This past weekend saw our Fall 2017 hackathon, hackNY’s 16th hackathon, return to Columbia University. For 24 hours from Saturday into Sunday, over 240 hackers from nearly 50 different colleges built apps to help you fight procrastination, hacked hardware to help save energy, made memes more accessible, and questioned the correct pronunciation of “gif” (it’s definitely with a hard G). Over 40 enthusiastic teams presented their 90 second demos to the judges and audiences and showed just how creative, determined and innovative they could be.

We started the weekend off with technology presentations from NYC companies Clarifai, Giphy, ProPublica, NYTimes, Foursquare, Buzzfeed, Twilio during opening ceremonies. Once hackers got started, we invited them to workshops such as Jessica Garson’s “APIs 101”, Anthony Johnson’s “Deep Learning Based Search Engine”, and Natarajan Krishnaswami’s “Tour of US Census Data”.

Jessica's Workshop

APIs 101 Workshop with Jessica Garson

During a super successful Ladies Storm Hackathons Meetup, our very own Hanne Paine (h’14) helped our women hackers savor their accomplishments with brownies and an “I can” poster they all contributed to!

LSH Meetup

Another great Ladies Storm Hackathon Meetup

Our hackers ate delicious food from Otto’s Tacos, Inday, Insomnia Cookies, Schnitz, Kings Kolache, and Vanessa’s Dumplings. GIPHY brought their super fun Giphy Frame to take GIFs of the hackers in motion.

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Hackers in VR

Thank you to our awesome judges: Becky Case, Courteney Ervin, Deborah Estrin, Jacqueline Garavente, Shani Offen, and Stephanie Yang for giving us their time and insight. And a big thank you to our awesome sponsors and partners a16z, BuzzFeed, Datto, Spotify, Giphy, The New York Times, MongoDB, Codecademy, Kickstarter, Microsoft Research, Twilio, Clarifai, Flybridge, Insomnia Cookies, Columbia Engineering and the awesome ADI student group there, and MLH for supporting the NYC tech community and the next generation of hackers.

First Place

First Place team BodyID with judge Becky Case and MLH’s Mike Swift

First PlaceBodyID

Second PlaceDeluminator

Third PlaceRemembrance

Best Social Good HackOcean Cleanup

Most TechnicalTraeC

Best Hack DesignMapping the Times

Best Accessibility HackWhere’s My Bus

Best Hack Using an NYC APIEmergency

Best First HackGrab It by the Giphy

Most Likely to Go Viral (sponsored by Giphy)Grab It by the Giphy

Most Likely to Go Viral (sponsored by Giphy)Feel Your Gif

Best Use of Encryption (sponsored by Datto)Anxiety Bot

Best Use of TwilioTalk Me-me 2 me

Best Domain Name from Domain.comGifMe

Best IOT Hack Using a Qualcomm DeviceLionBike

Best Use of AWSRemora

Honorable MentionTalk Me-me 2 me

[Photos by Libby Grace – View more photos on the hackNY Facebook group]

Our fall 2017 student hackathon is a week away and we’re excited to announce the judges who will be evaluating this fall’s hacks! Check out our Devpost for more information on the hackathon!



Becky Case
VP of Engineering @ Birchbox


About hackNY:
“HackNY will always have a special place in my heart for the work they do – not only in creating an amazing program for interns, but also in their support for female engineers. Plus my favorite interns from the past five years have come from HackNY!”

becky_case
Becky is the VP of Engineering, overseeing global technology, at Birchbox, a leading beauty and grooming retailer best known for its monthly subscription of personalized samples. She is a musician-turned-computer-scientist who specializes in architecting large-scale systems in the e-commerce space. Prior to joining Birchbox in January 2012, she worked at a variety of early-stage startups, including OpenSky, as well as the multi-million­-dollar­-per-­day Zappos.com (and has a shoe collection that proves it!).



courteney_ervin Courteney Ervin
Software Developer @ the NYPL


About hackNY:
“I love seeing what people create when they care passionately about the problems they’re solving.”

