Whitney Joins hackNY AlumNY!

Whit Pic form Etsy

Whitney in Etsy’s Photobooth during hackNY Speakers Series event with Hilary Parker


We are pleased to announce that Whitney Green, hackNY’s General Manager, will be joining the ranks of the hackNY alumni!  After working with hackNY to recruit some of the country’s top student-hackers as part of the hackNY Fellows program, Whitney is taking her recruitment talents nation-wide and will be working in campus recruitment at PwC.   She will continue to engage her interests in programming, recruiting, and mentoring engineering students as they consider their career choices and opportunities.


Whitney notes that the hackNY alumni, the NYC tech community, and hackNY’s work building community within both is “a mission that will stay close to her heart”.  Thankfully, Whitney will remain in NYC and will continue to champion the NYC startup community, the hackNY Fellows, and the hackNY mission!


We all will miss her and wish her the best!



Team hackNY

hackNY 2014 Fellowship DemoFest and Class Announcement!!

About the DemoFest:   hackNY is excited to announce this summer’s DemoFest for the class of 2014 hackNY Fellows — our fifth cohort of awesome hackNY Fellows!  See project demos from the work they’ve done this summer at a wide variety of stellar NYC startup.  Admission is free. Register here.

About the Fellows: Our 33 Fellows come from 25 universities as far west as Pomona College, as far south as Louisiana Tech University, and as far east as NYU Shanghai! 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.

The members of the class of 2014 hackNY Fellows and their host startups are:

Name School Startup
Abhishek Gadiraju University of Pennsylvania  flatiron_black_text_with_white_bg
Alex Wheeler Boston University Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Amelia Winger-Bearskin NYU TISCH-ITP Canary Logo
Calvin Chan UCLA Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Catherine Moresco University of Chicago Oscar Logo
David Lu Carnegie Mellon University ChatID Logo
Deepak Kumar University of Michigan REDI Logo
Emily Zhang Massachusetts Institute of Technology Oyster logo
Evan Casey Claremont McKenna College Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Garrett Parrish Harvard University Foursquare Logo
Hanne Paine Stony Brook University Betterpath Logo
Jamis Johnson Columbia University Seen Logo
Jennifer Nordquist University of Maryland Betterpath Logo
Jian Shen Tan Brown University and RiSD Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Jing Xiao Carnegie Mellon University NextJump Logo
Kenny Song NYU Shanghai Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Kyle Johnson Rutgers New Brunswick Cafe Logo
Kyle Ryan University of Rochester instapaper_logo
Lisa Luo Dartmouth College Kickstarter Logo
Manuel Lopez Rutgers University Chartbeat Logo
Maria van Keulen Columbia University MongoDB Logo
Matt Condon Louisiana Tech University Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Matt Dahl Pomona College Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Michael Garate NYU Gallatin Wildcard Logo
Nina Freeman NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Kickstarter Logo
Patrick Facheris Columbia University Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Quinn Liu Virginia Tech Magnetic_LogoType_Pantone_2
Sam Agnew Rutgers University ordrin-logo-transp-220x64
Sandile Keswa Temple University Meetup logo
Shyamal Ruparel University of Cincinnati Datadog Logo
Sruti Modekurty Carnegie Mellon University Birchbox Logo
Walter Menendez Massachusetts Institute of Technology MongoDB Logo
Wayne Chang Rutgers University BoardRounds Logo

Spring 2014 hackNY Student Hackathon Recap and Winners!

The spring 2014 hackNY student hackathon was nothing short of AWESOME as over 200 students formed over 40 teams to hack with NYC startup APIs over the span of 24 hours!  There were great API presentations from startups, an API 101 session hosted by Rob Spectre of Twilio, awesome technical talks in our Masters Series: http://hacknymasters.com/, a midnight surprise of Wafles and Dinges, hammocks and lounge chairs for resting and relaxing, lots of food, free t-shirts, spontaneously given Droid squishables, and of course lots of hacking!

Check-out photos from the event: Click Here.  For API demos and student project demos: Click Here.

Thank you to our awesome sponsors for their support of the spring 2014 hackNY student hackathon!


2014 Sponsors Slide


Congrats to the spring 2014 hackNY student hackathon winners!

