Canada's largest tech meetups, now growing internationally.
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HackerNest is a nonprofit community movement focused on strengthening local tech ecosystems globally through unpretentious social events and hackathons. We’re nurturing cohesive communities today to empower them with more relevant and accessible peer-based tech education tomorrow.
Connecting people is awesome.
and community good breeds fab karma.
How? We do this by cramming lots of smart, accomplished people into a room with free beer. Our relaxed, down-to-earth Tech Socials are now Canada’s largest tech meetups (we’re in multiple cities).
Our membership - diverse and highly technical. Developers, designers, engineers, social media/business folk, entrepreneurs, investors, etc. regularly gather to socialize, talk tech, maybe hear speakers or watch demos, and meet future co-founders, employees, funders, and friends. Strict no-douchebag policy.
Global. We want an international network of HackerNest “splinter cells” to pop up everywhere – from underserved cities to high-growth innovation centers – to rescue nerds from isolated basements, offices, and code tunnel vision.
We love hardcore nerdcore.
Tech folks, tech events, tech love.
Behind the curtains.
We’re just regular, down-to-earth, hardworking people. You wouldn’t notice us on the street. Our team’s rich past/present includes associations with the likes of Microsoft, BlackBerry, Facebook, Y-Combinator, ING Direct, DDB, the UNDP, UBS, ESRI, TEDx, etc., etc.
We like fencing, Japanese Irezumi-style tattoos, ice hockey, rock climbing, comics, hacking x86 hardware, kung fu, daisy-chaining arduino kits, Wikipedia-ing, and all sorts of funky stuff.
Most of us have full time jobs (sometimes 2!) and projects going on, but we’re proud to contribute our time and energy into something that’s fundamentally good for the world.
laid back atmosphere + free drinks + brilliant people
We're not scienticians, but the formula seems to work: we became Canada's largest tech meetups in a year, before even leaving Toronto. Today we have "splinter cells" in multiple cities internationally.
Our intention is to complement and strengthen existing nerd ecosystems – we come in peace. This isn't a business; nobody owns HackerNest. Conceptually, it is the ideal of a strong and supportive tech community - pretty much anyone that isn't a jerk can be a part of it.
Interested in running HackerNest in your city? Take a look at the FAQ on our newly deployed, always changing site and get in touch. We’ll make awesome stuff happen.
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Here's what some of our Tech Socials and hackathons look like:
When: After our kickoff Tech Social, pretty darned regularly. Check back!
Format: Relaxed. Hang out, talk tech, occasionally a speaker, plot to take over the world, etc. Here's some answers.
Where: Usually in the large private office of a tech company (have a venue?)
At any given HackerNest meetup, you may find people who are:
- developing incredibly snazzy Ruby (most likely on Rails) applications
- heady hardcore designer types
- PHP/Perl/.NET/Python/django addicts
- ...Fortran devs?!
- looking for a tech/entrepreneur/new business story to cover
- Objective-C experts and iPhone/iPad/Apple product pundits
- engineers and managers and CTOs looking for co-founders to join their angel/VC-backed tech startup
- looking to write articles/stories about the obscure/interesting/hilarious hacks you've pulled off
- totally oblivious and just wandered in because they heard there was booze (!?)
- building a top-secret app out of their basement that's going to change the way the world does X; like "Facebook for Squirrels"
- scrambling to find a partner to work with on a well-paying contract that's just a wee bit too much workload for the anticipated deadline
- heroes, because they're part of the burgeoning community that will reverse all this insane brain-drain
- incredibly talented, smart, entrepreneurial go-getters who are absolutely dangerous to the status quo
- pretty bloody interesting, because seriously, if they're coming out for drinks ON A MONDAY (or Tuesday, or Wednesday) NIGHT... they've gotta be
Chances are, you'll fit right in if you're a(n):
- software or hardware hacker/h4ck3r (or maybe just a hack)
- designer, UX-oriented, or just like making things pretty
- biotech/electrical/computer or basically any kind of engineer
- network/network/system/IT administrator
- front/back-end specialist
- angel investor
- demon investor
- venture capitalist
- venture communist
- tech enthusiast
- tech/entrepreneur-oriented media/journalist
- OCD blogger/Tweeter
- bloodthirsty recruiter looking to poach developers
- internet mogul
- SEO/SEM pro
- writer/project manager/business analyst
- 1337 individual
- etc., etc.
...and aren't a douchebag. <3