We're an organic group. I, for example, just self-promoted myself to "official question answerer." Sadly, none of us get paid so I didn't get a raise.
You can absolutely get involved. It's easier if you have a machine to poke at but there are a number of projects that can be done on a Pi and Arduino duo with LEDs for actuators for example.
And there is a whole group of folks doing cool data science like this.
My suggestion would be to peruse the forum (here) and wiki (toc) to understand all that is moving and find or make a project that contributes. There are a ton of people excited about this project so I wouldn't be surprised if you had folks in your town that you could collaborate with as well. There are many posts in the forum from people looking for groups.
Hope that helps!