HackerNest. Nonprofit. Community. Tech Ecosystems. Laid-back Socials. Hackathons.
Yesterday. In 2011, we started out in Toronto as a dozen nerds talking tech around a 6-pack. Our gatherings soon gained notoriety for attracting friendly, interesting, ridiculously smart technologists.
Today, HackerNest is a nonprofit community movement focused on building supportive Silicon Valley like tech communities in every city – 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.
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 and continue growing internationally).
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.
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 association 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.
Board of Advisors
Announcement coming soon!
Each city’s HackerNest Splinter Cell is run by city organizers (you’ll find them listed in the city pages of our site) – people who represent everything HN stands for: a cohesive and supportive tech community, unpretentiousness, inclusiveness, and ultimately rescuing nerds/geeks from unhealthy isolation.
Our cities and the overall movement is held together by the core team below. All this leads to the development of a massive and widespread global network built around peer-based tech education at its most fundamental level. This means that all of us will one day have tech friends in every city in the world…make that VERY skilled tech friends.
MENSA SIG (Special Interest Group)
JJ Beh, SIG Coordinator
Shaharris, SIG Co-Coordinator
Renee Patton, Chief-tress
Check it here.