Courteney Ervin works in the space where open source meets social good. She’s a developer at the New York Public Library, where she supports accessible literacy in the city and beyond.



Deborah Estrin
Professor of Computer Science @ Cornell Tech


Deborah Estrin is a Professor of Computer Science at Cornell Tech in New York City. She is founder of the Health Tech Hub in the Jacobs Institute and directs the Small Data Lab at Cornell Tech. She holds The Robert V. Tishman Founder’s Chair and has recently taken on a leadership role as Associate Dean. Her current research focus is on mobile health and small data, leveraging the pervasiveness of mobile devices and digital interactions for health and life management (TEDMED). Estrin co-founded the non-profit startup, Open mHealth and sits on several scientific advisory boards for early stage mobile health startups.
deborah_estrin


Previously, Estrin was on the UCLA faculty where she was the Founding Director of the NSF Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS), pioneering the development of mobile and wireless systems to collect and analyze real time data about the physical world. Her honors include: ACM Athena Lecture (2006), Anita Borg Institute’s Women of Vision Award for Innovation (2007), The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007), The National Academy of Engineering (2009), The IEEE Internet Award (2017).


jacqueline_garavente Jacqueline Garavente
Investment Team @ Union Square Ventures


About hackNY:
“Hackathons serve as a reminder that many of the great projects in this sector are conceived without millions of dollars and hundreds of people. I’m looking forward to seeing what your brilliant ideas and coding skills will bring!”
Jacqueline Garavente joined Union Square Ventures in August 2016. She began her career in Artificial Intelligence at IBM Watson before moving to the NYC based startup, Dataminr. Her past areas of research include machine learning, application of open source data and the intersection of technology and economic development . She has been happily based in NYC with brief stints in Africa and LatAm. She graduated from New York University in 2013.


Shani Offen
Machine Learning Chapter Lead @ Spotify


About hackNY:
“What struck me about my first hackathon was that it created a very intense community in a very short amount of time. It was fun and inspiring and I don’t use those two words together in many contexts. It changed me in some way. It made me feel hopeful and excited about tech, and that feeling has helped me face the many things that are seriously messed up about the tech world, especially as a woman. I also loved the experience of getting so much done so quickly. It gave me a very gut-level understanding of what constitutes an mvp (minimum viable product), and how to build and iterate quickly, which has served me well ever since.”

shani_offen
Shani got her PhD in neuroscience from NYU in 2008, with a focus on computational vision. She has recently joined Spotify, where she leads a machine learning team in the quest to design a new era of awesome interactive audio ads. Before that, she served as director of data science at the online publisher About.com, where her team looked at data generated by O(10^9) sessions by O(10^8) visitors to O(10^6) articles on O(10^3) topics from O(10^2) countries over O(10^1) years. Her favorite algorithm is division, she is amused by superstitious pigeons, and she recommends fiction as a good way to expand your priors.


stephanie_yang Stephanie Yang
Staff Data Scientist @ Foursquare


Stephanie is a mathematician and software developer with a passion for big data. She works on core location intelligence at Foursquare which connects mobile user experiences to the places people go. She joined Foursquare in 2014 after four years of quantitative finance where she wrote automated algorithms that traded futures contracts.
Before moving to New York, Stephanie earned her Ph.D in mathematics at Harvard and was a NSF Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Michigan. She worked for several years at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and she taught several classes in both English and Swedish.


Stephanie spends her free time as a technical scuba diver and telemark skier.

Thank you again to all our wonderful judges. We’re excited to see you all next weekend!



If you’re curious about who else has judged our hackathons in the past, take a look at these posts from Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, and Fall 2015 (part 1 and part 2)

The Speaker Series is a core tenet of the hackNY fellowship, and it wouldn’t be possible without the individuals listed below. We’d like to take a minute to thank all of the leaders in the NYC tech community who spoke to the 2017 hackNY Fellows this past summer.

