Last year BoingBoing posted some info about the "Chaos Congress" here in Berlin, Germany and I haven't noticed any mention of it this year. This "hacker" convention is excellent and I've really been looking forward to it all year. I went last year because of a link suggested on Boing Boing and I loved it. Many of the talks are in English and the people there are super. I highly recommend stopping in even if someone is simply passing through the city. There is definitely no need to be a hacker and any technology interested person will find the speakers interesting. There is some info and a few links to help travelers find cheap places to stay in Berlin on the congress' web site.Link to event info, 27-30 December 2006.
Among the many fine presenters scheduled are Annalee Newitz (link to session), Lawrence Lessig (link to session) Jacob Appelbaum (link to session), Seth Schoen (link to session), Johannes from monochrom (link to session) and Joi Ito (link to session). The opening keynote will be delivered by Tim Pritlove and John Perry Barlow (link to session)