Hi, I’m Hilary.
Simply: I make beautiful things with data.
I believe technology should give us superpowers.
I’m currently spending the bulk of my time investigating these superpowers and building new things.
I’m a Data Scientist in Residence at Accel.
After four years as Chief Scientist at bitly, I’m now Scientist Emeritus, advising an amazing team that studies attention on the internet in realtime, doing a mix of research, exploration, and engineering.
I co-founded HackNY, a non-profit that helps talented engineering students find their way into the startup community of creative technologists in New York City.
I’m an enthusiastic member of the larger conspiracy to evolve the emerging discipline of data science.
I’m a native New Yorker and I love this city and the technology community here.
I am an advisor to a few organizations that I adore, including Mortar, knod.es, collective[i], and DataKind. I’m a mentor to Betaspring, the Providence, Rhode Island-based startup accelerator, and TechStars New York.
I’m a member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Technology and Innovation Advisory Council, which has been a fascinating way to learn how government and industry can work together.
I’ve received a few honors this year, like the TechFellows Engineering Leadership award, and was on the Forbes 40 under 40 Ones to Watch list and Crain’s New York 40 under Forty list. I’ve also been in Glamour, Fast Company, Scientific American, and more, which has made my mother very happy.
I like to give talks, and have spoken about how to replace yourself with a very small shell script, on e-mail hacking, machine learning: a love story, and more.