New York’s tech sector is booming–and hiring. If you want to learn programming skills, be a social media maven or just stay up to date with the latest in technology, check out these meetups and venues. by Sherry Mazzocchi.

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General Assembly’s fun, relaxed atmosphere makes it easy to learn about the latest in tech. Budding entrepreneurs learn startup basics and beyond. Marketing mavens can brush up on their social media skills. Whether you want to build and hack apps or just learn some basics, this is the place to be.

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Since it’s inception in 2004, NY Tech Meetup has grown from a handful of people to more than 21,000 members. Every month, hundreds of people pour into NYU’s Skirball center to find out about the next big thing. NY Tech audiences were among the first to see demos of Foursquare and Tumblr. Who knows? Maybe your startup will debut there one day.

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Codeacademy is not a physical place–it’s an online destination created by two entrepreneurial New Yorkers who wanted to learn how to code. They never found a great resource, so they created one. Now more than one million people–including Mayor Bloomberg–have signed up for free lessons.

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Interested in the future of media? Big Screen Little Screen zeroes in on the latest in everything from hot Internet TV shows to major broadcast entertainment. This is a great place to meet tomorrow’s biggest names in media.

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CCVIP has lots of computer classes for people with no or low vision. Using assistive technology, it’s easier to surf the net, retrieve email and update your Facebook status. Attend their monthly demo centers to find out about the latest in accessible technologies–including devices that that read colors or UPC labels.  And even learn how to unlock the accessible features of an iPhone.