When I first started going to conferences I used to try and do a full review of my highlights. Many conferences later and I’ve lost the enthusiasm to do this. Good talks stand out for a while, and if the speaker is on to something it will be usually be heavily adopted so I’ll most likely encounter these subjects further down the line in one shape or another.
Nowadays when I go to a conference I use the occasion to meet up with friends, have a break from work to refresh (although it is kinda work) but conferences also give me the opportunity to gauge where the web industry is heading.
Themeconf took place in the Lakes, in the North West of England. If you haven’t been there before then I suggest you put it on your list. It’s tranquil and idyllic. This gave me the chance to switch off from work for a bit and recharge my batteries. There’s plenty of amazing walks around the Lakes and there’s hardly any phone signal which is a godsend. It was great to see a few people I’ve not seen in a while as we instantly pick up our conversations about what we all enjoy – websites. Not as work, but as a genuine interest.