hackNY DemoFest 2011


In this post 2011 hackNY Fellow Kelsey Lee describes the hackNY DemoFest

At the hackNY fellows DemoFest, the fellows were invited to present the work they did at their startups or on their own time in front of hackNY and its many supporters. From the Kinect Fluid Dynamics demo to the interactive game play of OMGPop’s Dudez to the examinations of site and user analytics, a broad range of topics and skills were featured. Although the fellows were initially focused on showcasing their most innovative work, the DemoFest ended up becoming an opportunity for the students to support their peers. These presentations are the perfect platform for audience members to become inspired to pursue new ideas, collaborations, and projects.

The hackNY Fellows are truly the next generation of hackers. As a hackNY alumna I can’t thank hackNY enough for everything I learned over the course of these 10 weeks from working at a groundbreaking startup, hearing from an amazing group of speakers, and interacting with 34 new friends. DemoFest attempts to capture everything that is special about hackNY within a 2.5 hour block of time, and what can’t be articulated in that time hopefully shines through in this video that the class of 2011 came together to make:

hackNY Fellows Workshop: Fluid Dynamics and Gmail Productivity

In this post, 2011 hackNY Fellow Aaron Marks describes the lastest student workshop, in which Fellows teach each other tips, tricks and skills they know and are learning through their internships. 

This past week a group of the 2011 hackNY fellows gathered for the fourth hackNY workshop, a series of events organized by the Fellows to teach each other skills, technical or otherwise, which they are qualified to give short talks on. This week’s workshop saw Fellow Grant Kot give an introduction to the world of HTML5 animation. Using the Javascript library Gee.js, Grant got the fellows up and running in minutes, animating basic spinning circles and Pacman-like figures with HTML5’s Canvas support. Fellows were quick to play around with and hack the basic commands Grant introduced, producing interesting animations to everyone’s delight.

Following Grant’s presentation, Aaron Marks (your humble author) gave a talk on a less technical matter: Email productivity hacks. Specifically, instruction was given on how to be a Gmail power user, taking advantage of keyboard navigation, email address hacking, and filters. Hopefully the fellows will combine both skills from the workshop and use their newly freed up time to code some neat animated HTML5 websites using canvas!