Countering Human Trafficking

hackNY alumNY panel

hackNY alumNY panel

hackNY alumNY panel

rob_spectre

Rob Spectre
Brooklyn Hacker

Hosted at: NYU Courant

alex_berke

Alex Berke
Software Engineer @ Google

Hosted at: WeWork

catherine_moresco

Catherine Moresco
Software Engineer @ Google

Hosted at: WeWork

keeyon_ebrahimi

Keeyon Ebrahimi
Machine Learning Engineer @ Clarifai

Hosted at: WeWork




hackNY alumNY panel

hackNY alumNY panel

hackNY alumNY panel

The story of hackNY

lisa_luo

Lisa Luo
Android & iOS Engineer @ Kickstarter

Hosted at: WeWork

steve_gattuso

Steve Gattuso
Freelance Software Engineer

Hosted at: WeWork

walter_menendez

Walter Menendez
Data Scientist @ Buzzfeed

Hosted at: WeWork

chris_wiggins

Chris Wiggins
Head Data Scientist @ The New York Times

Hosted at: The New York Times




The story of hackNY

Weapons of Math Destruction

Early Stage Startup Investment

Lessons Learned from Founding Hopscotch

evan_korth

Evan Korth
CS Professor @ NYU

Hosted at: The New York Times

cathy_oneil

Cathy O’Neill
Author of mathbabe.org and Weapons of Math Destruction

Hosted at: Columbia Data Science Institute




ann_miura_ko

Ann Miura Ko
Co-Founding Partner @ Floodgate

Hosted at: Giphy

samantha john

Samantha John
Founder of Hopscotch

Hosted at: Kickstarter

The Manager’s Path

Social Good for Coders

Social Good for Coders

How Coding is Changing Investigative Journalism

camille_fournier

Camille Fournier
Managing Director @ Two Sigma, Ex-CTO @ Rent the Runway

Hosted at: Clarifai

rapi_castillo

Rapi Castillo
Progressive Coders Network

Hosted at: NYU Courant

leslie_martinez

Leslie Martinez
Hack the Ban

Hosted at: NYU Courant

sisi_wei

Sisi Wei
Deputy Editor of News Applications @ ProPublica

Hosted at: Digital Ocean




Jonah’s Path and the story of Buzzfeed

Mostly Human

Union Square Ventures

Union Square Ventures

jonah_peretti

Jonah Peretti
Founder and CEO @ Buzzfeed

Hosted at: Buzzfeed

laurie_segall

Laurie Segall
Senior Technology Correspondant @ CNN

Hosted at: CNN Time Warner Center

albert_wenger

Albert Wenger
Partner @ Union Square Ventures

Hosted at: Union Square Ventures

brad_burnham

Brad Burnham
Partner @ Union Square Ventures

Hosted at: Union Square Ventures




Tech lobbying

Leveraging Small Data: n=”me”

Building Networks

Data Science at Foursquare

julie_samuels

Julie Samuels
Executive Director @ Tech:NYC

Hosted at: Silicon Valley Bank

deborah_estrin

Deborah Estrin
Professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean @ Cornell Tech, and co-Founder @ Open mHealth

Hosted at: MakeSpace

gary_chou

Gary Chou
Founder of Orbital Labs

Hosted at: Datadog

stephanie_yang

Stephanie Yang
Data Scientist @ Foursquare

Hosted at: Foursquare

Thank you again to all of the Speakers who donate their time to our Fellows!

Meet the Class of 2017: This Fellowship of 28 students comes from 25 universities, spread over 3 countries and 3 continents! Our Fellows are interning at 22 different New York City startups this summer and learning everything they can about New York’s tech scene. They are an impressive, diverse group, with great tech skills and strong ideas about the future of our industry. Thanks to the generosity of a varied 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. Fellows will be sharing their unique skills with the group by hosting workshops – from neural networks to origami and unicycling to various dance styles! Alumni from the program return to mentor the Fellows during the summer, helping them navigate their new internships, New York City and life in general. This year the Fellows will also be working on several social good projects that use their various backgrounds and technology skills to help others. We are so excited the Class of 2017 is joining our community!

