Eric Wu joins hackNY as Executive Director


hackNY is thrilled to announce that Eric Wu is joining hackNY as its first Executive Director!

Eric led Yahoo’s Hack program for years before moving to New York in 2011. Since then he’s split his time between his own hackathon consulting outfit and serving as the GM of the #1 ice cream shop in NYC.

Eric actually had a helping hand in hackNY’s origin hackathon in April of 2010, as well as nearly all of our 10 hackathons since then . The Yahoo! Open Hack Day in Times Square, which Eric helped to organize and emcee in 2009, was an inspiration for first hackNY hackathon. “Many future members and friends of the hackNY community were there, myself included,” said co-founder Chris Wiggins. “Eric put together a massive event that made coding feel creative, challenging, and collaborative. It made a big impression on all of us.”

In the spring of 2010 Eric flew out to NYC to help hackNY put on their first hackathon. Since then, Eric has served on the judging panel for almost all of our 10 student hackathons.

In his own words:

I’m excited and gratified to be joining HackNY!

When I first met the hackNY crew in the spring of 2010 to help with their first hackathon, I was immediately impressed by their vision for connecting students and the New York City startup community, and it was clear that the students shared that that enthusiasm.

Even coming from tech-heavy Silicon Valley, I could see back then that the NYC tech scene was already vibrant and rapidly gaining steam. Since then, the scene has only grown in strength, with startups blossoming all over the city, attracting world-class talent. So when co-organizers Chris Wiggins and Evan Korth asked me to lead hackNY and take it to its next phase, the choice was easy. New York City is an amazing community filled with diversity and tenacity – and hackNY will do its part to make that community even stronger and better.

When talking about hacking, I always think back to what I learned running hacks at Yahoo! Hackathons were brought into the mainstream back in 2005 by Chad Dickerson (now CEO of Etsy). Chad was my boss at Yahoo! for a time and he always extolled the virtues of the hack – empowering people, getting out of the way, and letting them build awesome things. I’ve tried to imbue this spirit of hack in my endeavors ever since — in my experience, it always, always leads to good things.

I’m proud to be part of this organization that is empowering students and the NYC tech ecosystem. hackNY has done a great job thus far with its mission, with over 130 fellows (our alumNY) from 40 different schools around the world having interned at over 50 different NYC startups.

There’s an incredible opportunity for hackNY to continue contributing to the community, including cultivating gender and minority diversity, expanding the program to start early with high school students, and keep going with long-term mentorship on the other end, and extending into areas beyond engineering, like design and product. These are all things that have been discussed that we can now start making a reality and I can’t wait to get started. If you’d like to help, to discuss, or to be a part of realizing this vision, please email me!

When I think about it, hackNY has a many similarities to an ice cream shop – they’re small/medium business oriented, very community based, high quality ingredients are a must, lots of creativity and fun are involved, and everybody loves ice cream and hackNY fellows. So next time you see me, tell me what you’d like to see hackNY do, and what your favorite flavor of ice cream is! (Really, I want to know!)

hackNY’s newest alumna: Manya!

I’m excited to announce today that hackNY has launched one more career in the NYC startup community — mine!

I will be joining Flatiron Health and saying goodbye to the GM title of hackNY, an organization I love and respect.


I am incredibly grateful to Chris, Evan, and the hackNY alumni (alumNY!) for welcoming me into hackNY; I’ve gotten to know and love both the hackNY fellows and the NYC startup community more generally, and I am looking forward to continuing to be a part of the hackNY alumni, along with the classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, and the new class of 2013. Evan, Chris and I have been working together these last few weeks, along with the hackNY alumni and 2013 mentors, to make sure all’s smooth sailing for the class of 2013 hackNY Fellows. Aditya Mukerjee, hackNY ‘11 and hackNY’s hacker-in-residence, has agreed to run ops for the summer until we find a new GM for hackNY.

The hackNY mission has always been about “federating the next generation of hackers for the New York innovation community”, and hackNY has done that for me. So, this isn’t good-bye, we’re still traveling in the same direction and I look forward to continuing to support this mission.

Manya Ellenberg

P.S. We’ve started our search for a new General Manager. If you’d like to be considered, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact us via If you have any suggestions about people we should reach out to, please do let us know at search (at) .

Congratulations to the winners of the spring 2013 hackNY student hackathon!

Congratulations to the winners of the spring 2013 hackNY student hackathon!

1st Place: gitdown
Alexandra Qin (New York University), Geoffrey Litt (Yale)

2nd Place: AirDrum

Eddie Zaneski (Rutgers University), Ian Lozinski (Rutgers University), Sushanth Kodali (Rutgers University)

3rd Place: ModMail

Ayaka Nonaka (University of Pennsylvania), Sean Welleck (University of Pennsylvania), Diana Chen, Steven Krouse (University of Pennsylvania), Jonathan Leung (University of Pennsylvania)

Best Hardware Hack: Laser Tanks
Manuel Lopez (Rutgers University)

Funniest: Ooh La Wee
Alexsander Akers (Columbia University)

Technically impressive: Terminal Wars
Josh Matthews (Rutgers University), Kaitlin Poskaitis (Rutgers University)

Best UI/prettiest/most intuitive to use: Mapquestz
Michelle Lew (Carnegie Mellon University), Michael Helmbrecht (Carnegie Mellon University)

The 8breaker: Drone Control
Frank Carey (State University of New York at New Paltz)

Most number of APIs: Mustached Bear
Charles Lehner (University of Rochester), Kai Herng Loh (Brown University)

Learn more about these and other awesome hacks on Hacker League!

Special thanks to our spring 2013 hackNY student hackathon judges!

We’re very excited about this weekend’s spring 2013 hackNY student hackathon!

hackNY hackathons give students an opportunity to meet each other, to find out about NYC’s great startup ecosystem, and to experience coding and solving technical challenges of your own choosing.

The schedule for the hackathon points to the final demo event where students, individually or in teams, present the creations they’ve built.

We couldn’t organize these events without the great support of a number of people, including our student organizing committee, our generous community sponsors, the great talented students who participate, and of course our panel of expert judges who help us award prizes at the end of the hackathon.

We’d like to thank in advance the judges for the spring 2013 hackNY student hackathon:

Jessica Lawrence
Rob Spectre
Chris Poole aka Moot
Sara Chipps
Abe Stanway
Aditya Mukerjee
Ian Jennings
Cliff Stein
Tami Evnin