the hackers are electric...
“Around the time of my birthday, I really just wanted to put makeup on so I did it and by the end of the night, my eyes were just watery and everything was all over my face. I have really sensitive skin so I wound up wasting a lot of money trying to find makeup that would work for me, that I could wear. I went a few years without wearing makeup at all and it made me a little bit sad. I don’t think that people need makeup to cover up beauty or anything but I do think that it’s fun. So I wasted a bunch of money, couldn’t find things that worked for me, found out that a lot of people had this problem too so I wanted a way to figure out what would work for me before I had to spend money on it.”
Rebecca and Jason built Realeyes, a platform where you can find makeup that works for your face before you buy it.
http://realeyesbox.com

“Around the time of my birthday, I really just wanted to put makeup on so I did it and by the end of the night, my eyes were just watery and everything was all over my face. I have really sensitive skin so I wound up wasting a lot of money trying to find makeup that would work for me, that I could wear. I went a few years without wearing makeup at all and it made me a little bit sad. I don’t think that people need makeup to cover up beauty or anything but I do think that it’s fun. So I wasted a bunch of money, couldn’t find things that worked for me, found out that a lot of people had this problem too so I wanted a way to figure out what would work for me before I had to spend money on it.”

Rebecca and Jason built Realeyes, a platform where you can find makeup that works for your face before you buy it.

http://realeyesbox.com

“In two weeks we basically built Facefeed. I sent the beta-link to about 40 people and Ben sent it to about 20, one of those being his investor who has a million and a half followers on Twitter. The tweet went out and all of a sudden we had 700 people on beta and had to shut the link down. Then a day later, it was finally on the App Store and in the first couple days saw thousands of people sign up. Ever since, we’ve just been growing and growing. The other day a group of sororities downloaded it, couldn’t stop using it and then all made a deal to not Facefeed at the bar. In general, I think people think it’s very addicting yet no one can explain why.”
Sophia just launched Facefeed, a seamless messaging app where you climb the ranks of popularity by taking great selfies. She was also the first person to travel the world with Glass.
Facefeed | Traveling By Glass

“In two weeks we basically built Facefeed. I sent the beta-link to about 40 people and Ben sent it to about 20, one of those being his investor who has a million and a half followers on Twitter. The tweet went out and all of a sudden we had 700 people on beta and had to shut the link down. Then a day later, it was finally on the App Store and in the first couple days saw thousands of people sign up. Ever since, we’ve just been growing and growing. The other day a group of sororities downloaded it, couldn’t stop using it and then all made a deal to not Facefeed at the bar. In general, I think people think it’s very addicting yet no one can explain why.”

Sophia just launched Facefeed, a seamless messaging app where you climb the ranks of popularity by taking great selfies. She was also the first person to travel the world with Glass.

Facefeed | Traveling By Glass

“When projects are easy or have already been solved, I think we all think they’re very boring. We all thrive on learning new things, trying new things, creating new things. One of the core ideas that we all stand by is that if we don’t know how to do something, we’ll either figure out how to do it or find somebody who can. New challenges or things we haven’t seen before might scare us a little bit but not enough that we won’t take them as a challenge.”
Andrew founded and runs Type/Code, a design and development studio that makes amazing digital experiences for companies like MoMA and Google.

Andrew Mahon, Type/Code

“When projects are easy or have already been solved, I think we all think they’re very boring. We all thrive on learning new things, trying new things, creating new things. One of the core ideas that we all stand by is that if we don’t know how to do something, we’ll either figure out how to do it or find somebody who can. New challenges or things we haven’t seen before might scare us a little bit but not enough that we won’t take them as a challenge.”

Andrew founded and runs Type/Code, a design and development studio that makes amazing digital experiences for companies like MoMA and Google.

Andrew Mahon, Type/Code

"The best feeling is when you tackle a new project and you’re like, okay I’m going to research this and make it happen. Then millions, literally millions of people use the thing you built. You started with nothing and now it works for all of those people. That’s one of the coolest things about my job. When I push code, millions of people use it."
Alex builds incredible front-end interfaces at Bloglovin, and rumor is that they’re hiring.

"The best feeling is when you tackle a new project and you’re like, okay I’m going to research this and make it happen. Then millions, literally millions of people use the thing you built. You started with nothing and now it works for all of those people. That’s one of the coolest things about my job. When I push code, millions of people use it."