Since 2010, hackNY has partnered with over 100 host startups to host over 200 hackNY Fellows. This year, our 28 Fellows will be hosted by 22 exciting startups. We look forward to continuing the long partnerships hackNY has had with many host startups, and we are also excited to be working with 10 of our host startups for the first time. View all the host startups we’ve worked with and more program details on our Fellows site.

Announcing Demo Night 2017: An evening of demos and celebration will take place Friday, August 4th. This event commemorates the end of the summer and is a chance for the Fellows to show off the summer projects they worked on, both professionally and personally. Demo Night is open to the tech community, and RSVPs and more information will be coming soon.

Adisa Malik
Yale University

Andrea Dean
Lewis & Clark College

Annie Zhang
Columbia University

Bethany Davis
University of Pennsylvania

Christina Zhu
UC Davis

Cynthia Zhou
MIT

Denis Kazakov
University of Colorado, Boulder

Derek Tsui
Stanford University

Diana Navarro
Rutgers University

Doug Rudolph
Rutgers University

Ekua Awotwi
Stanford University

Franky Liang
University of Florida

Gustavo Poscidonio
Stony Brook University

Heman Gandhi
Rutgers University

Hugh Han
Johns Hopkins University

Jacob Aronoff
Northeastern University

Jun Woo Shin
New York University

Kush Maheshwari
University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign

Marley Alford
Bard College

Melanie Sawyer
Columbia University

Norman Mu
UC Berkeley

Reid Horton
Stony Brook University

Samantha Ong
Wesleyan University

SaraAnn Stanway
Rutgers University

Sean Zhang
Boston University

Shelly Bensal
Carnegie Mellon University

Suzanne Wang
Wellesley College

William Held
NYU, Abu Dhabi

hackny collage

photo source: Doug Menuez

This past weekend, hackNY held its 15th hackathon! During our Spring 2017 hackathon, we welcomed 275 hackers at the NYU Courant Institute. They built apps that help you check your workout pose – before you wreck your pose, crowdsourced a solution to the dearth of feminine hygiene products in homeless shelters, created extensions to help detect email phishing scams, and much more!


After mentors from MongoDB, Twilio, Clarifai, JW Player, and the NY Times demoed their APIs during opening ceremonies, Sam Agnew lead a workshop on getting started with APIs and web development in Python, which was followed by Lesley Cordero’s Intro to Geospatial Analysis. To unwind, hackers could join the MLH Werewolf game, and women could attend the traditional Ladies Storm Hackathons meetup to enjoy cupcakes and some Quiplash.


In addition to cupcakes and snacks, attendees enjoyed food from Perfect Picnic, Inday, Veselka’s, and Vanessa’s Dumplings. Thanks to Insomnia Cookies and MatchaBar, we offered cookies and tea alongside our hackathon Tshirts for our midnight surprise! We also welcomed the traditional King Kolaches for breakfast on Sunday.

Food at hackNY

We had the pleasure of welcoming photographer Doug Menuez over the weekend. Doug was onsite the whole weekend documenting hackers for an upcoming project. See more photos from the weekend and follow him on Instagram for more of his work!


Thank you to our awesome judges for thoughtfully evaluating hacker demos, to our partner MLH, and to our sponsors without who this wouldn’t be possible: Intel, MongoDB, Quotidian Ventures, a16z, Twilio, and UltraPress.

closing ceremonies at hackNY

photo source: Doug Menuez



All of our submissions and winners are listed on our Devpost. This year we introduced a new prize category: Best Social Good Hack!


First PlaceCHEFI


Second PlacePeriod Peace


Third PlaceMonopose


Our top three hacks will present at the New York Tech Alliance in May!


