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Kings and Queens of the Internet Age: A Night Out at the Webutante Ball

Among the webutantes.

“I was going to wear black, because that seemed like the New York thing to do,” confessed Callie Schweitzer, Webutante Ball Queen nominee and Vox Media’s director of marketing and communications, yelling to be heard over the music at Marquee last Thursday. “And then I was like, you know what? This is the Internet. Everyone is going to be wearing the craziest things. I should wear hot pink.”

Everyone did indeed wear the craziest things, though two getups in particular stuck out: matching head-to-toe solid-color suits, in red and blue, complete with fedoras. Read More

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The Winners from HackNY’s Biggest Hackathon Ever and the Debut of the Hacker League

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There were a few factors that made hackNY’s fourth intercollegiate hackathon the one to beat.

First, the much-loved local fellowship program got ambassadors from the likes of Pivotal Labs, Foursquare, Code Academy, Twilio and Google (“But I’m not here officially,” said the rep who shall not be named) to hold office hours during the hackathon. They were on hand to help bleary-eyed hackers running on empty RedBull with the finer points of MongoDB and JavaScript. Then we heard 10gen, Kevin Ryan’s most promising investment, was sponsoring buses to pick up coders all the way from schools like RISD, Carnegie Mellon, and UPenn. But the real clincher was that the hackathon was organized using the Hacker League, which was itself a hack cobbled together last week by three students from Rutgers who skipped class to get it ready in time.

In the first hour alone, we learned about a stealth New York startup with some big name clients and an upcoming Turntable.fm party. Add in some humorous contestants (“It’s its like Chatroulette, but without the dicks!” was one memorable tagline) and some familiar judges (David Tisch, Chris Dixon, Charlie O’Donnell, Khoi Vinh) and it made Betabeat wish we’d stayed up all night too. Well, not really, but close enough.

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