WMNUG has a BrainShare Buddies group every year. I strongly recommend that each NUI start up their own "buddies" group if they have folks going.
Here's some drawings of what our t-shirts will look like at BrainShare this year - all courtesy of NUI - thanks NUI Guys!
BRAINSHARE BUDDIES - THE IDEA
We help each other out with notes from sessions we couldn't get into but wanted to attend. We give tours of the Salt Palace for the newbies to help them know where to go and where some "hidden" treasures can be found.
We also help out with recommendations on tracks to follow, hotels to stay at, and offers of extra "bed space" should their reservations get mucked up. And it's always nice to see a familiar face in the massive dining hall.
I've "harrassed" NUI into getting our group's shirts this year. Last year you would have seen us wearing our "NASCAR" shirts - several of our longtime sponsors (and a few new ones) pitched in to help cover the costs of the shirts for our crew. Their logos were plastered all over our backs...you might see a few of them around this year as well.
So keep an eye out for us, or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to find out when/where we're meeting up at BrainShare.