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    What does volunteering at the Tech Socials involve? see more

    Penning a short one here. Just fleshing out what is involved when you volunteer. Our event-volunteers are essential to the Tech Socials - helping our dedicated, passionate, community-building organizing teams at the Tech Socials so that the greater community can benefit. In the "1-Minute Volunteer Overview" page, we simmered it down to these engaging functions: **Registration** - needs good handwriting,  **Runner** - mostly herding,  **Bar** - everyone's best friend, **Healthcare** - check/protect everyone.


    The vibe? We are all a little quirky, but super nice:

    Why volunteer? Generally, volunteering has been said to lower stress. Being in service to others is a privilege that many do not have the opportunity to do. It is one of many overlooked pathways to being happier and healthier. Also, it just is a great way to make some friends, learn a skill, even get ahead in your career. Sometimes, the local fire department comes for an impromptu photo:

    Important -- make sure it is a cause, movement, or community thing that resonates with you at some level. This is important because if you care, it’ll show. The right thing, when you engage with it, will feel like a natural fit, be something you look forward to, and should be at a level of commitment that you can integrate into your life. Of course, being treated right when you dedicate your personal time to it should be a given. Mutual respect, ftw. Some volunteers also go on to become City Organizers (a great bonus too when you’re also a pro photographer):

    So, volunteering at a HackerNest event. Simple, easy, and involves only a bit more time than what you had already allotted to just attending the Tech Social. Actually just the hour before the event starts and 20 minutes after it. So 1.3 hours more than a regular attending night. < puts things a bit more in perspective, yes?

    Check for the short form to fill so you can be in touch with your local organizing team. Read the page for a 1-minute overview of what that’s like with us. No special skills needed except for a willingness to help.

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    HackerNest is pleased to announce a fantastic new partnership with the U.S. Department of State to p see more

    HackerNest is pleased to announce a fantastic new partnership with the U.S. Department of State to produce their Fishackathon global hackathon series. To see the U.S. Department of State’s original, full release, click here.


    The U.S. Department of State’s Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) is pleased to announce a new partnership with HackerNest, a nonprofit organization and movement that builds local tech communities worldwide, to carry forward Fishackathon.
    First organized by S/GP to coincide with the “Our Ocean” conference in 2014, Fishackathon is a public-private partnership hackathon that aims to capitalize on the expansion of digital solutions to address sustainable fishery challenges. Hundreds of technologists and entrepreneurs around the world spend a weekend competing to build practical tech solutions to endemic problems defined by fisheries experts. Panels of distinguished judges evaluate these demos to select winners from each participating Fishackathon city, awarding the very best team the coveted Global Grand Prize.


    Five cities across the United States took part in Fishackathon’s first year. By its third year, Fishackathon had expanded its reach to aquariums, tech hubs, and participants in more than 40 international cities. Fishackathon 2016: The third annual hackathon series was in 43 cities, 27 countries, 6 continents.


    A veteran producer of blockbuster cause-hackathons with partners that include Facebook, Airbnb, and the UK and Canadian Governments, HackerNest has run tech community-building events in 33 cities across 14 countries on five continents. The organization’s global reach and mission of economic development through tech proliferation make it uniquely well-positioned to continue growing the Fishackathon crowd-sourcing model and brand.


    HackerNest and S/GP will launch Fishackathon 2017 on the weekend of November 18-19 in celebration of World Fisheries Day on November 21.


    For more information, please visit—

    Fishackathon: | @Fishackathon

    HackerNest: | @HackerNest |

    Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships: | @GPatState |

    For media inquiries, please contact Anita Ostrovsky at or HackerNest at