1st Place

Flyer Penguin

Michael Garate (New York University) and Emily Pakulski (Columbia University)


2nd Place

2048 Against Cancer

Sam Agnew (Rutgers University)


3rd Place


Sean Yeh (The Juilliard School) and Alexandra Berke (Brown University)


Funniest Hack


Nick Mostowich (University of Waterloo) and Christopher Ngan (University of Waterloo)


Most APIs

Fiesta House

Samurdha Jayasinghe (Columbia University), Johan Mena (Columbia University), and Katherine Sandoval


Best User Interface

Violet Food

Danny Padawer (New York University), Kelly Martin (New York University), and Jed Borovik (New York University)


Most Technically Impressive


Thomas Millar (University of Waterloo)


The 8 Breaker


Chris Mulligan (Columbia University)


Best Pitch

Spacebook Invaders

Harry Stern (Rutgers University) and Wayne Chang (Rutgers University)


When in Doubt, Blame Twilio


Ashish Pandhi (Hofstra University)


Best Command Line

Automated Punditry

Hassler Thurston (Rochester University) and Daniel Scarafoni (Rochester University)


Lastly, a HUGE thank you to all participants!  See you in the Fall for the fall 2014 hackNY student hackathon!


Team hackNY


Host a member of the class of 2014 hackNY Fellows!

Attention awesome NYC startups: hackNY is pleased to announce that applications are now open for hosting a member of NYC’s next generation of talented developers and engineers: the class of 2014 hackNY Fellows!  The deadline is Monday, March 31st, at 11:59 EST via http://apply.hackny.org/startups/apply .

A few things to keep in mind:

 Startups applying to work with a hackNY Fellow are making a commitment to the following:

  • to provide a concrete problem for the Fellow to work on
  • to provide a specific person to mentor the fellow
  • to provide a place for the Fellow to work — the startup must at least have dedicated coworking space if not an office.

 Startups are eligible to work with hackNY if they

  • are independent (i.e. not acquired)
  • have their development team headquartered in NYC

The hackNY Fellows program, now entering its fifth year, is an intense program designed to introduce students to NYC’s startup community by pairing the best technical minds with the best NYC startups. The hackNY Fellows program includes housing as well as a pedagogical lecture series covering all aspects of founding or joining a startup. Previous fellows have come from all over the US and Canada, majoring in a variety of subjects, with skills including front-end, back-end, data science, and design. Don’t take our word for it though: please see this video created by the class of 2011 hackNY Fellows:  http://bit.ly/hackNY2011vid, or this description of ‘Why You Should Do hackNY’ by a member of the class of 2012 hackNY Fellows:  http://hackny.org/a/2012/08/students-heres-why-you-should-do-hackny/.


Please to do contact us at [email protected] with your questions.  Also, hackNY appreciates any feedback on the timing of the process hosting a hackNY Fellow or anyway other ways we can better partner with you.  Please let us know by email (at [email protected]) if you have any suggestions for future processes.



Team hackNY

Thanks, hackNY. Love, Hacker League.

The following is a guest blog post by Abe Stanway, a 2011 hackNY Fellow and founder of Hacker League, recently acquired by Intel.


I remember when Ian and I first thought of the idea for Hacker League: we were on the train back from a YCombinator event in New York and we were so inspired to start building that we came up with the idea of a hackathon management tool and started making mockups on the spot.  When we explained the idea to Swift, his immediate reaction was, “I’m in. Let’s build.”


The fall 2011 hackNY student hackathon was a week away. Ian and I excitedly called Chris and Evan, the founders of hackNY, and asked them if we could use Hacker League to run the event. They agreed, sight unseen, and we went on to ditch our classes that week and whip out the first version of Hacker League. We had to keep hacking on it during the hackathon itself to make sure it was ready to accept submissions in time. It was quite the meta-hack!


But we pulled it off, and the event ran smoothly. Over the following two years, we would go on to graduate and find full-time jobs, nurturing Hacker League on the side. It has remained a constant presence in our lives, growing alongside hackNY and the broader hackathon community.


The hackNY mission has always been to federate the next generation of NYC hacker youth. We are so grateful to be a part of this community, and we are honored to have been granted the opportunity to give back. Hacker League’s success does not belong to myself and my co-founders – it belongs to hackNY.


May this be the first of many hackNY exits!


The Hacker League co-founders are Ian Jennings (2010 hackNY Fellow), Abe Stanway (2011 hackNY Fellow), and Mike Swift.  Congratulations from Team hackNY on this awesome accomplishment!!