I’ve been to every Echelon since it began, and the conference has changed a lot over that time. Everything is bigger, slicker, more polished. A reported 1700 attended the conference! There are more interesting people from a wider variety of backgrounds. Ideas are well researched and articulated. Start-ups pitch well and are better funded; you can say almost professional.
The tech scene’s maturation is unbelievable; like watching a child grow up into a young adult.
While so much of this is good, I have noticed two trends that while are not yet concerns, can easily be if we as a community are not careful.