We're aiming for the fall at the moment.
As for your question about my comments, people find new partners and do deals every day as a result of BiggerPockets -- they also educate themselves by reading the site. That's what I meant by "comparable" Kelvin. That said, no matter what, there's always something great about meeting your peers in person and listening to someone teach you live.
People can certainly save the expense of our live events if they want -- we don't put the pressure on like most in the business. If you see value in an event where many of your favorite successful BP members can teach you live, and are there for personal networking and interacting, then it is worth going to. If you don't, you can keep spending time here on the site without going and do just fine too.
I hope that makes sense.