Is this your first time at Intersolar? Have no fear, here are three ways to make the most of the largest solar conference in California.
1. Show up
Twitter and other social media channels will do no justice to the event. You have to be there, meeting people in person.
2. Walk the expo floor
True, Intersolar is a conference with great educational sessions, but most of the excitment is on the expo floor. The expo is a multi-floor series of booths from solar companies. Most of the companies that have booths are hardware companies. If you're not in the market for a racking system, it would still be useful to know about racking systems.
Walk up to people at booths where you have no idea what the product is and ask them to tell you about the product. It's their job to tell you. Also ask them what they find interesting at Intersolar and if they recommend any other booths to go to.
Make sure to check out the Powerhouse Pavilion and CALSEIA Pavilion.
Do you need a free expo floor pass for Intersolar? Use PVComplete's complimentary discount code, V9878BC06, when you register here.
3. Go to networking events
The conference and expo floor are great, but the networking is even better and more worth your time. Below is a list of networking events happening around Intersolar. Not really a networker? Here 's how you take the awkward moments out of networking.
4. Follow up
You'll meet some interesting people. All will be for naught if you don't follow up and connect with them. If you don't immediatly have a follow up action, like getting coffee with them to have a deeper discussion around career or business, email them to say "It was nice to meet you. I look forward to seeing you at another solar event soon." and add them on LinkedIn. By doing this, you'll go above and beyond 95% of the people that person met at the conference.
Now get out there and enjoy Intersolar!
Can't get enough of solar? My friend Ravi and I host cleanweb events in the Bay Area and next week we're hosting a panel of solar software entrepreneurs to hear what they think about the current solar market and what it means for startups. Hope you can join us.
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