Hackathon Production

We make large cause-hackathons happen.



Hackathons help fuel our nonprofit mission – and we’re very good at it. Regardless of whether you endorse ours or we help with yours, few match our veteran experience, expertise, and reputation for planning and producing universally-lauded events.
Have a look at the hackathons we already produce.



Select Custom Hackathons


Full hackathon production, from start to finish, across the entire spectrum of strategy, branding, positioning, marketing, planning, outreach, logistics, execution, prizing, event-after-care – literally everything to ensure success.

Other Tech Events


We run Tech Socials, Job Fairs, and more. Unpretentious, laid-back, yet delivered to exacting specification, our events are highly compelling and fun. By the close of 2015, HackerNest ran over 250 events in 24 cities and 4 continents.

Advisory Services


Business strategy, international events, and hackathon production consultation for organizations that seek advice on building high levels of developer engagement, community involvement, & product/service evangelism.

Successful hackathons – themed, multi-city, hardware, internal innovation, even non-tech “hackathon-style” workshops – inspire everyone. Get in touch for a free initial consultation to see what’s best for you.


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Here’s what hackathons are about.

Hackathons are programming marathons designed to rapidly produce working prototypes. Conventional hackathons typically bring developers and technologists together over 24, 36, 48 or more hours to cram and build solutions that they can present.
We’ve pioneered a uniquely executed Science Fair Judging schema in our final demos that have become de facto for our hackathons – they’re the fairest and most effective way to judge large numbers of teams in a relatively short amount of time. Making sure participants are treated well is key.
We’re always looking for ways to break the box. Stay tuned for a way to produce hackathons that balance virtual competition PLUS the vibe of real life cohesion, camaraderie, and the ultimate rush of competing till the finals.




Time limited, team-based runs of ‘build, build, build’ means that teams must strategize and execute before the final bell – so bureaucracy and finesse take a backseat to the most important thing for that weekend – completion.

Problem Solving


Specific, themed hackathons center the entire 100-500 person event around a central issue and select problem sets, thus setting polarizing “proving grounds” that are ripe for a multitude of solutions in a VERY short period of time.

Economic Prosperity


Hacks and innovations that come out of hackathons have great potential for commercialization. Ranked winners, category winners and all other teams exercise their potential together. This means opportunity to pivot into paths of entrepreneurship.

Well-run hackathons filled with passionate developers are a blank canvas for changing the status quo.





Amanda Wilson Public Health Agency of Canada
In case anyone wondered, *this* is what a #hackathon looks like. #DementiaHack #awesome #inspiring.
Kevin McGurgan British Consul General
And they’re off! #DementiaHack 2015 is now on. Build for the person, not the prize…
Jordan Banks Facebook
Facebook is proud to have been the presenting sponsor of DementiaHack 2015. It was an honor and a privilege for me​, as Chair, to have helped guide the event towards such a positive outcome. Anyone can run a hack event, but it is an entirely different thing to produce the world’s foremost dementia hackathon, which is why we chose to partner with HackerNest. Their experience, dedication, and enthusiasm helped ensure DementiaHack 2105 ran smoothly and it was a pleasure working with their team.
Phyllis Fehr. M.L.A., R.N., S.A.N.E. Ontario Dementia Advisory Board; DementiaHack Toronto 2015 Mentor & Finals Judge
…the air in the room felt electrified, there was a feeling of sheer excitement and everyone was pumped. I thought that on the second day, this atmosphere would have dwindled, but it didn’t. If anything, it had increased …I would like to finish by saying that this was one of the greatest events I have ever attended. I was on a personal high for days after this event. It has made me personally strive to do better in the work I do for Alzheimer’s. If ever I was asked to participate again, I would jump at the chance to do so. No matter where or when, I would go just to experience this totally awesome experience again. I would also recommend to anyone asked to participate to say yes – this is something that I feel everyone should do at least once in a lifetime. As an off-note, my granddaughter attended and she was so amazed she has since decided to change her major in university. No matter what your age or your ability, this is an event to participate in, your youth returns while you are there and for a few days following. It definitely changes the way you see things.
Audra Rusinas Alzheimer Society
It truly was a pleasure meeting all of you this year and having a chance to attend and support DementiaHack for a second year! I really want to commend all of you on delivering such an excellent event this year! I’ve only heard great feedback from everyone and so many of the teams are excited about the future of DH. We at the Alzheimer Society are excited to see some of these apps move towards the public marketplace and want to provide support however possible.
John Stackhouse Royal Bank of Canada
Awesome DementiaHack. Glad to see Royal Bank of Canada help support 330 hackers, including 40% female, creating hope.
Keyur Shah Deloitte
… provided strategic direction & tactical support throughout the program … valuable perspectives … very committed to our success. They continue to enhance the program with deep insights … helped support our drive to a changing culture within Deloitte …. confident in their abilities.
Dr. John Preece British Consulate-General Toronto
no hesitation recommending HackerNest who managed DementiaHack – an international hackathon to create new tech for the self- and community management of dementia … a great success, and we certainly could not have achieved it without their involvement.
Sunil Sharma Extreme Venture Partners
… without question, one of the highest caliber networks of accomplished and up and coming developers, designers, and entrepreneurs … Shaharris & team put together a strong and committed community … helping to build the next big idea startups.
Alan Lok YellowAPI
Your team did an amazing job keeping sponsors and participants up-to-date. Nice that I don’t need to sweat the details and be guided on what to do next….
Raff Paquin Frank & Oak
…amazing weekend … really good opportunity to connect with Toronto’s startup and tech scene … a great success and really well organized…
Charlie Thomas Participant, DementiaHack Toronto
You are the gold standard for hackathons.

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