One of the ways that I have done this is by researching hackathons in our area. Now before you get all worked up over the word hackathon--let me first explain what a hackathon is. Google has the following definition:
ˈhakəˌTHän/ : an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming.
Recently Jayda and I attended Hip Hop Hacks (http://hiphophacks.org ) held at Spotify. The format was different from other hackathons in that it included speakers from the music industry and attracted a variety of people from the music and tech world. I loved how we were challenged to connect our love for music and tech together, in order to create something useful for the world.
There were great workshops to attend and lots of cool people to meet. I would encourage anyone interested in getting exposed to the tech world to attend a hackathon--they are happening everywhere!
Here are a few sites to get you started:
Check out the Hip Hop Hackathon photo album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskxKoih5