Thanks to these hackers for sending fun photos and personal quotes.
Abed, Lebanon (mentor) “When you see a wall, I see a door.”
Agoun, Algeria Was a boy scout. Now loves Java and and science.
Ahmed, Cairo “Attending school in the UK and “getting things done.”
Ahmed Mahmoud, Alexandria “My nickname is AFROTO.” Good at football, billiards, and table tennis.
Alaa, Palestine. Likes to organize tech events. “I once slept overnight at the LA airport.”
Andrej, Slovaki Good at backend development, Python, C++, and Django.
Angela, USA Outdoor enthusiast. Childhood dream was to be a mathematician.
Anna-Liisa, UK Structured thinker and avid traveller by foot, boat or bike. “I recycle, upcycle, and compost!”
Areg, Armenia Excels at algorithms, game theory and coding.
Ayah, Palestine (mentor) Likes to blog and volunteer. “I have never eaten a hamburger!”
Ayman, Palestine (mentor) Joining another startup. Creative and quick to catch on.
Baraa, Palestine I’m “simple but tough.” Excels at web design and making apps.
Bernat, Andorra Loves mountains and cooking. Believes “reading is the answer.”
Brooke, NYUAD via USA “I take photos, no one knows I’m fluent in gibberish…I can’t wait to create!”
Calvin, USA “I get the bigger picture.” Loves coffee shops and political science.
Dora, NYUAD via Hungary “I’m good at exploring new places—my name obliges me.
Fahad, Saudi Arabia Enjoys family time and excels at web design.
Fatma, Algeria “I am an opportunist.” Likes open source technologies.
Hammam, Palestine Systems analyst. Went to high school far away from family.
Hussam, UAE via Syria “Twitter is my weapon of choice.” Social butterfly, likes skating.
Hiba, Tunisia Wrote her first line of code at age 11. “If I wasn’t a girl, I’d be a fish.”
Houssem, Tunisia Loves apps, football and films.
Jihed, Tunisia “Friends call me JiJi.” Forgets to eat when absorbed in code.
Joe Jean, NYUAD via Haiti Likes to read self-help books and hang out with friends.
Julia, USA (mentor) Quick thinker. Driven by data. “I have a pet mouse named Coconut.”
Kartik, India Good at entrepreneurship and badminton.
Ken, USA Has mentored a winning team at Hackathon.
Kong, NY, USA Has “giant collection of fountain pens and vintage ink.” Enjoys modern day treasure hunts known as geocaching.
Leanne, UAE Enjoys programming, web design, reading, and (few people know this), rapping.
Lidia, Mexico City “Hard work is the key to success.” Loves singing, piano, and news.
Marc, Lebanon “I love to party.” And programming. And sports.
Mark, NYUAD via Russia Likes crêpes and playing guitar.
Meriem, Algeria Loves horses, books, and video games.
Melhaoui, Morocco Problem solver extraordinaire. Wonders, “Maybe I used to be an athlete?”
Mohamed, USA via Canada (mentor) “I failed at programming in university” because of a passion for reverse engineering.
Mikhail, Russia Loves tennis and snowboarding.
Nesrine, Tunisia Develops mobile and web apps.
Nicole, NYUAD via USA (mentor) “My first program was on a calculator in 2009.”
Nyokabi, Kenya (mentor) “I volunteer with youth in the slums of Nairobi. They keep me grounded.” Also likes research and techie stuff.
Pranav, MD, USA Daredevil and “high school pie eating champion.”
Rihab, Algeria Studies physics and applied computer science. “I believe in magic!”
Sahli, Tunisia Enjoys developing multiplatform apps.
Saif, Pakistan Good at vision processing, data mining, and robotics.
Salma, Morocco Good at machine learning and computer vision.
Sama, Iraq Enjoys design, web development, and aquatic sports.
Sashko, USA Graduated MIT. No one knows “I love hip hop dance classes.”
Stephen, USA (mentor) Good at UX, typography, animation, and graphic design.
Wafa, Algeria Junior mobile developer and teaches computer science. “Charity is my first and last aim in life.”
Yassine, Morocco (mentor) Loves mobile apps and UX. Sets goals and sticks to them.