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

Meet the Class of 2017: This Fellowship of 29 students comes from 26 universities, spread over 3 countries and 3 continents! Our Fellows are interning at 23 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 29 Fellows will be hosted by 23 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!

Meet the Class of 2016: This Fellowship of 25 students comes from 18 universities, spread over 5 countries and 3 continents! Our Fellows are interning at 20 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 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. They are also sharing their unique skills with the group by hosting workshops – from functional programming to feminism and Slack bots to snow globes! We are so excited the Class of 2016 is joining our community!

Since 2010, hackNY has partnered with over 100 host startups to host over 200 hackNY Fellows. This year, our 25 Fellows will be hosted by 20 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 on our Fellows site.

Announcing Demo Night 2016: An evening of demos and celebration will take place Friday, August 5th. 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.

Aditya Balwani
Stony Brook University

Alice Ren
University of Pennsylvania

Andrea Heyman
Columbia University

Andy Wang
Duke University

Anosha Minai
University of Pennsylvania

Brandon Fujii
Northwestern University

Chelsea Valentine
New York University

Christopher Hranj
The College of New Jersey

Claire Durand
Temple University

Dan Gorelick
Boston University

Ganesh Ravichandran
Columbia University

Jeffrey Wang
UC Los Angeles

Kathleen Chen
University of Pennsylvania

Matt O’Hagan
Florida State University

Nick Spinale
Carleton College

Olaolu Emmanuel
Rutgers University

Robin Pollak
Pomona College

Sakib Jalal
Rutgers University

Sam Couch
Temple University

Sam Pringle
UC Berkeley

Shahrzad Gustafson
USC

Shilpa Subrahmanyam
University of Illinois

Sophie Stadler
Columbia University

Su Hang
Columbia University

Veeral Patel 
Stanford University

On Tuesday, May 3rd, three of the Spring 2016 hackNY Student Hackathon‘s winning teams presented at the New York Tech Meetup to a theater packed with local technologists. Accent, the first place winners, and Peer Wifi, the third place winners, were joined by Drone Regulator, winners of our traditional 8-breaker creativity prize.

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Claire Glendening and Jack Cook demoed their mobile app, Accent (formerly Interface), which helps language students learn outside the classroom by assisting them as they read news articles in their language of choice. Users can highlight words they don’t know to have them translated instantly and then added to Quizlet for future study. Accent is now available on the App Store!

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Andy Yu, Md Islam, and Minh Tuan Tran demoed their mobile app, Peer Wifi, which allows users to sell their excess mobile data to others by letting them connect to their mobile hotspots. Users selling their data set prices for usage time and data caps, and users in the vicinity can pay with Paypal or a credit card to connect. The audience laughed and cheered when they demonstrated their live demo had worked by loading a cat video compilation.

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Sean Bae and Colin King took a bus all the way from Maryland to present their hack, Drone Regulator. They realized that new technology often moves much faster than the law and wanted to provide an easy way for drone operators to follow all FAA regulations without any extra effort. Their web-based drone navigator app displays regulatory information, drone status, and environmental conditions along with a first-person camera view.

After demos, the presenters headed to the afterparty, where they had supporters coming up to talk to them about their projects and future plans all night.

Congratulations again to all the presenters! We will add NYTM’s official video and photos of the demos as they become available.

Last weekend we celebrated the 13th hackNY Student Hackathon with a record number of student hackers from all over the East Coast. Over 260 students hacked on projects over 24 hours, building webapps, games, and hardware hacks. They represented 50 different universities, and many joined with students from several other schools to form their teams.  We were extremely impressed by the quality of the hacks built – nearly half our hackers were attending their first hackathon!

Employees from NYC startups came to present their APIs to the students and mentor them throughout the weekend, including Buzzfeed, MongoDB, Foursquare, Clarifai and Giphy. Hacks included both useful and funny webapps, simulations and educational material using civic data, a hilarious but politically relevant game, and innovative hardware hacks using drones, Oculus Rifts and Arduinos. When they needed a break from hacking, hackers attended a workshop on APIs for new hackers, coding competitions with MLH, and our traditional Ladies Storm Hackathons meetup. At the LSH meetup, 30 women hackers enjoyed sharing their experiences and finding common interests while decorating cupcakes. We also introduced hackers to some of the best of New York’s food, like Halal Guys chicken and rice, Otto’s Tacos, Schnitz Sandwiches, Insomnia Cookies and Joe’s Pizza. The Kings Kolache team spent breakfast with us, heating up their famous kolaches on the spot so everyone had something hot and delicious to fuel their last hours of hacking.

We had over 50 teams demo their hacks to our team of judges, which included developers, entrepreneurs, and the CTO of the City of New York! You can learn more about our 5 inspiring judges in last week’s blog post. Thank you to our judges, local Technical Ambassadors who mentored our hackers, and volunteers who truly made our event possible. Thank you also to our sponsors: Quotidian Ventures, MongoDB, eBay, Datto, Capital One, Andreessen Horowitz, and Twilio!

In the media: NYC Tech Wizards Convene for hackNY’s Spring 2016 Event

View photos from the Spring 2016 hackNY Student Hackathon on Flickr.

Here are the winners of our 9 prizes. Check out Devpost for all the submissions, video stream of the event, winners of sponsor prizes and more. Later this week, we’ll update this post with photos from the hackathon.

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1st Place:
Interface
Optimizing the language learning experience through foreign language comprehension and accessible vocabulary.

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2nd Place: Toast Printer
An image of any size is scaled to fit on bread and is toasted onto it.

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3rd Place: Peer Wifi

This application provide a platform for the users to sell mobile data, and allows other users to buy.

Our top 3 hacks will go on to present at the New York Tech Meetup

Best First Hack: BunnyBot
A stuffed bunny that uses an Arduino Uno, two touch sensors, one buzzer, and one LCD backlight to sing, purr, and display messages.

The 8-Breaker: Drone Regulator
Fly your drone with a PS4 controller while never breaking drone laws.

Most Technically Impressive Hack: Adaptive Wireless Mesh-Networking
Mesh-Networks allow for advanced adaptive reconfiguration. Possible uses include Smart Cities, Transportation and more.

Best Hack Design: YUGE!
Donald Trump is building a wall, and it’s up to you to stop him! Win as many points as possible before it’s built!

Best Hardware Hack: Tin Cam
A minty, cheap, discreet, cloud-connceted camera that aims to end police brutality and the dangers of walking alone.

Best Hack Using an NYC Startup’s API: Pictorious
Like a race through wikipedia pages in search of some “thing”, but with gifs instead.

Best NYC Inspiration: PillowBrawl

Best use of MongoDB (Sponsored by MongoDB): Hyperios

Best Use of Capital One’s API (Sponsored by Capital One): Make or Break

Best PHP Hack (Sponsored by Datto): CraveSpot

Best use of Twilio (Sponsored by Twilio): RemindMe, DialVG, Pranker

Best Use of Amazon Web Services (Sponsored by AWS): Urban H20

Best Domain Name (Sponsored by Domain.com): Just Bike

Best Developer Tool (Sponsored by Github): Station Location

More than 30 women hackers attended the traditional Ladies Storm Hackathons meetup to share stories and interests, and decorate cupcakes. Photo: Hanne Paine

Hackers worked through the night to build sophisticated webapps, games, utilities, and hardware projects. Photo: MLH

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The Toast Printer slowly comes together from parts. Photo: MLH

View more photos from the Spring 2016 hackNY Student Hackathon on Flickr!