Hacker Paradise: A Traveling Community for Developers, Designers, and Other Creative Types.

PEOPLE

We’ve had 493 people from 51 countries join Hacker Paradise.
Our participants range from serial entrepreneurs to Google, SpaceX, Y Combinator and Peace Corps alumni.

Testimonials From Our Previous Attendees

Jay Meistrich

Jay Meistrich

“Hacker Paradise is always a great group of people, and I’ve been 8 times I love it so much! I get to explore cities like Ubud, which I wouldn’t normally go to.”

Khayeni Sanders

Khayeni Sanders

“HP is super flexible, which allows you to get what you want out of it, and attracts people from very diverse backgrounds. The program in Bali made me feel a part of a community.”

Julio López Montalvo

Julio López Montalvo

“It was life changing for me to have joined the program. In places like Ubud, every day was different. I got to try things like surfing and the tango, which I didn’t realize I’d enjoy.”

Lianna Patch

Lianna Patch

“I joined HP in Bali last December. Spencer and Dale are dream-team facilitators; we hiked a damn volcano, I was covered in monkeys multiple times, AND I got a ton of work done!”

Whitney Perkins

Whitney Perkins

“Warning! Hacker Paradise is highly addictive! This program is ideal for people who are striving to pursue success in their career, but also have a passion for traveling, i.e. “my people”.

Renato de Leão

Renato de Leão

“Hacker Paradise closed the gap between idea and realisation of my dream to work and travel by providing a stable work environment and organising social and skill share events. 1 month in Chiang Mai taught me how to be a great remote worker!”

Niels de Hoog

Niels de Hoog

“It is very inspiring to be part of a community of open-minded people, who are willing to share their knowledge and hearts with you. Hacker Paradise is very well put together, and the facilitators do a great job managing it.”

Sibjeet Mahapatra

Sibjeet Mahapatra

“I was nervous about balancing productivity and fun while traveling abroad, but the HP community provides a perfect balance of structure and spontaneity. What really makes the whole thing work is the people.

Sean Crenshaw

Sean Crenshaw

“Even though I knew nobody going into my trip, everyone was so friendly that I felt immediately welcomed and a part of the family. The experience that they provide is absolutely phenomenal.”

Julia Tsang

Julia Tsang

“The quality of the people present in the program is amazing. If you’re looking for an incredible community and new memories, I highly recommend Hacker Paradise. My experience in Argentina was wonderful thanks to Spencer & Dale’s organization.”

Monica J. Quaintance

Monica J. Quaintance

“The HP team took care of the important details: lodging, orientation, co-working space and Wi-Fi, and showed me that you can excel in your career without clocking into an office 9-5 five days a week.”

Lucy Arnold

Lucy Arnold

“I can’t say enough great things about Hacker Paradise: long days at the stunning co-working locations are followed by evening adventures in various global hotspots. It’s no wonder nearly every participant I’ve met has plans to return.”

Michal Adda

Michal Adda

“I first joined HP in Jeju, and I enjoyed it so much I decided to go on the Peru trip. The facilitators work hard to give you everything you need, so you can travel to interesting places while keeping your career on track.”

Lori Tillery

Lori Tillery

“I’ve been on 4 trips with HP, and what really stands out for me is the program organization, participants, diversity and locations. I’m always impressed by the hard work put in by everyone and the different industries and cultures I get to experience.”

Zach Waterfield

Zach Waterfield

“Portugal was phenomenal, so I returned to join Hacker Paradise Lima. The locations are exciting, the adventures are real and the community aspect is impressive with a lot of diversity in knowledge and expertise.”

Jenn Vargas

Jenn Vargas

“My family away from home, I am constantly inspired by all the HP people who are doing cool things and are always willing to share their knowledge. I also eat a lot of dessert.”

The Organizers

Casey Rosengren

CASEY ROSENGREN

FOUNDER

Casey is one of the founders at Hacker Paradise. Before starting Hacker Paradise, he spent a number of years in the startup scenes in Philadelphia and Tokyo. He is also the founder of the Gopher Gala and of Recess Labs.

SPENCER JENTZSCH

SPENCER JENTZSCH

COO

Spencer is the COO and current main trip leader at Hacker Paradise! He has a background in Korean Linguistics and congnitive neuroscience. Before joining us, Spencer taught collegiate Korean, worked briefly at Samsung, spent several years as a project manager at Epic, a Wisconsin-based health-tech company. He has spent 5+ years living, studying, and working abroad.

DALE JOHNSON

DALE JOHNSON

Head of Content

A visualiser by day and doodler by night, Dale lives and breathes creativity. Before joining us his time was spent co-running a branding agency, lecturing software skills and design principles and illustrating for a wide range of clients. He’s tasted the nomad lifestyle before, spending previous summers in Europe and the US.

Renata Aquino

RENATA AQUINO

Trip Facilitator

Renata co-founded two businesses in Brazil and a social project focused on startups. Passionate about building communities and collaborative environments, she’s been working in this space for eight years before becoming a Trip Leader for Hacker Paradise. She chases summer around the world on a quest to find the best ice cream.

DANI DIRKS

DANI DIRKS

Head of Technology

Dani Dirks is a software developer, avid adventurer, and purveyor of mischief. Before joining Hacker Paradise, Dani was a full-stack developer by day and a freelance designer by night. In her free time she writes and performs her own music, and is the queen of HP karaoke.

Alexey Komissarouk

ALEXEY KOMISSAROUK

FOUNDER / ADVISOR

Alexey is a tech community organizer and engineer for hire. Exiled from the U.S. by way of visa lottery, he was part of the Hacker Paradise founding team and traveled with us for a year and a half. He is now back in San Francisco working for Opendoor.

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