Inman Connect is a study in particle acceleration. Physicians use particle accelerators to supercharge elementary particles to levels of high energy. Then, being scientists, they pop a cold one, sit back, and watch the magic happen. Collisions occur, but it's not the collisions they are interested in so much as the byproducts of the exercise.
That, in a nutshell, is what the Connect conferences are about -- atom smashing. The atoms in this case are a potpourri of vendors, brokers, multiple listing service executives, and agents. Each group has its own agenda, of course, but the common thread is a desire to network, learn and realize the byproduct of bettering their business.