Ok, so Raphael and I misjudged the amount of time it took to get to the convention center and arrived a few minutes late for a talk by Axel Becke.
My relative newbie-ishness prevented me from fully grasping the whole content, but he'd made a slick new functional. Since he's an invited speaker, he got 40 minutes to talk and the room was packed.
I got tired of standing and found an empty chair. A nice lady by the name of Meghan introduced herself after a little bit. When John Perdew got up and spoke, she asked if that was the John Perdew. It was!
She wanted to meet Kieron and know about some opportunities at the national lab, so I resolved to introduce her to Aurora and the boss!