So we've been there.
In my opinion the conference was a great success. Our presentation was not, but that's another story. Percona really showed what conferencing is about. Don't know about MySQL. It was behind the closed doors. Valiant guardians strictly watched that you didn't overhear a word of Sacred Knowledge. Hell, even to get to the Expo hall you had to pay $25 (that's right, you had to pay for watching advertisement) and surrender information about your private life, like your phone number and how you learned about the Expo.