Emerging Technology Conference

Since I’m still riding my SxSW high, I’m eager to attend the second annual O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, which takes place from April 22-26 in Santa Clara. I heard great things about last year’s conference and I’m sure this is the conference to go to if you want to hear what the tech world’s thinkers are thinking about. I’m especially interested in hearing what Howard Rheingold (author of Smart Mobs) and Clay Shirky have to say.

I’m wondering if anyone is considering going. The only way I’d be able to afford this is to go on a press pass, write some articles to pay for my flight, and sleep on somebody’s floor. Ideas?