A couple years ago, I had a chance to speak at a Day of .Net event in ann arbor, MI. I enjoyed it so much that I signed up as an attendee at the same event last year.
Day of .Net is a single-day conference focused on Microsoft developer technologies. It is free and takes place on a Saturday which makes it a lot easier to schedule for working professionals. The speakers tend to be well-known technologists who live within a few hundred miles of the event. I've been impressed with the lineup at the events I attended.
The local flavor of the event also gives attendees a great chance to network with similar professionals in their geographic area. The focus tends to be on technology, rather than on strategy, so these things attract more hard-core developers and fewer CIOs and CTOs.
In the next few weeks, three Day of .Nets (or is it Days of .Net?) are scheduled within three hours of my home. April 19 is the Central Ohio Day of .Net in Wilmington, OH (between Columbus and Dayton); May 10 is the West Michigan Day of .Net in Grand Rapids, MI; and May 17 is the Cleveland Day of .Net in Cleveland, OH.
Depending on my sons' basketball tournament schedules, I hope to attend two of these. Click the links below for more information.