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Chris Rickett, BES, MPA Manager, Entrepreneurship Services, Economic Development & Culture, City of Toronto

Our team at the City of Toronto has worked with HackerNest in engaging the tech community in Toronto. Their platform, insights and connections to the grassroots of the community have been invaluable in helping us reach this audience and develop resources to meet their needs.

Kevin McGurgan OBE British Consul-General Toronto & Director General UKTI Canada

I and the team of the British Consulate-General in Toronto have collaborated on a number of high impact tech based events and campaign. HackerNest’s tech, social science & community skills coupled with their global platform has enabled the British Government to deliver innovative outcomes in dementia research & co-operation between Toronto, London and other global cities.

John Preece, Ph.D. Sector Development Officer, Life Sciences, City of Toronto

In my previous capacity as a science diplomat for the UK government, I worked with HackerNest on two hackathons (DementiaHack 2014 and DementiaHack 2015). Both of these were unorthodox projects testing new ideas, and in both cases the HackerNest team proved to be highly capable, agile and professional. In my judgment, we would not have been able to deliver either project without HackerNest’s involvement, and they made both events far more successful than we had hoped.

I have not had the opportunity to work with HackerNest in my current capacity as a life sciences specialist for the City of Toronto, but they would be my first choice of partner for any technology-related project. While I would rate their sector knowledge, management skills and logistical organisation as good as or better than anyone I’ve worked with, for me their real value is in their trustworthiness. This isn’t about appropriate use of resources, though they do use resources appropriately; it’s about being able to wholly rely on them to do something. When I contract services or work with a project partner, I need to be able to trust that my partners will do what they say they’re going to do, when they say they’re going to do it, and raise any issues immediately. This, in my experience, is HackerNest’s strongest asset – they deliver, no matter what.

CourtHack 2016 Feedback
 

Snorri Ogata CIO, Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County

CourtHack was amazing. I loved the creativity that each team brought to the challenge sets. We, as court leaders, often fall into the trap of conceptualizing problems the same way. These hackers brought different perspectives to the issues and solved small problems (which is all they can really do in 24 hours!) in ways that we typically don’t think of or prioritize. But, in so doing, they opened our eyes to new possibilities. As a mentor, it was especially rewarding to watch their ideas evolve. I was impressed with their intellectual curiosity and their ability to rapidly adjust their designs to accommodate legal and operational realities that the mentors helped them see. Had this hackathon been in Southern California, I would have instantly offered paid internships to half a dozen impressive young coders.

Richard Gatchell Harman AMX
CourtHack was unique and something that needs to be experienced up front!
Matthew Thacker CourtHack Participant
I loved having court experts around to provide their insights into the justice system. In addition to creating solutions, their willingness to help goes a long way toward increasing awareness.
Tony Mucci CourtHack Participant

CourtHack was one of the most well thought out and organized hackathons I have ever been to. Over the years, I have attended various hackathons covering an array of objectives and subjects, but none that truly made an impact on the industry that was sponsoring the event. We would work on a project, present after a day or two and then get free food. That was it.

CourtHack, however, exceed my expectations in every way possible. One of the minute details that CourtHack thought of was WiFi and power supplies. So many other hackathons forget these details, but not CourtHack! The second part of their impressive execution was they were a people of their word. If they said we were having food every 4 hours, then we ate EVERY 4 hours. It was a breath of fresh air to know that HackerNest and the NCSC were on top of the overall flow of the event and how smoothly it went for us as participants. They didn’t just throw gummy bears and soda at us, but had an array of beverages, energy drinks and catered food for the event. This allowed the teams to always stay refreshed and alert as they were constantly nourished. I believe because participants didn’t have to worry about the details, we were able to focus on the products and produce exceptional results.

