It's set...here's some deets. The GenY SIG (Special Interest Group) is joining forces with us to produce this HackerNest Tech Social - inaugural on two fronts - 1st ever in Texas, 1st ever at the American Mensa Annual Gathering!
After this, HackerNest around DFW will go back to what we do best - roaming Tech Socials that showcase awesome and cool technology offices around town. And HackerNest @Mensa, well, lets try to throw a party at the European and Asian Mensa Annual Gatherings (Email us if you can help with that!)
Date & Time: Weds, July 3rd, 2013. 6pm to 10pm
Location: GenY Suite 558, The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel
Weather: Dress for summer, it'll be so dusty the rabbits are digging holes six fee in the air.
The Tech Social:
Remember those stuffy, boring tech events you've been to? We do. Thumb your nose at those and go with fun instead. Try a HackerNest Tech Social - laid back, free drinks, brilliant technologists = fireworks.
No long boring talks, no agenda, no fancy gadgets to sell. HackerNest is a community nonprofit all about uniting tech nerds.
The HackerNest SIG application is pending.
What happened last week (in Canadia):
HackerNest is a nonprofit organization that focuses 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.
GenY is quickly becoming the largest segment in Mensa. A Special Interest Group, GenY re-formed on the premise of members needing a landing pad for an intro to Mensa, to explore more of Mensa, and for GenY Ms to have a safe place where they can be among friends and avoid the ubiquitous 'that guy'.
American Mensa is an organization for people with IQs in the top two percent. With more than 57,000 members, American Mensa is the largest national Mensa operating under the auspices of Mensa International, Ltd. There are currently more than 100,000 members worldwide, and an estimated six million Americans are eligible for Mensa membership.
start - folks waltz in, get drinks, socialize
+45min - welcome note and a short intro
+10min - back to socializing
+3hrs - whew, keep making friends!
Partners & Community
Nokia Developer: Create apps to connect with users around the world
Tarrant Makers: Tarrant County Maker Community Foundation, aka Fort Worth Makerspace
Got this far? Well, here's the long 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 vibe 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 sh*t 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 d*uchebags, 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. Drinks on us. It'll be fun.
In the immortal words of Bill S. Preston, Esquire: "Be excellent to each other."