Every Le Web is different from the last one. Le Web, day one, 2012 is ending in a couple of hours and even though a lot of awesome things are happening here. I’ve compiled a conference guide, of my observations today. Read on and learn rockers!
1. Don’t use too much of your time in the plenary rooms. Seats are mostly available in the back and you can’t really get out if you first get into a row (btw – I often fall asleep up there – because I literally can’t get out – and Im not confident enough to step over 100 people’s toes in order to get out). Instead, see if you can forget about it and watch everything interesting online later (and no I don’t mean the product pitches where people are wearing weird costumes to generate instant viral buzz. It was cool 3 years ago when Loic le Meur dressed up as an angry bird – not anymore).
2. Instead I suggest you hang out in the different buildings talking to everything with a pulse.
3. Checking the #leweb twitter feed manically. You’re here to network (go on – admit it -you really are).
4. If you participate in god knows what competition where you can win a computer or a web of thing – and to make the draw you have to tweet or share something, use the hashtag #pimping – because you are. (thanks to Rachel Clarke for mentioning that to me).
5. Be the last one to leave parties – well at least one of the last ones, best business building always happen at champagne o’clock
6. Approach people and hear their story. They’ll thank you on twitter later. No it doesn’t matter if they are from an xx country innovation institute and handing out leaflets and you are thinking – “wow – they are being totally innovative handing out leaflefts at one of the most innovative gatherings in Europe”. It doesn’t matter if their are wearing mexican short skirts, they could be a potential network opportunity.
7. This is France, but don’t have more than 2 glasses of wine at lunch. At least I can’t. You don’t want to be pretty drunk talking to people in the afternoon (or maybe if that’s your thing, go ahead=)
8. Don’t get frantic while standing in line for 1 hour to get your badge.. instead dance to make other people happy or do something to lower your intolerance for queues. This is Le Web. You’re lucky to be here in the first place! Who caes about the queues?
9. Yes you do need to hold on to leave the different booth until you’ve gotten a business card. This insecure programmer who just studdered through a presentation of their business ? he could potentially be a beneficial part of your network.
10. Make some sort of strategic map of who you want to talk to each day. It’s super important. Le Web uses presdo.com for the networking but I have been checking out my guys over at Copenhagen based startup Conferize all day. Works like a charm.