Hanne Paine Joins hackNY as Director of Operations

We’re thrilled to announce that Hanne Paine (hackNY Fellows Class of ’14) has rejoined hackNY full-time as our new Director of Operations! Hanne has been working with Eric Wu to carry on his work over the past three years as he moves on to new adventures (stay tuned!). Hanne has been a hackNY Fellow, Mentor, Program Coordinator, and Director of Admissions, and is now excited to be taking the reins at hackNY.

Hanne has previously worked at NASA, Green Map Systems, Google, and Betterpath (as a hackNY Fellow). She has been passionate about tech and education ever since middle school, when she worked at a space simulation camp as a senior volunteer and their first female computer programmer.

Hanne has been devoted to hacking and organizing since college. While a first-year student majoring in computer science, she restarted her department’s inactive Computing Society as President, increasing its membership to hundreds of students and organizing weekly Tech Nights featuring talks with startup leaders, tours of NYC tech companies, and the school’s first Startup Career Fair. She also introduced her classmates to hackathons, organizing bus trips to hackathons around the US and Canada for students from Stony Brook and the NY area. Hanne also directed Unhackathon, a series of events that were designed to prioritize a greater diversity of hackers, projects, learning, and creativity.

In her free time, Hanne is a hard-core nerd. She enjoys thinking about linguistics, especially constructed languages from fiction. You can find her at speculative fiction conventions all over the world, teaching her immersion course in a language from outer space.  She’s always happy to recommend a good book and talk shop about telescopes or high-tech cooking equipment.

Hanne is looking forward to an excellent summer with Class of 2018 hackNY Fellows. She also hopes to work on hackNY’s social good initiatives, promote inclusivity, combat impostor syndrome and stereotype threat, and one day expand hackNY’s reach to include younger students.

Welcome, Hanne!