I’ve been thinking about this a lot this year. What events are beneficial to me? Can I afford to attend the beneficial events (aka take time away from currently paying work)? I live in LA, so there is plenty happening here. I will usually do most development stuff here because I don’t have to deal with housing or high transportation costs. Anything outside LA, I really have to crunch some numbers. Last year I did 3 or 4 professional development events/conferences all within an hour of my house.