The attendance numbers for DAC in Austin Texas a couple of weeks ago are now out. Attendance was:
- full conference passes: 1589
- exhibits-only passes: 2364
- booth staff: 1998
The registration is slightly lower than last year when DAC was in San Francisco (as it will be again for the next two years). However, there was an increase in technical session attendance. The combined keynote attendance was way up from 2012 but I think that probably is mostly due to having more keynotes this year. The numbers were also higher than 2011 numbers in San Diego, the last time DAC was held outside the bay area.
On Monday, walking around the exhibit hall, DAC felt just as busy as usual. As always, later in the week it felt less busy but talking to several companies, everyone seemed very happy with attendance, with no shortage of people from the Austin area itself and no shortage of people who had come from the bay area. International attendance did seem to be down, however.
Networking opportunities were one of the highlights at the 50th DAC, with a well-attended kick off reception on Sunday night, a jam-packed musical evening at Austin City Limits on Monday for DAC's 50th anniversary party and daily receptions at the Austin Convention Center. Not to mention the Denali party and various press events. The DAC Anniversary Banquet on Wednesday evening was sold out before the conference started. The banquet gave recognition to the volunteers and contributors that have made DAC successful for the past 50 years.