hackNY aims to federate the next generation of hackers for the New York innovation community.

Co-organized by faculty from NYU and Columbia, hackNY has since February 2010 organized the hackNY Fellows program and hackNY student hackathons during the school year in order to create and empower a community of student-technologists.


Evan Korth is a Clinical Associate Professor of Computer Science at NYU where he is faculty advisor to their chapter of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and Tech@NYU as well as coach of the ICPC Programming Team. In addition to teaching some foundational CS courses he teaches Information Technology Projects, a course in which students solve real-world problems with NYC companies including some well known start-ups, and in 2006 he revived the long defunct Computers in Society course. Evan was recently elected by the community to the Board of the New York Tech Meetup, is a TechStars mentor, VP of the Internet Society of NY and a member of the investment committee for the NYU Innovation Venture Fund. Evan has been an active member of NYC’s startup community since 1999, helping to build two companies (Afternic.com and NowPublic.com) and bring them to successful exits.

Chris Wiggins is an associate professor at Columbia University and faculty representative both for Columbia’s chapter of SIAM (the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) and for Columbia’s ADI (Application Development Initiative). For several years he has coorganized a regular ‘Startup-Math Collaborative’ meetup, in which quantitative NYC startups present mathematical and computational real-world challenges to CU students, to introduce them to under-advertised career opportunities in NYC as well as to the excitement of solving real-world challenges.

Executive Director

Eric Wu joined the hackNY team in January 2015 as its first Executive Director. During his 7 years with Yahoo! in Silicon Valley, Eric was an engineer on several properties and led Yahoo’s Hack program for 3 years. The Yahoo! Open Hack Day in Times Square, which Eric helped to organize and emcee in 2009, was an inspiration for the first hackNY hackathon, which Eric also few out to help with in the spring of 2010.  Since moving to New York City in 2011, Eric has served on the judging panel for almost all of our 10 student hackathons. Before joining hackNY, Eric split his time between his own hackathon consulting outfit and serving as the GM of Ample Hills, the #1 ice cream shop in NYC. Eric looks to bring sweet success to the hackNY program and the NYC tech community.

Program Coordinator 

Hanne Paine, a member of the hackNY Fellows Class of ’14, joined hackNY full-time as Program Coordinator in June 2015. While an undergraduate majoring in CS at Stony Brook University, she revitalized her department’s defunct Computing Society as President, increasing its membership 30-fold and organizing weekly Tech Nights, tours of NYC tech companies and bus trips to hackathons, and a Startup Career Fair. Hanne is the founder and director of Unhackathon. Hanne has previously worked at NASA, Green Map System, Google, and Betterpath (as a hackNY Fellow). She has been passionate about tech and education since she started working at a space simulation camp as a middle-school student, where she became a senior volunteer and its first female programmer. Hanne hopes to work on improving hackNY’s diversity, to create more ways for our Fellows and alumNY to be involved with the tech community, and to reach out to younger aspiring hackers.


The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Internet Society, New York

Supporters of hackNY include:
AOL Ventures; Andreessen Horowitz; DFJ Gotham; ff Venture Capital; First Round Capital; Firstmark Capital; Google Ventures; Gunderson Dettmer; IA Ventures; Lerer Ventures; Lowenstein Sandler; Square 1 Bank; Techstars NYC; The Torres Picón Foundation; and Union Square Ventures; as well as Columbia Technology Ventures (Columbia University); ISOC-NY; Marks Paneth & Shron; NYCEDC; NYCIF; NYC Tech Connect; the NYU Department of Computer Science; and Wilson Sonsini.


After much discussion, planning, and milkshakes, hackNY was founded on February 23, 2010.  hackNY was founded by Evan Korth, Chris Wiggins, and Hilary Mason, cofounder of Fast Forward Labs and Data Scientist in Residence at Accel. 


hackNY is a registered 501c3;
EIN: 27-3758609.
PO BOX 176
NEW YORK NY 10276-0176