Attention awesome NYC startups: hackNY is pleased to announce that applications are now open for hosting a member of NYC’s next generation of talented developers and engineers: the class of 2014 hackNY Fellows! The deadline is Monday, March 31st, at 11:59 EST via http://apply.hackny.org/startups/apply .
A few things to keep in mind:
Startups applying to work with a hackNY Fellow are making a commitment to the following:
- to provide a concrete problem for the Fellow to work on
- to provide a specific person to mentor the fellow
- to provide a place for the Fellow to work — the startup must at least have dedicated coworking space if not an office.
Startups are eligible to work with hackNY if they
- are independent (i.e. not acquired)
- have their development team headquartered in NYC
The hackNY Fellows program, now entering its fifth year, is an intense program designed to introduce students to NYC’s startup community by pairing the best technical minds with the best NYC startups. The hackNY Fellows program includes housing as well as a pedagogical lecture series covering all aspects of founding or joining a startup. Previous fellows have come from all over the US and Canada, majoring in a variety of subjects, with skills including front-end, back-end, data science, and design. Don’t take our word for it though: please see this video created by the class of 2011 hackNY Fellows: http://bit.ly/hackNY2011vid, or this description of ‘Why You Should Do hackNY’ by a member of the class of 2012 hackNY Fellows: http://hackny.org/a/2012/08/students-heres-why-you-should-do-hackny/.
Please to do contact us at info@hackNY.org with your questions. Also, hackNY appreciates any feedback on the timing of the process hosting a hackNY Fellow or anyway other ways we can better partner with you. Please let us know by email (at info@hackNY.org) if you have any suggestions for future processes.
The following is a guest blog post by Abe Stanway, a 2011 hackNY Fellow and founder of Hacker League, recently acquired by Intel.
I remember when Ian and I first thought of the idea for Hacker League: we were on the train back from a YCombinator event in New York and we were so inspired to start building that we came up with the idea of a hackathon management tool and started making mockups on the spot. When we explained the idea to Swift, his immediate reaction was, “I’m in. Let’s build.”
The fall 2011 hackNY student hackathon was a week away. Ian and I excitedly called Chris and Evan, the founders of hackNY, and asked them if we could use Hacker League to run the event. They agreed, sight unseen, and we went on to ditch our classes that week and whip out the first version of Hacker League. We had to keep hacking on it during the hackathon itself to make sure it was ready to accept submissions in time. It was quite the meta-hack!
But we pulled it off, and the event ran smoothly. Over the following two years, we would go on to graduate and find full-time jobs, nurturing Hacker League on the side. It has remained a constant presence in our lives, growing alongside hackNY and the broader hackathon community.
The hackNY mission has always been to federate the next generation of NYC hacker youth. We are so grateful to be a part of this community, and we are honored to have been granted the opportunity to give back. Hacker League’s success does not belong to myself and my co-founders – it belongs to hackNY.
May this be the first of many hackNY exits!
The Hacker League co-founders are Ian Jennings (2010 hackNY Fellow), Abe Stanway (2011 hackNY Fellow), and Mike Swift. Congratulations from Team hackNY on this awesome accomplishment!!
hackNY is excited to announce its ninth student hackathon on April 5th-6th at Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science!
As with each prior semester, hackNY will welcome hundreds of students from scores of universities around the country to participate in collaborative and creative coding challenges over 24 hours. The event will open with API demos from New York City startups selected by the student organizing committee. Afterward students can attend our hackNY Masters Series featuring technical speakers discussing various topics of interest, consult technical ambassadors to think through their project scopes, meet other enthusiastic student hackers, enjoy food from the world’s greatest city and of course receive a few surprises along the way. Students will work in teams around the clock to build projects based on the presented APIs and the event will culminate in student presentations before a panel of judges who will decide the winners and recipients of prizes. Sound awesome? It is. Registration is here!
We are excited for another great hackNY student hackathon! Information for sponsors, startups and students will be distributed shortly via twitter (@hackNY) and our newsletter. For now, mark your calendars!
If you have any questions, please contact Team hackNY at info@hackNY.org.
hackNY is gearing up to admit the class of 2014 hackNY Fellows!
The hackNY Fellows program pairs quantitative and computational students with startups that can demonstrate a strong mentoring environment, including a problem for a student to work on; a person to mentor them; and a place for them to work. Students enjoy free housing in a communal setting and a pedagogical lecture series to introduce them to the ins and outs of joining and founding a startup in New York City.
See information about past Fellows and what they did with their summers:
Class of 2013 hackNY Fellows
Class of 2012 hackNY Fellows
Class of 2011 hackNY Fellows
Please do apply and spread the word! Application is here: http://apply.hackny.org/
The fall 2013 hackNY student hackathon was nothing short of AWESOME as over 500 students registered formed over 50 teams to hack with NYC startup APIs over the span of 24 hours! There were great API presentations from startups, an API 101 session hosted by Rob Spectre of Twilio, awesome technical talks in our Masters Series: http://hacknymasters.com/, boxing and yoga hosted by Next Jump, hammocks and lounge chairs for resting and relaxing, lots of food, free t-shirts, spontaneously given Droid squishabbles, and of course lots of hacking!
Thank you to our awesome sponsors for their support of the fall 2013 hackNY student hackathon!
Congrats to the fall 2013 hackNY student hackathon winners!
