It's possible, but they've recently released vB5.
It's worth it. If you want to grow your forum from what it is now, whatever stage it may be.. ForumCon was designed to help you (and I'm quoting someone who said it best) know "how to run, grow, optimize & evolve online communities." Not only that, ForumCon is home to forum-focused mentors, consultants, angel investors, accredited investors, venture capitalists, other like-minded forum owners, and big board owners.Is it worth it? Some of the topics look interesting and resourceful.
Jake Bunce could represent Xenforo. I'd really like to hear him start the presentation with a "More waiting is required" folding up his papers and sitting straight back down to see the look on the crowds faces. #newwishlist
I went to the first one two years ago, as I happened to be in the San Francisco area at the time. If you're into networking, then it could possibly be worth it. I met some interesting folks from eBay, Yahoo, Google (coincidentally the same person who later recommended me for my interview), and other folks who run (in various capacities) large communities. Some of the talks may be interesting, but the conversations that happen outside of the talks and breakout sessions are more valuable, imo (as with most events like this, really). I wouldn't go out my way to attend another one, though.
If you're trying to get VC funding, then it's definitely worth it if you're in the area. I know SoftTech, Google Ventures and First Round Capital will have people there, and there may possibly be others.
I think going to a place where everyone is there to basically promote themselves at the same time, isn't productive.I'm not quite so pessimistic , but I see it geared more toward those who run a large community as a business, where the networking, promotion and monetizing aspects would be most helpful. I would also suggest that any "small fry" going are just wasting the time of those who are there to seriously engage in what the rest of the attendees are doing. I do enough business across my sites that I could possibly justify going, but I'm actually cutting back due to other issues in my life right now (including going back to school).
On the plus side, I would get to meet my contact at VigLink whom I've worked closely with on the sites I manage. It is a lot easier to talk business face-to-face than play email tag.
I felt the same way about E3, which is a convention for video games. I've seen gamers slip through the proverbial cracks. They went only to experience E3 itself, not to write about video games, which made folks like me look bad.From what I can understand of Forum Con is you have a bunch of people patting themselves on the back on a job well done and promoting themselves. No one outside of being an administrator of a large forum or business will be there.