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Developer 30 Under 30 Awards

Posted by on December 6, 2016 @ 7:48pm | 0 comments

Developer 30 Under 30 Awards

If you’re familiar with HackerNest’s local tech communities (of course you are! You’re here, aren’t you?) you probably know a lot of really awesome developers doing cool things in your city. With Canada’s surge in innovation and startup culture, there are so many amazing people working on projects which deserve more attention than they get! Now’s your chance to give a friend or coworker some adoration for the things they create. To solve this problem – the lack of recognition for Canada’s exceptional developers – Plastic Mobile’s CEO Sep Seyedi has created the inaugural Developer 30 Under 30 Awards! This fantastic initiative aims to identify and award the top 30 Developers from across the country, and will be announced in April, 2017. Winners will be chosen by a panel of expert judges from organizations including RBC, Holt Renfrew, TD, and Kijiji. “We rely on software every single day – from communicating with each other to getting around, at work, for fun – even to wake up on time. What would we do without it? We believe it’s time to celebrate these contributions and recognize the amazing talent moving our world forward,” states Seyedi. Aside: On the subject of daily software, we recently started using ProsperWorks, the only CRM recommended by Google. It is a simple, smart and easy to use CRM platform that helps you manage your data, streamline and scale sales processes, and get actionable insights, so you can sell more, faster. They’re sponsoring our Toronto Tech Socials this year and have really helped us keep track of things. Check ’em out! /aside The goal is to make the Developer 30 Under 30 Awards an annual celebration of Canadian tech talent! With more and more people across the country learning code, there won’t be any shortage of nominees this year, or in years to come. To nominate yourself or someone else, visit the Developer 30 Under 30 Awards page. The criteria are pretty straightforward: the nominee must live and work in Canada and have a birthday after April 1, 1987. Best of luck! We’d love to see some HackerNesters make the...

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Holiday Care Drive

Posted by on November 25, 2016 @ 7:03pm | 0 comments

Toronto is our home base, location of our head office and the first ever Tech Social, and the city in which most of HackerNest’s staff lives and plays. We love our home – even when it’s freezing! – and so many things about it. As everyone knows, a major problem in most urban centers is poverty and homelessness; it exists everywhere and many folks want to help, but don’t know how to get started. This holiday season, we’ve teamed up with Lighthouse Labs to collect donations for WoodGreen Community Services. This local organization serves 37,000 people per year in Toronto, creating new paths of opportunity for Torontonians. We’ll be putting together stockings full of necessities, and WoodGreen Community Services will deliver them to those who need a little help. If you’re joining us at the HackerNest Toronto Tech Social this Monday at Info-Tech, bring along a donation to help someone in need! We’ll have a collection bin near registration, and we’re counting on our amazing HackerNest Toronto community members (that’s you!) to make a small donation of some of the following items. Personal care products (toothbrush/paste, shampoo, body wash, chapstick) • Feminine hygiene products • Cough drops • Deodorant • Hats • Socks • Mittens • Hand sanitizer • Flashlights • Reusable water bottles • School supplies • And more! RSVP for the Toronto Tech Social, and we’ll see you Monday to hand out high fives to everyone who adds even one item to the bin. Head to your local dollar store and spend a few bucks to help someone in need; it’s what the holidays are all...

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Opportunity Project Demos at The White House

