hackNY alumNY Speak to NYC Generation Tech Students

On Wednesday, five of our alumNY spoke at one of NYC Generation Tech‘s mentorship nights. After sharing their stories and answering questions, they received a standing ovation from the students! Cheryl Wu, Class of 2012, wrote a guest post for our blog reflecting on the evening. Cheryl is a designer and creative coder, who currently works as a Product Designer at Nasdaq while on leave from NYU Gallatin. She is the Swiss Army Knife of [email protected] , where she connects New York City’s student tech leaders as the first community lead. She is passionate about improving lives through design, ecology, and education. Be sure to check out our other recent guest posts, from 2015 Fellows Kim, Keeyon, Chris, Merry, and Shloka!

Cheryl Wu, Class of 2012


Cheryl Wu, Class of 2012

On August 5th, I was one of five hackNY AlumNY honored to speak on a panel and Q&A with the students of NYC Generation Tech. Like hackNY, GenTech nurtures the next generation of technologists and entrepreneurs. GenTech’s free summer program gives curious, motivated public high school students from all five boroughs hands-on experience in building and shipping. GenTech students take a mini-bootcamp in frontend code, imagine an app that helps their communities, learn to pitch and collaborate, and work with mentors from top companies to prototype their mobile apps. As with hackNY’s summer fellowship, the students also get incredible private tours and lectures – tours of Warby Parker and Google, and CEO and VC talks – and make lifelong friendships with peers who want to change the world by building new things.

AlumNY Gerard O’Neill (’12), Valentin Perez (’15), Dan Cadden (’15), Cheryl Wu (’12), and Alan Lin (’13) shared personal stories and insights about the tech industry with students from local high schools

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Looking Back on the Class of 2015 Fellowship

Update: Applications for the Class of 2016 are now open!

If this looks like your kind of summer, apply now. 

It’s been a week since hackNY Fellowship ended with a spectacular Demo Night, and we’re already missing our Class of 2015 Fellows. Our 34 Fellows had an action-packed 10 weeks of interning at local startups and attending our Speaker Series talks, workshops, mixers with the alumNY, and activities around the city. Applications for the Class of 2016 will open on September 26th, at the hackNY Fall Hackathon!

The Class of 2015 at Demo Night

Our Startups this year were exciting and diverse, ranging from small, early-stage startups like Betterpath and Ufora to household names like Buzzfeed, Kickstarter, and Foursquare. Every startup came with a project or series of projects for their Fellow to work on – each Fellow shipped real code this summer! – and a mentor to guide them and answer their questions. Our students worked on projects from data visualization to ad fraud detection to tools for their dev teams. Continue reading “Looking Back on the Class of 2015 Fellowship”

hackNY Celebrates Class of 2015 Fellows at Demo Night

The Centre for Social Innovation welcomed us for Demo Night.
The Centre for Social Innovation welcomed us for Demo Night.

On Friday night we celebrated the close of the 6th hackNY Fellowship summer with demos, dinner, and 120 of our favorite people. Demo Night has been a tradition since hackNY’s first year, with Fellows demoing their work and personal projects at the end of their 10-week internships. This year, though, we shook things up a little by inviting our alumNY, Fellows’ colleagues, families, and mentors, and luminaries from our Speakers Series. We mingled over snacks at the Centre for Social Innovation, where our 34 graduating Fellows demoed 20 projects to an enthusiastic audience. After demoing, each Fellow received their graduation regalia – our traditional I HACK NY t-shirt, and a track jacket customized for their graduating class and designed by Hanne. After taking a group picture, we headed to Pennsylvania 6 for a celebratory dinner with Fellows and their loved ones. Well past midnight, we ate our last pieces of cake and said goodbye. We look forward to seeing our newly minted alumNY at the upcoming Fall Hackathon!

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