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.
Lewis & Clark College
University of Pennsylvania
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Florida
Stony Brook University
Johns Hopkins University
Jun Woo Shin
New York University
University of Illinois,
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.
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!
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 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 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.”
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 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.
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 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!
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!
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.
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.
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!