What Happens At A HackerNest Tech Social?

Autoserve1 President Jamie Cuthbert encourages all Full Stack Developers in the room to apply for jobs. (Photographer: Rob Campbell)

What Happens at a HackerNest Tech Social?

Maybe it’s the event’s salacious name, HackerNest? Or maybe it’s the celebrity Startup founders that are on the bill exhibiting their latest disruptive technologies? Or maybe its the free beer? Whatever it is, HackerNest TO ‘Tech Social’ events are very popular and the gathering on Monday the 29th of Jan 2018 at We Work on 240 Richmond St E was absolutely packed.  And this fact is even more remarkable because of the raging snowstorm that socked downtown Toronto that afternoon and evening.

Two inches of snow blanketed city streets that Monday and made driving treacherous and finding parking even more difficult than normal. But none of that troubles this subculture, as most attendees of HackerNest are between the ages of 18 and 34 and are locals.  They live in the condo towers all across the downtown core and work everyday as tech professionals managing our money, keeping our healthcare records safe, and selling marketers the most private details that we innocently post on social media sites.

Jamie Cuthbert meets young programmers interested in learning more about Autoserve1.  (Photographer: Rob Campbell)

What is HackerNest?

HackerNest is an international non-profit organization that produces social events around technology and that includes hackathons. These popular gatherings and other events are never done for the programmers’ profit, but rather they work to advance a humane cause and hopefully positively affect the economic prosperity of whole regions, population groups or niche communities.  When hundreds of hackers get together and put their minds to something, they become a powerful force for change.

The next question people usually ask is, ‘is it legal?’.  The answer is yes of course, these well-paid professionals are not banding together in a conspiracy to loot their employers, or the government, but rather they’re intent on building an alliance of like-minded, progressive code cooperatives bent on change.

HackerNests are city specific and these agnostic organization dovetail nicely with other initiatives in other sectors and with groups whose members have different skill sets. The people who attend and especially those who volunteer and donate their time are helping make change in our society, and HackerNest helps them.

Jaxx Cryptocurrency Wallet Disrupted HackerNest

The star of this particular Hackernest Tech Social was probably Anthony Diiorio, one of the founders of Ethereum who surprised everyone when he appeared suddenly from crowd and made provocative speech about the future of cryptocurrencies in our society and their power to unlock the true potential of the workforce.

Photo Anthony Diiorio tweeted of the Jaxx cryptocurrency wallet team,photo courtesy of @diiorioanthony on Twitter.

The black t-shirted executives from Jaxx cryptocurrency wallet cheered on their leader as he stood on a chair and preached a non-violent revolution against institutional lenders.  Jaxx bills itself as the best wallet for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and dozens of other cryptocurrencies; there are now more than fifty five different block chain tokens available in Jaxx.

Anthony demonstrated why he’s a thought-leaders and much sought-after speaker in the field of decentralized technologies. The wisdom that issued from his person that evening went over many heads but was readily absorbed by others in the room.  Born and raised in Toronto, Diiorio runs Decentral, a software development company focused on blockchain technologies and he tweeted this picture of himself and the Jaxx team from @diiorioanthony

By nine thirty pm the whole WeWork venue was so rammed full of people that the  administrators became worried they’d have to turn folks away.  With the heavy snowfall happening outside, everyone who came in the door was twice their normal size because of their winter coats and boots.

Raymi Toronto, an IT girl star bartender was there with Kate another tech blogger and together they dispensed free beers between nine and ten at night.  Like champs they had half a dozen cups poured in advance to reduce congestion.  In truth, these bartenders needed the time to network more than many of the guests.  Raymi was there tending the bar sure, but really she was scouting the crowd to find IT professionals and build her employer’s brand; Full Stack Resources is an internet technology solutions agency which is more noble apparently than being an IT staff hiring hall and headhunter.

Anthony Diiorio, co-founder of Ethereum, gives provocative speech about the future of cryptocurrencies in Canada. (Photographer: Rob Campbell)

Hover Bequeathed Free Web Domains at HackerNest

The sponsors who beat the weather got the best booths and the smartest exhibitors set up in the center of the room opposite the bar.  These veterans had the crowd all to themselves for the first forty minutes and their pop-up banners were more visible in all pictures taken that night.  Visitors who found Hover domain registry got free dress socks and the opportunity to register a free web domain.  Hover makes it easy to buy, manage and use domain names and email addresses.

With a handy array of easy-to-use tools, step-by-step tutorials and helpful staff,  Hover has grown from simply being a division of TuCows into a recognizable domain registrar and email solution brand in their own right.  Indeed, this author believes they were already the domain name search and registry tool of choice for many web professionals in the room that evening. That means they must be good, because these clients could buy such services from a dozen different competitors.  None of the attendees at Hackerfest would likely be among the ‘uninformed’ Canadians that turn to GoDaddy to register their domain name ideas.

Autoserve1 Automotive Garage Software President Jamie Cuthbert Came Seeking Web Workers

The President of AutoServe1, automotive garage software tech startup Jamie Cuthbert came to HackerNest looking for people; they’re hiring web professionals who belive in the cause as his company campaigns to change the way mechanics do business at repair shops across North America.  Jamie’s business cards were printed up special for the night and had the words Full Stack Dev Careers on the front, and below that Apply at autoserve1.com/hackernest which I’ll bet was very successful at getting submissions.

Jamie’s speech before the crowd was also well received. He didn’t need to explain how Autoserve1 software lets mechanics email customers price estimates with pictures of their car’s issues printed beside itemized repair tasks right on the invoice.  Everyone knew that already; instead he spent his time soliciting these high demand programmers and coders to signup online or come see him at his table.

Sharon from Northeastern University talked about their new Toronto Campus. (Photographer: Rob Campbell)

Northeastern University Toronto Campus Centers on Science and Technology

Sharon Collins from Northeastern University was also at the party, representing faculty and administrators from their Toronto campus. They’re well focused on helping folks become better ‘fits’ in the modern workplace; they design after-work continuing education programs in accordance with the hardest to fill, or most-in-demand tech vocations at job centers.

Sharon spoke about the schools’ three online Master of Science programs, 1) project management; 2) information assurance and 3) cyber security. These programs were made special to fast-track careers in these high growth areas.

Want to come out to the next HackerNest? If you have an internet technology job in Toronto, you’ll find HackerNest TO full of career-catalyst heroes, and it really helps to have a big heart yourself, and some credits coding for charity.


Source/Text: Rob Campbell @ KPDI Inc.


Raymi Lauren from Full Stack Resources and Kate Swerengen – Tech Bloggers at HackerNest. (Photographer: Rob Campbell)
A huge crowd of IT Professionals descended on HackerNest in Toronto on Monday 29 Jan 2018. (Photographer: Rob Campbell)
IT professionals from across the city braved the bad weather to attend Hackerfest Jan. 29, 2018. photo by Rob Campbell