Question [Q] Got my nexus, ready to go, what do I do next?

Went on a bit of a spending splurge this past weekend and bought myself a new Nexus 7 2013 model with the intention of zapping Android from it and using it with Ubuntu Touch. It's still in its box awaiting it's destiny.

I'm all rather new to this, but do use Ubuntu day to day on my laptop, home server and cloud server so not a linux noob (well, not much of one anyway).

I know the 2013 isn't supported properly with the current version of 'Touch' and the new version will be, so my question is, what do I do next and how? Is there a pre-release development alpha ready for use or should I wait for the beta? What tools do I need and how do I go about it? Is there a walkthrough for new installers like myself?