Back in October I bought my ticket for The Next Web Conference happening in Amsterdam May 26-27. At that time I hadn’t gone yet to the Web Summit discovering that, as a developer, these kind of massive tech events don’t give me as much value as pure technical conferences do.
I think they are more focused on startups, promoting yourself and networking, with big names coming to give their speech and go. Still was great to be there and the venue is impressive being inside of the enormous gas holder of the Westergasfabriek.
With that said, next year I would rather join the TNW Hack Battle than paying for a full conference ticket.
And for the talks, if I had to pick my favorites those would be Technology is neither good nor bad: you are (video) by Peter Sunde, The Cyber Arms Race Has Begun (video) by Mikko Hypponen and The Birth of Personal Relationship (video) by Ryan Leslie.