Best Social Good HackCleanHood


Most TechnicalInSight


Best Hack DesignNerve-hackNY


Best Hack Using an NYC APIManSplainer


Best First HackMimic


Best Use of MongoDBCleanHood


Best Use of TwilioPeriod Peace


#HackHarassmentgoodbot


Best Domain Name from Domain.comPeriod Peace


Best Use of AWSCHEFI

With our spring 2017 student hackathon only a week away, we’re excited to announce the judges who will dole out prizes to the best hacks! Check out the full list of prizes on Devpost!



Anne Bauer
Senior Data Scientist at The New York Times


About hackNY:
“I am excited to see what problems the HackNY hackers will attack, and how they will create new solutions!”

Anne Bauer
Anne is a senior data scientist at the New York Times, where she builds models and data products to interpret and act on the company’s data with a variety of groups including marketing, print circulation, and the newsroom.


Before becoming a data scientist she was an astrophysics and cosmology postdoc in Barcelona and Munich, and received her Ph.D. in physics from Yale. She enjoys building systems to turn intractable amounts of data into usable insights.



Jenn Schiffer Jenn Schiffer
Community Glitch Engineer at Fog Creek


About hackNY:
“I’m always excited about tech communities that recognize a need in the overall industry and turn their focus to it–in the case of HackNY that’s civic tech. It’s time for technologists to help others more and be celebrated for it, and I look forward to witnessing that first-hand.”

Jenn works on Fog Creeks latest product, Glitch, an in-browser IDE with a focus on inclusive community, ethical tech, and creativity. Along with making art and jokes and apps, she runs the meetup JerseyScript in Jersey City and co-emcees/organizes Brooklyn JS. She has never swum across an entire river but she could probably do it easily.



Robyn Burgess
Conversion Director at BounceX
Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Runaway Apricot


About hackNY:
“I love how resourceful hackathons force participants to become. The skills to overcome the time crunch and manage clashing personalities on a team are as invaluable to life in business as the creative problem solving inherent in hackathon challenges.”

Robyn Burgess
As a Conversion Director at Bounce Exchange, Robyn turns website visitors into customers for a portfolio of clients by tailoring websites to user behavior. Previously Robyn was a Client Relationship Manager at Experian Marketing Services, where she developed strategic cross-channel marketing solutions across the entire spectrum of the customer life cycle.


Robyn’s growing expertise in all facets of digital marketing is joined with a lifelong passion to explore the question: Why do we eat the way we do? As an Anthropology major at Columbia University, Robyn founded Runaway Apricot, a food blog committed to teaching people the skills to be better cooks and the resources to be more enlightened consumers. Her essays and recipes for local, seasonal and healthy cooking from scratch now reach over a million readers per year.


Runa Sandvik Runa Sandvik
Director of Information Security,
Newsroom at the New York Times


About hackNY:
“Hackathons are a great place to experiment, be creative, learn new things, and meet people who are passionate about what they do.”
Runa is a privacy and security researcher, working at the intersection of technology, law and policy. When she is not hacking rifles or writing articles for Forbes, she teaches digital security to journalists and helps media organizations improve their security posture.


Runa loves to travel and has spoken at numerous conferences around the world. She is a former developer with The Tor Project, a technical advisor to the Freedom of the Press Foundation and a member of the review board for Black Hat Europe. She tweets as @runasand.


Tracy Chou
Founding Team Member at Project Incude


About hackNY:
“I love that hackathons are all about the ethos of creativity and creation with code; can’t wait to see what people build!”

Tracy Chou
Tracy is co-founder and CTO of Elucd, a new startup that measures and quantifies community sentiment to enable data-driven management of public sector institutions. She is also a co-founder of the Arena Summit and Project Include.


Previously, Tracy has been a tech lead and software engineer at Pinterest, Quora, and the U.S. Digital Service. Tracy is most well-known for her work pushing for diversity in tech; she was named to the Forbes Tech 30 under 30 list in 2014 and has been profiled in Vogue, WIRED, The Atlantic, and other outlets for her advocacy. She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Thank you again to all our wonderful judges. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone (and their hacks!) next weekend!



