From Glamor To Geek, New York's 2.0 Party Scene
The New York Times has an interesting article explaining how the New York Tech scene has evolved from glamor and glitz launch parties to soldering competitions and PowerPoint Presentations.
Apparently, when the Internet bubble collapsed, New York Techies went back to doing what they do best; geeking out and making stuff.
Now, young Internet entrepreneurs, some holdouts from the old days and a few members of the city’s creative class (and underclass) are engaged in a new type of party, which mashes together Silicon Alley 1.0’s camaraderie and optimism, meetup.com’s spontaneity and informality, Burning Man’s home-brewed creativity, and a technology conference’s devotion to unveiling ideas. These days many of the ideas are about producing and delivering video content.