In the past two weeks I attended two meetups with other programmers in South Florida. One group is called "South Florida Hack and Tell" and the other meetup was a combination of "South Florida Android Developers" and "Google Developers Group South Florida".
South Florida does not have a strong tech community but these groups are a great way for people who are interested to network with other developers and will hopefully build up that community. Anyway, it was great meeting these people and there is potential for collaboration in the future. It is nice to know we are not alone
Meetup.com is instrumental in bringing these groups together. It is not just for tech groups but groups of people with any variety of interests.