Last year I attended the EDU Web Conference. Like minded people. Industry related discussions, speakers and vendors. I plan to attend this year as well. http://www.eduwebconference.com/
Very good suggestion. Thank you very much.
Without question, HighEdWeb. Tons of content, plenty of variation, the best group of people you can meet, and a very reasonable price. As far as I'm concerned, it sets the standard for higher ed web development conferences. (they're also setting up a magazine too)
eduWeb isn't bad once, but I find it a bit to marketing heavy and bland for my tastes.
That will be helpful to us all.
What's the word on EduComm? Is it just a trade show or is it substantive like HighEdWeb and eduWEB? I have to admit the marquee speakers sound great (David Pogue, Stephen Covey), but is it a good place to meet similar higher ed new media folk?
I attended HighEdWeb last year for the first time and was kicking myself for missing it in years past. Definite must, IMHO.
Doesn't hurt that it's in my home town next year...
If you could pick only one conference for the year (no matter what town it was in), which one would you go to?
SXSW Interactive (http://sxsw.com/interactive) hands down. The caliber of smart and innovative people attending this conference is astounding. Trends and new ideas are born here. For example, Twitter launched at SXSW and when I went a few years back so many people were using it at SXSW, but it still hadn't caught on with the mainstream audience. But you could see the potential and importance that it would become today and how people were leveraging it at SXSW at that time. It's just one example.
When you leave you will be so inspired.