hackNY’s Fall 2015 Student Hackathon is coming up in less than three weeks, and we’re looking forward to our hackers experiencing the activities we have planned. We are especially excited about the knowledgeable and influential judges we have lined up for the event. Read more about three of our judges here, and meet the rest of our judges in Part 2!


Samantha John
Co-Founder of Hopscotch Technologies

While an engineer at Pivotal Labs, Samantha taught programming classes to beginners. She then co-founded Hopscotch, an iPad app that teaches kids to code by creating and sharing simple games. She spoke about her experience as a startup founder to our hackNY Fellows this summer as part of our Speakers Series. She says, “It’s an incredible honor to be chosen as a judge, I’ve been a big fan of HackNY since its inception. I just got an Amazon echo and I’m interested to see what kind of hacks people could do with their API.”

Whitney Green
Assistant Director and Director of Science Recruitment at Columbia University, and Former General Manager at hackNY

Whitney ran hackNY’s Fellowship and Hackathons for a year, so she brings valuable hackathon experience to the judging team. She is also the former President of Columbia Engineering Young Alumni. As a Campus Recruiter at PWC, she worked with college students from all over the country. Looking forward to her first time attending hackNY as a judge, she says “Yay!”
Yael Elmatad
Yael Elmatad
Data Scientist at Tapad

Yael works on Graph Problems related to building Tapad’s Device Graph. Before coming to Tapad, Yael was an Assistant Professor and researcher at NYU, working with high performance computing to study physical systems. She spoke to this summer’s hackNY Fellows about Tapad’s data science as part of our Speakers Series. She says, “I am very eager to meet more intelligent young computer scientists through hackNY and looking forward to seeing what creative solutions they have come up with.”

In our next post, we’ll introduce more of our judges – Catt Small, Christina Wallace, and more!