"it's clear that among the legions of folks who are professional IT that they are some of the most intelligent and creative people in our society."
Then why aren't we getting together?
Let's get together and talk about our ideas, projects, and problems.
This is a great time to get together with other like minded individuals to run your projects by, test your next great game/app/software or got a coding problem you just can't get the answer to, why not run it by the group.
Bring your laptops, tablets, whatever and lets talk tech, share ideas and solve problems!