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Announcing the Class of 2017 hackNY Fellows!

Meet the Class of 2017: This Fellowship of 28 students comes from 25 universities, spread over 3 countries and 3 continents! Our Fellows are interning at 22 different New York City startups this summer and learning everything they can about New York’s tech scene. They are an impressive, diverse group, with great tech skills and strong ideas about the future of our industry. Thanks to the generosity of a varied 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. Fellows will be sharing their unique skills with the group by hosting workshops – from neural networks to origami and unicycling to various dance styles! Alumni from the program return to mentor the Fellows during the summer, helping them navigate their new internships, New York City and life in general. This year the Fellows will also be working on several social good projects that use their various backgrounds and technology skills to help others. We are so excited the Class of 2017 is joining our community!

Since 2010, hackNY has partnered with over 100 host startups to host over 200 hackNY Fellows. This year, our 28 Fellows will be hosted by 22 exciting startups. We look forward to continuing the long partnerships hackNY has had with many host startups, and we are also excited to be working with 10 of our host startups for the first time. View all the host startups we’ve worked with and more program details on our Fellows site.

Announcing Demo Night 2017: An evening of demos and celebration will take place Friday, August 4th. This event commemorates the end of the summer and is a chance for the Fellows to show off the summer projects they worked on, both professionally and personally. Demo Night is open to the tech community, and RSVPs and more information will be coming soon.

Adisa Malik
Yale University

Andrea Dean
Lewis & Clark College

Annie Zhang
Columbia University

Bethany Davis
University of Pennsylvania

Christina Zhu
UC Davis

Cynthia Zhou
MIT

Denis Kazakov
University of Colorado, Boulder

Derek Tsui
Stanford University

Diana Navarro
Rutgers University

Doug Rudolph
Rutgers University

Ekua Awotwi
Stanford University

Franky Liang
University of Florida

Gustavo Poscidonio
Stony Brook University

Heman Gandhi
Rutgers University

Hugh Han
Johns Hopkins University

Jacob Aronoff
Northeastern University

Jun Woo Shin
New York University

Kush Maheshwari
University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign

Marley Alford
Bard College

Melanie Sawyer
Columbia University

Norman Mu
UC Berkeley

Reid Horton
Stony Brook University

Samantha Ong
Wesleyan University

SaraAnn Stanway
Rutgers University

Sean Zhang
Boston University

Shelly Bensal
Carnegie Mellon University

Suzanne Wang
Wellesley College

William Held
NYU, Abu Dhabi

Spring 2017 hackathon recap

hackny collage
photo source: Doug Menuez
This past weekend, hackNY held its 15th hackathon! During our Spring 2017 hackathon, we welcomed 275 hackers at the NYU Courant Institute. They built apps that help you check your workout pose – before you wreck your pose, crowdsourced a solution to the dearth of feminine hygiene products in homeless shelters, created extensions to help detect email phishing scams, and much more!


After mentors from MongoDB, Twilio, Clarifai, JW Player, and the NY Times demoed their APIs during opening ceremonies, Sam Agnew lead a workshop on getting started with APIs and web development in Python, which was followed by Lesley Cordero’s Intro to Geospatial Analysis. To unwind, hackers could join the MLH Werewolf game, and women could attend the traditional Ladies Storm Hackathons meetup to enjoy cupcakes and some Quiplash.


In addition to cupcakes and snacks, attendees enjoyed food from Perfect Picnic, Inday, Veselka’s, and Vanessa’s Dumplings. Thanks to Insomnia Cookies and MatchaBar, we offered cookies and tea alongside our hackathon Tshirts for our midnight surprise! We also welcomed the traditional King Kolaches for breakfast on Sunday.

Food at hackNY

We had the pleasure of welcoming photographer Doug Menuez over the weekend. Doug was onsite the whole weekend documenting hackers for an upcoming project. See more photos from the weekend and follow him on Instagram for more of his work!


Thank you to our awesome judges for thoughtfully evaluating hacker demos, to our partner MLH, and to our sponsors without who this wouldn’t be possible: Intel, MongoDB, Quotidian Ventures, a16z, Twilio, and UltraPress.

closing ceremonies at hackNY
photo source: Doug Menuez


All of our submissions and winners are listed on our Devpost. This year we introduced a new prize category: Best Social Good Hack!


