Stacked! is a Meetup group for anyone passionate about technology and dedicated to lifelong learning. And, while many of our talks lean towards advanced topics, we strongly encourage those newer to programming (as well as non-programmers with an interest in technology) to attend.
Our events typically begin with some time for networking and a bite to eat followed by back-to-back speakers or a series of lightening talks. We place a heavy emphasis on selecting speakers who are passionate and engaging as well as creating a warm and welcoming environment (http://www.meetup.com/Stacked/pages/Stacked%21_Code_of_Conduct/) for programmers and non-programmers alike.
At the end of the day, this group is about learning, meeting new people, discussing technology, and having a good time. Stacked! is powered by Smashing Boxes (http://www.smashingboxes.com/).
P.S. We're planning Durham's first developer conference for Spring 2015!