Google is having a special "Meet The Google Engineers" event in New Orleans next month, free to anyone interested. It's being held in conjunction with the WebmasterWorld Search Conference that will be happening (more on that here). However, you needn't be attending the conference to go to the Google event, Google says. Just use the Google sign-up page to reserve a spot.
The event happens Wednesday, June 22 from 6pm to 8pm. There will be no presentations. Instead, Google is having tables dedicated to various topics. Which topics? That will be determined by what people say they want to discuss when registering (there's a place on the sign-up form for this). Engineers from both Google's ad side and editorial/crawling site will be participating, Google says.