I went to my first HackerNest Ottawa meet up last night (March 22nd, 2017). It was a lot of fun. I kind of operate in my own microcosm that does not involve a lot of peer tech interaction so it was great to speak to like minded technical people.
Many (most) of the people that I spoke with were there for the first time as well. I talked with a technical writer, a DBA for a school board, a recuiter/programmer, some university students, a couple of Cobol (!) programmers, a DND hacker, several Java/C++/etc… programmers and a bunch of other interesting fellows.
It was hosted at Spiria, which is a software company based out of Gatineau. They have a great playroom in their converted stone (decommissioned) church. There was an assortment of pizza, munchies and beer. There was an opportunity (but no obligation) to donate $5 towards the evening.
While I assume the focus of HackerNest is supposed to be hacking and security, I did not encounter too many people who’s primary focus is in this field.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and plan to go back next month.