Hometown: Mississauga, ON
March 4, 2013
Robotics engineer Clearpath Robotics who rarely says 'no'!
Now Canada's largest tech events, and growing internationally, eh.
HackerNest is a nonprofit movement that unites local tech communities around the world (20 cities, 11 countries, 4 continents as of December 2014 and counting!) 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... which will eventually end up with everyone making more money and eating better and being happier. That's right, our ultimate goal is global poverty alleviation.
Connecting people is awesome. And community good breeds fab karma.
We cram smart, accomplished people into a room with free beer. Our relaxed, down-to-earth Tech Socials are Canada’s largest tech meetups.
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. Our formula:
laid back atmosphere + free drinks + brilliant people = fireworks
We're not scienticians, but the formula seems to work. Tech Socials became Canada's largest tech events within 10 months, before we even left Toronto. Today, our splinter cells are all over the planet. There'd be way more, but unfortunately our growth rate is artificially limited by the lack of time, resources, and full-time staff to on-board more cities. (Kindly get in touch if you're a big foundation or philanthropist with a couple million bucks to spare!)
Our goal is to complement and strengthen existing nerd ecosystems – we come in peace. This isn't a business, every cent goes into the organization, and nobody owns HackerNest. Conceptually, we are 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.
Whoa, longest descriptions evaaar. Need more? Here's some answers.
Here's more pictures of our Tech Socials and hackathons:
When: Pretty damn regularly. Check back!
Format: Relaxed. Hang, talk tech, plot to take over the world, etc.
Where: Usually in the large private office of a tech company (have a venue?)
At any given HackerNest Tech Social, 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 they'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, right?
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