I think it’s great idea to take part in conference where many speakers with deep professional experience in particular sphere share knowledge with audience.
Some weeks ago company where I work offered me excellent chance to be part of “Podlodka Crew” conference. And I accepted the offer.
The main topic was “System design” and “System quality”. The duration of conference was 2 weeks with 2 one hour lecture per day.
I got huge experience and I’ll start to apply knowledge in projects as soon as possible.