> It's more if you want to find new solutions, consulting services, or hawk such things; or to look for new employment.
Consulting services - what do you mean by that? To build connections for your business?
I can understand the employment part for sure. Also, seeing lectures/talks but I can watch things on YouTube and discuss it with friends in the industry or here.
I think going to a MeetUp would be best since it's free, about learning by doing, there is networking, free food sometimes. Would meet my 'tribe' there more than anywhere else I think.