There are numerous ways to find out what is happening where and trust me I do know it.
One is participating with Products That Count
This opportunity happens in five cities and has had its first inaugural awards ceremony.
Here is some pics from the February event !
The big benefit to attending industry or vocation targeted meetings is that you get an insiders hint at open positions available. Also, in most times you get to meet the hiring manager too.
In my personnel experience, I have found out about new and upcoming companies in addition to meeting people with Clover, Medium, and Point. That is invaluable opportunity to learn and meet people.