Noah Aron VP and General Manager, One Legal

The CourtHack event was the first time I’ve gotten to see court administrators and judges working closely with scrappy software engineers and dynamic product teams to solve major industry problems. I sit in between public and private sector stakeholders, and was amazed to see the two come together and create some excellent ideas over a 24-hour period at CourtHack. HackerNest and the NCSC did a great job of getting the right people in the room and I think we need to see more of this type of collaboration of ideas and skills to break down barriers in this industry.

DementiaHack Toronto 2015 Feedback
 

Jordan Banks Managing Director, 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 2015 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 Judge

My name is Phyllis Fehr. I am a person who is living with a dual diagnoses of mixed dementia, in the form of early onset Alzheimer’s and Lewy body dementia. Back in early September I was asked by the Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario if I would speak to a group about living with the disease. I was informed that it would be to a group that was participating in a hack for dementia. I had been involved in a hack for health previously so it should not be too overwhelming.

On the day I arrived I was amazed at how well organized it was. There did however seem to be a large number of people showing up so an overflow room was quickly set up. It was not just myself speaking, there was a panel of six people, that included doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists and rehab therapists, if I remember correctly. We each discussed our role and explained it in depth, I had worked for twenty five years as a nurse, so this also helped.

I was also asked to be a mentor to two teams. Part of the mentoring was done at the three day actual event. During the event any team could ask questions to anyone. I was also asked to represent people living with this disease on the final judging panel.

If I remember correctly there were over 350 participants, 75 teams, 55 mentors and this does not include the sponsors, volunteers or attendees.

Upon arrival at the three day event I was overwhelmed by the size of the venue and the line up for the registrants. Once the event started 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.

The number of sponsors and dignitaries in attendance just helped to heighten this feeling and the amazing prizes did not hurt.

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 of Ontario
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.
Simon Walker Highcourt Partners
Your event this week was the best representation of what a hackathon can be that I have ever seen. To have such high profile people checking out what we can do here in Toronto and to have them be inspired was even more incredible.
Tom Pirner Runner-Up, Diagnosed Individual Challenge Set
I think you and the team are outstanding.
Ron Beleno Caregiver Mentor
HackerNest Team, all the Sponsors, Organization Volunteers, Fellow Mentors and anyone else who made this event happen:​ ​You all ROCK!

 

And now, the news!
 

October 2016

6th: FACT SHEET: The Opportunity Project – Unleashing the power of open data to build stronger ladders of opportunity for all Americans, The White House Office of the Press Secretary

6th: Next Canada’s startup sprint weekend wants student entrepreneurs “thinking big”, Betakit

 
September 2016

30th: Grindr Announces Hack4Equality Winners, LGBT Weekly

23rd: Hack4Equality: Grindr conjugue innovation et droits LGBT, TÊTU

20th: Lessons In Corporate Philanthropy: Grindr Connects Nonprofits And LGBTQ Advocates With Tech Talent, Forbes

20th: Can Grindr Make a Dent in LGBT Homelessness?, The Advocate

19th: Grindr partners with White House to run hackathon for LGBTI equality, Gay Star News

16th: Grindr wants tech people to combat LGBTQ inequalities, TechCrunch

13th: Employers turning to hackathons to find tech talent, Toronto Star

 

August 2016

11th: Hack4Equality: Spark Change for the Global LGBTQ Community, Centre for Open Data Enterprise

9th: 9 Key Lessons Learned by Women in IT for Women in IT, codementor

 

July 2016

21st: Grindr collaborates with the Opportunity Project on an unprecedented hackathon, Grindr

29th: Grindr Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Hackathon To Combat LGBT Inequality, NewNowNext

 

June 2016

7th: Facebook’s Carolyn Everson on Connecting at Scale, Strategy+Business

2nd: HackerNest Launches in Peoria, Prairie Entrepreneurship Notes

 

May 2016

11th: Hackers share drinks over Peterborough’s tech future, Peterborough This Week

 

April 2016

13th: Coding for good: The rise of charity hackathons, CharityVillage

11th: Social aimed at techies set for Tuesday, The Peterborough Examiner

7th: Tech nerds unite in Peterborough for HackerNest on April 12, Peterborough This Week

