I worked security this year. Mostly during setup. I got to see people, lots and lots of people. Many whom I knew and others whom I met for the first time.
I must sat that this report here on EETimes really captured the feel of the event. I was next to the octopus when they tested it on Friday. Even at 50 or so feet away one could feel the heat.
Every spare break time I had was spent in the Expo hall checking out some of the items detailed in this report. My favorites were seeing that Meccano has a new owner, the table was covered with the DIY parts to play with. Would have liked more time. Meccano in the US is called Erector Set. A few years ago I wanted to play with these parts (the gears) as an adult engineer again only to find that the then owner had aimed the product at preschool and was to safety concerned. Great to see this is back here in the US.
Other great things were Atmel (Since Atmel is my life as I use AVRs in my pipe organs) OSH-Park, (although I never did find the booth) NASA, And the folk at MAKE who also contribute here. It is times like this I feel I am at the center of the storm of technology. We really are a small community of thousands and it is great that we can get together in person.
@rick merritt - and the enthusiasm of the crowd throughout te day.
The crowd at this event is amazing. The company I work for Praetorian(1) specializes in large events, concerts and such like Maker, Fleet week, Renascence and Dickens Faires. It is truly remarkable that one can get this many folk together an have almost no incidents to speak of.