I have high hopes for the first Linux Plumbers Conference. Unlike an academic conference with papers, or an un-conference with no agenda; the plumbers conference is using a mini-conference format to break down by topic. There is even a Call For Speakers to get speakers in topic areas.
First time conferences have a different feel, more rough edges, but more passion and fun. So I hope it works out. There is no particular networking track, mostly because the other areas seemed to need more work.