Announcing the Spring 2014 hackNY Student Hackathon

hackNY is excited to announce its ninth student hackathon on April 5th-6th at Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science!


As with each prior semester, hackNY will welcome hundreds of students from scores of universities around the country to participate in collaborative and creative coding challenges over 24 hours. The event will open with API demos from New York City startups selected by the student organizing committee.  Afterward students can attend our hackNY Masters Series featuring technical speakers discussing various topics of interest, consult technical ambassadors to think through their project scopes, meet other enthusiastic student hackers, enjoy food from the world’s greatest city and of course receive a few surprises along the way.  Students will work in teams around the clock to build projects based on the presented APIs and the event will culminate in student presentations before a panel of judges who will decide the winners and recipients of prizes.  Sound awesome?  It is. Registration is here!


We are excited for another great hackNY student hackathon! Information for sponsors, startups and students will be distributed shortly via twitter (@hackNY) and our newsletter.  For now, mark your calendars!


If you have any questions, please contact Team hackNY at [email protected]

Apply to be a hackNY Fellow!

hackNY is gearing up to admit the class of 2014 hackNY Fellows!

The hackNY Fellows program pairs quantitative and computational students with startups that can demonstrate a strong mentoring environment, including a problem for a student to work on; a person to mentor them; and a place for them to work. Students enjoy free housing in a communal setting and a pedagogical lecture series to introduce them to the ins and outs of joining and founding a startup in New York City.

See information about past Fellows and what they did with their summers:

Class of 2013 hackNY Fellows

Class of 2012 hackNY Fellows

Class of 2011 hackNY Fellows

hackNY video

Please do apply and spread the word! Application is here:

fall 2013 hackNY student hackathon recap and winners!

The fall 2013 hackNY student hackathon was nothing short of AWESOME as over 500 students registered formed over 50 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:, boxing and yoga hosted by Next Jump, hammocks and lounge chairs for resting and relaxing, lots of food, free t-shirts, spontaneously given Droid squishabbles, and of course lots of hacking!

Thank you to our awesome sponsors for their support of the fall 2013 hackNY student hackathon!


Congrats to the fall 2013 hackNY student hackathon winners!

1st Place: Jig Solver

Zachary Newman and Conrad Kramer (Columbia University)

 2nd Place: Memoring

Dan Hassin and Eric Schlanger

3rd Place: Vinelist

Robert Fidler and Indraneel Purohit (Rutgers University)

 Most APIs: Lispsy

Jesse Huang

Most Technically Impressive: Look See

Christopher Yan, Nate Brennand, Brian Shin (Columbia University)

Best User Interface: Listr

Ashish Pandhi

Best Hardware Hack: smartKnife

Adrian Vatchinsky, Carell Hamil, Vivian(Hyun) Park, Joe Yuan (New York University)

 Most Artistic:

Ken Durkin, Shariq Hashme, Kunal Sharma, Scott Shervin (University of Maryland)

 The 8 Breaker: Leap Duel

Manuel Lopez, Kaitlin Poskaitis, Josh Matthews (Rutgers University)

 Funniest: Tuning The Times

Michael Saltzman, Justin Zhao, Lisa Li (Columbia University)

See all pictures from the hackathon here!

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


Team hackNY

fall 2013 hackNY hackathon sponsors!



Huge Thank You to the official sponsors of the fall 2013 hackNY hackathon:


Gold Sponsors:

Buzzfeed –

NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences –

Ebay –

MongoDB –

Next Jump –

Quotidian Ventures –


Silver Sponsors:

Aolventures –


Microsoft Research –

Twilio –


In Kind Sponsors:

Joyride Coffee –

RedBull –

Send Grid –

Squishabble –

Announcing hackNY-10gen travel grants to fall 2013 hackNY student hackathon

Evan and the crowd


We’d like to support those of you joining us from outside the NYC metro area better, so in addition to continuing a 10gen/MongoDB bus from Penn + Princeton + Rutgers to the hackNY student hackathon, we’re also granting $30 travel grants for students from universities not along the bus route.

10gen/MongoDB has generously agreed to sponsor travel grants in the amount of $30 to bring student-hackers to and from the hackathon. These will be awarded per the instructions below.

We ask that students purchase their own tickets and choose the mode of transport that is most convenient for you. Afterward, fill out the form below and your name will be on a list to be reimbursed during the hackathon.


Details & Requirements:

1) Register for the hackathon here.

2) Book your transportation and email your receipt to [email protected] no later than September 25, 2013

3) Register for a $30 reimbursement here.


Looking forward to seeing you September 28th – 29th!