• folks from all backgrounds are warmly welcomed at HackerNest tech events

    HackerNest connects nerds to build a better future together.

  • hackathons were fun but we now have much more effective ways to innovate

    Tech Socials are unpretentious and down-to-earth. Come join!

  • HackerNest hosts the most diverse events in the Toronto tech industry

    Meet friends, cofounders, employers, and everyone in between.

  • we are so relaxed that nobody should feel nervous about attending our tech social events

    Everyone's quirky. Yes, you'll fit.

  • members don't judge each other based on ability - physical or otherwise

    Smart apart, better together: tech nerds unite!


HackerNest connects nerds to build a better world together.

(Help organize/volunteer! Good karma + easily meet people.)

Notoriously down-to-earth tech gatherings for developers and other technologists who like sharing tech advice, punditry, and bad puns over friendly drinks. Nonprofit and agenda-free, we unite the city's tech and innovation community.

Our industry is young, clever, and ambitious -- but also lonely, misunderstood, and unchecked. Tech Socials (FAQ) unite the actual tech community -- members (free, sign up!) show up and make new friends, help each other, and discover new stuff. Arrive, get a drink, SuperConnect, chat. Easy.

We're mostly tech folk, but all pleasant people are welcome: expert, n00b, introvert, extrovert, tech, non-tech -- all levels, all backgrounds.
We're "safe space" for nerds. Strict no-dirtbag policy.

Oh, this is what a rather full SuperConnect looks like - a circle of 10 second lightning introductions plus frenetic matching thereafter. :)


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City Sponsorships

Get grassroots community reach, in-person engagement, and build your brand deep in local tech ecosystems with our moderately priced community sponsorships.


Host our events in your space!

Host a Tech Social - be central (literally) to a Tech Social. Limited events over the year, so it’s a bit special! Easy setup, the community will absorb your vibe, and your team will have fun. Win all around.

Connect with our local organizing team to discuss sponsoring and hosting Tech Socials in our vibrant, supportive, real-life, in-person tech community. Also, if you’re a likeminded nonprofit or community group, we’d love to cross-promote your events or project.

For regional/international sponsorship & marketing, hosting invite-only Elite Meets, hackathon consulting, or are interested in launching a new city, please get in touch with our HQ team. We’ve had the privilege of working with organizations like Facebook, Amazon, Deloitte, Dove, governments, law firms, and more in various capacities and would love to work together to help our communities grow and flourish!

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Join us! ● Membership is free & sign-up is fast.

Attend events, get Elite Meet Alerts, be 42% awesomer, etc.

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

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

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