West Arete
About State College
Central Pennsylvania is an incredible place to live, work, and play. West Arete was intentionally founded in this region due to the confluence of brilliant talent (Penn State University), a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, top-notch schools and public safety, affordable cost of living, and amazing outdoor recreation right outside our doorstep. We know that great quality of life means that our team can be at their best to produce outstanding work. We are excited to continue to play an important role in the responsible growth of the region, as it experiences a surge of progress in economic development and entrepreneurship.
Community Initiatives
Being involved in our State College community and bringing people together is something we pride ourselves in.
Hacky Hour
Over the past couple years of running meetups and working with developers, we realized that there are probably close to 1,000 software developers in the Happy Valley region, and they almost never get together to hang out and hack. Inspired by the hugely successful HackPSU hackathon, we wanted to provide a time and a space for that same type of energy on a regular basis.

West Arete founded and organizes Hacky Hour, a fun, informal weekly meetup for all computer programmers near State College and Penn State, from the amateur to the professional.

Every week, we sponsor food, drinks, and space at the beautiful New Leaf Initiative, so that developers can share what they're learning, work on their projects together, and attend the occasional workshop and invited speaker.

New Leaf Initiative
New Leaf Initiative is a unique space and community hub for the Centre Region. They help to catalyze connections and opportunities for people who are starting new companies, new nonprofit organizations, and new initiatives. New Leaf has been a tremendous boost to West Arete, and we are proud to support them as an advocate, customer, and board member.
Penn State Initiatives
We also support opportunities for the students in our community to learn and grow.
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