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:

For more information on sponsorship and to discuss becoming a sponsor, please contact Team hackNY at

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.

hackNY announces the class of 2013 hackNY Fellows

hackNY is excited to announce the class of 2013 — our fourth and largest cohort of awesome hackNY Fellows! Our 37 Fellows come from 27 universities as far west as Pomona College, as far south as the University of Puerto Rico, and as far east as NYU Abu Dhabi! Thanks to the generosity of a diverse community of supporters, the Fellows program includes community-style housing in Union Square as well as a series of pedagogical lectures introducing the hackNY Fellows to founders, investors, and technologists from the NYC startup ecosystem. The members of the class of 2013 hackNY Fellows and their host startups are:
Name School Startup

Alan Lin
Boston College

Alex Akers
Columbia University

Alex Berke
Brown University

Ananta Pandey
Barnard College

Andrew Aldridge
University of Minnesota

Basil Siddiqui
Harvard University

Ben Vishny
Brown University

Carlos Gil
Carnegie Mellon University

Charles Lehner
University of Rochester

Chris Mulligan
Columbia University

Dan Kang
Princeton University

Dan Mundy
The College of New Jersey

Daniel Borowski
Rutgers University

Daria Jung
Columbia University

David Fontenot
University of Michigan

Eric Leong
Cooper Union

Jane Friedhoff
Parsons (The New School For Design)

Jeremy Cimafonte
School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Jesse Selover

Jordan Goldstein
University of Maryland

Joseph Long
Pomona College

Josh Matthews
Rutgers University

Joshua Click
New York University

Ju Young Park
New York University

Kaitlin Postaikis
Rutgers University

Kaushal Parikh
Rutgers University

Kyle Petrovich
Georgia Institute of Technology

Maijid Moujalid
Grinnell College

Morgante Pell
NYU Abu Dhabi

Raj Vir
University of Michigan

Ricardo Medina
Brown University

Richard Stewart
University of Chicago

Sana Malik
University of Maryland – College Park

Sean Yeh
The Juilliard School

Shin Yuan Clara Wu
University of Pennsylvania

Steve Gattuso
University of Rochester

Yamil Asusta
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

I’m excited to announce today that hackNY has launched one more career in the NYC startup community — mine!

I will be joining Flatiron Health and saying goodbye to the GM title of hackNY, an organization I love and respect.


I am incredibly grateful to Chris, Evan, and the hackNY alumni (alumNY!) for welcoming me into hackNY; I’ve gotten to know and love both the hackNY fellows and the NYC startup community more generally, and I am looking forward to continuing to be a part of the hackNY alumni, along with the classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, and the new class of 2013. Evan, Chris and I have been working together these last few weeks, along with the hackNY alumni and 2013 mentors, to make sure all’s smooth sailing for the class of 2013 hackNY Fellows. Aditya Mukerjee, hackNY ‘11 and hackNY’s hacker-in-residence, has agreed to run ops for the summer until we find a new GM for hackNY.

The hackNY mission has always been about “federating the next generation of hackers for the New York innovation community”, and hackNY has done that for me. So, this isn’t good-bye, we’re still traveling in the same direction and I look forward to continuing to support this mission.

Manya Ellenberg

P.S. We’ve started our search for a new General Manager. If you’d like to be considered, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact us via If you have any suggestions about people we should reach out to, please do let us know at search (at) .

Congratulations to the winners of the spring 2013 hackNY student hackathon!

