Who Are You?
A lot of events are preceded with a "meet and greet" session. It gives you something to do for an hour or so before the real activity takes place. I'm not much of a schmoozer myself, but if the crowd is right, there is value in the activity. It's good to get to know folks with similar interests or vocations.
On the Internet, Facebook is kind of known as the place for that sort of thing. The problem with it though is the low signal to noise ratio. Too much drivel to sort through to find the valuable nuggets. But don't despair. All is not lost. Over at EEWeb, they have something pretty close in their "Featured Engineer" series. As of this writing, they have well North of a hundred profiles. Peruse through and get to know some or the people making things happen in the world these days.
If you look close, you can find yours truly in the list. And the first person to name the science fiction movie I'm thinking about gets a free Screaming Circuits polo shirt. The first person who can correctly identify the lighthouse gets one too. (the lighthouse is small in the photo, but if you've been there, you'll recognise the area) Only in the U.S. though. Sorry, but customs gets me down so I'll only ship to a U.S. address. It might not be the same shirt I'm wearing, but close.
In life I was your partner, Jacob Marley.