Meeting fellow Developers, Techies and UberCoders in the local area but outside work can be cumbersome. Local HN meetups become a "who's who" of the local tech community. We can learn from each other, do some interesting projects, recruit, get recruited or at the very least have a seriously geeky conversation with others who actually understand what we're saying!
We, coders/hackers, are a special group of people. We're creative, smart and best of all, we generally love what we do and are in the unique position to influence our world in ways previously unfathomable. If we come together, great things may happen!
The idea is simple, we have a very informal get-together at local place with WiFi, enjoy some coffee/appetizers and discuss new technologies, projects, local tech news etc.