Hey everyone! It’s that time of the year when invites to Roblox Developers Conference go out. Some of you have been before, some of you have not. I’ve been to RDC 2017 and RDC 2018, and I thought I’d drop a topic with some advice for you RDC noobs. Feel free to listen to this advice (or not) and if you have attended RDC before and think something should be mentioned that I didn’t, feel free to drop it in a reply below! Let’s begin.
DON’T DRINK THE BOTTLE OF WATER IN THE HOTEL ROOM BECAUSE IT’S NOT FREE AND THEY WILL CHARGE YOU FOR IT
A big question whenever you travel is “How much money should I bring?” Well, you’re not going to need too much spending money while you’re at the conference. Roblox provides attendees with a plethora of snacks, food, and drinks all throughout the conference. At both conferences, snacks and food were provided at the welcome party (first night), as well as breakfast the following two mornings, lunch the following two days, and a plethora of snacks throughout the conference. Last year, there was a pizza dinner as well the second night. During the game jam, there’s tons of food provided so don’t fret about that. The only money you’ll use to spend on food would be if you wanted to grab any extra food/drinks or souvenirs during your time at the conference. As far as how much money you should plan on bringing, that’s really all up to you and how long you’ll be staying. Keep in mind it’s the bay area so things will be a tad bit expensive. Bring anywhere from $50-$100 per day you plan on staying (but don’t bring it all in cash) just to err on the side of caution (you never know what’s going to happen).
Let’s be honest here, the conference is going to last for a few days - don’t bring your whole setup. If you don’t already own one, invest in a laptop (or even an iPad) so you can jot down some notes, play games, and develop while you’re at the conference. BRING YOUR CHARGERS. Bring/invest in a mouse for your laptop, especially if you plan on participating in the game jam. Unless you want to carry around an entire Best Buy store in your backpack, the only things you’ll really want to have will be the laptop/iPad, mouse, phone, smart watch, and headphones.
BRING A PORTABLE PHONE CHARGER because the last thing you want is a dead phone and no means of transportation, money, information, etc.
This is the time to have fun! Everyone at the conference is there for the same reason - to celebrate the platform, see where it’s going, and to connect with other developers. Put yourself out there and make some new friends! At the welcome party, there’s so many things to do and so many games to play! Do you recognize one of your favorite developers? Go up and say hi! I don’t know any developers who don’t like to hear that you enjoy their game. Go to the pool sometimes, there’s bound to be a few developers hanging out there in the evening! Most of the time, groups of people tend to go out for dinner on one of the nights, so try to find some people to go with! You’ll regret not spending more time with people while you were there!
Things to Do Post-Conference
There’s a lot. Google “Things to do in San Francisco”. Get some friends together and make some plans to go sight seeing and whatnot. Last year, a group of us went hiking in Muir Woods (group photo here), some of us visited Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, and I visited a zoo with a friend. Oh, and try to visit the Roblox HQ while you’re in town!!!
I can’t really think of anything more to say, so as I stated above, if you’ve been to RDC in the past please feel free to drop some advice below for the RDC noobs. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you guys at RDC 2019!