About HackerNest


HackerNest’s tech communities are powered by volunteers around the world alongside a small, ultra-nimble coordinating HQ team.

We are better together.

Wherever technology booms, prosperity follows. Tech and innovation communities are the cornerstones of economic development that leads to people living healthier, happier lives. HackerNest came alive in 2011. On 11.1.11, we launched as a community-building event project with a coworking space in the west end of Toronto. Today we are a federal Canadian nonprofit (with a growing community of 100,000+ technologists) that has run over 1,200 events with sponsors and partners like Facebook, Amazon, Stanford, Harvard, local & federal governments, Dove, Deloitte, Airbnb, and more. What we do:


Run events that bring tech nerds and other community groups together into supportive communities. Help organizations find the right expert tech talent, and vice versa. Teach people and teams to run more worthwhile, better hackathons so their organizations, products, and services can have greater impact. Advise social enterprises, nonprofits, charities on infrastructure & scaling-up while staying on mission. Getting innovators and collaborators to find each other.


Notable past projects tackling United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):


DementiaHack, then the largest Alzheimer's and dementia awareness hackathon series with Facebook, federal governments, and major tech companies as headline sponsors.  //  Global Fishackathon series tackling sustainable fisheries & oceans conservation in dozens of cities alongside the U.S. Department of State and consulates/embassies around the world.  //  Access to courts & justice with the National Center for State Courts.  //  Diversity and equality issues in LGBTQi communities.  //  Income disparity dealing with federal and local open data for the White House’s Opportunity project spearheaded by the Obama administration.  //  Special Consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. 

Help build your community.

Who fits? People passionate about connecting with others around them. Methodical, self-driven, deadline-oriented pundits. You have some free time (important). Supportive personalities that ooze practicality and efficiency. A team player - because teamwork makes the dream work (with less effort)! :) If this resonates with you, here are some ways to get involved.


If running events is your thing.
Events are where our audience intersect. Organizing teams, along with their strong group of volunteers, work together to plan and produce events in our communities.


Event Organizers
Our Organizers are stalwarts, producing regular community events that bring people in the ecosystem together. Be a community-builder, leader, champion of tech nerds, and planner of really fun, people-oriented events. Check out what that  involves.


Help at Events
Organizers are always looking for support leading up to and during the events. If you can volunteer periodically, go  here to connect with our local city teams.


Functional Experts help steady our ship.

Volunteer-run, bootstrapped communities like ours rely on the contributions of passionate members to keep our efforts alive. Some small projects require a (reasonable) block of time while others have a steady (moderate) flow on an ongoing basis - we are flexible. If you are a 5+ years expert with some time to spare, we would love to hear from you! Your efforts will help further our mission. Check out what matches your interests and get in touch at ops@hackernest.com, tell us about you - passions, motivation, interests, expertise, and also how we can help in return.


SEO, Google/Facebook Ads

Plan/setup/manage SEO and campaigns.

Content Writers

Compelling, on-brand blog & social media posts.

Content Editor/Coordinator

Manage editorial calendar. Also, proofread :)

Graphic Design

Make site/ad/print/swag artwork.

Front End & Web

WP site dev/management. HTML/CSS/JavaScript.

A/V & Video Production

Produce short videos and advise on tech for online and in-person events.

Community Development

Build & manage community partnerships.

Events Coordination

Manage delivery of online events.