I am most DEFINITELY going to drive up to San Jose for NVISION 08 this summer. Check out the email I received from Nvidia:http://www.nvision2008.com/
"Be Part of the Excitement at NVISION 08!
Join thousands of enthusiasts and professionals at NVISION 08-the first mega-event for people who are passionate about visual computing and technology.
World-class gamers, innovative artists and designers, and game modders will compete for prizes, attempt to set a world record, experience the latest cutting-edge visual technologies and content, and have a great time.
Top visual computing professionals and leading researchers will all gather to learn how to take advantage of the latest trends in their fields and to share their ideas, experiences, and passions.
NVISION 08 will be taking over most of downtown San Jose, CA-right in the heart of Silicon Valley-August 25-27.
Join the world of visual computing, gathered in one place, at one time."
Check out the workshops. The last one seems interesting, and the first few seem like a good opportunity to collaborate with Nvidia technical specialists and share ideas: