We just arrived in New Orleans yesterday afternoon and I'm excited for this week and all the learning opportunities ahead! Being surrounded by all of these smart people is energizing and inspiring.
Considering DrupalCon is the biggest, most important Drupal conference/event to go to, it is always a priority of mine to make it to as many as I can. This will be my second DrupalCon. My first being DrupalCon Austin 2 years ago and that was a great experience. I learned a lot there and I plan to learn a lot here in New Orleans. There will be lots of Drupal 8 talks. Our development team at Classic Graphics is going to be soaking in a lot of the Drupal 8 knowledge to take back and utilize back at work.
That is the biggest reason these conferences are so important. Not only do we get to travel to somewhere new for a week, but we also get to connect with all the other smart Drupal developers out there who live and breathe this framework just like we do. It can sometimes be tough keeping up with all the new ideas and initiatives being made every day, but going to this conference gives us a huge boost forward.