Posted by on October 7, 2016 @ 9:58pm | 0 comments

Opportunity Project Demos at The White House

On Thursday, October 6th, our CEO, Shaharris, and Lead Engineer, Teresa, traveled to Washington, DC to demo Opportunity.HackerNest.com at the White House. HackerNest is proud to have been given the chance to work on The Opportunity Project, an initiative by The White House that seeks to expand access to opportunity for all Americans through government open data. The Opportunity Project puts data and digital tools in the hands of families, communities, and local leaders to help them navigate information about the resources they need to thrive. As a participating organization, HackerNest built a tool that maps government jobs and job/training centers relative to public transportation and shows macro salary data to help users navigate potential careers in government. The White House Fact Sheet is available here. Excerpt: The Department of Labor identified a national priority to connect people experiencing unemployment with jobs and apprenticeships. The following teams built tools for job-seekers and employers to address this challenge: HackerNest’s “Opportunity.HackerNest.com” uses the data from DOL’s OpenSkills API and the Office Personnel Management’s USA JOB’s API to help users identify and navigate potential careers in federal government. LinkedIn’s “Training Finder” uses DOL data to surface education options that lead to in-demand careers for job seekers. Pairin’s “JobSeeker” uses DOL’s new OpenSkills API to match individuals to the jobs in their area that provide the greatest opportunity for personal and professional success based on their skills and experiences. Ushahidi’s “Job Postings” combines crowd-sourced job postings and DOL data, to allow organizations to easily share job opportunities and job-seekers to receive timely SMS and email alerts of jobs in their areas. Here’s what the featured projects looked like: While waiting for the opening remarks and speakers to kick off, Shaharris and Teresa happily snapped a photo with Megan Smith, ex-Googler and current United States Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President. During the expo-style demo exhibition, Shaharris and Teresa walked numerous government officials through the project, including Megan Smith (referenced above) and John Thompson, Director of the United States Census Bureau. Much of their valuable feedback will be compiled and incorporated into Opportunity.HackerNest.com as well as future job and economy-focused projects our team works on. ”Megan Smith called our project ‘super cool’ – we’re terribly proud of that,” says Shaharris. “It feels pretty amazing for our tiny Canadian nonprofit to have been recognized and invited to the White House to demo for a room of such tremendously accomplished and distinguished leaders.” HackerNest’s involvement in this profoundly ambitious initiative proved inspiring, important, and memorable. We’re proud to have built a tool that helps Americans map out their commutes and their careers; honored to have been included in the ranks of such an impressive cabal of innovative companies and nonprofits working on worthwhile causes. To see what we’ve built, visit opportunity.hackernest.com. For more information on The Opportunity Project, visit...

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NewCo Toronto – 25% off Tickets for HackerNest Members!

Posted by on September 8, 2016 @ 9:54pm | 0 comments

We’re not saying all professional conferences are boring – we’ve been to some amazing ones in Toronto and around the globe – but the standard ‘put a bunch of smart people in a room to listen to other smart people for a few hours (or days)’ model can get a little tired, right? Similarly to the way HackerNest shakes up the standard ‘networking event’, NewCo Toronto, presented by Cossette, offers something a little different from your average tech event.   John Battelle, co-founder of Wired magazine, founded NewCo in 2012 in San Francisco, modelling the event after music festivals rather than business conferences. Now operating in over 15 cities, NewCo lands in Toronto for the first time September 15. “With its reputation for innovation and forward-thinking, Canada became the logical choice for our next NewCo Festival, particularly in Toronto where there is such a diverse cultural mosaic and a flourishing business start-up community,” says Battelle. New NewCo model lines up progressive companies which are pushing the boundaries and redefining industries to host events at multiple locations around the city. Toronto’s host companies (or, NewCos!) include Google Canada, G Adventures, Wattpad, Soulpepper, and Wealthsimple. Speakers include founders, CEOs, growth marketers, doctors, and Mayor Tory! Sounds amazing, right? You know you totally want to go… Good news – we’ve got a discount code for HackerNest Members! Just follow this link for 25% off tickets!...