Alex builds incredible front-end interfaces at Bloglovin, and rumor is that they’re hiring.

"When I was younger, my sister saw that I was really into computers–at the time I wanted to make video games. I was 12 or so. She told me, you should check out this summer program, I’ll pay for you to go. So in exchange for what I call ‘indentured servitude babysitting’, I slept on her couch and babysat and she paid for me to go to computer camp at MIT."
Now Rebecca organizes a place for kids to come together and learn to code for free from NYC developers. 
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"When I was younger, my sister saw that I was really into computers–at the time I wanted to make video games. I was 12 or so. She told me, you should check out this summer program, I’ll pay for you to go. So in exchange for what I call ‘indentured servitude babysitting’, I slept on her couch and babysat and she paid for me to go to computer camp at MIT."

Now Rebecca organizes a place for kids to come together and learn to code for free from NYC developers. 

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“Do you know Reggie Watts? And Beardyman and DubFX? They make dub step music with just their voices and beat boxing, and they use looping machines. I love that crap. I’ve always wanted to do that myself, but the machines are really expensive, so I was kind of like, why don’t I just build one myself?”
The hack: a looping machine in the browser. 

Robert Vinluan, Songsquares

“Do you know Reggie Watts? And Beardyman and DubFX? They make dub step music with just their voices and beat boxing, and they use looping machines. I love that crap. I’ve always wanted to do that myself, but the machines are really expensive, so I was kind of like, why don’t I just build one myself?”

The hack: a looping machine in the browser. 

Robert Vinluan, Songsquares

“I accidentally taught myself CSS when I was in high school because I had a LiveJournal and I wanted to change how the LiveJournal looked. I had all these ideas and I was like, you know what? I don’t like any of these themes. How do I make my own theme? So I looked it up in the LiveJournal docs and they were like, you have to make these things with curly brackets and I was like, okay, this is weird, but I’ll try it out. Then I got to college and took a class on HTML and CSS and I looked at CSS and was like, oh, I know how to do that. I thought that was just for LiveJournal! But it wasn’t. It was for the whole internet!”

Ana now creates beautiful data visualizations for the Wall Street Journal, including this feature about emoji: wsj.com/emoji

“I accidentally taught myself CSS when I was in high school because I had a LiveJournal and I wanted to change how the LiveJournal looked. I had all these ideas and I was like, you know what? I don’t like any of these themes. How do I make my own theme? So I looked it up in the LiveJournal docs and they were like, you have to make these things with curly brackets and I was like, okay, this is weird, but I’ll try it out. Then I got to college and took a class on HTML and CSS and I looked at CSS and was like, oh, I know how to do that. I thought that was just for LiveJournal! But it wasn’t. It was for the whole internet!”

Ana now creates beautiful data visualizations for the Wall Street Journal, including this feature about emoji: wsj.com/emoji

"The first hack I ever learned was the smurf attack. When I was 13, I built my first PC and I used to have LAN parties with my friends. We’d drink a lot of soda and play Counter Strike 1.6 and StarCraft all night. I was terrible at Counter Strike, so the games often weren’t much fun for me to play normally because I’d get my ass kicked." (The smurf attack is a LAN DDOS.)
Zach Alexander, @zpalexander

"The first hack I ever learned was the smurf attack. When I was 13, I built my first PC and I used to have LAN parties with my friends. We’d drink a lot of soda and play Counter Strike 1.6 and StarCraft all night. I was terrible at Counter Strike, so the games often weren’t much fun for me to play normally because I’d get my ass kicked." (The smurf attack is a LAN DDOS.)

Zach Alexander, @zpalexander

“For what it’s worth, hacking changed my life. I would have been a lawyer if I had never been to my first hackathon.
You don’t become an athlete from your middle school gym class. That’s not what inspires you to be an athlete. It’s something you do out of class. It’s something you do in your free time. You don’t become a great hacker from what you learn in CS. You learn it outside your classroom at hackathons. We’re facilitating that learning.”
The hack: an inter-collegiate hackers league to help bring students to high-quality hackathons.

Swift, Major League Hacking 

“For what it’s worth, hacking changed my life. I would have been a lawyer if I had never been to my first hackathon.

You don’t become an athlete from your middle school gym class. That’s not what inspires you to be an athlete. It’s something you do out of class. It’s something you do in your free time. You don’t become a great hacker from what you learn in CS. You learn it outside your classroom at hackathons. We’re facilitating that learning.”

