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

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,

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

Richard Stallman to address hackNY and NYC Technology Community on August 5

HackNY is delighted to announce a special addition to our 2013 speaker series: Richard Stallman. Richard Stallman will speak about the goals and philosophy of the Free Software Movement, and the status and history of the GNU operating system, which in combination with the kernel Linux is now used by tens of millions of users worldwide. This talk will be held at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and open to the New York City Technology Community (space permitting).

Richard Matthew Stallman, also known as RMS, is a software freedom activist and computer programmer. Early in his career, he worked at the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT. While at MIT, he wrote the first extensible Emacs text editor and developed the AI technique of dependency-directed backtracking, also known as truth maintenance. In 1983, Stallman announced the GNU operating system, a Unix-like operating system meant to be entirely free software, and has been the project’s leader ever since. This marked the beginning of the Free Software Movement and in October 1985 he started the Free Software Foundation, of which he remains the president.

During his career, Stallman developed a number of widely used software components of the GNU system, the GNU Compiler Collection, the GNU symbolic debugger (gdb), GNU Emacs, and various other programs for the GNU operating system. The GNU/Linux system are used in tens or hundreds of millions of computers, but the distributors of these systems often disregard the ideas of freedom which make free software important. Since the mid-1990s, Stallman has spent most of his time in political advocacy for free software, and spreading the ethical ideas of the movement, as well as campaigning against both software patents and dangerous extension of copyright laws.

HackNY is thrilled to have Richard Stallman speak on August 5th to discuss the history and the future of the Free Software Movement. Please join us in welcoming Richard Stallman to the New York City Technology Community on August 5th at 251 Mercer Street, New York University Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, room 109 from 7-9 PM.

hackNY now twice as awesome! Thanks to our supporters

Here at hackNY, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to build on what was an already awesome first year. We’re thrilled to announce that recent funding from some wonderful investors and supporters will allow us to double the number of student fellows we can accept this year! Since we have more slots available, we are reopening applications and inviting students from universities around the country to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and students who have already applied will receive equal consideration for the newly opened slots. New York City based startups are invited to apply to host a hackNY fellow.

hackNY is organized by Professor Evan Korth of NYU and Professor Chris Wiggins of Columbia. The program, now in its second year, targets computationally-expert students and matches them with host startups in New York City for paid summer internships. Fellows selected to participate also receive complimentary housing during the 10-week program, in addition to mentoring and a program of events and lectures by technologists, investors, and startup founders.

“Matching talented developers with leading entrepreneurs is a smart way to build New York City’s technology sector and encourage innovation, so it’s no surprise that New York City institutions are leading the way with programs like hackNY to do just that,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “hackNY’s expansion is just the latest example of the growing collaboration between entrepreneurs, universities and investors that is key to driving further growth in New York City’s thriving technology sector.”

Last year’s cohort of 12 students was matched with successful startups, including, BuzzFeed, OKCupid, Aviary and Business Insider. Korth said hackNY “taught them the things they will not learn in traditional curricula about founding and joining a startup.” The program included several field trips and guest speakers who exposed students to the challenges and rewards of startup life.

“We are grateful to a diverse community of supporters from both coasts for making it possible for us to double the size of our program, and of course to The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for their continued support of the program. We look forward to continuing to introduce students to challenging career options in startups as New York City’s community of startups continues to grow for years to come,” Wiggins said.

Giff Constable of Aprizi said hackNY gives “a talented group of kids an in-the-trenches window into the reality of startups and innovation, which they can take back to their classmates.” The program has already proved valuable to students as well, such as to Chris Triolo of Princeton, who said, “hackNY has opened my eyes to the startup and tech community in New York.”

hackNY is also pleased to welcome our new board of advisors, comprised of these wonderful technologists, entrepreneurs, and academics:

  • Chad Dickerson, CTO of and originator of Yahoo’s “hack day”
  • Hilary Mason, member of NYC Resistor and scientist at
  • Chris Poole, founder of and featured TED speaker
  • Victoria Stodden, Science Commons fellow and assistant professor of statistics, Columbia
  • Nate Westheimer, entrepreneur and Executive Director of the NY Tech Meetup

Many, many thanks to the supporters who made hackNY’s growth possible!
AOL Ventures; Andreessen Horowitz; Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures; ff Asset Management; First Round Capital; Firstmark Capital; Google Ventures; Gunderson Dettmer; IA Ventures; Lerer Ventures; Lowenstein Sandler; Square 1 Bank; Techstars NYC; Union Square Ventures; as well as Columbia Technology Ventures (Columbia University); ISOC-NY; NYCEDC; NYCIF; and the NYU Department of Computer Science.





hackNY Summer Fellows Startup Application

Attention awesome NYC startups: hackNY is pleased to announce applications are now open for hosting one of NYC’s next generation of talented developers and engineers: the class of 2011 hackNY Fellows. Please submit applications as soon as possible as we will soon be matching talented admitted members of the 2011 class with startups.

The Summer Fellowship Program pairs quantitative and computational students with startups which can demonstrate a strong mentoring environment: a problem for a student to work on, a person to mentor them, and a place for them to work. Startups selected to host a student are expected to compensate student Fellows. Students enjoy free housing together and a pedagogical lecture series to introduce them to the ins and outs of joining and founding a startup. Students interested in applying for the 2011 Fellows program can do so here.

We look forward to getting to know you, via the application below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected] — thanks.

Applications for the 2011 hackNY Summer Fellows Program have closed, but we invite you to join our mailing list for updates and information on the upcoming Fall 2011 Student Hackathon:

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Meanwhile, please do take note of our updates via @hackNY, and stay tuned to apply for our Fall Hackathon!

Announcing the hackNY Fellows Program, supported by the Kauffman Foundation

We’re extremely excited to announce today that the 2010 hackNY Fellows program will be supported by The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, with the assistance of ISOC-NY!

Thanks to this generous support, we will award ten hackNY fellowships for summer 2010. hackNY Fellows will receive complimentary housing at NYU’s University Hall, in Union Square. The fellowship also includes a series of lectures and dinners over the summer. Housing and events will run from May 23 through July 31, with a welcome event and lecture during the first week.

Startups interested in working with one of the hackNY Fellows are being asked to support them for $400/week. A limited number of subsidies for bootstrapped startups may be available; please do email [email protected] for information.

Students who apply before the April 30, 11:59 PM (NYC time) deadline, but who are not accepted as hackNY Fellows, are still eligible for matching with internship opportunities via hack-match, hackNY’s open-source hacker matching algorithm. All NYC hacker-students will also be invited to attend a series of hackNY events this summer.

Please remember to apply by THIS FRIDAY:

We look forward to working with you!