Our fall student hackathon is less than a week away and we couldn’t wait to share the news! We’re excited to introduce our fall 2016  judges. These leaders in engineering, product development, and data science will draw on their expertise to determine the hacks most deserving of this fall’s awards. Check out the full list of prizes on Devpost!



Jimena Almendares
Former Chief Product Officer at OkCupid


About hackNY:
“Hackathons are a great place to identify talent. Not only will you be building innovative new products, you’ll also be building important future relations. Take an opportunity to spend time with your peers, have fun, and do the best work you can!”

Jimena Almendares
Jimena was most recently Chief Product Officer at OkCupid where she led the product, design, marketing, f/e, app development and business development teams. She was one of the two C-level executives leading the company towards its IPO in 2015, as part of the Match Group (MTCH, 1.2B revenue forecast for 2016).


Previously, she held different leadership roles at Meetup, Zynga, Eventbrite and Facebook, as well as in strategy consulting and analytical operations. Jimena has an MBA from MIT and an MA and BA from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).



Liz Crawford
Former CTO at Birchbox


About hackNY:
“I’ve worked with the HackNY internship program since its first year. It’s been a joy to be able to give so many brilliant young people support early in their careers.”

Liz Crawford
Liz was most recently the CTO at Birchbox. At Birchbox she built the engineering, product, and data science functions. She oversaw the scaling of Birchbox’s systems and consumer presence from supporting thousands of subscribers to more than a million people, across 6 countries, online and in store.


Liz earned her PhD at Carnegie Mellon. She has a long standing interest in developing personalized experiences. Liz has published papers on topics ranging from Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing, to Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Robotics.





Yael Elmatad
Senior Data Scientist, Tapad


About hackNY:
“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.”

Yael Elmatad
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 the 2015 hackNY Fellows about Tapad’s data science as part of our Speakers Series.



Courteney Ervin
Developer, New York Public Library


About hackNY:
“I love seeing what people create when they care passionately about the problems they’re solving.”

Courteney Ervin
Courteney Ervin works in the space where open source meets social good. She’s a developer at the New York Public Library, where she supports accessible literacy in the city and beyond.



Sarah Guido
Senior Data Scientist, Mashable


About hackNY:
“I’m looking forward to seeing the level of innovation that hackNY participants will bring to the table.”

Sarah Guido
Sarah is currently a Senior Data Scientist at Mashable, a position she started very recently. Prior to working at Mashable, Sarah was the Lead Data Scientist at Bitly, where she worked on bringing a greater level of insight into the audience of content creators. Sarah has spoken at a number of conferences on topics such as machine learning, Apache Spark, and Python. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Information.

Thank you again to all our wonderful judges. We are looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend!