The following is a guest blog post by Matt Condon about his summer as a member of the class of 2014 hackNY fellows. The original article can be found at Matt’s blog. Want to become a hackNY fellow this summer? Checkout

The presentation was under 3 minutes. Reading this blog post will probably take longer. I’m sorry I got your hopes up.

At Magnetic I built SmartTags with Patrick. If you want to learn more about what Magnetic does, check out this blog post!

We also worked on some data science related tasks where we found the most popular categories that Magnetic served ads for.

This blog also happened. I went from about 200 words at the beginning of the summer to almost 40,000. In single-spaced, 12pt Helvetica, that’s 80 pages.

I released FiveStar in late May. This happened during my daily blogging phase, so there’s a wealth of talk about it:

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Humans and Places of New York (Flickr)

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Twitch Plays Typing Tutor

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The FindTheBest Saga:

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Thank you to Chris, Evan, and Whitney for making HackNY a thing.

And thanks to the Fellows for doing the thing.


A Summary:

All of the HackNY Speaker Series notes:

All of the New York Daily Posts

Whit Pic form Etsy

Whitney in Etsy’s Photobooth during hackNY Speakers Series event with Hilary Parker


We are pleased to announce that Whitney Green, hackNY’s General Manager, will be joining the ranks of the hackNY alumni!  After working with hackNY to recruit some of the country’s top student-hackers as part of the hackNY Fellows program, Whitney is taking her recruitment talents nation-wide and will be working in campus recruitment at PwC.   She will continue to engage her interests in programming, recruiting, and mentoring engineering students as they consider their career choices and opportunities.


Whitney notes that the hackNY alumni, the NYC tech community, and hackNY’s work building community within both is “a mission that will stay close to her heart”.  Thankfully, Whitney will remain in NYC and will continue to champion the NYC startup community, the hackNY Fellows, and the hackNY mission!


We all will miss her and wish her the best!



Team hackNY

About the DemoFest:   hackNY is excited to announce this summer’s DemoFest for the class of 2014 hackNY Fellows — our fifth cohort of awesome hackNY Fellows!  See project demos from the work they’ve done this summer at a wide variety of stellar NYC startup.  Admission is free. Register here.

About the Fellows: Our 33 Fellows come from 25 universities as far west as Pomona College, as far south as Louisiana Tech University, and as far east as NYU Shanghai! 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, journalists, technologists, and all-around leaders from the NYC startup community.

The members of the class of 2014 hackNY Fellows and their host startups are:

Name School Startup
Abhishek Gadiraju University of Pennsylvania  flatiron_black_text_with_white_bg
Alex Wheeler Boston University Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Amelia Winger-Bearskin NYU TISCH-ITP Canary Logo
Calvin Chan UCLA Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Catherine Moresco University of Chicago Oscar Logo
David Lu Carnegie Mellon University ChatID Logo
Deepak Kumar University of Michigan REDI Logo
Emily Zhang Massachusetts Institute of Technology Oyster logo
Evan Casey Claremont McKenna College Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Garrett Parrish Harvard University Foursquare Logo
Hanne Paine Stony Brook University Betterpath Logo
Jamis Johnson Columbia University Seen Logo
Jennifer Nordquist University of Maryland Betterpath Logo
Jian Shen Tan Brown University and RiSD Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Jing Xiao Carnegie Mellon University NextJump Logo
Kenny Song NYU Shanghai Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Kyle Johnson Rutgers New Brunswick Cafe Logo
Kyle Ryan University of Rochester instapaper_logo
Lisa Luo Dartmouth College Kickstarter Logo
Manuel Lopez Rutgers University Chartbeat Logo
Maria van Keulen Columbia University MongoDB Logo
Matt Condon Louisiana Tech University Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Matt Dahl Pomona College Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Michael Garate NYU Gallatin Wildcard Logo
Nina Freeman NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Kickstarter Logo
Patrick Facheris Columbia University Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Quinn Liu Virginia Tech Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Sam Agnew Rutgers University ordrin-logo-transp-220x64
Sandile Keswa Temple University Meetup logo
Shyamal Ruparel University of Cincinnati Datadog Logo
Sruti Modekurty Carnegie Mellon University Birchbox Logo
Walter Menendez Massachusetts Institute of Technology MongoDB Logo
Wayne Chang Rutgers University BoardRounds Logo

The spring 2014 hackNY student hackathon was nothing short of AWESOME as over 200 students formed over 40 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:, a midnight surprise of Wafles and Dinges, hammocks and lounge chairs for resting and relaxing, lots of food, free t-shirts, spontaneously given Droid squishables, and of course lots of hacking!

Check-out photos from the event: Click Here.  For API demos and student project demos: Click Here.

Thank you to our awesome sponsors for their support of the spring 2014 hackNY student hackathon!


2014 Sponsors Slide


Congrats to the spring 2014 hackNY student hackathon winners!

1st Place

Flyer Penguin

Michael Garate (New York University) and Emily Pakulski (Columbia University)


2nd Place

2048 Against Cancer

Sam Agnew (Rutgers University)


3rd Place


Sean Yeh (The Juilliard School) and Alexandra Berke (Brown University)


Funniest Hack


Nick Mostowich (University of Waterloo) and Christopher Ngan (University of Waterloo)


Most APIs

Fiesta House

Samurdha Jayasinghe (Columbia University), Johan Mena (Columbia University), and Katherine Sandoval


Best User Interface

Violet Food

Danny Padawer (New York University), Kelly Martin (New York University), and Jed Borovik (New York University)


Most Technically Impressive


Thomas Millar (University of Waterloo)


The 8 Breaker


Chris Mulligan (Columbia University)


Best Pitch

Spacebook Invaders

Harry Stern (Rutgers University) and Wayne Chang (Rutgers University)


When in Doubt, Blame Twilio


Ashish Pandhi (Hofstra University)


Best Command Line

Automated Punditry

Hassler Thurston (Rochester University) and Daniel Scarafoni (Rochester University)


Lastly, a HUGE thank you to all participants!  See you in the Fall for the fall 2014 hackNY student hackathon!


Team hackNY


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 .

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:, or this description of ‘Why You Should Do hackNY’ by a member of the class of 2012 hackNY Fellows:


Please to do contact us at 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 if you have any suggestions for future processes.



Team hackNY

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

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

hackNY video

Please do apply and spread the word! Application is here:

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:, 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

Jesse Huang

Most Technically Impressive: Look See

Christopher Yan, Nate Brennand, Brian Shin (Columbia University)

Best User Interface: Listr

Ashish Pandhi

Best Hardware Hack: smartKnife

Adrian Vatchinsky, Carell Hamil, Vivian(Hyun) Park, Joe Yuan (New York University)

 Most Artistic:

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!


Team hackNY



Huge Thank You to the official sponsors of the fall 2013 hackNY hackathon:


Gold Sponsors:

Buzzfeed –

NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences –

Ebay –

MongoDB –

Next Jump –

Quotidian Ventures –


Silver Sponsors:

Aolventures –


Microsoft Research –

Twilio –


In Kind Sponsors:

Joyride Coffee –

RedBull –

Send Grid –

Squishabble –