sessions (men are welcome).
Truly inspirational speakers and a community that will energize and empower you. Don’t despair if you didn’t snag a spot. I have it on good authority if you show up at the door, you will probably get a seat. 🙂
Tip #3: Use Social! LinkedIn, both personal and company pages get some serious traction this week.
Post photos from sessions, the Expo, selfies, and add your insights to the announcements. Just a little effort here will pay huge dividends to your social cred and will generate followers for your brand. Like, comment and share other’s posts.
Tip #4: If you’re attending the Summit Celebration Tuesday night, bring your BADGE and your ID.
It’s a nightclub and you won’t be able to get in without those two items. It’s a long walk back to the room to fetch them. Take note that is ISN’T on Monday night this year!
Tip #5: Get a new head shot!
Since it was so popular last year, they’ve doubled the staff and that should make things go a lot faster this year. Hair and makeup services included. Head over to the Headshot Pavilion (see image) to get it done. No appointments, first-come, first-serve.
Summit Exhibit Space (additional Marketplace again this year)
Tip #6: Grab a seat at the Solution Showcases.
It’s a great venue to get a deep dive into add-on solutions, and the opportunity to get face time with the creators, and all of your questions answered.
Tip #7: Looking for a little bit of fun?
Steer yourself to the Indy Car Exhibit and have test your driving skills in the race simulator. (No tire changing this year, feedback about the noise and the pressure was taken).
Tip #8: Book Acumatica Summit 2025.
If you’re an ISV, and plan to exhibit next year (it will be at the Wynn again), take advantage of discounted sponsor rates. Find Sergey Cherynak at the Summit booth to discuss.
Tip #9: Bring comfortable shoes, business cards and a sweater or jacket.
Probably a no-brainer, but sometimes we forget how much walking there is, so don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes. Also, even in this digital age, a lot of folks still want a business card (this year I opted for a dot card). I always pack some snacks for long days, and bring a sweater or light jacket. It’s Vegas and evenings can be in the 40’s.
Tip #10: Participate in the Acumatica Passport, and closing session
The ISV passport is a lot of fun and you can win prizes! I mean, you’re going to be visiting the booths anyway, why not get credit for it?
Also, if you’re still around on Wednesday afternoon, enjoy the Closing Reception to network with other attendees, your clients, and Acumatica staff. It’s 2-1/2 hours of beverages, appetizers, music and opportunity to digest what you’ve heard for the last few days. NOTE: It is INSIDE this year, so you won’t freeze. 🙂
BONUS Tip: If you’re arriving early enough on Sunday, attend the Acu-connect session at 3:00pm in LaTache 1 (right next to registration) for a lively session that includes a panel discussion moderated by yours truly, awards, and more.
I will be at Summit starting early tomorrow (Sunday), and I’d love to say hello and catch up. Ping me on the app and let me know where to find you!