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!
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: http://hacknymasters.com/, 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!
Congrats to the spring 2014 hackNY student hackathon winners!
Michael Garate (New York University) and Emily Pakulski (Columbia University)
2048 Against Cancer
Sam Agnew (Rutgers University)
Sean Yeh (The Juilliard School) and Alexandra Berke (Brown University)
Nick Mostowich (University of Waterloo) and Christopher Ngan (University of Waterloo)
Samurdha Jayasinghe (Columbia University), Johan Mena (Columbia University), and Katherine Sandoval
Best User Interface
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)
Harry Stern (Rutgers University) and Wayne Chang (Rutgers University)
When in Doubt, Blame Twilio
Ashish Pandhi (Hofstra University)
Best Command Line
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!
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/