New to SharkFest?

First-time attendee to-do’s and tips from past attendees to get you started.

Whether you’re a first-time SharkFester or want to make the most of your time at the conference, here’s your TO DO list:


Dress casually and in layers! Though SharkFest US conferences happen in warm summer months, the event is housed in venues that often turn up the cool air to accommodate many people in one space. Dressing casually and in layers will ensure your comfort.


Review and revisit the full conference agenda a few times before the conference starts and create a schedule of sessions you wish to attend.


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Download the SharkFest’20 US App. Familiarize yourself with the most current session agenda, speaker bios, social events, last-minute event changes, and give session and instructor feedback.


Read the title AND the abstract of SharkFest sessions of interest. Be sure the sessions you choose to attend cover the topics you’re interested in and download traces or other materials before a session start time as requested in certain session abstracts.


Adjust your schedule onsite. There are no requirements for attending sessions. Just show up at the assigned time and find a seat. Feel free to move to a different session if it doesn't interest you. It’s your conference. Attend it your way.


Bring your laptop to all sessions. Whether attending a hands-on session or lecture, loading packet traces and other resources provided by instructors is crucial. Power is available in all classrooms.


Socialize with new friends. SharkFest is an informal, social experience that brings like-minded IT Professionals together to share Wireshark knowledge. Get to know many peers and share as much as possible during your stay!