I went to SXSW Interactive last year. The networking aspect (people met) was excellent; but the technical aspects were disappointing ... I was hoping for more meat on the tech details.
My favorite panels were those which allowed a large amount of audience participation. Two such were (I don't recall the titles offhand) were the NonProfit Brainstorming and the talk about the use of music during project development.
I can't go fulltime this year (can't afford the time and I want to save my travel budget for more pure technical stuff), but for those who do attend (particularly firsttimers) you'll get the most out of the conference if you follow the informal discussion groups around.
Also, note that Austin Barcamp is happening on Saturday and Sunday. This is the non-conference/conference at which just about anything can be discussed, and is a VERY strong opportunity for making nationwide contacts in a wide variety of areas. See http://www.barcamp.org/BarCampAustinIII for details.
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