I had a great time at the AAAI DC. The expert panel provided a lot of insightful career advice, and my fellow participants were a much more diverse group of student researchers than I have met at past conferences. It was really interesting to see so many different areas of AI research at once, and to talk in depth with the other students. As well as learning a lot, the DC was a great way to make some new friends in other areas of AI, and to get detailed, insightful, feedback on my research topic from many different people.
Other experiences from students funded by SIGAI travel grants.