So this weekend I'm off to Vancouver for NIPS 2010. I won't be presenting but I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to meet people in my field. More than that however a few of the professors that I am interested in will have papers at this conference. I've been in contact with a few of them and hopefully I'll have the opportunity to meet with a couple of them at the conference.
I've been reading up on articles of how to make the best of conferences and perhaps the best that I have come across is this one from ProfHacker at the Chronicle. Among the things it suggests are to make sure to participate the panels, to use Twitter to interact with other conference attendees, to mingle, to introduce yourself, to stay at the conference hotel and to plan your networking ahead of time. Of course, I'm also looking forward to seeing the sights in a city I've never been to before.
What tips do you have to make the most of attending conferences?