Community. Hackathons. Peer-based Tech Education.
HackerNest is an international nonprofit focused on building supportive “Silicon Valley”-type tech communities everywhere – strengthening local ecosystems through unpretentious social events and (hardware) hackathons. We’re nurturing cohesive communities today (over a dozen cities and counting!) to empower them with more relevant and accessible peer-based tech education tomorrow.
Behind the curtains
We’re regular, down-to-earth people. That said, 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, (add more acronyms here!) 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.
Our current base: the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University, in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Each city’s HackerNest Splinter Cell is run by city organizers (you’ll find them listed here) – people who represent what HN stands for: a cohesive and supportive tech community, unpretentiousness, inclusiveness, and ultimately rescuing nerds/geeks from unhealthy isolation.
Announcement coming soon.