I'm a UC engineer for a hospital. I've never been to a "Networkers" conference. I don't want to waste money or time and would like to know from other engineers if these conferences result in tangible technical insight or are they just social junkets?
Hope all is well my friend!
Networkers is a superb "technical" conference, not just a social scene. To be able to access Cisco's product engineers is a very valuable experience. There is some fun as well :)
Why don't you try the "virtual" pass for your first go, it's a much cheaper alternative to give you a sense of the best parts of Networkers!
**Cisco Live Virtual Pass, featuring two days of live, concurrent programming during Cisco Live plus on-demand access to hundreds of technical sessions captured onsite in San Francisco
Hope this helps!