First PlaceCHEFI


Second PlacePeriod Peace


Third PlaceMonopose


Our top three hacks will present at the New York Tech Alliance in May!


Best Social Good HackCleanHood


Most TechnicalInSight


Best Hack DesignNerve-hackNY


Best Hack Using an NYC APIManSplainer


Best First HackMimic


Best Use of MongoDBCleanHood


Best Use of TwilioPeriod Peace


#HackHarassmentgoodbot


Best Domain Name from Domain.comPeriod Peace


Best Use of AWSCHEFI

Announcing the Spring 2017 hackNY Student Hackathon Judges

With our spring 2017 student hackathon only a week away, we’re excited to announce the judges who will dole out prizes to the best hacks! Check out the full list of prizes on Devpost!



Anne Bauer
Senior Data Scientist at The New York Times


About hackNY:
“I am excited to see what problems the HackNY hackers will attack, and how they will create new solutions!”

Anne Bauer
Anne is a senior data scientist at the New York Times, where she builds models and data products to interpret and act on the company’s data with a variety of groups including marketing, print circulation, and the newsroom.


Before becoming a data scientist she was an astrophysics and cosmology postdoc in Barcelona and Munich, and received her Ph.D. in physics from Yale. She enjoys building systems to turn intractable amounts of data into usable insights.



Jenn Schiffer Jenn Schiffer
Community Glitch Engineer at Fog Creek


About hackNY:
“I’m always excited about tech communities that recognize a need in the overall industry and turn their focus to it–in the case of HackNY that’s civic tech. It’s time for technologists to help others more and be celebrated for it, and I look forward to witnessing that first-hand.”

Jenn works on Fog Creeks latest product, Glitch, an in-browser IDE with a focus on inclusive community, ethical tech, and creativity. Along with making art and jokes and apps, she runs the meetup JerseyScript in Jersey City and co-emcees/organizes Brooklyn JS. She has never swum across an entire river but she could probably do it easily.



Robyn Burgess
Conversion Director at BounceX
Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Runaway Apricot


About hackNY:
“I love how resourceful hackathons force participants to become. The skills to overcome the time crunch and manage clashing personalities on a team are as invaluable to life in business as the creative problem solving inherent in hackathon challenges.”

Robyn Burgess
As a Conversion Director at Bounce Exchange, Robyn turns website visitors into customers for a portfolio of clients by tailoring websites to user behavior. Previously Robyn was a Client Relationship Manager at Experian Marketing Services, where she developed strategic cross-channel marketing solutions across the entire spectrum of the customer life cycle.


Robyn’s growing expertise in all facets of digital marketing is joined with a lifelong passion to explore the question: Why do we eat the way we do? As an Anthropology major at Columbia University, Robyn founded Runaway Apricot, a food blog committed to teaching people the skills to be better cooks and the resources to be more enlightened consumers. Her essays and recipes for local, seasonal and healthy cooking from scratch now reach over a million readers per year.


Runa Sandvik Runa Sandvik
Director of Information Security,
Newsroom at the New York Times


About hackNY:
“Hackathons are a great place to experiment, be creative, learn new things, and meet people who are passionate about what they do.”
Runa is a privacy and security researcher, working at the intersection of technology, law and policy. When she is not hacking rifles or writing articles for Forbes, she teaches digital security to journalists and helps media organizations improve their security posture.


Runa loves to travel and has spoken at numerous conferences around the world. She is a former developer with The Tor Project, a technical advisor to the Freedom of the Press Foundation and a member of the review board for Black Hat Europe. She tweets as @runasand.


Tracy Chou
Founding Team Member at Project Incude


About hackNY:
“I love that hackathons are all about the ethos of creativity and creation with code; can’t wait to see what people build!”

Tracy Chou
Tracy is co-founder and CTO of Elucd, a new startup that measures and quantifies community sentiment to enable data-driven management of public sector institutions. She is also a co-founder of the Arena Summit and Project Include.


