At Hacker Paradise, people come from all over the world to get away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives to learn new things, work on side projects, and find some work/life balance. When traveling with our community, you don't have to worry about housing, workspace, or meeting amazing people - we take care of all that for you.
Our first batch was in Costa Rica in the fall of 2014. This February, we landed in Southeast Asia and spending a month in each of the following:
Da Nang is a city located right on the beach, with amazing historical sites and outdoor activities less than an hour away. Our hotel is a block away from the ocean, so you can take a break during the day to toss around a firsbee or play some beach volleyball.
Dates: 2/15 - 3/15.
Ubud is a jungle paradise in the heart of Bali, the "Island of the Gods." Here, you can dive, climb mountains, and take in beautiful rice paddy vistas while spending your work hours at Hubud, Bali's premiere coworking space.
Dates: 3/15 - 4/12.
A laid-back lifestyle, great (cheap) street food, and awesome recreational activities make Chiang Mai one of the top destinations for digital nomads. On weekends, hike up to Doi Suthep, the mountain temple, or visit an elephant or tiger sanctuary.
Dates: 4/12 - 5/10.
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Every morning, we split up into groups for a daily check-in to get some accountability and to find help for any blockers. On Thursdays, we come together for demo night where everyone showcases what they worked on that week.
Throughout the retreat, we bring in expert mentors to work with participants and hold workshops on topics ranging from ethical hacking to UX research to the physics of quantum computing.
Every Monday, we come together as a group for breakfast. On Thurdsays, after demos, we all have a group dinner. These meals are on us. Participants also typically eat lunch together during the work week.
Have a language or framework that you've been meaning to pick up? Dive into it here while surrounded by peers who are happy to help.
Take some time away from your day job to work on your own projects. Contribute to an open source project, start blogging or pick up a new hobby.
You have the ability to work from anywhere in the world - we make it simple and fun. Leave the logistics and community to us so you can focus on work and play.
Whether you're a small startup or a gal with an idea, Hacker Paradise is a great place to go heads-down and push out a product, get feedback, or find a brainstorming buddy.
All structure is optional at Hacker Paradise, so you can find a rhythm that works for you. Here is a sample day in the life:
Hacker Paradise was born in the summer of 2014. Independently, Casey and Alexey both decided to spend an extended period traveling around the world while freelancing. We were excited at the adventures before us, but at the same time, we were sad to be leaving behind the incredible communities we'd found in New York, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. So we decided to create our own community abroad.
We found a nice, little hotel near the beach in Costa Rica, and brought together a group of two dozen developers for a 12 week retreat. Traveling with a tight-knit, intellectual community was so much fun, we knew we had to do it again. We also knew we wanted to open it up to other interesting people to mix things up and gain from a diversity of experience.
Thus, Hacker Paradise was born - our traveling community of developers, designers, and other creative types.
Started writing Unscalable, a book of interviews with start-up founders about finding early customers and “doing things that don’t scale.”
Mentored participants learning web development with Python.
Moved beyond text processing and learned web development with Python and Flask.
Built raveomat, an electronic music concert recommendation engine.
On a sabbatical from work to improve technical skills and get some sun.
Learned pandas (the python Data Analysis library) and Flask-driven web development.
Took a break from work to focus on functional programming.
Learned Scala through Martin Odersky’s Coursera class.
By hacker, we mean someone who doesn't overthink things when jumping into a new idea - someone who favors action over planning and implements new ideas quickly. You don't have to be a programmer to have a hacker mentality.
No! Our community is also open to designers and other creative types. If you're not sure if you'd be a good fit, err on the side of applying or reach out to us and we can talk about your situation.
Our first batch was focused on developers - you can read some participant profiles above. This time around, we are broadening our scope to creators of all stripes, including designers, writes and enterpreneurs.
The program will begin on February 15 and end around May 15. We will spend 28-30 days in each location.
Participants can visit Hacker Paradise for anywhere between one week and three months. Priority is given to longer-term stays.
You are free to work on anything you choose. To get the most out of your time at Hacker Paradise we encourage making time for side projects and collaborating with other participants.
Probably not. Showing up to a place and renting a dirt-cheap apartment can be a great way to travel. This is a different experience that includes accommodations, a workspace, and an intellectual community.
We're still scouting out locations and will be visiting potential hotels, villas, and apartments in December to make sure they're a good fit. We'll officially release hotel and city information at the beginning of January.
We're talking with local cafes and co-working spaces to find dedicated places to work that have consistently good Internet. Everyone will also be provided with SIM cards and a local data plan as backup.
We work hard during the week so we can relax and go on adventures over the weekend. Many of our activities will be community-driven, but you can expect to find people interested in exercise, yoga, board games, music, nightlife and other areas.
On our first retreat, we had a diabetic, a vegetarian, and people who ate ketogenic and paleo diets. You may have to prepare more of your own food and make substitutions at restaurants, but you should be able to make it work.
For citizens of most countries, Thailand, Vietnam, and Bali (Indonesia) have visas-on-arrival that are valid for 30 days. For Vietnam, you need to apply in advance using a local visa agent - we will explain this process along the way.
Hacker Paradise costs between $600 and $1500 per month, depending on your preferred room type (shared vs single vs suite).
Here's what's included:
Alexey is a tech community organizer and engineer for hire. He started PennApps, one of the largest college hackathons, and has worked for companies like Facebook, Dropbox, and Google. Exiled from the U.S. by way of visa lottery, he is traveling the world to find the next Hacker Paradise.
Nicole will be the Program Manager for Hacker Paradise: Southeast Asia, handling day-to-day operations of the trip. She is also the founder of SmartPurse, which recently was acquired by BetaBrand. Now she is working on an new Edtech project and spends her free time eating waffles.