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Tech Mentoring Workshop

Posted by on September 2, 2016 @ 7:38pm | 0 comments

Tech Mentoring Workshop

This past weekend, Grindr hosted a variety of tech personnel at the Hack4Equality Tech Mentoring Workshop. On Saturday, August, 27 at Grindr’s HQ in West Hollywood, never-before-seen anonymized Grindr data was released. We hope that this invaluable data can be utilized throughout Hack4Equality to aid our participants to create and design products that will change the landscape for LGBTQ communities. Hack4Equality aims to create real change in the lives of millions of people, and we believe that this workshop was another step towards this. With access to data from Grindr, the White House Opportunity Project, the City of LA, and the City of West Hollywood, participants will be able to ensure their projects are impactful and relevant. If you didn’t get a chance to attend and would still like to see all the great insights given at the Tech Mentoring Workshop, you can watch the video of the day here. As we head towards the final demo day on September 25th, we want to encourage everyone to get involved in some capacity. There’s still time to register to participate and join teams. Canadian teams are encouraged! The Canadian Government, as sponsors, are eager to see what Canadian innovation comes out of Hack4Equality. If you haven’t registered, please do so here on Eventbrite, and here on Devpost. For those who just want to support, you can register to be an attendee on the Science Fair Demo Day and Finals. Events such as these require action to make them a success. Your participation and support make them possible! There are even event day volunteer opportunities for those in the LA area; we’d love to see you there. Stay tuned for more updates on Hack4Equality, and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for all the latest! Team HackerNest...

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What to Look for in a Coworking Space

Posted by on August 22, 2016 @ 3:00pm | 0 comments

The thought of working from home can be appealing: no commuting, no distractions, you don’t even have to change out of your pyjamas. Working at home may seem like a luxury, but studies show that working in an office actually vastly increases productivity. Time to get back in that 9-5 rhythm and get yourself a coworking space. But before you make the big leap and take your business up a notch, here’s what you need to look for: Community Some coworking spaces are a melting pot of different industries and ideas. For instance, the Collab space in New York City strives to foster an environment of creativity by bringing together people in different fields. On the other hand, some spaces are highly focused: BluePrint Health in NYC is specifically catered to people working in all branches of the healthcare industry. Price The cost of a coworking space is often unpredictable. The price can fluctuate wildly depending on size, location, benefits, and the length of your contract. If all you’re looking for is a place to sit and work, you can find a space in the $200-$300 range, but you may have to be willing to commute. If you’re looking for perks and benefits along with a nice view, you can easily find a space in the $400-$600 range that’s also in a desirable location, so it may be worth it to invest. Location Location is more than just a great view. That view of Central Park or the Hudson River is nothing if the neighborhood has nothing to offer. Networking is really important, so choose a location that is close to things important to your business. A great location could mean the difference between being isolated and making that connection that could bring your business to the next level. Perks and Benefits Coworking spaces can cost a pretty penny, so you want to make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for. Some coworking spaces don’t offer much besides a desk, but some offer everything from 3D printers and coffee bars to art classes and a gym memberships. Coworking spaces strive to create an environment where you can thrive and grow your business, so look out for spaces that host and facilitate networking events and lectures where you can meet people in your field. Amenities If you’re looking for a place where your small business has room to grow, assessing a coworking space’s amenities should be at the top of your list. You can find a place to sit and work anywhere, but the corner coffee shop will never compare to some of the amazing things coworking spaces have to offer. Some spaces have conference rooms and private offices, while others boast media centers, libraries, classrooms, and event spaces. Whether you’re a freelance graphic designer, a writer, or you’re building the next big app, a coworking space will take your business to the next level. If you’re looking for a non-traditional office environment where entrepreneurs can meet and ideas can thrive, then a coworking space is exactly what you’re looking for. Gabrielle Montoute is a freelance writer who is a New York City native currently living and working in Los Angeles. Gabrielle graduated from Emerson College in 2015 with a degree in TV Studio Production. You can find her comedy writing at...