6th: Hackers Unite to Improve Utah State Court’s Technology, StateTech Magazine

 

March 2016

31st: TranQool provides platform for Torontonians seeking therapy outside of clinic hours, StartUp HERE Toronto

25th: CourtHack in Salt Lake City With The National Center For State Courts, Open Law Lab

10th: Community-builder’s mission is to tackle poverty, one event at a time, StartUp HERE Toronto

9th: CourtHack Recap Video, Jared R. Cook Productions & David Geist

 

7th: Utah hosts first ‘CourtHack’ event, seeking solutions to court technology issues, American Bar Association Journal

5th: Self-proclaimed ‘nerds’ tackle court computers, KSL

2nd: CourtHack: Tech comes to the courts, The Center for Innovative Justice and Technology

 

February 2016

10th: Toronto joins cities around the world in celebrating Open Data Day 2016, Yonge Street Media

 

January 2016

10th: From terrorism to technological disruption: Leaders need to tackle risk, The Globe and Mail

 

December 2015

20th: full DementiaHack Toronto 2015 recap video, FVC Media

16th: The Norm Show, Toronto Life

15th: Hacking Memories: the journey to finding suitable technology for dementia patients”, Ryerson Journalism

6th: Dementia is not an individual’s disease, it’s something that can tear families apart, CBC Spark Interview

2nd: DementiaHack Toronto event focuses on technology-based solutions for patients with dementia, The Manitoban

 

November 2015

17th: U of T students take Facebook prize at #DementiaHack, win invitation to Silicon Valley, University of Toronto

10th: British Consul General in Toronto Kevin McGurgan, Toronto Mayor John Tory, and Jordan Banks of Facebook at the DementiaHack Toronto 2015 finals

9th: 1-minute recap video of the DementiaHack hackathon weekend, FVC Media

5th: Toronto Hackathon Seeks New Solutions To Help Dementia Patients, The Globe and Mail

 

 
October 2015

22nd: DementiaHack comes to Toronto, Reuters

21st: Startup reimagines boring satellite images into stunning colour, The Globe and Mail

21st: Dr. Joel Sadavoy: Helping People Cope With Dementia, CJN

16th: “Hacking” Dementia, Hull & Hull

4th: Hacking dementia: Facebook invites tech nerds to combine brain power, Maclean’s Magazine

3rd: HackerNest expects 70 at pre-DementiaHack panel; 150 attend, @MaRS

2nd: HackerNest talks DementiaHack on the Exchange with Amanda Lang, CBC

 

September 2015

28th: HackerNest Toronto September Tech Social 2015, HackerNest presents award to Councillor Kelly:

 
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26th: DementiaHack 2015, World Young Leaders In Dementia

22nd: DementiaHack, price tag of aging in Canada, Gen Y needs to eat less and exercise more, 680 NEWS

15th: Release: Facebook and HackerNest to Produce World’s Foremost Hackathon to Help Those Affected by Dementia, Yahoo Finance

12th: In Depth: DementiaHack, the IT Nerd

 

August 2015

31st: City of Toronto Councillor Norm Kelly gives HackerNest a radio shoutout, 102.1 the Edge
(We’re up around 3:04 – thanks @Norm! ^_^)

 

July 2015

28th: In Depth: HackerNest Tech Social in TorontoThe IT Nerd

24th: In Depth: HackerNestThe IT Nerd

15th: FBI busts hacker nest dedicated to Android and Facebook exploits, Mashable (we have nothing to do with this)

7th: Economic development through technology proliferation, Let’s Talk Good Business

6th: Hackatón cívico en colima: ¡Convocatoria!, Don Chambitas

2nd: HackerNest names energi PR as Agency of Record, energi PR

 

June 2015

4th: Interview with HackerNest KW organizers Amaris & MelinaTSP Weekly

 

