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HackerNest Vancouver May Tech Social - LIMITED SPACE

Thank you to our awesome friends at Invoke for hosting another HackerNestVAN Meetup in May!

We did a shout out for sponsorship for our events and beer and got an overwhelming response!  BIG CHEERS to our three sponsors who have come on board with HackerNest VAN!

Voyer Law Corporation

Voyer Law Corporation is a cross-border law firm advising startups, developers and game studios on U.S. and Canadian corporate and technology law.  They are our sponsors for May AND June!  YAY!

Lighthouse Labs

Lighthouse Labs is a supersonic jet for your career. They've taken the traditional education model and flipped it on its head to teach you how to code faster and better than ever before. Rigorous, fast paced, and focused on having you write your own code (not listening to lectures), their program is for doers.

In 8 weeks you can learn to build apps for the Web or for iOS. In the web class you'll learn how to build web apps using Ruby on Rails, Javascript / jQuery, Node.js, HTML5 and CSS3. In the iOS class you'll learn how to build native iOS apps for the iPhone and iPad.

From Now

From Now: Humanity with Technology

This is a not-for-profit, grass roots conference for people to come together, learn and discuss how technology is integrating into and changing our societies and culture.

Speakers:Nora Young - CBC Spark wil talk about 'Design for the Internet of Things: An Urban Utopian Fantasy'

Amal Graafstra - will talk about 'Grinders: Biohacking for society'

Toby Barnes - AKQA will talk about 'Emotional Interface Design'

Michael Fergusson - Ayogo will talk about 'Narrative, Mastery, and Social Connection: How playfulness can transform healthcare.'

Jonathan Tallant - Associate Professor at, and Head of, the Philosophy Department at the University of Nottingham will talk about 'Time: past, present and future'

Nikolas Badminton - DesignCultureMind will talk about 'Sex and the singularity'

Register here - 

Our Tech Social schedule:
- 8:00pm: folks arrive, grab drinks, socialize
- 9:00pm: quick intro, thank sponsors, quick announcements + demo
- 9:30pm: back to chatting with interesting people and new friends
- 11:00pm: go home exhausted from great conversations

$5 PWYC donation at the door.

We love hardcore nerdcore.

Tech folks, tech events, tech love.

About Us:

HackerNest is an international nonprofit uniting local tech communities through unpretentious Tech Socials and hackathons. We cram lots of smart, accomplished people into a room with free drinks. Our relaxed, down-to-earth events attract a diverse and highly technical membership. Strict no-douchebag policy.


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  • Michaela B.

    It was a great time! Thanks for letting us talk about Hacking Health! :D

    1 · May 30, 2014

  • Vikas P.

    Great for networking and start up opportunities as well!

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • Daniel K.

    First time at a meetup, great event with interesting people.

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • Mike C.

    Well, I talked to people about writing clean code, 3d printing, electronics, upcoming events, and even tech law... an awesome event, thank you for your hard work and thank you to the sponsors for the liquid refreshment!

    4 · May 27, 2014

  • Alfred L.

    Great event, thanks!

    1 · May 26, 2014

  • Nikolas B.

    Great times friends. Lots of talks about losing humanity with smartphones, gaining land with sea steading, embedded systems, hardcore gamers switching to casual gamers and building steam with micro-conferences. See you next month.

    2 · May 26, 2014

  • Jin

    It was great to meet so many cool people. I'll make sure to go the next one!

    1 · May 26, 2014

  • John T.

    Great people! Great time

    1 · May 26, 2014

  • Alex Shahidi, Techradius C.

    Thank you everyone for an awesome event.

    1 · May 26, 2014

  • Cameron

    Big thanks to From Now Conference (June 7th in Vancouver) - a not-for-profit conference for people to come together, learn and discuss how technology is integrating into and changing our societies and culture. They bought some of the beer tonight! Check 'em here !!!!

    May 26, 2014

    • Nikolas B.

      We like to think about alcohol as a form of hacking too :)

      1 · May 26, 2014

  • Cameron

    DEMO on Monday - Owen from RosterBot will do a quick demo presentationtheir product on Monday evening and are also hiring a Mobile dev.

    May 23, 2014

  • Cameron

    Hacking Health will be on site with a contest for 2 free passes to their Hacking Health event! Lighthouse Labs will also be running a cool contest on site with some fun prizes!

    May 23, 2014

  • David C.

    Hi there!
    This is a bit of a sidepost, but I currently am trying to get a meetup going for interns in Vancouver, as I'm seeing a lack of them at most meetup events. Currently we don't have a meetup group but we do have a facebook group / eventbrite page if you want to sign up. More info can be found here

    May 22, 2014

  • Nikolas B.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday.

    3 · May 22, 2014

  • John T.

    I'm excited.

    2 · May 22, 2014

    • Cameron

      Glad to hear it! Our membership rocks! So many brilliant people to meet!

      1 · May 22, 2014

  • Simon

    hello all! I'm working on the prototype of a social app. using Python as the backend and iOS as the front end. I am looking for a hands on Dev lead to work on this together. Please message me if you are interested!

    1 · May 19, 2014

    • Anne-Marie

      Hi simon - feel free to do a shout out at the event if you want!

      May 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there secure bike parking? The area is a bit "sketchy" in the evening.

    May 15, 2014

    • Cameron

      We can't promise that - although informally, we could probably handle keeping your individual bike - consider one spot reserved - thanks for asking ;)

      May 20, 2014

  • hermosa f.

    Hi, I'm as student entrepreneur looking for either a student developer, or an alumni who graduated in the past two years within the province of BC to be my partner, to participate in the Student Startup Challenge. Im looking for someone with experience building web apps with Geo Location. The app category is social.

    If you think you fit this criteria, please feel free to contact me asap ! H

    2 · May 17, 2014

  • Neil

    For the programmers out there, I'd like gauge your interest and get a discussion going about Hacker School / Jams / Projects in Vancouver.

    As a precursor, I've been inspired for a while by the concept of Hacker School ( ) in New York. However the practicality of leaving my wife and job behind for three months gets a bit sticky... so on that note, what if we could distill some of their principles into a unique Vancouver working-bloke experience?

    The core of it all is for experienced programmers to share their knowledge and develop in a collaborative environment that offers a chance to push individual boundaries.

    I think in order for it to be successful it'd need to have a bit of structure vs. just chatting code over lattes, but only enough structure to allow for and encourage organic growth. The approach to this would make for an interesting discussion over lattes ;).

    If this is something you've been thinking about as well, please let me know...

    5 · May 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Neil, I like the idea and will be happy to contribute. Ping me if you need any help.

      May 14, 2014

    • Neil

      Looks like Berlin has a HS spin-off called HackerRetreat... http://hackerretreat....­

      May 15, 2014

  • Cameron

    Hacked: Festival super early bird full passes go on sale tomorrow for only $120. You get a conference, workshops, parties, art installations, open houses exhibits and loads of other goodies for four days for that price.

    There will be two more early bird rounds if you miss tomorrow - although, the price will be going up each round.

    Good Luck!

    1 · April 29, 2014

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