IMPORTANT: Check for our online events that have gone virtual. All other in-person, local community Tech Socials are on indefinite hiatus due to covid-19. Other ways we can serve -  run apply-only Elite Meets, get strategy & operations help for your nonprofit, or learn advanced hackathon planning methods.

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Meet tech nerds


1,000+ unpretentious tech events in 60+ cities connecting 85,000+ members. We foster truly supportive communities because nerds build better together.

Meet new pals. Like h4ck3rs. Hacks. Designerds. Data scienticians. Hardware engineerds. Developers. Venture ¢apitalist$. Venture communists. Entreprenerds. Killer robots. Sapiophiles. Social mediaphiles. Cloud network architects. Writers. Machine learning cyborgs. Artificially intelligent product managers. Accomplices.



Tech Socials bring people together

We run notoriously down-to-earth tech meetups where folks share wisdom and bad puns over friendly drinks. Show up, grab a cup, chat up other nerds who actually get you - developers, designers, marketers, founders, and everyone in between. Nonprofit and agenda-free, we unite a city's tech and innovation community.




Actual survey responses and typical Tech Social experiences:

“Found a job”

“Met my co-founder”

“Met someone I eventually hired”

“Got help to solve my security assignment”

“Met some of my best friends in the industry”

“Got a job! Went on the slide at the Masonic temple!”

“Met unpretentious people who genuinely love what they do”

“It was amazing! Learned a lot from people, and everyone is super friendly!”


We’ve had great success sponsoring HackerNest. We get a good volume of people signing up from the Tech Socials, but the icing on the cake is the fact that we hired at least 3 people from one event last year!        -- Anton Mamine; Acquisition Specialist, Hover

At HackerNest Tech Socials, you can have open and honest discussion with anyone without having to worry about their motives. We often drift from technical topics and end up discussing the personal thoughts and feelings that are on the minds of the community. You don't get that elsewhere. HackerNest fills that niche missing from all the other tech events. I'm enamoured by the work that you guys do. You’re doing an excellent job at fulfilling your mission.        -- survey feedback from Michael O., Tech Social attendee

Sponsors power our movement



Sponsor events

Get grassroots cred and solid in-person engagement to build up your brand in the hearts and minds of our community! Learn more.


Host us in your office!

Become a Venue Host Sponsor to literally be the center of a Tech Social or two or three (spots are limited). This is the easy and fun way to share your team's vibe! 1337.


Market to our audience

We can help spread your message far and wide to our community with regional exclusive sendouts. 


Elite Meets

When you really need to get serious about recruiting senior talent, it's time to look into our Elite Meets. These are small, invite-only events that help you build real relationships with hand-picked elite nerds. Learn more.

The British Consulate-General in Toronto has collaborated on a number of high-impact tech events and campaigns with HackerNest. Their tech, social science, and community savvy, coupled with their global platform, enabled the British Government to deliver innovative outcomes in dementia research and cooperation between Toronto, London, and other global cities.        -- Kevin McGurgan, OBE; British Consul-General Toronto, UK Government

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