The Meetup scene here in Silicon Valley has been going thru the roof the last year, a sign of how Silicon Valley is booming right now.
One of the largest of the IT Meetup groups is the Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Group, with close to 6000 members.
Last nights meetup at Crown Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto drew around 600 attendees, so many that the meeting had to be held in a hotel.
Like all Meetup groups, The Silicon Valley Cloud Computing Group meets once a month, has great speakers and is squarely focused on developers.
And since most open source development here in Silicon Valley today involves the cloud, this Meetup group is clearly the place to be, to mingle and to learn.
In fact, the meetups are growing so large and are getting so much leverage that they more and more replacing the yearly tech conferences.