Mayor Bloomberg Smiles Upon HackNY

HackNY, the summer internship program hatched over milkshakes by NYU professor Evan Korth, Columbia professor Chris Wiggins and data scientist Hilary Mason, is growing up.

Today hackNY officially announced it’s picked up some more funding, doubled its class size and added new advisers.

“There was starting to be an increase in New York City startups and the startups felt like they didn’t have access to good coders. We didn’t want the startup scene in New York to choke before it could really flourish,” Professor Wiggins told The Observer last week when we wrote about the one-year anniversary of hackNY.

The program has gotten recognition from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who highlighted hackNY as one out of an implied many efforts to match young technical talent with entrepeneurs. “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,” he said in a press release.

The city is one of hackNY’s sponsors through the New York Economic Development Corporation. Other sponsors include AOL Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, DFJ Gotham, First Round Capital, Google Ventures, IA Ventures, Lerer Ventures, Techstars NYC, Union Square Ventures, Columbia Technology Ventures and the NYU Department of Computer Science.

HackNY also announced its new board of advisors, which includes Chad Dickerson, CTO of Etsy and creator of Yahoo’s “hack day;” Chris Poole, founder of 4chan and and featured TED speaker; Victoria Stodden, Science Commons fellow and assistant professor of statistics at Columbia; and Nate Westheimer, entrepreneur and executive director of the New York Tech Meetup.

HackNY is also hosting a hackathon April 9-10 at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

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Mayor Bloomberg Smiles Upon HackNY