Did you miss the Patterns & Practices Symposium 2013? Sorry to hear that, it was a great conference, and I would highly recommend making it to the next one. Fortunately you can catch some of the sessions from the conference over on channel 9.
I really enjoyed the Introduction of Git version control to the team session. You have to check out the Autoscaling in Windows Azure. Great session on automated scaling of Windows Azure instances. I still can’t believe the feature is not part of the platform.