Last year we held the second formal EduBloggerCon the Saturday before NECC, with the full support of ISTE. While there are other gatherings of educational bloggers and participative-Web enthusiasts, this is the biggest. EduBloggerCon 2009 awaits you on Saturday, June 27th. This is a free event, and is run in "unconference" style to give you the most opportunity to find conversations with others that you care about.
And NECC Unplugged returns! I believe this event, to ISTE's great credit, is really unprecedented in the ed tech conference world. This is a wiki-organized event, where anyone who wants to can present on any topic they want to--and the audience determines what they will attend. The physical space will be in the conference center, and this year should not interfere with the Bloggers Cafe area (smile!). There will be a plasma display and seating, and we'll be allowing speakers to schedule themselves in during all time slots of the conference. The website for NECC Unplugged isn't up yet, but I'll post here when you're able to start signing yourself up for sessions.
So even if your proposals didn't get accepted for NECC, I hope you'll still consider attending! Our goal here is participation, and to explore the topics that weren't recognized by the committees, but which can still be super-valuable. And let's face it--by the time NECC rolls around in late June, there will be several new ideas and technologies we'll all want to hear about!