1st Place: gitdown
Alexandra Qin (New York University), Geoffrey Litt (Yale)

2nd Place: AirDrum

Eddie Zaneski (Rutgers University), Ian Lozinski (Rutgers University), Sushanth Kodali (Rutgers University)

3rd Place: ModMail

Ayaka Nonaka (University of Pennsylvania), Sean Welleck (University of Pennsylvania), Diana Chen, Steven Krouse (University of Pennsylvania), Jonathan Leung (University of Pennsylvania)

Best Hardware Hack: Laser Tanks
Manuel Lopez (Rutgers University)

Funniest: Ooh La Wee
Alexsander Akers (Columbia University)

Technically impressive: Terminal Wars
Josh Matthews (Rutgers University), Kaitlin Poskaitis (Rutgers University)

Best UI/prettiest/most intuitive to use: Mapquestz
Michelle Lew (Carnegie Mellon University), Michael Helmbrecht (Carnegie Mellon University)

The 8breaker: Drone Control
Frank Carey (State University of New York at New Paltz)

Most number of APIs: Mustached Bear
Charles Lehner (University of Rochester), Kai Herng Loh (Brown University)

Learn more about these and other awesome hacks on Hacker League!

We’re very excited about this weekend’s spring 2013 hackNY student hackathon!

hackNY hackathons give students an opportunity to meet each other, to find out about NYC’s great startup ecosystem, and to experience coding and solving technical challenges of your own choosing.

The schedule for the hackathon points to the final demo event where students, individually or in teams, present the creations they’ve built.

We couldn’t organize these events without the great support of a number of people, including our student organizing committee, our generous community sponsors, the great talented students who participate, and of course our panel of expert judges who help us award prizes at the end of the hackathon.

We’d like to thank in advance the judges for the spring 2013 hackNY student hackathon:

Jessica Lawrence
Rob Spectre
Chris Poole aka Moot
Sara Chipps
Abe Stanway
Aditya Mukerjee
Ian Jennings
Cliff Stein
Tami Evnin

This spring at the hackNY student hackathon, we’re bringing hardware back!

Read more…


Dear Student Hackers:

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 creating a $50 travel grant program for a select number of students from universities not along the bus route.

10gen/MongoDB has generously agreed to sponsor travel grants in the amount of $50 to bring 30 lucky student-hackers from and to the hackathon. These will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.

We ask that student purchase their own tickets, so you can choose the mode of transport that is most convenient for you. If selected, your name will be on a list to be reimbursed during the hackathon.

Details & Requirements:
1) Keep an eye on the hackNY blog and @hackNY, where we will post a travel grant application form at noon on Thursday
2) Register for the hackathon here.
3) On the form, provide us with your name/.edu email addy/academic institution/graduation date
4) Book your transportation and email your receipt to no later than March 15, 2013
5) The first 30 students to fill out a complete application will be on the list to receive their grant during the hackathon. If you do not book your travel and provide hackNY with a proof of purchase before March 15, 2013, your spot will be given to the next person on the waiting list.

Hope to see you April 6-7!

Team hackNY


As part of hackNY’s mission, we provide free housing to all hackNY Fellows and Mentors during the 10-week Fellows program. We want to enable every Fellow to get to know other members of their cohort, as we’ve seen how the friendships they cultivate over the summer continue to be valuable contacts, collaborators, and cofounders for years.

In previous summers, the housing was in suites of quads (two bedrooms with two residents in each bedroom). The class of 2012 suggested that, given how awesome and essential the hackNY Fellows’ housing is to the program, even better would be using NYU’s communal spaces in the suites. Based on that feedback, this year, we’re providing 13-person suites (mix of doubles and singles in each suite). Each suite has bathrooms, kitchen facilities, and large common spaces to accommodate late night hanging and hacking.

Our experience is that by living together, students learn the most from each other, and bring out the best in each other. We are very excited that the residential experience is going to be even more awesome and can’t wait for the class of 2013 to arrive in NYC!!!

Attention awesome NYC startups: hackNY is pleased to announce applications are now open for hosting one of NYC’s next generation of talented developers and engineers: the class of 2013 hackNY Fellows. Please submit applications before 11:59 pm NYC time Wednesday March 20 via .

The hackNY Fellows program, now entering its fourth year, is an intense program designed to introduce students to NYC’s startup ecosystem by pairing the best technical minds with great 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: .

Please to do go to learn more, or to contact us at with your questions.


Team hackNY