Attending AAMAS in Istanbul not only allowed me to get useful critiques on my research, but I was able to meet people from all around the world that work in my field. While my project is fairly specific, attending talks about game theory and learning approaches contributed greatly to new expansions of my own research.
The conference was especially valuable for a young academic, the fellow attendees were very nice and more than willing to speak about their research. And the panel about industry applications was a refreshing, self-aware activity.
Other experiences from students funded by SIGAI travel grants.