To help me prepare, I went back to a few previous posts on related topics...
In looking back, I first found a lot of posts that really suggested the key was having a good set of questions to provide a lens onto the conference:
- Be an Insanely Great Professional Conference Attendee
- Conference Preparation
- Better Questions for Learning Professionals
- Continuing Thoughts on Questions
- Do Learning Professionals Make the Worst Learners?
I also found a few posts around practical attendee ideas:
- David Warlick - Conference 2.0 - Ten Tips for Extending your Education Conference
- Session Hopping – A Practical Guide
- Conference Networking Tools
I also looked at a few posts more from the presenter / organizer standpoint ...
It doesn't appear that TK2008 has any formal ways of doing this. There must be an informal method.
So, my task list:
- Figure out what my questions are for this conference (really for this year).
- Plan my sessions accordingly. Review sessions handouts ahead of the conference (available one week before) to figure out what sessions make sense.
- Plan my trip into the Expo accordingly.
- Find informal opportunities to discuss these topics with other attendees.