One of the first things I received after my booking was confirmed was an email providing access details to a new CIPD service called MyEvent.
After logging in you have the options of setting a personal profile and joining a range of groups - each around the conference Keynote sessions and the streams. The environment has the look and feel of a FaceBook style environment.
Users have the ability to build 'friend' lists, share comments, have conversations with other attendees. The interface is clean and easy to use.
I suspect that this technology is the sort of enhancement that the CIPD member communities will benefit from. Lets see if it works in practice for an event which has a tight timetable - I suspect it will get used more after the event than during...