Steve Portigal pointed out to me that he just wrote up his own impressions on four user experience related conferences he attended this autumn:
Creative CanUX in Banff in September
About, With, and For (AWF) in Chicago in October
Designing for User eXperience (DUX) in San Francisco in November
Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) in Seattle in November

I just read all of Steve’s impressions, and aside from giving you a close insight on what went on at these conferences, his comments also teach you a thing or two about what makes a good conference to begin with. I cannot fail to conclude that conferences themselves need their own experience designers.