Toronto based HackerNest Unites Tech Nerds around the World

HackerNest is a nonprofit organization and movement that builds local tech communities around the world (34+ cities). Our mission is to get more people into tech so they can afford to be healthier and happier. Our tech community events and hackathons are supported by organizations like the UK/US/Canadian governments, Facebook, Airbnb, etc.

Who started the company? Do you / team members have tech background?

Shaharris is the founder and CEO of HackerNest. 1/3 the team codes.

How are you being financed?

As we like to say, we are a very not profitable nonprofit. Our revenue comes primarily from sponsorship.

What do you think will be / is a big obstacle to overcome?

Global poverty, inequity, and inequality; the tech divide.

How do you go about finding good developers / IT guys for your company?

They come to us — we produce large-scale Tech Expo/Job Fairs that bring together 1000s interested in tech!


Who is your biggest competition?

We aren’t aware of any closely comparable organizations with the same mission.

How are you intending on taking your company to million dollars in revenues? In what markets?

We produce large, blockbuster events like DementiaHack, Fishackathon, and our Tech Expo/Job Fairs; we’re also developing a portal platform to bring together industry and community.

What is the big lesson you’ve learned (success or failure) with this project.

With enough hard work, dedication, and perseverance, good things can happen.

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