Special thanks to our Fall 2011 hackathon judges!

We’re very excited about this weekend’s fall 2011 hackNY.org student hackathon!

hackNY hackathons give talented students an opportunity to meet each other, to find out about NYC’s great startup ecosystem, and to experience how hacking together a solution can be challenging, collaborative, and creative.

The schedule for the hackathon points to the final demo event where students, individually or in teams, present the creations they’ve built.

We couldn’t organize these events without the great support of a number of people, including our student organizing committee, our generous sponsors, the great talented students who participate, and of course our panel of expert judges who help us award prizes at the end of the hackathon.

We’d like to thank in advance the judges for the fall 2011 hackathon:

hackNY’s Summer Lecture Series Intros Fellows to NYC Startups

hackNY’s 10-week Summer Fellows Program includes a pedagogical lecture series designed to introduce Fellows to New York’s vibrant tech community.

Summer Series lectures featured a wide variety of speakers who introduced Fellows to the ins and outs of working for and founding a company. This year’s speakers included a mix of technologists, founders, journalists investors and designers.

June 1 – The first hackNY Summer Series lecture kicked off with Ann Miura-Ko, who has been called “the most powerful woman in startups” by Forbes.

June 7 – hackNY Fellows attended the June 2011 New York Tech Meetup, the largest public event during Internet Week.

June 8 – For the second installment of hackNY’s Summer Series, Elena Silenok, founder of Clothia.com discussed her transition from computer science researcher to Wall Street to startup founder.

June 14 – Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Fog Creek Software and Stack Overflow shared his academic experience and path to success during the third Summer Series lecture.

June 7 – hackNY Fellows attended the July 2011 New York Tech Meetup, whose theme was “The Now Neighborhood”

June 16 – Dan Guido, security consultant at iSEC Partners, spoke with hackNY Fellows about mobile application security.

June 20 – Josh Knowles, managing director of Pivotal Labs, NYC, discussed agile methodologies, pair programming and the shop’s philosophies.

June 21 – Howard Morgan spoke with hackNY Fellows about his varied experiences, from professor to investor and many accomplishments between.

June 27 – New York Times tech reporter Jenna Wortham gave tips on how to work with reporters to make sure your story gets told.

June 30 – User experience designer Whitney Hess shared her experiences and tips for building products with good UX.

July 7 – Christopher “moot” Poole talked with Fellows about starting 4chan and his latest startup, Canv.as

July 11 – Chris Dixon, Hunch.com founder and angel investor, spoke with Fellows about a variety of topics including his experience starting a company and seeking funding.

July 18 – Steven L. Baglio of Gunderson Dettmer, who represents many startups, including Christopher “moot” Poole’s Canvas, told Fellows about startups’ basic legal needs and things to look out for.

July 20 – Startup coach Jerry Colonna told Fellows about NYC’s startup ecosystem: then and now.

July 21 – Hilary Mason, hackNY cofounder and bit.ly’s chief scientist, discussed the impact and applications of “big data” in NYC startups.

July 25 -Union Square Ventures’ partners chatted with Fellows about the present and future states of NYC’s startup ecosystem.

July 27 – SecondMarket’s Barry Silbert spoke with Fellows about the history of his company and how US markets are changing.

Check out our collection of photos from these great events, and sign up for our newsletter to learn when applications open for next summer.

2010 hackNY Fellows Tal and Max won Foursquare hackathon yesterday!

This guest post is from class of 2010 hackNY Fellow Tal Safran

This weekend, I hacked (and won) at the foursquare global hackathon with my good friend Max Stoller. Our hack, “how ______ are you,” takes your foursquare checkins and crosses them with publicly available census data to give you demographic information about the places you go to.


For example, it told me that I’m “62% single” since among the places I go to, 62% of the population is single. In NYC, the Meatpacking District is the most single (77%) while Soho is the least single (57%). Our hack won and now we’re competing for the global title — a championship belt.

It’s always a blast hacking with Max, and this is the fourth hack we’ve built together. We actually became good friends at the first hackNY hackathon, after using the Aviary API to add mustaches to people. We also did the hackNY Fellows program together, which was an unforgettable experience.

We dedicate this hack to hackNY, keeping the kids off the street.

hackNY at the August 2011 NYTM

hackNY’s 2011 Summer Fellows Program concluded with the DemoFest on July 28th, but several Fellows were still around working on independent projects and attended the August 2nd New York Tech Meetup.

NYTech Meetup August 2011 from NY Tech Meetup on Vimeo.

Although this month’s NYTM didn’t have an official theme, some of the startups presenting had some similarities. There were personalization engines such as Brom.ly – an event activity recommender, and Dibsie – a shopping site that recommends deals based on your preferences and on-site activity.

There were also social tools like want! – a mobile app that lets you share photos of things you spot in real life you’d like to own, and KnowAboutIt – a service that highlights the most personally relevant content shared in your social streams. Voyurl privately tracks your web usage, offering recommendations and showcasing unique and insightful data about your own browsing habits through a variety of interactive charts. Apparently the founder, Adam Leibsohn, went homeless to finish building the product.

StockTouch brings slick stock visualization to the iPad, and Zaarly lets anyone post what they want and how much they’ll pay for it, allowing those affected by the data presented by StockTouch to quickly earn a few bucks.

Finally, two apps that emerged from personal needs were also demoed: A productivity tool called Idea Flight syncs presentations across a roomful of devices, and 110 Stories, which shows pencil sketches of the Twin Towers where they used to be via augmented reality, emerged out of Brian August’s self-described obsession with the buildings.