We are based in Sydney, Australia. There are strong ties with Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
A close associate is a High School Science teacher in Sydney, Australia. We have frequent and long discussions about education.
To stay abreast of latest developments, it used to be necessary to travel to attend programming conferences. The Web has eased this burden by making available videos of the conference talks. This is how I stay up-to-date. Also, there are the numerous on-line forums like Hacker News, etc.