hackNY now twice as awesome! Thanks to our supporters

Here at hackNY, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to build on what was an already awesome first year. We’re thrilled to announce that recent funding from some wonderful investors and supporters will allow us to double the number of student fellows we can accept this year! Since we have more slots available, we are reopening applications and inviting students from universities around the country to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and students who have already applied will receive equal consideration for the newly opened slots. New York City based startups are invited to apply to host a hackNY fellow.

hackNY is organized by Professor Evan Korth of NYU and Professor Chris Wiggins of Columbia. The program, now in its second year, targets computationally-expert students and matches them with host startups in New York City for paid summer internships. Fellows selected to participate also receive complimentary housing during the 10-week program, in addition to mentoring and a program of events and lectures by technologists, investors, and startup founders.

“Matching talented developers with leading entrepreneurs is a smart way to build New York City’s technology sector and encourage innovation, so it’s no surprise that New York City institutions are leading the way with programs like hackNY to do just that,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “hackNY’s expansion is just the latest example of the growing collaboration between entrepreneurs, universities and investors that is key to driving further growth in New York City’s thriving technology sector.”

Last year’s cohort of 12 students was matched with successful startups, including Bit.ly, BuzzFeed, OKCupid, Aviary and Business Insider. Korth said hackNY “taught them the things they will not learn in traditional curricula about founding and joining a startup.” The program included several field trips and guest speakers who exposed students to the challenges and rewards of startup life.

“We are grateful to a diverse community of supporters from both coasts for making it possible for us to double the size of our program, and of course to The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for their continued support of the program. We look forward to continuing to introduce students to challenging career options in startups as New York City’s community of startups continues to grow for years to come,” Wiggins said.

Giff Constable of Aprizi said hackNY gives “a talented group of kids an in-the-trenches window into the reality of startups and innovation, which they can take back to their classmates.” The program has already proved valuable to students as well, such as to Chris Triolo of Princeton, who said, “hackNY has opened my eyes to the startup and tech community in New York.”

hackNY is also pleased to welcome our new board of advisors, comprised of these wonderful technologists, entrepreneurs, and academics:

  • Chad Dickerson, CTO of Etsy.com and originator of Yahoo’s “hack day”
  • Hilary Mason, member of NYC Resistor and scientist at bit.ly
  • Chris Poole, founder of canv.as and featured TED speaker
  • Victoria Stodden, Science Commons fellow and assistant professor of statistics, Columbia
  • Nate Westheimer, entrepreneur and Executive Director of the NY Tech Meetup

Many, many thanks to the supporters who made hackNY’s growth possible!
AOL Ventures; Andreessen Horowitz; Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures; ff Asset Management; First Round Capital; Firstmark Capital; Google Ventures; Gunderson Dettmer; IA Ventures; Lerer Ventures; Lowenstein Sandler; Square 1 Bank; Techstars NYC; Union Square Ventures; as well as Columbia Technology Ventures (Columbia University); ISOC-NY; NYCEDC; NYCIF; and the NYU Department of Computer Science.