Hackathon & Innovation Consulting

We *won’t* run your hackathon for you.


We can provide any combination of event, innovation, and strategy consulting services, the greatest value is in engaging us for advice during early-stage planning. We'll answer all your questions after establishing that HackerNest will absolutely not produce your event. Unlike others, we don’t want to run things for you - no conflict of interest means you don't have to worry about "being sold to". We’ll help institutionalize hackathon strategy, planning, and production expertise in your organization so that it lives long in your company dna.

12 reasons public hackathons fail    -- Read up on what we think of hackathons - no flowery language or elegant arguments; just an ever-growing list of reasons why you shouldn’t run “public innovation” hackathons.

Hackathon expertise without gambling with your budget.

We've spent nearly a decade helping decisionmakers at the world's strongest brands turn innovation strategy into execution.



HackerNest is a veteran producer of large, public high-stakes hackathons and innovation events that require a full understanding of how everything fits within a grander plan -- whether that's to fuel product development, recruit, define culture, win political favor, shift brand perception, strengthen international relations -- the list goes on.



In producing events with partners like Facebook, Amazon, Deloitte, Dove, local & federal governments, law firms, and others, we have stewarded thousands of project teams from pre-inception, prototyping, to demos, to winning ... we are now one of a handful of companies in the world with expert-level breadth of hackathon knowledge, significant depth of experience, and a very unique, differentiated perspective on hackathons and innovation.

In case anyone wondered, *this* is what a #hackathon looks like. #DementiaHack #awesome #inspiring.        -- Amanda Wilson, Executive Director & Director General, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada

Facebook is proud to have been the presenting sponsor of DementiaHack. 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 ran smoothly and it was a pleasure working with their team.        -- Jordan Banks, Managing Director, Facebook & Instagram

… 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.        -- Keyur Shah, Deloitte



Bring the know-how of real-context, world-class innovation mechanics to your organization.

The world’s foremost dementia hackathon - this series focuses on developing tools and solutions to help people living with dementia, their caregivers, clinicians, and more.

A U.S. Department of State global partnership produced by HackerNest, this hackathon seeks tools and solutions to worldwide overfishing and sustainable fisheries.

A hackathon in partnership with Grindr to find innovative technological solutions to critical problems facing LGBTQ communities in North America and around the world.

A hackathon series in partnership with the National Center for State Courts to work on ways of providing better access to justice for all levels of society, not just the privileged few.



A free initial consultation to set you on the right path.

Get in touch with us at advisory@hackernest.com to discuss how we can help - a 15 minute initial information call, gratis - a litmus test to decide whether you need our advice and guidance. Easy, quick, and painless.

…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.        -- Phyllis Fehr. M.L.A., R.N., S.A.N.E.; Ontario Dementia Advisory Board, DementiaHack Mentor & Finals Judge

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