We produce large, universally-lauded cause hackathons that have significant social impact. They are fun for participants, results-driven for stakeholders, and tangibly beneficial for the world. If you’re new to tech, read more about hackathons here. Get in touch if the projects below resonate with you. We’re working on producing them over the course of 2016-17. The universal theme continues – socially beneficial causes that resonate globally.

Interested in sponsoring a hackathon? Email [email protected]



Hack4Equality is a 7-week hackathon aimed at providing technological solutions to critical problems facing LGBTQ communities in North America and around the world.


Grindr. Hack4Equality



An international hackathon that brings together the brightest minds in dementia management, patient care, and healthcare technology to tackle pressing challenges faced by caregivers and people with dementia. In 2014, it was the world’s first hackathon dedicated to helping people with dementia and their caregivers. Clients and Partners include the UK government, Linode, the Ontario Brain Institute, GitHub, City of Toronto, Ryerson University, and more. In 2015, DementiaHack Toronto was headlined by Facebook and the UK & Canadian governments with Airbnb, Aimia, Telus, RBC, Baycrest, National Post, and others sponsoring.

Check the results for 2015 and 2014.


HackerNest DementiaHack


America’s foremost court hackathon


Introducing this legal hackathon that had its inaugural start in Salt Lake City, UT, March 4-5, 2016. The core of every legal system is defined by access to complete, accurate, and timely information. Technologies developed in the past decades have completely revolutionized the way we interact with this information. Although times have changed, many aspects of our court systems have not. Historically mired before the ever-widening digital gap, our institutions have much catching-up to do. CourtHack is an initiative by the National Center for State Courts and HackerNest that directly addresses this problem. (plus, a Supreme Court Justice on the judging panel!)




Want to organize a hackathon?


We very selectively produce custom hackathons for others >> both internal corporate exercises that synergize the disruptive forces from within an organization, and large-scale, open-to-the-public hackathons that draw together the best developers in our communities. Successful hackathons – themed, multi-city, hardware, internal innovation, even non-tech “hackathon-style” workshops – inspire everyone. Click here and get in touch for a free initial consultation.





Notable past productions:

HackerNest Construct Hardware Hackathon


A 24+ hour, mega-fun programming competition focused entirely on creativity and the innovative use of technology. (NOT business plans, commercial viability, or monetization). In 2014, it was the largest hardware hackathon run in Canada. Clients and sponsors include the likes of Klick Health, Yellow API, Mandrill (a Mailchimp company), SendGrid, Softlayer (IBM), Ryerson University, GitHub, Intelligent Headset, DigitalOcean, Frank & Oak, OUYA, Kiwi Wearables, Car2Go, and more.


HackerNest Construct


Deloitte. Disruption by Design


A hackathon intended to shift company culture towards a more innovative and ‘failure-friendly’ environment that is encouraging of innovation, intrapreneurial impetus, and thought leadership. Colleagues build camaraderie, be rooted in real and relevant practical application (i.e. actual business issues), and encourage unfettered creativity. Every person involved walks away feeling inspired.

  Deloitte. Disruption by Design





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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