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

Co-organized by faculty from NYU and Columbia, and with a board of advisors which includes educators, technologists, and entrepreneurs, 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.

General Manager

Whitney Green is hackNY’s general manager.  She graduated from Columbia Engineering in 2010 with a BS in Engineering Management Systems, and from Columbia’s Teachers College in 2013 with an MA in Higher and Postsecondary Education. She came to hackNY from Columbia’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, where she was a Senior Admissions Officer. She’s also hugely involved in Columbia engineering’s alumni community, including in her role as President of the Columbia Engineering Young Alumni and as Manhattan Co-Chair of the Alumni Representative Committee. In short she’s worked hard for years at finding the best, recruiting the best, and helping Columbia alumni remain involved in their community.  She now does the same for hackNY.

Events Manager

Matylda Czarnecka is hackNY’s events manager. She has organized a variety of hackathons locally, as well as globally with Yahoo! Developer Network. Matylda is a Syracuse University and NYU alumna and Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholar with a background in innovation in digital journalism. Matylda has written for publications including TechCrunch and PBS MediaShift, curated Tech@NYU‘s StartupDigest, and helped launch projects for the EconomistNew York Times, and channel Thirteen. Matylda has also volunteered with ACM SIGGRAPH and chaired the Student Volunteers program.


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.


hackNY was founded on February 23, 2010 by Evan, Chris, and Hilary, after much discussion, planning, and milkshakes.

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