Traceroute's first screening in the Bay Area took place at 'Diamond In The Rough Film Festival' at the Bluelight Cinemas in Cupertino, right across the street from Apple and the Flint Center where Steve Jobs debuted the Macintosh.
Director Johannes Grenzfurthner uses Pachelbel's Canon in D at least once in each of his feature films. He directly refers to this tradition in the opening lines of "Traceroute" and explains the history behind it.
Johannes Grenzfurthner had the idea to make a documentary about nerd culture as early as 2008, but decided to actually start working on the film in December 2014. That left him and his team roughly three months for pre-production.
At a film screening of Traceroute in Vienna, Johannes Grenzfurthner's father was asked what he learned about his son by watching the film. His answer was: "I learned when Johannes started masturbating... a year younger than me when I started."
Johannes Grenzfurthner needed to digitize his old VHS home movies. He asked his old friend Robert Stachel of Austrian comedy group "maschek" for help. The group is know for using a lot of old archive footage, so Robert was happy to support Johannes.
The last segment of the film shows a screenshot of a HoustonPress online article: "The 10 Worst People in Houston Restaurants". This article prominently features an image of Johannes Grenzfurthner awkwardly eating Thai food. At a public screening Grenzfurthner shared the story that he has never been to Houston in his life. The image is a public domain photograph taken by his friend David Fine in San Francisco.