1. Start connecting now. You don't have to wait until you get to go to ULearn to connect and engage with leading educators. Twitter is full of them. You can create your PLN (personal learning network) so easily from your living room.
2. Core Education made a wonderful effort to provide live streaming of the ULearn conference and you can watch those breakout sessions now on their YouTube channel. There is even one about twitter for beginners (see point 1).
3.This month (October) is Connected Educators Month. But even if you are reading this and it's past October you can still make use of this google doc "Starter Kete" to help you engage with the digital world.
4.There are several other amazing groups and events including TeachMeetNZ, Google Educators group, Educamp, and Eduignite.