Thanks for a great 2016!

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

Executive Director

Spring 2015 hackNY Student Hackathon Recap

The Spring 2015 hackNY Student Hackathon has concluded and it was filled to the brim with awesome! Over 240 students came ready to hack, representing 50 universities from all over the Northeast and trekking from as far as California and Florida. Teams of students hacked overnight at Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Over 30 technical ambassadors came to help and were identified by bright red hackNY trucker hats. These volunteers and mentors are a staple at hackNY hackathons and consist of engineers from various sponsors and NYC startups.

When not busy hacking, students had the opportunity to engage in plenty of other activities. Workshops for various interesting technologies such as iOS and Arduino were filled to capacity, a Ladies Storm Hackathons meetup was well attended and fueled by homemade cupcakes, and a mini-rave party at 2am commemorating Daylight Saving Time energized the group, complete with a DJ and glow-sticks.

At the end of the 24 hours, all the students came together to show off their work, in 2-minute long rapid fire demos. There were over 50 hacks demoed, from all different genres including games, mashups, social good projects and hardware hacks. The judges noted that quality of hacks overall was incredibly high and several of the top hacks were recognized. See list of winners below!

The demoes were emceed by Ivy Schultz, Associate Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Columbia University. The distinguished panel of judges consisted of Amy Greenwald – CS Professor/Brown UniversityNaz Erkan – Senior Data Scientist/Twitter, Noemie Elhadad – Professor/Columbia University and Bonnie Eisenman – Software Engineer/Code Academy.

hackNY prides itself on creating a welcoming hackathon environment, encouraging diversity, learning, connecting with others and building awesome things. We at Team hackNY thank all the volunteers, sponsors, judges, and most importantly hackers that have continued to make hackNY hackathons awesome since 2010. We’ll see you in the fall for our 12th student hackathon!

Relive the magic through multimedia:
Demo video stream –

List of all hacks presented can be found at


First Place
GLaPEP8 by Adam Obeng
A Python debugger that sings errors in the voice of Portal’s GlaDOS

Second Place
(Chirp) by Adam Obeng
A tool that shortens words and phrases, replacing long words with shorter words and emojis

Third Place
Chintastic Photo Booth by Nicole Ansbacher, Bob Gardner, Omayelli Arenyeka, Julie Pan
Crazy multi-media mashup that makes your upside-down chin the star of it’s own lip-synched video

Most APIs
nlt: never leave terminal by Tim Hung and William Jagels
Access loads of APIs directly from the command line

Funniest Hack
NO-K Cupid by Calvin Chan and Kimberly Leon
Place bets against your friends’ relationships and whether or not they will last

Hardware Hack
Gym Buddy by Ray Parker, Jordan Dunne, Daniel Schlegel, Shankar Rao and Jackson Zhang
electronic wearable glove that tracks exercise, weights and repetitions. Uses Arduino, Bluetooth, MongoDB, iOS and more

Most Technically Impressive
romdom by Sam Agnew and Manuel Lopez
A Javascript NES ROM hacking framework that emulates something similar to the DOM for programmatically editing NES games in real time

8 breaker
What’s up? by Nancy Minyanou and John Doner
Tool to track mental health and communicate with support system. Draws from several different NYC startup APIs

Best Command Line by Josh Matthews
Funny shell pranks that discourage leaving your workstation unlocked

Additional prizes were awarded by sponsors and can be found on ChallengePost.