1. Get roommates. I booked a room at the Grand Hotel in SLC immediately after booking my ticket to Alt. It must have been inspired because I was a first timer and did not really know how intense the alt schedule is, or how difficult it would be to get other accommodations close by. At first I thought this was going to be a dreamy well earned alone time vakay, however since we are moving to Switzerland (VERY EXPENSIVE) I decided to share the cost of the room with some other Alt attendee’s. It was easy to find roommates and easy to replace one who had to cancel at the last minute. I got stuck in Detroit on Wednesday night and it was so nice to have someone to text and communicate with who was already there. It was also nice to have some smiling new faces to greet me when I arrived. Throughout the whole conference it was awesome to have someone you know to go to the parties with and to recap experiences at the end of our long days. I was supper lucky to get Lauren from a stylizedexistence and Jeran from oleanderandpalm for roomies.
2. Try not to take all the fashion of Alt too seriously-except for Alt’s feature soiree. Be yourself.: I think Alt Summit organizers and Alt Channel did such a FANTASTIC job of educating newbies on what to expect through free online classes in the month leading up to the conference. But I have to admit I kind of worried a little too much about it the fashion of Alt. I wanted to feel like myself but I knew my yoga pants and tennis shoes weren’t going to cut it. I am glad I made more effort than my normal day-to-day uniform, but I really think that, with the exception of the parties- particularly the clue party- its what ever you feel comfortable in that will suit you best. The clue party is the one exception~ can’t wait to see what they come up with for next year! The vintage outfits and “costumey” ensembles were AWESOME! At the last minute I opted for a “dressed down” low profile outfit that I felt really comfortable in, but I regretted it a little- I should have gone for my first instinct and really glam-med up!
3. Bring plenty of business cards and hand them out to everyone you meet. Really!
I heard other people apologizing for being out of cards by the last day. Every time you meet someone its totally fine and kind of expected to hand them a card. It helps later to remember your name or at least have a visual- color, logo, etc. on you.
4. Stay at the conference location. I can’t stress enough how exhausted you are at the end. How every minute is cram packed. I am so glad that I didn’t have to add transportation hassles, timing etc. to my days. It was nice to run back to the room for lip gloss or more business cards!
5. The classes are worth it! Don’t schedule a massage instead of attending the classes. Out of all the hours I spent last week at round-tables, Break outs, design camp, and keynote addresses. I only felt like I would rather be somewhere else for about an hour. Over all the amount of helpful information is like packing in a semester of grad-school over 4 days.
5. Don’t forget/ or be afraid to meet people you admire. Remember to get a photo with them! After all, you probably won’t see them again until next year!