MARCH 21 - 23, 2019


Hackfort is about celebrating all things tech. It’s not your typical conference. We encourage conversation and engagement, and we love providing a platform for people that are doing interesting or unique things with technology. We love makers, developers, musicians, gamers, content creators, innovators, leaders, journalists, educators, and entertainers. Come celebrate with us!


Sean Wakeley, Director of Hackfort


I love technology and what it can do for our world. Hackfort is the culmination of bringing my passion for people, community, creativity, and innovation all together to celebrate what’s next!
Come say hi to me and let’s discover new ideas and possibilities together!
Also, don’t forget to Rock Out!

Mike Taylor, Communications and Marketing Director


I’m a technology and gaming addict who was terrible at math in school, so I found a different way to get involved – through words. Now I’m a professional communicator, charged with spreading my love of all things tech to the masses. I also play and record a little music sometimes.

Ask me about current trends in technical communication, marketing, user experience and web accessibility and I’ll talk your ear off.

Chelsea Smith, Community and Events Manager

I have a background in digital communications and media production. For years I worked as a Program Director for media literacy and educational programs. I love seeing the spark in people’s eye as they encounter new tools and technology that can help them express their creativity.

I love all things film and music, and probably nerd out the most as an amateur Audiophile. I’m excited to connect with other folks who are passionate about using media and technology to enhance our experiences!


Nine Inch Nails and Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Robin Finck
Nate Silver and the Fivethirtyeight podcast
Stardew Valley creator, Eric Barone
Brian McLean of Laika
Dex Torricke-Barton (SpaceX, Google, Facebook)
Deputy Editor of Den of Geek, Chris Longo
Ubisoft Montreal veterans Ann Lemay and Ceri Young
Jennifer Kite-Powell (Forbes)
Neel Patel (Wired)
And many more…

Hackfort 2017 lineup
Hackfort 2018 lineup


Hackfort Happy Hour is a series of tech community events leading up to Hackfort 2019. The goal is to get everyone in the tech community to build more social and professional relationships in Boise. These recurring events will feature a short 10-15 minute talk by a guest speaker to stimulate thought and conversation. Keep an eye on our Facebook for upcoming events.

Join us at Trailhead for the final Hackfort Happy Hour before Treefort & Hackfort kick-off in March!
Nathan Mueller is our speaker in February. Nathan is the CEO and Founder of Zennify, one of Idaho’s fastest growing tech companies.
Nathan will presenting a practical guide on how to parlay a tech career into a lifelong adventure. Whether you’re building a startup, a tech career, or even just learning how to code realize you have skills that can be cross utilized to solve problems that will take you on great adventures.


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