To see who else has judged for hackNY, take a look at our hackathon judges from Fall 2016, Spring 2016, and Fall 2015 (part 1 and part 2)

As we look back at 2016 and forward to 2017, we thank you for your support.

2016 was another successful year for hackNY, our spring and fall hackathons continue to draw hundreds of aspiring coders at each event, giving them a safe space to hack, learn, create and network with fellow students and the NYC tech community. Our student hackathon was the first of its kind in NYC (est. 2010) and it remains the most popular in New York City. We look forward to our 15th(!) hackathon this spring at NYU.

The hackNY Fellowship completed its 7th class, the 2016 Class of hackNY Fellows were an amazing cohort, interning at 20 different NYC startups this summer, housed together in Union Square. They were also our most diverse ever, with 40% women and 60% people of color. We were honored to have tech leaders such as Jonah Peretti, Julie Samuels, Craig Newmark, Amen Ra Mashariki and Amanda Cox speak to the Fellows for the bi-weekly Speaker Series.

Our AlumNY community now totals over 200 strong and continue to do great things in NYC and beyond.

We continued our long-time relationships with startup partners MongoDB, Buzzfeed and Skillshare, and welcomed new hosts like Oscar, ClassPass and Citi Bike. To date we have partnered with over 100 NYC startups and are proud to serve and strengthen the NYC tech ecosystem.

As we look forward to next year, hackNY will continue our strong hackathon and Fellowship programs and make strides to promote diversity and inclusivity in tech. With the help of our Fellows, AlumNY and partner companies, we will also look to expand our mission to include social good projects that impact groups in need in NYC. We’re eager to share more details of that program soon!

You can get involved!

  • Apply to the 2017 Fellowship – Open to current university-level students in the US or Canada.
  • Apply to host a fellow – Open to startups headquartered in NYC. hackNY will match a Fellow for a summer internship based on your requirements.
  • Sponsor a hackNY hackathon – Now accepting sponsors for Spring 2017, email for more info.
  • Donate – hackNY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, your donation is 100% tax deductible and will be applied towards projects for social good.

 

Thank you for a great year, and we look forward to supporting the NYC tech community with you in 2017.

Eric Wu

hackNY
Executive Director

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Last weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting nearly 200 students at the NYU Courant Institute for hackNY’s 2016 Fall Hackathon! For 24 hours, hackers teamed up to build apps, games, and data analytics platforms – many for their first hackathon! They integrated technologies such as image recognition, texting APIs along, databases, and hosting services, thanks to the help of mentors from NYC startups MongoDB, Buzzfeed, Twilio, and Clarifai. Hacks ranged from a VR game defending the hackerspace to a web platform allowing users to visualize how Twitter users feel about the current election.


Presenters from NY Tech Companies

Presenters from NY Tech Companies




After snapping some cool shots at the MLH photobooth, hackers could attend Saturday’s workshop on Data Visualization in Python – or attend MLH’s Capture the Flag game to learn the basics of cybersecurity. Some 25 of our women hackers attended the traditional Ladies Storm Hackathons meetup where they bonded over common interests and decorated cupcakes.


We enjoyed food from New York favorites such as Sophie’s Cuban, Veselka’s Ukrainian Diner, Schnitz, and the Kati Roll Company. Insomnia Cookies and Matchabar Tea donated their products for our midnight surprise to power hackers through the night and our friends at Kings Kolaches joined us in the early morning to heat up their delicious stuffed kolaches for breakfast!


Keeping our hackers fed

Keeping our hackers fed


hackNY also opened up applications for its 2017 Fellowship Program during the hackathon! Apply for the best summer of your life, where you will be paired with a NY startup, attend varied talks about all facets of the tech world, and share housing with the other awesome fellows and mentors!


hackNY 2016 fellows

hackNY 2016 fellows


Teams demoed their projects to our awesome panel of judges covered in our last blog post. Thank you to our judges, mentors, and volunteers who truly made our event possible. Thank you also to our sponsors: Quotidian Ventures, MongoDB, Buzzfeed, a16z, Twilio, Flybridge Capital, and Ultrapress!


