On the schedule for the Friday and on Saturday morning was the kick off party, registration, let's map!/OpenStreetMap in your organization sessions, and coffee break.
Kick off party
Thanks to a delayed flight I ended up going to the Mapbox Garage. The entrance is on the rear, so the taxi driver was confused getting there. Since I was there early, I helped with the setup, and schlepping the alcohol over from the store nearby.
The party got too loud, but I was able to catch up with a few people. We ended up running out of bottled water, and the taps were inconvenient. I walked back with a few others staying at the Washington Plaza hotel.
Registration went smoothly. Conference t-shirt just said State of the Map, not State of the Map US, which seemed odd. I think most of the conference people handling registration were paid staff, which was a difference.
There was a welcome talk which I thought was rather good at the time, but seems it wasn't very memorable, because I can't actually remember much of what was said!
The conference had over 500 people check in at registration, a big growth from the 2009 SOTM-US which had about 50 people.
First session, coffee break
I ended up talking with the people from Amazon for all of this session, so missed the talks. I'm hopeful that they'll be able to commit some EC2 credits to do some dev work and performance testing. Of course, I was the same way after previous conferences and nothing came of it.
It doesn't sound like they're willing to commit to helping any osm.org infrastructure with resources in any ongoing manner.