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Hack4Equality, a hackathon by Grindr, in partnership with HackerNest

Posted by on August 5, 2016 @ 11:37pm | 0 comments

Hack4Equality, a hackathon by Grindr, in partnership with HackerNest

This is the kind of thing that brings people of all types together, rallying around taking a stance and fighting for a socially beneficial, much needed set of moral issues. Introducing Hack4Equality, an online and in person hackathon to combat LGBTQ inequalities out of sunny Los Angeles, the home and headquarters of Grindr. This seven-week hackathon is based in Los Angeles, but we’re also inviting the world to participate. Let’s work together to spark change for millions around the world. We expect some brilliant minds to craft technology-based solutions to critical issues affecting the global LGBTQ community across these 4 challenge sets: Transgender Visibility and Economic Empowerment LGBTQ Homelessness Access to Sexual Health Services and PrEP International LGBTQ Issues   Things kick off on Saturday, August 6, 2016 and end with a grand finale demo day on September 25, 2016. Here’s what will happen for this sprint hackathon:   7 week sprint 3 Workshops 1 final demo day   This format will be a little different from what you’re used to with other hackathons. This sprint-style hackathon takes the pressure cooker model and distributes it over a number of weeks so that participants can hone their project and apply their craft in a manner that breeds higher quality projects that end up on final demo day.   Here’s the full list of events:   Sat, Aug 6, 2-5pm: “Voices from the Field” Info Panel + Team Matching West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N San Vicente Blvd Hack4Equality kicks off with a panel of expert mentors sharing their wisdom and experience so participants get a thorough understanding of the challenge sets.These mentors are also judging which teams make it to the finals, so it is in participants’ best interests to get to know them! This will be followed by a team matching exercise for participants and casual socializing. Fun!   Sat, Aug 27, 2-5pm: Technology Mentoring Workshop Grindr Headquarters, 750 N San Vicente Blvd, Red Building East Tech experts from Grindr and Esri will be supporting participants with invaluable insights and best practices around their technologies and data sets.   Sat, Sep 10, 2-5pm: “Pitch Perfect” Demo Skills Workshop West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N San Vicente Blvd Hackathon participants tend to be clever and accomplished; this workshop helps ensure their demos effectively communicate that. Too often, brilliant ideas and projects are held back by less-than-stellar pitching. Invaluable advice and coaching from investors, public relations experts, and marketers will help participants shine.   Sun, Sep 25, 1-7pm: Science Fair Demo Day + Finals Judging Grindr Headquarters, 750 N San Vicente Blvd, Red Building East This is the culmination of a 7-week frenzy of coding, camaraderie, and collaboration condensed into 3-minute bursts of glorious exposition: the Hack4Equality Demo Day. Excited participant teams will showcase their products to the attending public and mentor-judges. They are also encouraged to walk around and watch other teams demo—the sense of grandeur from experiencing a room filled with a few hundred people gathered around a common, socially beneficial cause is palpable and inspiring. Groups of wandering mentors and stakeholders will select the handful of top teams from the Hack4Equality Demo Day to demo for our panel of distinguished finals judges who will decide their fates that evening! Thank you for your support of #Hack4Equality!...

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Mayor John Tory Proclaims July 26 ‘Tech Community Day’ in Toronto

Posted by on August 4, 2016 @ 9:41pm | 0 comments

July’s Toronto Tech Social brought together members from all over the GTA, a member of the British Consulate in Toronto, city Councillors, and Mayor John Tory. Toronto-based tech community groups including DevTO, TechTO, Full Stack TO, Music Tech TO, and Virtual and Augmented Realities Toronto joined HackerNest at Toronto’s City Hall on July 26th. Almost 400 people came to watch as Mayor Tory proclaimed July 26th ‘Tech Community Day’ at City Hall. HackerNest Tech Socials are about bringing people together and helping to build community in a city where people work and live so close together, but may not even know one another. HackerNest is honoured to be a part of what is happening in tech in Toronto and were thrilled to receive the proclamation scroll for ‘Tech Community Day’ from Mayor Tory, as well as a scroll for our contributions to the city and its communities from Council Member Norm Kelly. Though ‘Tech Community Day’ may just be on July 26th, our organization strives to place a continued emphasis on these communities not only in Toronto and across Canada, but globally in cities such as London, England, and Manila, Philippines, to name a couple. We hope that HackerNest, along with the various groups we partner with, can continue to do work that allows those passionate about tech to live happier and healthier...

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