Announcing hackNY’s Fall 2013 hackathon on Sept 28th-29th!

Every spring and fall, hundreds of students from scores of universities around the country flock to hackNY’s student hackathons, where they participate in collaborative and creative coding challenges in a 24-hour coding sprint. The events open with API demos from New York City startups selected by the student organizing committee, after which students work in teams to build projects based on these APIs. Students work around the clock, and the event culminates in a presentation before a panel of judges the next day.

hackNY is excited to announce its eighth student hackathon on September 28th-29th at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

We are excited for this event, and we are looking for sponsors to help us make this happen. For more information on sponsorship and to discuss becoming a sponsor, please contact Team hackNY at [email protected]

Students interested in attending can register on Hackerleague!

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.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Fall 2011 Student Hackathon!!

Major kudos to the winners of the hackNY fall 2011 student hackathon!

1st Place: MidiPHON
David Coss and Michael Bartnett, New York University
$600 plus tickets to Lean Startup Machine and Startup Weekend

2nd Place: AdRunner
Joey Dong (Rutgers) and Grant Kot (Julliard)
$400 plus tickets to Lean Startup Machine and Startup Weekend

3rd Place: LoCreep
Misha Ponizil (NYU), Randall Hunt (Western Carolina University), Andres Campanella (NYU), Paul Lee (University of Waterloo), Nabil Hassein (NYU), Tengchao Zhou (NYU)

Most Schools: YPNHOI
Brandon Jackson (Yale University), Artur Sapek (Rhode Island School of Design), Eric Rafaloff (Baruch College), Alexandru Blidaru (University of Waterloo)

Best Solo Act: FourGuitar
David Hu (Columbia University)

Best Save: Topovize
Lucas Tan (Carnegie Mellon University), Kevin Bao (Carnegie Mellon University), Jacob Berlow (Pratt Institute), Louis de Valliere (Carnegie Mellon University), Daryl Yeo (Carnegie Mellon University), Jonathan Yee (Carnegie Mellon University)

Learn more about these and other awesome hacks on Hacker League!

hackNY 2011 at the June NYTM

The NY Tech Meetup

This post is by Abe Stanway, a 2011 hackNY Fellow from Rutgers University.

The powers that be scored us some super-awesome New York Tech Meetup tickets Tuesday night, and we were all too happy to take them up on the offer. We definitely appreciated the hackNY love coming from all corners in the Skirball Center (although I might add we got a bit too much love from the headhunters sitting behind us!)

The meetup was a good time, though – we saw some pretty great demos, including my personal favorite, HowAboutWe, which lets users list potential dates for others to accept. Yes, I signed up, and no, I haven’t been asked out yet.

The fellows

After the meetup, we got burgers at Stand 4. Much meat was eaten, to the dismay of the nice fedora-ed waiter. Conversation topics included Evan’s unusual path to an academic career, the role of mobile sharing in a location-based world, and exactly who ordered the peanut butter cup milkshake.

Eating burgers at stand

hackNY Summer Lecture Series: Ann Miura-Ko

Ann Miura-Ko explains the growth of a startup

hackNY’s Summer Series launched Wednesday June 1 with Ann Miura-Ko, co-founding partner of Floodgate Ventures. She discussed her life, unique career path, and how venture capital fits into tech startups. Ann led the fellows through her career, beginning with her time as an electrical engineering undergraduate at Yale. Fortuitously offered the opportunity to shadow Lew Platt, CEO of Hewlett-Packard at the time, she developed a taste for business and switched gears to jobs outside of engineering.

Ann spent a summer as an intern at Goldman Sachs, then several years as a management consultant at McKinsey. After McKinsey, she moved on to work in venture capital at Charles River Ventures. Investing in the economy-low of 2001-2003 proved slow, however, and after two years, Ann felt it was time to return to school for her PhD at Stanford. She returned to venture capital in 2008, co-founding a new fund named Floodgate Ventures.


Ann explained VC funds, including where they receive funding, how they function, and what part they play in the growth of a startup. Having taught numerous classes on startups and business model generation at Stanford, Ann deftly explained startup economics. The lecture became more of a dialogue, as the fellows had some great questions about VC funds, investing, and startups in general. For many, this was a first exposure to the intricacies of startup finance and funding.

Ann was sure to indicate the obligations that came with bringing an investor on board, and that obtaining investors is not necessarily the best choice for every startup. “If you’d sell your company now if you could,” she pointed out, “don’t raise money.” Venture capitalists expect growth and a significant return on their investment to support their obligations to their own investors. It was apparent in the fellows’ questions, however, that Ann helped demystify how startups interact with investors and achieve subsequent growth.