by Greg Houston on January 29, 2015
LegalTech New York kicks off next week, and we can’t wait. Every year, we learn so much at the show—both from scheduled sessions and ad hoc conversations with the e-discovery heroes in attendance.
With session topics ranging from information governance to big data to the business of running a law firm, presenters like experts from Google and The American Lawyer, and more exhibitors than we can count, LTNY has certainly earned its title as the biggest legal technology event of the year.
Sounds a little intimidating, right? Here’s our list of LTNY must-do’s:
Get hands-on. You can get a demo of new software anytime; this is your chance to touch the products and get to know how they might meet your needs.
Get a good seat for the keynote. It really sets the tone, and it’s all anyone will talk about for the rest of the show, so you won’t want to miss it. This year’s topic is Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Data Protection Legal Challenges in the Digital Age.
Block off some time to visit the expo hall. It may be crowded and the endless sales pitches may get annoying, but every year we hear from colleagues who regret missing it.
Plan each day in advance. It’s easy to get distracted on site, so familiarize yourself with the agenda ahead of time and make sure you know what you can’t miss.
Take a breather. There’s a Starbucks across the street from the Hilton, and the Museum of Modern Art is just a two-minute walk away. Use your breaks to clear your head; you’ll be glad you did.
Reflect early and often. During breaks, on the plane, and back in the office, create an actionable to-do list for yourself and your team. The key to capitalizing on what you learn is to set goals immediately, while the inspiration is fresh.
Keep in touch. You’ll meet dozens of exceptional people next week. Exchange business cards, spin off a quick email, connect on LinkedIn—just make the most of your new relationships. We’ve made lasting friendships that way.
Have your own items to add to your checklist? Let us know in the comments below how you’ll make the most of LTNY. And while you’re at the show, feel free to track us down. We’d love to say hi.