Share knowledge. Make a difference. Enjoy the Caribbean.

Make your personal philanthropic donation of technological growth to developing countries for a few days while enjoying the sights, sounds and flavors of the Caribbean.

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How It Works

Apply

When you apply, we give you an algorithm test similar to those on Project Euler. Get more than 70% and you're in! You're philanthropic and vacation journey has begun!

Arrive

On arrival we'll take you through a short curriculum on the economic and cultural opportunities within the country.

Work

You'll receive a project with a set of objectives and a deadline. If you need help a mentor is available for assistance.

Feel Accomplished

Congrats! You've provided advanced direction to local talent while contributing to the advancement of an entire industry!

Testimonials

I started Hacker Hostel in the summer of 2017. It has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my professional life. We had to meet end users, scope projects, manage relationships and all the pressures that come with that. The program has definitely helped me become a more rounded engineer.

- Julian Cowell, Software Engineer, Hacker Hostel Limited

Hacker Hostel was a great program for me as a local developer looking to enhance my skill-sets and understand how to take an idea from zero to execution

- Peter Gordon, IT Specialist, Hylton & Hylton Attorneys-at-Law

When the chance presented itself to me to participate in Hacker Hostel, I did not hesitate. It was one of the best investments I made post college and enjoyed every minute of it. It gave me valuable experience to go into my first job after college. Mentors did a good job of sharing their expertise. It felt like an incubator because everyone was willing to help you. I would give Hacker Hostel a 10/10 and I am looking forward to coming back as a mentor.

- Darryl Balderas, Software Engineer, IBM

The dexterity of the Hacker Hostel team was what convinced us to work with them to sponsor a project and we were not disappointed. They were able to execute on a project that had been in the pipeline for some time and they came recommended through my network. Great way to execute software proof of concept projects quickly!

Xesus Johnston, Commercial Director, Facey Telecom

I had been looking for a way to connect with the regional Caribbean tech community for some time and I came across Hacker Hostel. I was invited to attend as a mentor and I took the opportunity head on. It was a great week spent working on problems around data surrounding company registration and helping the attendees learn new frameworks.  

Jesse Hallet, Senior Engineer, Invision Inc.

I volunteered at Hacker Hostel as a mentor to connect with my Jamaican heritage and to give back to my country. I was able to do that and more! I was able to mentor people at both Hacker Hostel and Jamaican Girls Coding. It was a rewarding way to spend a few weeks in Jamaica and really connect with the local ecosystem.

- Lori-Ann Ashwood, Technical Product Manager, Include.io

Our Team

Akua Walters

Chief Executive Officer

Akua serves as CEO and is responsible for growth, strategy and recruitment so expect a call from him, when you apply.

Winston Wilkins

Chief Operations Officer

Winston is the guy you call when things break – whether it be code or the drinking glasses. He will also answer any technical questions about projects of the tech stack.

Christian Wayne

Country Manager - St. Lucia

Christian is responsible for the relationships in the St. Lucian public and private sector. He is also the visionary behind TeleCarib Labs– a catalyst for tech entrepreneurship in St. Lucia

Zachary Harding

Country Manager - Jamaica

Former Deputy Director of Tourism in Jamaica and Venture Capitalist, Zachary pulls together people and resources for great Caribbean experiences

Our Offers

Back Packer

Get introduced to industry decision makers, key developers from top software firms while gaining experience documenting prototypes to real industry problems. All expenses related to the trip are your responsibility.

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Hacker Pack

All the benefits of being a Back Packer, but Hacker Hostel subsidizes some of your accommodation, on the ground transportation and meal costs. Some entertainment options included!

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Hacker Mentor

Are you an Engineer with five years of experience in Software Project Management? Become a mentor at one of our exotic Caribbean locations and we'll cover your expenses for food, travel and fun!

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