I went last night to this group called NYC Resistor, http://www.nycresistor.com/. They're more tinkerers and hardware-project people, and they call themselves a hackerspace; However, the environment seemed open and I went there last night and spent about two hours working on some automated trading code. They have this setup where people can go in and teach classes or have study-nights for various topics. I haven't asked them about anything yet, but I was thinking perhaps an automated trading group or class to discuss papers, math, programming, or even software related to trading would make for an interesting group. Anyone interested, if I start something up? Really, even if 2-3 people showed up, it'd be worth it. Of course, if they reject my idea, we could still meet at a diner every so often and continue with the scheme. Anybody interested? Send me a PM.