Most of them hold advanced degrees in engineering and have more than a decade of experience in the technology sector. They fill all of the seats in the City Council chamber and spill out into the aisles.
This isn't a geo-related thing. I see this today here, in MPLS. I think it comes down to energy, ambition, and curiosity. If you got it, and you're making it clear (via social media, your blog, your participation in the networking events), i think you'll be ok.
I think the key message is, "don't stop learning, don't stop trying to be relevant, stay up to date."