In 2008 I lived in Detroit and struggled to find like minded individuals to hang out with. Individuals who code for fun and want to fix problems in their communities. I ended up spending quite a few nights in Ann Arbor which has a similar tech scene to Lansing but a bit larger. I enjoyed new events like CoffeeHouseCoders, Ann Arbor New Tech, and the TechBrewery.
I'm happy to report Lansing now has similar events so I can get all the goodness I was getting in Southeast MI right here at home.
The inaugural Lansing CoffeeHouseCoders meeting is 1/19/2011. If you like to code in your free time in a social atmosphere, this is the place for you!
Hackers & Hustlers is a group focused on startup culture. Attendees will hear entrepreneurs who are actually doing it give a talk or a pitch on their product. The first meeting is 1/26.
In 2010 Lansing also got a coworking space, Second Gear. More and more businesses are enabling their work force to work whenever and wherever they want. For me often times that means I need to be somewhere for an evening event and I spend the day in a coffee shop. That works OK, but I like to work near other programmers so I can learn from them and bounce ideas off of them. Second Gear is meeting that need for the Lansing community.