All of our submissions and winners are listed on our Devpost. Don’t forget to check out our photos on Flickr!

1st place - Funsquare

1st placeFunsquare
Showing you which venues are trending on Foursquare through a phone camera and live AR markers.



2nd place - Defending hackerspace

2nd placeDefending hackerspace
Wreck some hackers and be the best defender in Virtual Reality



3rd place - Soundscape VR

3rd placeSoundscape VR
Build an immersive virtual-reality world out of a song with interactive elements that react uniquely to it.




Our top three hacks will present at the New York Tech Meetup!


Most Self-ReliantDynamo
Web app designed to organize a queue of major tasks by set priority.


Most TopicalClownspotter


Best Hack DesigniScavengerHunt
Scavenger hunt app used to help automate some of the annoying clerical parts of scavenger hunts.


Best Hack Using A Presented APIText2Song
Everyone is the DJ at your party


Best Hardware HackKeyboard Keyboard
Efficient and cool alternative input and output method


Best First Hackok emoji dot com
Visual and anonymous emoji based sentiment analysis


Best Use of MongoDB(sponsored by MongoDB)DnD Monster Lookup


Best Use of Twilio(sponsored by Twilio)Text2Song


Best Use of Amazon Web Services(sponsored by AWS)Ordr-In


Best Device Privacy Hack(sponsored by Watch Dogs® 2)Stegochat


#HackHarassment(sponsored by MLH)Clownspotter


Best Domain Name (sponsored by domain.com)ok emoji dot com

Our awesome panel of judges

Thanks again to our awesome panel of judges


Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter for updates, check out our Flickr for more photos of the hackathon, and don’t forget to apply to be a hackNY Fellow in the class of 2017!
Our fall student hackathon is less than a week away and we couldn’t wait to share the news! We’re excited to introduce our fall 2016  judges. These leaders in engineering, product development, and data science will draw on their expertise to determine the hacks most deserving of this fall’s awards. Check out the full list of prizes on Devpost!



Jimena Almendares
Former Chief Product Officer at OkCupid


About hackNY:
“Hackathons are a great place to identify talent. Not only will you be building innovative new products, you’ll also be building important future relations. Take an opportunity to spend time with your peers, have fun, and do the best work you can!”

Jimena Almendares
Jimena was most recently Chief Product Officer at OkCupid where she led the product, design, marketing, f/e, app development and business development teams. She was one of the two C-level executives leading the company towards its IPO in 2015, as part of the Match Group (MTCH, 1.2B revenue forecast for 2016).


Previously, she held different leadership roles at Meetup, Zynga, Eventbrite and Facebook, as well as in strategy consulting and analytical operations. Jimena has an MBA from MIT and an MA and BA from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).



Liz Crawford
Former CTO at Birchbox


About hackNY:
“I’ve worked with the HackNY internship program since its first year. It’s been a joy to be able to give so many brilliant young people support early in their careers.”

Liz Crawford
Liz was most recently the CTO at Birchbox. At Birchbox she built the engineering, product, and data science functions. She oversaw the scaling of Birchbox’s systems and consumer presence from supporting thousands of subscribers to more than a million people, across 6 countries, online and in store.


Liz earned her PhD at Carnegie Mellon. She has a long standing interest in developing personalized experiences. Liz has published papers on topics ranging from Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing, to Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Robotics.





Yael Elmatad
Senior Data Scientist, Tapad


About hackNY:
“I am very eager to meet more intelligent young computer scientists through hackNY and looking forward to seeing what creative solutions they have come up with.”

Yael Elmatad
Yael works on Graph Problems related to building Tapad’s Device Graph. Before coming to Tapad, Yael was an Assistant Professor and researcher at NYU, working with high performance computing to study physical systems. She spoke to the 2015 hackNY Fellows about Tapad’s data science as part of our Speakers Series.