Previously, Tracy has been a tech lead and software engineer at Pinterest, Quora, and the U.S. Digital Service. Tracy is most well-known for her work pushing for diversity in tech; she was named to the Forbes Tech 30 under 30 list in 2014 and has been profiled in Vogue, WIRED, The Atlantic, and other outlets for her advocacy. She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Thank you again to all our wonderful judges. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone (and their hacks!) next weekend!



To see who else has judged for hackNY, take a look at our hackathon judges from Fall 2016, Spring 2016, and Fall 2015 (part 1 and part 2)

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

hackNY
Executive Director

Recap of our Fall 2016 Hackathon

lede


Last weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting nearly 200 students at the NYU Courant Institute for hackNY’s 2016 Fall Hackathon! For 24 hours, hackers teamed up to build apps, games, and data analytics platforms – many for their first hackathon! They integrated technologies such as image recognition, texting APIs along, databases, and hosting services, thanks to the help of mentors from NYC startups MongoDB, Buzzfeed, Twilio, and Clarifai. Hacks ranged from a VR game defending the hackerspace to a web platform allowing users to visualize how Twitter users feel about the current election.


Presenters from NY Tech Companies
Presenters from NY Tech Companies



After snapping some cool shots at the MLH photobooth, hackers could attend Saturday’s workshop on Data Visualization in Python – or attend MLH’s Capture the Flag game to learn the basics of cybersecurity. Some 25 of our women hackers attended the traditional Ladies Storm Hackathons meetup where they bonded over common interests and decorated cupcakes.


We enjoyed food from New York favorites such as Sophie’s Cuban, Veselka’s Ukrainian Diner, Schnitz, and the Kati Roll Company. Insomnia Cookies and Matchabar Tea donated their products for our midnight surprise to power hackers through the night and our friends at Kings Kolaches joined us in the early morning to heat up their delicious stuffed kolaches for breakfast!


Keeping our hackers fed
Keeping our hackers fed

hackNY also opened up applications for its 2017 Fellowship Program during the hackathon! Apply for the best summer of your life, where you will be paired with a NY startup, attend varied talks about all facets of the tech world, and share housing with the other awesome fellows and mentors!


hackNY 2016 fellows
hackNY 2016 fellows

Teams demoed their projects to our awesome panel of judges covered in our last blog post. Thank you to our judges, mentors, and volunteers who truly made our event possible. Thank you also to our sponsors: Quotidian Ventures, MongoDB, Buzzfeed, a16z, Twilio, Flybridge Capital, and Ultrapress!


All of our submissions and winners are listed on our Devpost. Don’t forget to check out our photos on Flickr!

1st place - Funsquare
1st placeFunsquare
Showing you which venues are trending on Foursquare through a phone camera and live AR markers.


2nd place - Defending hackerspace
2nd placeDefending hackerspace
Wreck some hackers and be the best defender in Virtual Reality


3rd place - Soundscape VR
3rd placeSoundscape VR
Build an immersive virtual-reality world out of a song with interactive elements that react uniquely to it.



Our top three hacks will present at the New York Tech Meetup!


Most Self-ReliantDynamo
Web app designed to organize a queue of major tasks by set priority.


Most TopicalClownspotter


Best Hack DesigniScavengerHunt
Scavenger hunt app used to help automate some of the annoying clerical parts of scavenger hunts.


Best Hack Using A Presented APIText2Song
Everyone is the DJ at your party


Best Hardware HackKeyboard Keyboard
Efficient and cool alternative input and output method


Best First Hackok emoji dot com
Visual and anonymous emoji based sentiment analysis


Best Use of MongoDB(sponsored by MongoDB)DnD Monster Lookup


Best Use of Twilio(sponsored by Twilio)Text2Song


Best Use of Amazon Web Services(sponsored by AWS)Ordr-In


Best Device Privacy Hack(sponsored by Watch Dogs® 2)Stegochat


#HackHarassment(sponsored by MLH)Clownspotter


Best Domain Name (sponsored by domain.com)ok emoji dot com

Our awesome panel of judges
Thanks again to our awesome panel of judges


Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter for updates, check out our Flickr for more photos of the hackathon, and don’t forget to apply to be a hackNY Fellow in the class of 2017!