When flipping through my phone's photo gallery it's easy to tell what time of year it is: Christmas trees, fireworks, football season, and JiveWorld photos! It's obviously quite a memorable occasion. I'm so excited to be attending my 3rd JiveWorld365 this year, and hopefully I can share a sneak peak into what to expect this year to get you amped/prepared for this party...err...conference.
1) Use the JiveWorld14 Mobile App to plan our your day
There are so many unique tracks, sessions, meet-ups, social events, etc, that you really need to make sure you're at the right place at the right time.
2) Meet up with your colleagues and your favorite Jive Community members
The Welcome Happy Hour Reception on Tuesday from 5p-7p provides an excellent opportunity to meet the people you've developed a relationship with online. But pace yourself, there are lots of Happy Hour networking events through out JiveWorld...
3) You DO NOT want to miss the Mainstage keynotes and entertainment
It would be like missing a Game of Thrones Finale. This is the perfect way to start your days at JiveWorld. You'll leave with tons of ideas to take back to your company, inspired by the results your colleagues like Mike Laffin, Todd Moran and tmcg have found with their instances, and fueled by the words and performances of Azure Antoinette, Adam Sadowsky and OK Go.
Did I mention OK Go? They do magical things like this.
JiveWorld Yoga and Running clubs meet at 6:15am (this should be an easy wake up call for those that are coming from the east). If you're running, this may be the only time you see natural light in 4 days. Enjoy it!
Also, this could be a good time to get some face time with Ryan Rutan - this guy doesn't need sleep!
5) Contribute to the online conversation
Participate in the JiveWorld14 Game Series and you could win an iPad Mini! But the prize is not the main incentive IMO. The gamification encourages you to experience all the great things that JiveWorld has to offer and to share that experience across social media and the app. So download the app, login and start playing!
Also, swing by the Social Command Center to pull us away from our computers. We'll need some human interaction.
6) Pick the right track for you, but don't be afraid to branch out
Depending on how well-versed you are with Jive there's a track that's most suited to your needs. Make sure to attend the sessions that are the most appropriate to your needs, but I'd also encourage you to take in some sessions that are a bit out of your comfort zone or level. It's a great measure of growth if during JiveWorld14 you attend mostly "New to Jive Sessions" and then during JiveWorld15 you attend mostly "Advanced Community Management Sessions".
7) Develop it!
If you're a developer, the sessions and activities are more plentiful for you this year. Wim Stoop gives you a sneak peak (Develop Better Together at JiveWorld14) and Ryan Rutan breaks down the Developer Conference in full (JiveWorld14 Developer Conference : We're Brewing Up Something Awesome!)
Beer Dark 30 is also back by popular demand as the best coding happens at night...with pizza...and beer.
8) You have to take time to re-charge your battery
I would recommend you take full advantage of your stay in the Cosmopolitan, as it's my favorite hotel in Vegas. Spend some down time in your crazy posh Cosmopolitan room, or head to Holstein's for a milkshake that will blow your mind. #poprocks
9) Get your technical questions answered
I know you have at least one question about the Jive platform or its integration with other platforms. The Genius Bar is stocked with smarty pants that are there to help you. The Jive Solution Showcase and Partner Expo Hall are also great places to learn about companies that can help you implement your social business solution.
Dance it out with Jivers and all of your new friends - I promise you a good time. Even if all you want to do is get in your sweat pants and eat a full pepperoni from Secret Pizza, down a shot of espresso, man up and get yourself to the Final Night Party!
Sounds like a conference you CAN'T miss, huh? If you're having a hard time justifying your trip to JiveWorld, download this letter to help you make your case.
Also, if you register in September, you'll be entered to win the Las Vegas VIP Experience. This includes private transportation to and from the airport, a suite upgrade, a Cosmopolitan gift card, access to VIP activities throughout JiveWorld14 including exclusive receptions and access to the VIP lounge.
Is there anything that I left off the top 10 things to do at JiveWorld? Let me know!