Google, Microsoft, IBM and a whole bunch of other conference sponsors are throwing a big, sexy bash tonight, to themes such as Mardi Gras, Cosmopolitan, Tropical... and plus there'll be a big Carmen Sandiego-inspired scavenger hunt with prizes to win!
But I'm not going.
I got a last-minute chance to volunteer run a booth during the party. That gains me volunteer hours, which gains me an unexpected $240 in conference fee reimbursement! Not too shabby, considering I still get to pick at the appetizers every once in a while anyway. I'll network with those courting companies next year. (DID I MENTION GRACE HOPPER IS GOING ANNUAL!?! Next one's in Orlando!! YAYY!)
BTW I will go to *one* corporate talk. Marissa Mayer, a former AI prof who is now a VP at Google... she's my American Idol.