Announcing the Class of 2015 hackNY Fellows!

Meet the Class of 2015: This Fellowship of 34 students comes from 24 universities, spread over 4 countries and 3 continents! Our Fellows are interning at 22 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 diverse 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. They are also sharing their unique skills with the group by hosting workshops – from Android development and configuration management systems to beatboxing, bread baking and notebook organization. We are so excited the Class of 2015 is joining our community!

Announcing Demo Night 2015: An evening of demos and celebration will take place Friday, July 31st. 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 registration and more information will be coming soon.

AbhiAgarwal

Abhi Agarwal

New York University

BuzzFeed

AbrilVela

Abril Vela

University of Michigan

betterpath

AmritAyalur

Amrit Ayalur

University of California Berkeley

Kickstarter

BrianChuk

Brian Chuk

New York University

betterpath

CharlesLai

Charles Lai

Cornell University

Datadog

ChristopherWan

Christopher Wan

Yale University

Magnetic

CristopherBello

Cristopher Bello

CUNY Kingsborough

ChallengePost

DanCadden

Dan Cadden

Temple University

Skillshare

EmilyPakulski

Emily Pakulski

Columbia University

MongoDB

EmilyPries

Emily Pries

Columbia University

Socratic

FaiqRaza

Faiq Raza

Rutgers University

Datadog

HarrisonLiddiard

Harrison Liddiard

University of California LA

Offerpop

JanitaChalam

Janita Chalam

Amherst College

Magnetic

JaredWright

Jared Wright

Drexel University

BusinessInsider

KeeyonEbrahimi

Keeyon Ebrahimi

New York University

Clarifai

KevinYeh

Kevin Yeh

University of Texas at Austin

MongoDB

KimberlyLeon

Kimberly Leon

Mass. Institute of Technology

Birchbox

MattMcNaughton

Matt McNaughton

Williams College

Ziggeo

MerryMou

Merry Mou

Mass. Institute of Technology

MongoDB

MichelleChandra

Michelle Chandra

New York University

BuzzFeed

NancyWong

Nancy Wong

University of Pennsylvania

Skillshare

NikoLazaris

Niko Lazaris

University of Texas at Austin

MLH

OlwutosinAfolabi

Oluwatosin Afolabi

University of Nottingham

Point

RaphaelPS

Rafael Palefsky-Smith

Stanford University

ChartBeat

RenDelosReyes

Ren Delos Reyes

Smith College

BuzzFeed

RichardChu

Richard Chu

Princeton University

BuzzFeed

RohanMathur

Rohan Mathur

University of Illinois

Offerpop

RossGoodwin

Ross Goodwin

New York University

Ufora

ShashankBhargava

Shashank Bhargava

University of California Berkeley

Nestio

ShehmeerJiwani

Shehmeer Jiwani

Georgia Institute of Technology

MongoDB

ShlokaKini

Shloka Kini

Columbia University

BuzzFeed

SimonAyzman

Simon Ayzman

Hunter College

Foursquare

ValentinPerez

Valentin Perez

Brown University

Matchbook

YoniNachmany

Yoni Nachmany

University of Pennsylvania

Clarifai

Summer Workshop: Fellows Teach and Learn Node.js and Socket.io

In this post 2011 hackNY Fellow Misha Ponizil describes the lastest student workshop, in which Fellows teach each other tips, tricks and skills they know and are learning through their internships.

Preface about HackNY Workshops: Eitan Adler and I were talking during the beginning of the fellowship program and we decided that we had to get something out of the fact that we were basically living with 30 other coders who could all each teach us something we didn’t know.

There are always new technologies to pickup or at least get exposed to, and there’s no better opportunity than having fellows at New York’s hottest startups teach each other what we know. So we created workshops that we hold once a week with two presenters covering something we think everyone else will want to learn. We’re all experts in some area or another; workshops are how we share the wealth.

Wednesday evening it was my turn to present. I’ve been doing some awesome work with (and learning all about) Node.js and Socket.io at OMGPOP, the startup I have been working at for five weeks. I started by demoing a stock trading simulation that uses the technologies to simulate and visually display the execution of multiple trading algorithms.



I then showed the HTML5/Javascript game we’re working on that relies on Socket.io to create a multiplayer experience, a staple of OMGPOP’s games. I went on to explain how the different pieces come together to create the real time multiplayer experience and which of those pieces I would be covering in my presentation.



By the end of the presentation, everyone in attendance was running Node and creating real-time socket-based functionality. While some parts of the talk focused on specific syntax and procedure for getting setup, a lot of time was spent simply on exposing the fellows to the possibilities of working with Node and Socket.io. The goal is that those interested in the features will have little trouble getting started after a full instructive overview of how it all comes together.

Next week we’re expecting some pretty awesome talks by two Fellows. We plan to have Cemre Gungor cover the Processing library and Grant Kot to demo and explain his work with physics-based animation. Guests are welcome to join our workshops, which are traditionally held midweek in an NYU classroom.

hackNY Fellow Tami Evnin’s First Day is ‘Epic’

This Fellows Perspective post is from Tami Evnin, a 2011 hackNY Fellow and MFA candidate in Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design.


My first day of my summer internship was by far the most epic first day I have ever had. Ever.

Through my summer fellowship with hackNY, I was matched with BankSimple, a NYC tech startup redefining personal banking.  My first day of work landed on a Friday, and I showed up to the Brooklyn office at 10am (the latest I have ever been able to show up for a job), ready to go. I spent the day getting to know everyone and learning about the project on which I would start working on Monday, but mostly chatting and scheming with my “mentor” Allen.

I was about ready to pack up for the weekend when I was invited to stay and listen in on a company-wide Skype meeting and product demo. The two-hour long meeting was pretty epic. I got to hear all about the history of the company, learn about prospective capital options, and experience the awesomeness of a new financial-planning interface that is in the works.

But it gets better.  After the meeting was over, CEO Josh Reich (recently named by Crains as one of the top “People to watch in Silicon Alley“) reminded the whole Brooklyn team about the dinner he was hosting at his house later that night. It being my first day as an intern, I was completely intimidated by the prospect of spending an evening with all my new colleagues at my boss’s house and quickly tried to come up with a reason to excuse myself from the invitation. But then Josh told us about the evening’s menu – homemade fried chicken. I could not resist.

Hours later, I was sitting in Josh’s home enjoying a delicious, home-cooked meal and unending beverages around one long table with everyone. It was exciting to be welcomed onto the team so quickly and greatly. I ended up getting home around 1am (the latest I have ever gotten home from a job), ready for bed. All I could think was, If this is what the first day was like, this is going to be a great summer!