Given that TechEd is on right now, I was interested in whether it's a favourite among members, or if there was something more interesting that held their attention - be it another Microsoft-focused event such as the Sharepoint Conference, or something else, like linux.conf.au. Or perhaps something a little less strictly tech-oriented but with plenty of geek, like Supanova (never been)?
No wrong answers, of course! It seems like every time I search for something, I stumble across another conference. Would love to hear your thoughts and experiences - are there many good free or inexpensive conferences? How about security focused events? Are events like TechEd that cost anywhere up to $2k to attend worth the money? Do high conference costs cause you to miss out regularly? Do you get value out of any conferences at all?
Outside of TechEd, there's not been that many conferences that I've been to. Perhaps I might find some from your suggestions!