The hack: an inter-collegiate hackers league to help bring students to high-quality hackathons.

Swift, Major League Hacking 

“A lot of people think that the purpose of the competition is to build startups. That’s not the purpose at all. In many ways, the competition is an induction into this community….we’re putting people through this very intense, very uncomfortable situation and they come out of it very bonded and very close to one another and that’s why our community is so powerful.”
What have been some of your favorite projects?
“This year one of the semi-finalists was this project called Plumer. It’s A/B testing for dating profiles. It’s a nerd’s dream. I can take A/B testing and apply it to my OKCupid profile? Like, wow, that’s great.”
The hack: 72 hours of road trip and hackathon with a competition upon arrival.
Jon Gottfried, Startup Bus

“A lot of people think that the purpose of the competition is to build startups. That’s not the purpose at all. In many ways, the competition is an induction into this community….we’re putting people through this very intense, very uncomfortable situation and they come out of it very bonded and very close to one another and that’s why our community is so powerful.”

What have been some of your favorite projects?

“This year one of the semi-finalists was this project called Plumer. It’s A/B testing for dating profiles. It’s a nerd’s dream. I can take A/B testing and apply it to my OKCupid profile? Like, wow, that’s great.”

The hack: 72 hours of road trip and hackathon with a competition upon arrival.

Jon Gottfried, Startup Bus

Where did Gitshots come from?
“I don’t have a mirror in my apartment so I was often using my webcam. The other thing that this is useful for is I have a specific haircut that I like but I never know how to explain it and I never remember to take a picture of myself with that haircut so now I can just go back and look.”
The hack: take a picture every time you commit.
Randall Hunt, Gitshots

Where did Gitshots come from?

“I don’t have a mirror in my apartment so I was often using my webcam. The other thing that this is useful for is I have a specific haircut that I like but I never know how to explain it and I never remember to take a picture of myself with that haircut so now I can just go back and look.”

The hack: take a picture every time you commit.

Randall Hunt, Gitshots

“Wouldn’t it be cool if there were a YouTube for languages?… I became very interested in language and I was very upset with the fact that there weren’t a lot of resources for exploring linguistic diversity.”
The hack: a platform to share and explore every language in the world.
Dan Udell, Wikitongues

“Wouldn’t it be cool if there were a YouTube for languages?… I became very interested in language and I was very upset with the fact that there weren’t a lot of resources for exploring linguistic diversity.”

The hack: a platform to share and explore every language in the world.

Dan Udell, Wikitongues

“Being a developer is a really terrible experience and there’s all this crap you have to do like compiling, installing and configuring and you never get to spend time writing code.”
What was the hardest part of building it?
“Spelling.”
The hack: a way to spend less time installing and more time coding. 
David, Zach and Steve, Bowery 

“Being a developer is a really terrible experience and there’s all this crap you have to do like compiling, installing and configuring and you never get to spend time writing code.”

What was the hardest part of building it?

“Spelling.”

The hack: a way to spend less time installing and more time coding.

David, Zach and Steve, Bowery 

"Looking back on my history of how I learned to code, I started making websites because I wanted to generate content and create experiences. I only learned to code as a method to doing something more creative."
The hack: a site where you learn to code by making your own Instagram and Vine filters in Javascript.
Leandra, Terry, Alexandra, Melissa, Ken, VidCode

"Looking back on my history of how I learned to code, I started making websites because I wanted to generate content and create experiences. I only learned to code as a method to doing something more creative."

The hack: a site where you learn to code by making your own Instagram and Vine filters in Javascript.

Leandra, Terry, Alexandra, Melissa, Ken, VidCode

“I was a medical student in Cornell right here on the Upper East Side. While I was working in the hospital, I saw patients who were readmitted who didn’t get care arranged for their follow up the way they needed. That’s how BoardRounds was born.”
Today, most hospitals aren’t able to schedule outpatient follow up appointments. 
The hack: a computer system to change that. 
Benji and Aditya, BoardRounds
Pssst. They’re fundraising.

“I was a medical student in Cornell right here on the Upper East Side. While I was working in the hospital, I saw patients who were readmitted who didn’t get care arranged for their follow up the way they needed. That’s how BoardRounds was born.”

Today, most hospitals aren’t able to schedule outpatient follow up appointments. 

The hack: a computer system to change that. 

Benji and Aditya, BoardRounds

Pssst. They’re fundraising.