I am 2nd year Phd student @ University of Utah. This is my first PLDI. It was amazing.
At first, I was amazed by the fact that attendees come from so many different background, through talking to those researchers in and out of my own area, I was inspired. Sometimes thoughts and ideas just pop up during the process!
I am happy that some of the talks with researchers in my own field have digged into reasonable depth, that help me compare and improve my own research.
I also had my first academic talk here (I mean in the PLAS 2012). On the practice talk, I got help not only from professors' of my own university, but also from those people I talked with. It was very nice. and Thanks for their valuable suggestions and comments.
Lastly, I would like to thank for people organizing this spectaculars events, and thanks for the grants to our students that do help relieve financial burden. Oh, Another person I should not forget to thank: our chair: Jan Vitek! Thank you for the *temporary* volunteer to the PLDI banquet, where I met and talked with more smart people and had great fun:)