I recently attended the first Parallel Programming MeetUp in Santa Clara California at Intel HQ. The event was put on and hosted by my colleague, Parallel Computing Community Manager, Kathy Farrel. The event was attended by developers, students and academics and was both informative, in that it brought together folks from various segments of the parallel programming community, useful, in that it helped them build contacts with teach other and with Intel and fun. There was even pretty good food considering it was a corporate event ;-)
In the United States, we have what are called Advanced Placement (AP) courses, designed to give high achieving and ambitious young people in high school a head start before they enter college. There is quite a bit of exciting new work being done on modernizing the AP process for Computer Science, see here, for example.