hackNY is hiring: apply now for General Manager!

hackNY is a nonprofit which aims to federate the next generation of hackers for the New York innovation community. Co-organized by faculty from NYU and Columbia, and with a board of advisors which includes educators, technologists, and entrepreneurs, hackNY organizes the summer Fellows program and student hackathons during the school year in order to create and empower a community of student-technologists.

The summer Fellows program for the class of 2011 is in nearing its close: 35 Fellows from across the US and Canada are working at NYC’s best startups during the day, including 10Gen, Aviary, Boxee, BuzzFeed, Etsy, foursquare, Gilt Groupe, GroupMe, Hunch, Rent The Runway, Tumblr, and Yipit. At night, they’re learning what they need to know to join or found their own startups, with lectures from NYC’s top technologists, designers, investors, and journalists, including Chris Dixon, Whitney Hess, Chris Poole, Joel Spolsky, Fred Wilson, and Jenna Wortham. In addition, the Fellows lead technical workshops to teach each other from their complementary skill sets, and are helping hackNY foster the next generation of technology innovators for NYC’s startup ecosystem.

With the summer nearing its end, it’s time to turn to making sure that next year builds on this success for the 2011-2012 academic year and beyond. And for that, we will need a full-time General Manager. Thanks to a generous outpouring of support from startups, foundations, and investors, we are hiring. Our hope is to hire an General Manager who, unlike the two current organizers, can work full time on the hackNY mission.

In conversations with our advisors, we’ve pictured someone interested in startups, nonprofits, technology, and education. We’re looking for someone who would enjoy being plunged into the heart of NYC’s vibrant and growing startup ecosystem.

The General Manager must be able to coordinate outreach to the student-hacking population both for the Fellows program and for the spring and fall semester hackNY student hackathons; to keep our community updated; and most importantly must share our vision for educating students about NYC’s fantastic startup ecosystem and empowering students to join (or found their own) NYC startups.

The specific responsibilities include:

* outreach to students nationally

* outreach to alumni and coordinating alumni events

* maintaining communications with the community online (via our blog, twitter, and whatever tech next year brings…)

* organizing hackNY’s fundraising

* organizing financial reporting to supporters

* organizing hackNY events (e.g., hackathons and the dinner-lectures during the Fellows program)

* ensuring timely and high-quality execution of the application process for the Fellows program

* running day-to-day operations of hackNY (e.g., event planning, coordinating scheduling, communication with service providers)

An ideal candidate should:

* Value mentoring

* Enjoy meeting people and helping building community

* Possess technical ability sufficient to manage spreadsheets, wikis, blogs, etc.

* Possess communication/expression ability sufficient to keep our community updated with coherent concise text

* Be comfortable with a job requiring the diversity of high-level and low-level tasks described above

* Be very, very, very organized

Our most important requirements will be sharing the values of our existing team and cultural fit. We work closely and care deeply about the long-term success of the hackNY mission and demand the same of our team. You should be reliable, honest, and genuine. We’re hoping to build something that benefits NYC on a decade-long time scale, and can be an emulatable model for other communities. We are primarily looking for someone who shares that vision, not for someone interested in today’s buzz in the startup scene.

If you’d like to be considered, please contact us via hackNY.jobscore.com. Please share your LinkedIn profile and use the “cover letter” to provide links to your online identity, accomplishments, and, if appropriate, pointers to any portfolio or prior accomplishments.

If you have any comments on the post, suggestions about the role, or for people we should reach out to, please do let us know at search (at ) hackNY.org .



hackNY Summer Series : Dan Guido

In this post 2011 hackNY Fellow Akarshan Kumar describes the hackNY Summer Series lecture by Dan Guido.

On Thursday, June 16, 2011, we had Dan Guido as a speaker. Guido is a consultant with the New-York based computer security firm iSec.

His talk was focused on mobile security: How malicious apps can gain control of our smartphones, the different vectors today through which unauthorized access can be gained to others’ machines, and, perhaps most relevant to us, how our own apps should look out for other apps acting up since our app’s sandbox doesn’t make it immune to having its (potentially sensitive) data stolen.

Interestingly, he called iOS very safe, saying that over time, Apple has built in a number of barriers to prevent people from mucking around. Android, on the other hand, has gaping security holes. He said he owned an Android phone but will get the iPhone 5 the day it comes out. Although I had some intuition that Apple’s iOS was pretty well-rounded compared to Android, I didn’t really know that this polish extended to the security side as well.

It was an interesting talk, and gave those of us working on mobile applications something to think about. Smartphone growth is exploding, and this is the time we most need to make sure that people are careful with their personal data.

Summer Workshop: Fellows Teach and Learn Processing and Data Visualization

At this past workshop, Cemre Güngör taught us about the magic of Processing. He started off by giving us a list of seemingly random numbers and a challenge to figure out what they were. We got a quick introduction about how Processing works, started off with learning how to draw shapes on the screen and learned how to procedurally create a bar graph. By the end, we came up with a way to visualise the numbers with a dynamic parameter that let us figure out what the numbers were (turns out that they corresponded to the number of times the word “Election” has been mentioned in the news every month).

Cemre took a similar workshop from data artist Jer Thorp, who is known for his visualisation work at the New York Times and keeps a blog. Jer was kind enough to let us use his course material for our workshop.

Thursday Jul 28 2011: class of 2011 DemoFest!


This summer, hackNY was able to introduce a stellar cohort of 35 student-hackers from across the country (and Canada!) to some of NYC’s best startups. We couldn’t be more proud of the group and all they’ve done. (You might have seen our updates via @hackNY or our blog, http://hackNY.org/a/blog ). They independently organized teaching workshops (they called the program ‘teachNY’) to learn from each other; many of them launched new products or features which have already been announced; and still more have some great things they’d like to share with the NYC startup community. To that end, next Thursday night we’ll be holding the DemoFest for the 2011 hackNY class, at NYU’s Courant Institute. We hope very much that you can make time to join; please do fill out the eventbrite at:


We hope to see you there!!