One of the common questions that a developer have, how to upgrade next technical level? Well everyone have their own ways but one common thing that includes in nearly every answer, upgrade yourself.
How do we upgrade ourself? Simple way is to read as much as possible. Follow some good programmer/speaker and read what they say. Still reading take some time and many of us complain we are out of time, are we really? How much time do you waste while waiting in queues, for a meeting, ready to go out but waiting for family/team to get ready. There are lot of example when we wait 10-15 minutes, utilize that time to read?
To utilize that time, I generally collect contents on my mobile/tablet using different tools like pocket, flip board etc. Recently I started collecting them as PHP Reboot monthly magazine on flip board. Install flipboard on your android/Iphone/kindle and subscribe the magazine, which contains many important blog for current month and (planned to) publish monthly. Here is October issue.
Meetup.com is very good platform to organize your meetups. I recently planned to organize my PHP meetup. Price is not too much, just 2 dollers/month for 6 month plan; $12/6 months (In Indian Rupees as per exchange rate, approx Rs. 720 as of now.)
Not a huge amount but still if you are serious about meetups, you can get 50% off on first billing. Just start creating your meetup group and when you reach to payment page, close the browser/tab. With in 2-3 days, you will get mail from meetup.com offering 50% discount, applicable for limited period. Grab it immediately.
Please note, in case you had not made your mind to start meetup gorup, dont try this trick. You get this offer only once and once it is expired or used, same trick will not work on your account.