This is my third annual meeting and I can tell for sure that each experience has been unique. Except for some key events (like the social-turned-into-suicidal media reception), every year I arrive with different goals and that makes me always willing to come back.
It is one thing to see the papers being published online from my desk at CMU and another one to see people talking about work still on the way. And even better to look around in the audience to see how much people care about each topic.
As I approach the end of every meeting, I feel that I could start anew with a different schedule for the same program. With all the insights I got here and the year of work ahead before Nashville, I can only expect my experience on every meeting to get better and better.