A few people have made attempts at mirroring the nextNY concept in other geographies and I think it's a fantastic idea.
Nathaniel McNamara and Jason Baptiste are down in Miami attempting to bring together people
interested in technology, new media, and entrepreneurship together in a social setting. If you're down in Florida, you should make a point of connecting with these two guys in their attempt to help strengthen the community of innovators down there. The "next" concept takes a lot of community interest, passion, and involvement and nextNY has been a fantastic way to connect with others in the space. Frankly, its brought a lot of people out of the woodwork that I didn't know were there.
Please forward to Florida startups and innovators...