Mon Jul 22 - 8pm on, drinks on the house - the very first HackerNest Tech Social in Seattle, hosted by Facebook! 18th floor!
Please contact Kirk or Austin if you are interested in supporting and/or volunteering.
- PayPal is hosting their free $100K-grand-prize Battle Hack Seattle Hackathon for Good, a hackathon series for devs to change the world. August 10th & 11th @ HUB Seattle!
- feel free to come early Monday to hang/volunteer!
- FB requires visitors to sign NDAs; you can print/sign/bring them to speed things up
- Seattle Angel Conference has a free workshop on the new JOBS act July 23rd
Here's the rundown:
HackerNest Tech Socials are very casual, disarmingly friendly, and super-unpretentious events for technologists from all walks of life to connect and commiserate. We don't discriminate, only celebrate.
People who attend are genuinely curious about interesting and innovative things happening in the community/industry - they love to learn, share, gush, and sometimes whine and bitch (we all do).
The atmosphere is so mellow and nonjudgmental that everyone leaves ego at the door; nobody feels the need to impress anyone (e.g. "I'm the CEO of Xyz Inc." "Cool, how big is your firm?" "It's just me right now." "Oh.").
You'll find yourself having great conversations with devastatingly smart people who actually understand what you're saying and actually give a shit instead of just waiting for their turn to talk. The reverse tends to also be true - techies have a knack for getting into really cool stuff.
Funnily enough, the community is self-correcting. Greasy, obnoxious douchebags, after 2-3 failed interactions, either disappear or magically transform into nice people. It's quite fascinating to watch.
To be honest, we're not really eloquent enough to adequately describe how awesome these things are. So come find out for yourself. We'll get you a beer. It'll be fun.
*Note adopted from comment below: THIS IS NOT A NETWORKING EVENT. "Networking" is where you go looking for people to impress just so you can make use of them down the road. That's great and all, but it's just not what we do at HackerNest events. People come to Tech Socials to make new friends, shoot the breeze, and learn about interesting things happening around them. Not network. There are plenty of other events that support that kind of behavior... just not this one. <3
20:00 - folks waltz in, get drinks, start socializing
20:45 - welcome note and 2-3 minute sponsor intros
21:00 - back to socializing (unless, of course, we have a demo or short talk/Q&A with someone interesting)
23:15 - finish that drink :D, help clean up, head home
In the immortal words of Bill S. Preston, Esquire: "Be excellent to each other."
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