HackerNest turns 6!


We’re super excited: 11.1.2017 marks 6 years of HackerNest. Happy birthday, everyone! Thank you for being part of our growing movement that builds local tech communities (globally). Your support, the camaraderie at our events, and the great collective you’ve helped us build compels us to do more.

Organizers & Volunteers: The time and effort you’ve spent building stronger local ecosystems deserves the highest applause. Let’s keep rocking 2017 together.

Sponsors: We truly appreciate your support for our local community events, hackathons, and other initiatives — thank you, thank you, and thank you.

Community Partners: Thank you for sharing your channels and events to help spread the word on community. So awesome.
Last but not least, props to our nimble HackerNest HQ Core Team and Advisory Board in Toronto and the US: thank you for fighting the good fight with us. Go team!

Below are some HackerNest highlights — we did a lot in 2016, but not as much as we’ll do in 2017. Exciting times!
Hope all is well with you and yours,

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The world’s foremost dementia hackathon, presented by Facebook, championed by the UK Government, hosted at MaRS, and produced by HackerNest returns March 4-5, 2017. Hundreds will build products to help those living with dementia and their caregivers. When they win, we all win.


Tech Socials
Our unpretentious, agenda-free Tech Socials continue to grow internationally. These down-to-earth, in-person community events bring passionate technologists together to make new friends — not ‘network’. Like a home away from home, you’ll fit right in. Check here for one in a city near you.


2016 Highlights

Tech Socials. We produced 170+ events in 33 cities across 14 countries on 5 continents for our almost-50,000 members around the world.

Civic Pride. Mayor John Tory proclaimed July 26th “Tech Community Day” at our Toronto City Hall Tech Social.

Special Events. We ran the CourtHack US Justice System hackathon with the National Center for State Courts in Salt Lake City and the Hack4Equality LGBTQ hackathon with Grindr in Los Angeles.

Recognition. We were presented with the B. Damyanova Award for Corporate & Social Responsibility by the Tufts University Institute for Global Leadership at their 31st EPIIC Symposium. Read more.


The United Nations
HackerNest was conferred Special Consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Our recently published statement outlines strategies and tactics for the eradication of poverty and achieving sustainable development for all.


The White House
We engaged with and demoed at the White House for the Obama administration’s Opportunity Project, a federal/local open data initiative encouraging and empowering Americans to build tools that improve access to opportunity for their communities.