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KBYG guideFor first-timers, RSA Conference can seem pretty overwhelming. Over 500 sessions. Hundreds of vendors. Dozens of opportunities to learn, engage and have fun. The tips, tricks and resources below will help you maximize your conference experience. 

You can download our Know B4 U Go Guide and view our Conference Path Directory which will help you zero in on the activities and events that will benefit you most. 

5 tips videoVideo tips

Watch this video where Linda Gray, General Manager of RSA Conference, shares her top 5 tips for navigating RSA Conference as a first-time attendee.

RSAC planningPlan before you go

RSA Conference is full of opportunities: instructor-led classes, hands-on seminars, peer-to-peer sessions, in-depth Learning Labs and more. Before the show, build a customized schedule using My Schedule. Download our mobile app for scheduling, updates and more.

Tips for choosing your sessions

  • Dig deep. Attend sessions that enhance your learning. While some prefer attending sessions within a single track, you may want to consider sessions across multiple tracks.
  • Get input from co-workers. Talk to your boss and co-workers before you come so you can gather intelligence for them.
  • Divide and conquer. If you attend with co-workers, decide as a group who covers what prior to the Conference, then create a final trip report together.

Expo imageMap your Expo tour

Familiarize yourself with the Expo floorplan. Highlight vendors you want to see. Look for incentives and invitations to special events from vendors in your mail and email. 

Bash imageKeep the party going

Some of the most valuable RSA Conference experiences happen after hours, including pub crawls, dinners and parties.

be social iconBe social

The Viewing Point and The Sandbox are the social hubs of RSA Conference. Meet fellow attendees, interact with speakers and authors, watch keynotes remotely and much more.

expand knowledge iconExpand your knowledge

RSA Conference offers many opportunities for intense, hands-on training from (ISC)² and the SANS Institute. Learning Labs are another popular choice. You MUST enroll for these sessions before you go.

beat the crowds iconBeat the crowds

Registration is available in Moscone North and West. Monday and Tuesday morning are the busiest times. We suggest registering on Saturday or Sunday if possible.

Registration hours:    
Saturday                          1:00 PM–6:00 PM    Moscone North
Sunday                          7:00 AM–6:00 PM    Moscone North
  7:00 AM–6:00 PM    Moscone West
Monday                        7:00 AM–7:00 PM  Moscone North
  7:00 AM–6:00 PM     Moscone West
Tuesday                       6:30 AM–6:00 PM    Moscone North
  6:30 AM–5:00 PM     Moscone West
Wednesday                 6:30 AM–6:00 PM    Moscone North and West
Thursday                   6:30 AM–6:00 PM      Moscone North
  6:30 AM–5:30 PM     Moscone West
Friday                               8:00 AM–2:00 PM    Moscone North
  8:00 AM–12:30 PM    Moscone West

The Tuesday Opening and Friday Closing Keynotes tend to be the most attended events, so get there early.

stay hydrated iconStay hydrated and fed

Moscone North, South and West feature small food cafes and coffee bars. There are also plenty of events that include food and/or drinks.

5 tips icon 5 tips from conference veterans

  1. Pack for Comfort, Convenience: Wear comfortable shoes. Pack a battery phone charger. Don’t leave your hotel without business cards.
  2. Plan Ahead: Schedule meetings with top executives earlier in the week. Schedule sessions you are interested in right away. The Codebreakers Bash can be a good place to network.
  3. Always Have a Backup Plan: Sessions can fill up quickly. Always select a plan B in case things change.
  4. Take Care of Yourself: Keep distance in mind when scheduling meetings. Otherwise, you will find yourself sprinting all week. Skip some after-hours events earlier in the week. Build in time to get food. Avoid lunch between 11:30 and 1:30.
  5. Be Smart About the Expo Floor: Use the Expo floor layout to target key companies. Visit companies that are “musts” for your organization earlier in the week.

twitter icon#RSAC: your social cheat sheet

The RSA Conference Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages are great resources for information during the conference and all year long. 

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