Courteney Ervin
Developer, New York Public Library


About hackNY:
“I love seeing what people create when they care passionately about the problems they’re solving.”

Courteney Ervin
Courteney Ervin works in the space where open source meets social good. She’s a developer at the New York Public Library, where she supports accessible literacy in the city and beyond.



Sarah Guido
Senior Data Scientist, Mashable


About hackNY:
“I’m looking forward to seeing the level of innovation that hackNY participants will bring to the table.”

Sarah Guido
Sarah is currently a Senior Data Scientist at Mashable, a position she started very recently. Prior to working at Mashable, Sarah was the Lead Data Scientist at Bitly, where she worked on bringing a greater level of insight into the audience of content creators. Sarah has spoken at a number of conferences on topics such as machine learning, Apache Spark, and Python. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Information.

Thank you again to all our wonderful judges. We are looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend!


Thank you to our 2016 speakers who generously shared their time to contribute to the class of 2016 fellows!

the story of hackNY

the story of hackNY

Stereotype Threat in the Tech Industry

Data Visualization at the New York Times

chris_wiggins

Chris Wiggins
hackNY co-organizer

Hosted at: qLabs

evan_korth

Evan Korth
hackNY co-organizer

Hosted at: qLabs

josh_aronson

Dr. Joshua Aronson
Prof. of Social Psychology @ NYU

Hosted at: NYU Courant

amanda_cox

Amanda Cox
Editor @ The Upshot (NY Times)

Hosted at: The New York Times


Mistakes We Made and Lessons Learned Building Trello

The Transformation of Weight Watchers Technology

Politics and Startups in NYC

Case Studies from the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics

michael_pryor

Michael Pryor
CEO of Trello, co-founder of Fog Creek Software

Hosted at: Fog Creek


michael_lysaght

Michael Lysaght
SVP Digital Product Engineering @ Weight Watchers

Hosted at: Weight Watchers

julie_samuels

Julie Samuels
Executive Director @ Tech:NYC

Hosted at: Foursquare

amen_ra_mashariki

Amen Ra Mashariki
Chief Analytics Officer for New York City

Hosted at: Facebook

Civic Engagement and Philanthropy

Ice Cream Workshop

Storytelling in the Age of Adaptive Journalism

Storytelling in the Age of Adaptive Journalism

craig_newmark

Craig Newmark
Founder of Craigslist

Hosted at: Civic Hall

eric_wu

Eric Wu
Executive Director @ hackNY

Hosted at: NYU Palladium

cory_haik

Cory Haik
Chief Strategy Officer @ Mic

Hosted at: AOL

julia_beizer

Julia Beizer
Head of Product and Design @ The Washington Post

Hosted at: AOL


Q&A with USV Partner Albert Wenger

The software engineering process at Hopscotch

Lessons from creating Orbital, an incubator of networks

Building Codecademy

usv

Union Square Ventures
Venture Capital Firm

Hosted at: Union Square Ventures

samantha_john

Samantha John
Co-founder of Hopscotch Technologies

Hosted at: Grand Central Tech


gary_chou

Gary Chou
Founder of Orbital

Hosted at: Orbital

ryan_bubinski

Ryan Bubinski
Co-founder of Codecademy

Hosted at: Codecademy

Top 10 things to Know

Random Forests, a Data Scientist’s Go-To Tool

How Motivate is building the Future of Transportation in Brooklyn

Jonah’s story

jenny_lawton

Jenny Lawton
Former CEO @ MakerBot, Former CEO @ LittleBits

Hosted at: Kickstarter

haile_owusu

Dr. Haile Owusu
Chief Data Scientist @ Mashable

Hosted at: Mashable

dan_fried

Dan Fried
Director of Software Engineering @ Motivate (CitiBike)

Hosted at: Microsoft

jonah_peretti

Jonah Peretti
Founder and CEO of Buzzfeed, Co-founder of The Huffington Post

Hosted at: Buzzfeed