May 2015

26th: Biggest Developer Recruiting Mistakes, Stack Overflow Careers

22nd: Is the Hiring Process Built on Lies?, Recruiter

21st: Project Diversity, THIS

13th: How Marketing Buzzwords Can Ruin Your Tech Job Listing, Stack Overflow Careers

10th: Make Airport Time More Productive, LifeHacker

5th: 7 Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity, Inc Magazine

2nd: HackerNest partners with Deloitte Canada on their first-ever hackathon, Disruption By Design; awesomeness ensues

 

 

 

April 2015

24th: Implement These 10 Email Hacks Today For a More Productive Tomorrow, SaneBox

2nd: HackerNest Unite is a finalist in the Canadian Global Impact Competition, ventureLAB

1st: HackerNest’s Tech Social Promises Friendship, Not Networking, TechVibes

 

March 2015

30th: HackerNest helps Vancouver techies – radio interview, CBC Early Edition

25th: Shaharris hangs with Toronto Mayor John Tory at the PAYE reception, Toronto City Hall

9th: Hackers and dementia, Brifrischu

 

February 2015

24th: How to organise a hackathon, Management Today

21st: Video: Ignite Guelph, Amaris of the Nest debunks networking, Ignite Guelph

 

January 2015

24th: Hackathon weekend fun!, HackerNest

 

31st: The Red Pill Chronicles: Why I decided to be a HackerNest Splinter Cell Organizer, DezignMaven

 

November 2014

19th: JJ Beh nominated as Top Ten TOTech Contributor, TOTechBash

17th: The ultimate life-hack: Start your own SDN hackathon, TechTarget

14th: How a wearable computer mouse can help people with dementia, Alzheimer Society

8th: We ran the very first HackerNest Job Fair and the 1300+ registrants thoroughly exhausted our 35 very happy exhibitors

 

October 2014

29th: DementiaHack: Dementia Hackathon 2014, UK government Foreign & Commonwealth Office

22nd: Handy hacks that make life easier, The Independent (UK)

17th: Operation HackerNest, The Ant Daily

 

September 2014

Wikipedia mention: DementiaHack is world’s first hackathon dedicated to people with dementia and their caregivers, Wikipedia

29th: 5 things to know in Toronto for Monday, Sept. 29, CTV News

23rd: Who got seen at WebInno, BostInno

18th: Hackathon at Ryerson tackles dementia, the Eyeopener

18th: Interning Is The New Volunteering, the Atlantic

18th: Photos from the Dementia Hackathon, Alzheimer Society

14th: A wee mention, The Skinny

10th: Dementia hackathon to create innovative solutions for dementia care and management, CBS46

10th: DementiaHack London, MedCity

8th: DementiaHack, MeU Blog

5th: British Consulate’s Toronto Dementia Hackathon, Computer Science University of Toronto

5th: Actor Seth Rogen Wants You to Attend DementiaHack, TechVibes

 

August 2014

12th: HackerNest hooks up with British Consulate-General Toronto for new ‘DementiaHack’, betakit

8th: Toronto dementia hackathon: 12-14 September, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, GOV.UK

 

July 2014

28th: Toronto Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly attends Tech Social, gives us an award!, Toronto City Hall

25th: DementiaHack will be produced by the British Consulate & HackerNest. Coming Sept 12-14 to the DMZ at Ryerson University, GOV.UK

15th: Colombo (Sri Lanka) Techkatha Big Meetup: 3d Printers, HackerNest and More, README

14th: Wound-sensing shirts and wireless umbilical cords were on display at the Fashion Zone’s Hack’n’Talk event, Betakit

 

June 2014

27th: Booming ticket resale market drives high prices for concert fans, CBC News

6th: Hack. Play. Create., Trendy Techie

4th: Forget Silicon Valley, Here Comes Toronto!, Wall Street Journal

2nd: FASHION MEETS TECH IN TORONTO AT UPCOMING HACK N’ TALK 2014, betakit

1st: Watch Dogs: Ubisoft game spotlights hacking, privacy concerns, CBC News

 

