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Thumbs up iconFor 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 also view our Conference Path Directory which will help you zero in on the activities and events that will benefit you most. 

If you’re attending RSA Conference for the first time, you probably have lots of questions about how best to prepare and what to expect once you arrive in San Francisco. View our recent webcast to hear insights from Linda Gray Martin, General Manager of RSA Conference, on how to maximize your experience at RSAC 2017. 

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Plan 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 Conference, enroll in sessions with NEW Reserve a Seat. You can see how it works here.  And don’t forget to download the 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.

Map Expo iconMap 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. 

Expo Hours

 Monday, February 13  5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Welcome Reception)
 Tuesday, February 14  10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
 Wednesday, February 15  10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
 Thursday, February 16  10:00 AM –  3:00 PM

Party Going iconKeep the party going

Some of the most valuable RSA Conference experiences happen after hours, including pub crawls, dinners and parties. For the ultimate party opportunity, be sure to check out Thursday night’s RSAC Bash featuring four parties in four different venues.

Be 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.

SOC iconRSA Conference Security Operations Center (SOC)

Head to the North Lobby of The Moscone Center for a firsthand look at the Security Operations Center—hosted by RSA and Cisco AMP Threat Grid—that will be monitoring all traffic on the Moscone Wireless Network. Half-hour tours of the SOC will be available throughout the Conference.


Beat the crowds

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

Registration Hours

Saturday                          1:00 PM – 5:00 PM    Moscone North
Sunday                          7:00 AM – 6:00 PM    Moscone North
  8:00 AM – 6:00 PM    Moscone West
Monday                        7:00 AM – 7:00 PM  Moscone North
  7:00 AM – 6:00 PM    Moscone West
  7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Marriott Marquis
Tuesday                       6:30 AM – 6:00 PM    Moscone North and West
  11:30 AM – 6:00 PM Marriott Marquis
Wednesday                 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM    Moscone North and West & Marriott Marquis
Thursday                   6:30 AM – 6:00 PM      Moscone West & Marriott Marquis
  6:30 AM – 5:00 PM     Moscone North
Friday                               8:00 AM – 2:00 PM    Moscone West
  8:00 AM – 12:30 PM    Moscone North

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

Quick Bytes iconStay hydrated and fed

Head to Yerba Buena Gardens Terrace right behind Moscone North for expanded meal choices prepared by a variety of San Francisco vendors.

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 RSAC 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 AM and 1:30 PM.

  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.

Social Cheat Sheet icon#RSAC: your social cheat sheet

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