New York—June 18, 2013—10gen, the MongoDB company, today pledged a contribution of $75,000 over the next three years to hackNY, a non-profit aiming to create and empower a community of student-technologists.
hackNY Fellows have participated in 10gen’s summer Fellows program since the non-profit’s inception three summers ago. Three former Fellows have joined the company as full-time employees.
hackNY hackathons draw students from top universities to collaborate on creative coding challenges. In addition to demoing MongoDB and mentoring students, 10gen offers travel grants and sponsors transportation for participants outside of the New York area.
“Programs like hackNY are important because they provide students with crucial hands-on experience and help companies like 10gen find and recruit top talent,” said Eliot Horowitz, CTO and co-founder at 10gen. “hackNY Fellows are some of the nation’s most talented and creative students. It is exciting to work with interns who could be responsible for the next technology innovation and to help them reach their full potential.”
“10gen has been a strong and continued supporter of the hackNY mission, hosting Fellows every year since we started in 2010,” said Christopher Wiggins, Co-founder of hackNY. “And MongoDB is consistently the top choice for students at the hackathons.”
Adds fellow hackNY Co-founder Evan Korth, “We're very happy to continue working with the 10gen team to build a dynamic and sustainable tech community here in New York.”
The first installment of the $75,000 will be presented at MongoNYC, the annual one-day event dedicated to MongoDB. This year’s event at the Marriott Marquis will welcome over a thousand attendees and feature a keynote address from New York City Deputy Mayor Robert Steel.
Deputy Mayor Steel will discuss Mayor Bloomberg’s efforts to transform New York City into a center for technology and innovation. This includes doubling the number of engineering graduate students and faculty in NYC through Applied Sciences NYC, expanding computer science education opportunities to thousands of students in City middle schools and high schools, and rolling out a marketing campaign called “Made in NY.”
“10gen’s job creation and growth in NYC is further proof of the City’s emergence as a hub for technology and innovation,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “Expansion of computer science education opportunities to prepare our students for the jobs of the future is a top priority, and we commend 10gen for their support of hackNY.”
MongoDB is the open-source document database popular among developers and IT professionals due to its agile and scalable approach. As one of the most popular new technologies, MongoDB has more than 4 million downloads, 50,000 Online Education registrations, 15,000 MongoDB User Group (MUG) members and 10,000 attendees at MongoDB global events in 2012.
10gen is the company behind MongoDB, the leading NoSQL database. 10gen is reinventing data management and powering big data with software and services designed for how we write and run applications today. MongoDB empowers organizations to be more agile and scalable while enabling new types of applications, improving customer experience, accelerating time to market and reducing costs. 10gen has 600 commercial customers including many of the world’s leading brands. MongoDB has a thriving global community with 4 million downloads, 50,000 Online Education registrations and 15,000 MongoDB User Group (MUG) members. To learn more, please visit www.10gen.com.
The hackNY mission is ‘to federate the next generation of hackers for the New York innovation community.’ Co-organized by faculty from NYU and Columbia, and with a board of advisors which includes educators, technologists, and entrepreneurs, hackNY has since February 2010 organized the hackNY Fellows program and hackNY student ‘hackathons’ during the school year in order to create and empower a community of student-technologists.