I just found out that bringing a laptop will be fine for this trip. I'm excited to travel for the first time with my macbook!
I also learned that there will be wifi available in the dorms we're staying in - and there will also be free wifi at a coffee shop across the street called Mojo's. I'm sure you'll see a handful of blog posts made from there! :-)
I also found out that we will not be flying any red-eyes. We leave Seattle at 7:00 am on the 12th, and return around 11:30 pm on the 18th. In January we were all pretty affected by the lack of sleep coming into the trip. That may have actually helped us fall asleep in unfamiliar sleeping arrangements... but I think being well rested will be nice.