1st Place: Jig Solver
Zachary Newman and Conrad Kramer (Columbia University)
2nd Place: Memoring
Dan Hassin and Eric Schlanger
3rd Place: Vinelist
Robert Fidler and Indraneel Purohit (Rutgers University)
Most APIs: Lispsy
Most Technically Impressive: Look See
Christopher Yan, Nate Brennand, Brian Shin (Columbia University)
Best User Interface: Listr
Best Hardware Hack: smartKnife
Adrian Vatchinsky, Carell Hamil, Vivian(Hyun) Park, Joe Yuan (New York University)
Most Artistic: tongue.io
Ken Durkin, Shariq Hashme, Kunal Sharma, Scott Shervin (University of Maryland)
The 8 Breaker: Leap Duel
Manuel Lopez, Kaitlin Poskaitis, Josh Matthews (Rutgers University)
Funniest: Tuning The Times
Michael Saltzman, Justin Zhao, Lisa Li (Columbia University)
See all pictures from the hackathon here!
Lastly, a HUGE thank you to all participants! See you in April for the spring 2014 hackNY student hackathon!
Huge Thank You to the official sponsors of the fall 2013 hackNY hackathon:
Buzzfeed – http://www.buzzfeed.com/
NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences – http://www.cims.nyu.edu/
Ebay – http://www.ebay.com/
MongoDB – http://www.mongodb.org/
Next Jump – http://www.nextjump.com/
Quotidian Ventures – http://quotidian.co/
Aolventures – http://corp.aol.com/products-services/aol-ventures
ISOC NY – http://isoc-ny.org/
Microsoft Research – http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/
Twilio – http://www.twilio.com/
In Kind Sponsors:
Joyride Coffee – http://www.joyridecoffeedistributors.com/
RedBull – http://www.redbull.com/en
Send Grid – http://sendgrid.com/
Squishabble – http://www.squishable.com/
We’d like to support those of you joining us from outside the NYC metro area better, so in addition to continuing a 10gen/MongoDB bus from Penn + Princeton + Rutgers to the hackNY student hackathon, we’re also granting $30 travel grants for students from universities not along the bus route.
10gen/MongoDB has generously agreed to sponsor travel grants in the amount of $30 to bring student-hackers to and from the hackathon. These will be awarded per the instructions below.
We ask that students purchase their own tickets and choose the mode of transport that is most convenient for you. Afterward, fill out the form below and your name will be on a list to be reimbursed during the hackathon.
Details & Requirements:
1) Register for the hackathon here.
2) Book your transportation and email your receipt to receipts@hackNY.org no later than September 25, 2013
3) Register for a $30 reimbursement here.
Looking forward to seeing you September 28th – 29th!
Every spring and fall, hundreds of students from scores of universities around the country flock to hackNY’s student hackathons, where they participate in collaborative and creative coding challenges in a 24-hour coding sprint. The events open with API demos from New York City startups selected by the student organizing committee, after which students work in teams to build projects based on these APIs. Students work around the clock, and the event culminates in a presentation before a panel of judges the next day.
hackNY is excited to announce its eighth student hackathon on September 28th-29th at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
We are excited for this event, and we are looking for sponsors to help us make this happen. For more information on sponsorship and to discuss becoming a sponsor, please contact Team hackNY at email@example.com
Students interested in attending can register on Hackerleague!
This summer, hackNY was able to introduce a stunning cohort of student-hackers from across the country to NYC’s startup ecosystem by pairing the best technical minds with great New York startups.
Fellows enjoyed free communal housing in the special interest suites of one of NYU’s best dorms in Union Square for 10 weeks, a paid internship with one of NYC’s hottest startups, and a series of lectures both about technical and practical ins-and-outs of joining and founding a tech startup.
On Thursday, August 8, 2013, we will be hosting the end of the summer DemoFest, which is the Fellows’ time to share the new products or features they launched at their startups as well as projects developed during the hackNY program.The attendees of the DemoFest include hackNY Fellows and alumni, hackNY 2013 host startups, press, and supporters.
Demofest will be an exciting, well attended event and we’re looking for sponsors.
We hope very much that you can make time to join; please do fill out the eventbrite at: http://hackNY2013.eventbrite.com/
For more information on sponsorship and to discuss becoming a sponsor, please contact Team hackNY at firstname.lastname@example.org
HackNY is delighted to announce a special addition to our 2013 speaker series: Richard Stallman. Richard Stallman will speak about the goals and philosophy of the Free Software Movement, and the status and history of the GNU operating system, which in combination with the kernel Linux is now used by tens of millions of users worldwide. This talk will be held at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and open to the New York City Technology Community (space permitting).
Richard Matthew Stallman, also known as RMS, is a software freedom activist and computer programmer. Early in his career, he worked at the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT. While at MIT, he wrote the first extensible Emacs text editor and developed the AI technique of dependency-directed backtracking, also known as truth maintenance. In 1983, Stallman announced the GNU operating system, a Unix-like operating system meant to be entirely free software, and has been the project’s leader ever since. This marked the beginning of the Free Software Movement and in October 1985 he started the Free Software Foundation, of which he remains the president.
During his career, Stallman developed a number of widely used software components of the GNU system, the GNU Compiler Collection, the GNU symbolic debugger (gdb), GNU Emacs, and various other programs for the GNU operating system. The GNU/Linux system are used in tens or hundreds of millions of computers, but the distributors of these systems often disregard the ideas of freedom which make free software important. Since the mid-1990s, Stallman has spent most of his time in political advocacy for free software, and spreading the ethical ideas of the movement, as well as campaigning against both software patents and dangerous extension of copyright laws.
HackNY is thrilled to have Richard Stallman speak on August 5th to discuss the history and the future of the Free Software Movement. Please join us in welcoming Richard Stallman to the New York City Technology Community on August 5th at 251 Mercer Street, New York University Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, room 109 from 7-9 PM.