The coolest event I attended last year has to be the inaugural Open Hardware Summit which was held at the New York Hall of Science two days before Maker Faire NYC. I've never been in a higher concentration of innovative engineers and influential entrepreneurs. There were stellar talks and hallway conversations throughout the day.
I very pleased to see the Summit is returning again this year. The organizers have just announced sponsorship levels for the Open Hardware Summit 2011, which takes place on September 15th. Starting at just $300, the benefits include: