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How to Have a Great Time at Web Summit 2017

Forbes calls it “the best tech conference on the planet.” We are talking billionaires. We are talking presidents of the biggest companies in the world. There’s also celebrities, athletes, politicians, or even ex-presidents. And yes, the founder of Tinder will be there too. That’s just one aspect of the many that this event offers. One thing is for sure; Web Summit 2017 is approaching. It’s just over a month away.

You don’t want to come to an event just to see that you don’t have everything that you need. This event only happens once a year. You can’t repeat it.

So what do you need to have a great time at this year’s Web Summit?

Have a Plan

You might work better without having a plan, but when it comes to Web Summit, you need a plan. Even if it's a brief plan. 

When you are at an event of this scale, whether you regularly plan or not, you need some brief plan. Otherwise, you will be disappointed. This isn’t a football game. Your eyes aren't focused on just one area.

There will be thousands of exhibitions along with thousands of different media outlets and speakers. There's a lot of things to do. There's also a lot of things that you won't be able to do due to the lack of time.

You can't-do it all. That’s the problem. There’s just too much stuff to do. The problem with that? When there’s too much to do, and we don’t have a basic plan on what to do, we often end up doing very little.

And don’t go to a talk given by somebody simply because your friends want to see it. Go to a talk because it will help you. Events like this are made to help you. That’s why there are so many speakers at Web Summit. As everyone has different needs. Choose based on your needs.

Don't Skip Portable Chargers

You can't walk into an event with over 60,000 people while expecting that your phone will last the full day. It just doesn't matter. Networking connections might need to be added on Linkedin. On the other side of things, you might want to take videos of your favorite speakers. You might even meet them. Who doesn't want a selfie with their favorites?

You can forget about all that if you don't bring a portable charger as your phone won't survive a full day unless you don't take any pictures or use any internet at all.

Zendure A2 might be a good choice for you if you want to keep some space in your pocket. If you are looking for something more powerful than the A2, then perhaps the A8 QC might be a better choice. More power. Faster charging. And it has four USB slots. There's a lot of people going to this event, sharing one of those slots can start a friendship for all we know.

Don't Forget Your Bag

While a bag is always useful when it comes to carrying your technological equipment, at Web Summit, you need a bag for a different reason.

Exhibition stands mean freebies. A lot of freebies. We are talking about mugs. You can get a lot of practical stuff for free at such events. And startups have to be creative in order to succeed. They don't tend to fail on that when it comes to freebies.

Bring the Right Adapter

You are in Lisbon. Nope, you are not in the UK. You are not in the USA either. However, if you were to visit both, Zendure Passport has all the plugs that you will ever need inside of one body. And that includes the Europen plugs as well as American plugs. 

An adapter as such can save your life in Lisbon. You won't get away without having your devices charged. A portable charger is great, but even that has to get charged. If you are traveling through different countries, this might be a good choice for you.

Network With People

At the end of the day, networking is the most important thing that this event brings. It's the connections that you make with people that shape your future.

So go out and talk to people. Talk to the press. Talk to the speakers. Talk to the people.

Conclusion

There's nothing that's too simple on this list. These five will make your trip way more enjoyable than ever before. People from all over the world come for this event. Be a part of it. 

Written by Michael Smolski.