All too often when attending a networking event, you get reduced down to just your job and/or job status. This makes you sad. As it should.
Share something meaningful about yourself with other event attendees. This can be anything from what questions you'd like to ask, to which prog-rock bands or cat breeds you like most. Be yourself. Not your job.
"Ask To Connect" with somebody, either before or after the event. Consider this your "swipe-right". If the other party also Connects with you, then they become a Connection and you can see each other's contact information. New besties.