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.
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!
#nytm@hackNY Bronx Science students: Accent helps you read news in a foreign language Roll over words to see real time translations. Great!
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.
#nytm HackOfTheMonth: @hackNY Peer Wifi, from Rutgers & Queens College, lets 7 sell your mobile hotspot data via tethering G*dBlessAmerica!
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!
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.
1st Place: Interface Optimizing the language learning experience through foreign language comprehension and accessible vocabulary.
2nd Place: Toast Printer An image of any size is scaled to fit on bread and is toasted onto it.
3rd Place: Peer Wifi
This application provide a platform for the users to sell mobile data, and allows other users to buy.
hackNY’s Spring 2016 Student Hackathon is just over a week away! We’ve lined up a team of judges with expertise in programming, design, and entrepreneurship to pick the best hacks. Check out the list of prizes we will be awarding on Devpost.
Minerva Tantoco Chief Technology Officer, City of New York
As NYC’s first-ever CTO, Tantoco directs the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation with responsibility for the development and implementation of a coordinated citywide strategy on technology and innovation and encouraging collaboration across agencies and with the wider New York City technology ecosystem. While still in college, Ms. Tantoco co-founded technology startup, Manageware Inc, which was successfully sold five years later. Since then, Ms. Tantoco has led emerging technology initiatives including artificial intelligence, e-commerce, virtualization, online marketing and mobile applications. She holds four US patents on intelligent workflow and is a speaker and author on mobile, security, big data, and innovation.
Stacey Mulcahy Senior Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Stacey Mulcahy is a technical evangelist with Microsoft. Prior, she was the Lead Developer working with a variety of technologies at Big Spaceship, a digital agency based out of Brooklyn, NY. She has worked at Teknision and Fuel Industries in Ottawa, Canada, and IQ Interactive in Atlanta in a variety of technical roles. A technical editor and instructor, Stacey enjoys sharing her love for her work in interactive development. She considers her lack of verbal filter and extreme candor just a small part of her charm. She runs Young Game Makers – a program to inspire kids to love code through game making. She says, “hackNY hackathons always have some of the most polished and curious projects, judging is always so much fun.”
Yael Elmatad Senior Data Scientist, Tapad
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 last summer’s hackNY Fellows about Tapad’s data science as part of our Speakers Series. She says, “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.”
Renee DiResta VP Business Development, Haven
Renee DiResta is the Vice President of Business Development at Haven, a startup in San Francisco that is creating an automated platform for freight procurement. She is an angel investor and adviser to hardware startups and was previous a VC at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and a trader at Jane Street Capital. Her book, The Hardware Startup, was recently published by O’Reilly Media. She says, “Participating in hackathons has been one of my favorite ways to meet and learn from new people. I can’t wait to see the exciting projects created by the hackNY participants.”
Courteney Ervin Developer, New York Public Library
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. “I love seeing what people create when they care passionately about the problems they’re solving.”
Co-Founder and CEO, Vidcode
Alexandra Diracles started her career as a photographer and business owner. She studied computer programming in graduate school and fell in love with the creative potential of code. Since then she has made it her mission at Vidcode to create tools that help teen girls find their path and passion to code. “The power to build your own products, tools and businesses with code is huge. I can’t wait to see what the hackNY hackers have created.”
Thank you again to all our wonderful judges. We are so looking forward to next weekend!
On Friday, March 4th, we celebrated 6 years of the hackNY Fellows Program with our annual reunion. Our AlumNY got to hang out at Tumblr‘s beautiful NYC headquarters and reconnect with their friends over dinner and music. We listened to talks by two great technologists and artists, Tega Brain and David Scheinkopf, who told us about their recent work and inspired us to see tech, art, and education in new ways.