Last year, I took a chance and stopped by the Entertainment Gathering conference. Blew my mind. I mean, I met Woz AND Adam Savage. Nutty!
Unlike the crappy gadget trade shows we get shipped off to every January, EG is full of interesting people; not only technologists but writers, musicians, animators, inventors, film makers, explorers, etc.
It's held in Monterey, CA from the 21st to the 23rd and if you're going, let me know — I'd love to meet up.
Also, if any Giz readers want to come, they should check out the website and contact the EG people, asking for Jane and mentioning Gizmodo — you'll get a small discount.