I was at NCCE last year, which was on Seattle. This conference has a very personal feel to it, which I like. Big enough to offer attendees plenty of offerings for workshops, sessions, and vendors. Small enough to feel like you're an involved part of the mix. After experiencing the conference twice, it is obvious that the organizers and planning committee(s) put a lot of thought into putting together this conference.
At the Microsoft booth in the exhibitor hall, there were ongoing mini lessons for a more quick-get. While they usually don't dig deeper than what I already know about my go-to products that I use and follow on Office Blogs, it's always an easy, quick way to catch a thing or two about the products I am not an everyday user of. I'm a big fan of these types of presentation because there's little commitment--lol. What I mean by that is that they tend to cycle, so if you miss a specific topic you were curious about, it'll roll around again before the conference is over. (Unlike many of the sessions you may be interested in.) The other is that they are brief, so you don't feel your schedule is thinned.
One of the sessions I was really curious to grab some ideas from was about using OneNote for breakout EDU. (Yes, I have a one track mind with ed-tech apparently...) I have used OneNote for a breakout activity at the beginning of this school year, and it actually went over well. It took some planning and practice runs to get it going, though, along with some experimenting. It's always to good to sit and learn from those who have paved the way.