Conferences as an Independant?
Back when I was working for The Man, I attended a fair share of conferences, some more worthwhile than others, but I usually got something out of all of them. The best part, however, was that I wasn't paying.
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I've gotten many free passes to the Embedded Systems conference - but only the exhibition floor. I don't think there are many passes for the classes and tutorials. :(
Dont forget they are an excellent way to tax deduct vacations
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When I was working on my Masters degree, I was able to attend many conferences real cheaply as a student. Most will want some letter from your accomplice, err, I mean professor/department, saying you are a full time student. Which is also a great way to get cheap software: being an eternal starving student.
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