Four days + 1,600 sessions + 170,000 attendees = the Superbowl of conferences. Like the first day of college, Dreamforce 2015 is full of backpack-toting attendees scrambling to find their sessions. From celebrities and entrepreneurs to the corporate crew, speakers are as diverse as their topics and entertainment features Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Foo Fighters and the Killers. All the stereotypical conference-goers are here: tech geeks carrying five mobile devices each, hungover coffee fiends, the guy snapping photos of every slide and the perpetual commenters discussing presentations in an otherwise quiet audience. We are all linked by a common interest in the convergence of technology and business.
Like in D.C., there’s a natural buzz of excitement in San Francisco. Rather than political focus, people here are jazzed about their business start-up projects and the next big technology trend. Steady year-round weather, fantastic food, reliable public transportation and the beautiful bay are just a few elements contributing to San Fran’s impressive rank on the quality of living scale. It’s an expensive place, but high risk can lead to high reward, right? You can now consider me an east coast girl with a west coast appreciation.