Hacker In Residence (Full Stack Engineer)
May 7, 2014 6:28 AM

Hacker In Residence

We don't need better selfies. We need technology to make the world a better place.

We at Significance Labs believe that technology can help to solve real problems for low income Americans and we are looking for excellent engineers to help us in our mission. Significance Labs is a not-for-profit socially conscious tech incubator in the heart of Brooklyn, focusing on bringing the lean startup methodology to the world of charity.

We are looking for a handful of excellent full stack engineers who want to do more with their talents: take on a project that really matters, something that leverages the power of technology to help make the world a better place. To that end, we are offering a ten week residency, beginning in June, at our office in downtown Brooklyn, working with some of the best people in the business, experts in the field, academics, designers and technologists to tackle some of the real problems of poverty.

You will be working with our fellows, in small teams, developing an app from scratch, with direct feedback from the very communities we are trying to help. This isn't a hackathon where your code gets left in the dustbin sunday night: we are going to be building projects that will continue to make a real difference long after the summer is over.

You are a talented engineer, and could work anywhere: Why join us?

This is an opportunity to build a greenfield project that really matters, something that leverages the power of technology to help make the world a better place. This is your chance to be the CTO of a social enterprise, level up your skills, and work with some of the best people in the business solving some of the most important problems of our time.

This isn't just another gig, nor is it your friend's crazy idea... This is about changing the world for the better.

About You:
* An experienced engineer: you've built things that really work from the ground up, tools and applications that other people use.
* You write quick, concise clean code that is as much of a pleasure to read as it is to run.
* You are comfortable working across the whole technology stack, front to back and everything in between.
* You know when to write tests and when to write experiments and are regularly the most productive member of your team.
* You know that deleting code can be just as powerful as creating it.
* User focused, you expect to iterate on the product in response to what works and what doesn't. Maybe the best user interface for the user are text messages instead of mobile web, maybe we need to build a kiosk.
* You are comfortable across a range of platforms and languages, but are an expert in a few. You like to learn new languages in your free time, and have built a project in a new language just to explore.
* We'd prefer you to be able to come and work with us at our sweet co-working space in Brooklyn, however, if you've successfully worked remotely, please don't hesitate to apply.
* Preferred Languages/Frameworks: Linux/Opensource, Ruby, Python, Javascript, Rails, Sinatra, Django, Flask, Node, Express, Angular, Ember
* Preferred Experience: Mobile web a huge plus, web applications, third party APIs, particularly social and telephony (twilio etc)
* If you aren't in NYC, but have significant experience successfully working remotely, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

What you’ll get:
* Co-Working space in downtown Brooklyn
* Expert engineers, entrepreneurs, UI and UX people as mentors
* Local collegiate interns as dedicated as you
* At the end of the cycle, we will do a demo day with VC’s, foundations, government organizations, etc. to help take the product and team to the next level.
* An honorarium to pay your rent and bills.

To find our more, visit http://significancelabs.org/hackers/

Send an email to hackers@significancelabs.org with your name, resume, as well as a link to a code sample of something that runs and that you are proud of: the next step will be a phone call to find out more about you and to talk about your code.

Can't wait to hear from you!

payscale: Cost of Living Honorarium
job type: full-time
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