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I live in Manchester, UK, and while there are lots of developer communities (regular events, get togethers etc) in London, there are not many "up north". I know of a few (NxtGenUg and ManchesterGeekNights) but there must be more than this.

What's the best ways of finding out about these?

How have people got involved with communities in there area?

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Get in touch with Manchester Uni or Manchester Met student's unions... they will have programmer's societies ran by the student's union. They welcome non-students and have regular meetups. Here is a list of societies

Also check out ManLug as there is bound to be coders there, and they may be able to point you in the right direction. Manchester also has a rich hacker community.

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