hackNY aims to build an inclusive and responsible innovation community in NYC.

Co-organized by faculty from NYU and Columbia, 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.


Email: [email protected]


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 [email protected] 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 of applied mathematics at Columbia University and the Chief Data Scientist at The New York Times. At Columbia he is a founding member of the Department of Systems Biology, the executive committee of the Data Science Institute, and the Institute’s education and entrepreneurship committees. He is also an affiliate of Columbia’s Department of Statistics and a founding member of Columbia’s Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (C2B2). Chris is a faculty representative both for Columbia’s chapter of SIAM (the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) and for Columbia’s ADI (Application Development Initiative). Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia he was a Courant Instructor at NYU (1998­-2001) and earned his PhD at Princeton University (1993­1998) in theoretical physics. In 2014 he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and is a recipient of Columbia’s Avanessians Diversity Award.

Executive Director

Matthew Troy brings over a decade of nonprofit leadership experience to hackNY and has dedicated his career to helping young people achieve their potential. Prior to joining Matthew served as Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club where he brought innovative STEM programs to 4,000 NYC youth. He created a hub for access to coding and robotics, 3D printing and a Makerspace, a microbiology lab, and a media production studio that empowered NYC youth to see themselves as innovators. Matthew previously held leadership roles at Kids Creative and Lincoln Center, helping to raise millions for programs that serve underrepresented communities. Matthew began his career in and around City Hall as an advocate for nonprofit organizations. There he embarked on his own tech venture, building digital tools for activists in local government. Matthew is thrilled to join the hackNY community and help shape the organization as it enters its second decade.

Board of Directors

  • Julia Austin, Sr. Lecturer, Harvard Business School & Startup Advisor
  • Meghan Gill, Sr. Director Sales Operations, MongoDB
  • Evan Korth, Clinical Associate Professor of Computer Science at NYU
  • Chris Wiggins, Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at Columbia University and the Chief Data Scientist at The New York Times
  • Eric Wu, former Executive Director at hackNY

Support hackNY!

hackNY is a community-supported nonprofit. Please donate via donate.hackNY.org! Thank you!!


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