There will be lots of opportunities to connect with other mappers during the conference and in social events each night. If you haven't been before, I always have a good time there and learn a lot.
The early bird registration is $75 until February 15th, so if you're planning on going you should definitely get tickets soon.
There are scholarship opportunities to get $500 to help you make it to DC and the deadline to apply is this Sunday
. More information and registration is at http://stateofthemap.us/
Hope to see you there.