May 2014

27th: HackerNest x Ryerson Fashion Zone, MeU

26th: BlackBerry Sponsors Toronto HackerNest At Ryerson University, BlackBerryOS

21st: HackerNest launching with Techkatha meetup, README

 

April 2014

4th: UOIT Computing Science student finding success at hackathons, UOIT News

 

March 2014

3rd: Student Success At HackerNest Construct, School of Computer Science, University of Guelph

3rd: What a hackathon can teach your company about agility, IT Business Canada

 

February 2014

26th: HackerNest Construct Takes Over the DMZ, DMZ

26th: Rundown of how HackerNest Construct: Mind and Motion, went downWearable Wednesdays Toronto

24th: …crowdsourcing cars to virtual instruments: Mind & Motion Hackathon features next-gen hardwareBetakit

18th: HackerNest hosts Toronto’s biggest hardware-focused hackathon, HN Press Release

 

January 2014

14th: Mind & Motion hackathon, wearable techbetakit

 

December 2013

16th: HackerNest: Women in Tech , Bitmaker Labs

4th: Why Dallas for startups and entrepreneursDallas News

 

November 2013

25th: Tech Social, featuring Women in Technology, in multiple HN cities internationally. All happening on Monday, Nov 25th!

21st: View from the ‘Loo: HackerNest builds tech communities, one beer at a timeCommunitech

 

October 2013

30th: HackerNest: Taking Tech Social To Foster CommunityMISC Magazine

29th: Video of HackerNest Toronto at Bitmaker Labs, Bitmaker Labs

16th: HackerNest Sees Global Expansion Thanks to Their No Scuzzbag Policy, betakit

2nd: Coding Academy Bitmaker Labs Hosts HackerNest Tech Social,TechVibes

 

September 2013

17th: HackerNest partners with the MARS Energy Hackathon, using the Green Button open API to help consumers better understand, access and manage their electricity consumption.

9th: Cool mention about the KL Tech Social in CC Food Travel’s blog.

 

August 2013

31st: HackerNest international expansion hits Asia. First stop, Kuala Lumpur.

10th: HackerNest partners with BattleHack, a Paypal developer hackathon series.

 

July 2013

22nd: First Tech Social in Seattle at Facebook’s office; check the video!

3rd: Blog post: HackerNest Kitchener-Waterloo Tech Social. Daniel Gillis, School of Computer Science, University of Guelph.

3rd: Ecosystem and Community Building – Shaharris speaks at the US Mensa Annual Gathering and the first HackerNest Tech Social in Dallas-Fort Worth.

 

May 2013

25th: Mobile Institute’s Mobile Biz Dev Bootcamp panel discussion with Shaharris

Post-event recap by CodeProject

15th: CodeProject interview with JJ Beh

 

April 2013

30th: Post-event recap by Girls in Tech

29th: HackerNest Tech Social featuring Girls in Tech Toronto.

Toronto’s HackerNest splinter cell – 3rd largest Technology Professionals and 5th largest Software Development meetup globally.

 

February 2013

22nd: Oanda sponsors HackerNest Toronto, Forex Lab Notes

18th: Vancouver runs its first HackerNest Tech Social!

 

January 2013

Spent it recovering from the holidays! 🙂

 

December 2012

12.12.12: HackerNest officially incorporates as a Canadian federal nonprofit corporation.

6th: Startup TO – Interview with Toronto Hackathon Organizer JJ Beh, Ashley Huffman /[email protected] in Huffington Post

1st: HackerNest runs Canada’s largest hackathon with 67 demo teams and 430 total attendees.

 

April 2012

HackerNest evolves: Coworking put to rest, tech community development becomes our raison d’être.

 

January 2011

11.1.11: HackerNest is born.

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