Ian Jennings prototypes, engineers, and launches products for creators. Currently working at PubNub, he previously co-founded hackathon organization platform Hacker League (acquired by Intel). Ian has also founded and operates DevPort, a portfolio platform for developers.
He has authored multiple software products including PubNub ChatEngine, a framework for building chat applications, and Project EON, a library for creating real-time maps and charts. Previously Ian has worked with Facebook, Wordpress, ESPN, Bitly, and Hype Machine. He has shipped products on platforms like Google Glass, Spotify, Chrome Web Store, Desktop (Electron), iPhone, and Android. Ian has a membership at ATX Hackerspace and volunteers at the Thinkery, a children's STEM museum.
The L Magazine
"Most of us are lucky if we can even afford to buy the latest techno-gadget. But Williamsburg-based hacker Ian Jennings is actually the one inventing them. He cofounded (along with fellow Rutgers students Mike Swift and Abe Stanway) Hacker League, a site devoted to simplifying the organization of intensely collaborative tech events known as "hackathons." Jennings recently pretty much guaranteed that he'll always be able to keep himself stocked up on techno-gadgets with the sale of Hacker League to Intel's Mashery subdivision for the price of more than a few PCs. But he's not done. In fact, his latest invention, Mote.io, is a remote that connects your web browser with various music platforms like Pandora, Youtube, and Rdio, and has gotten raves on tech sites like GigaOM; he’s also in the midst of developing the Reddit app for the uber-hyped tech accessory Google Glass. So when Brooklyn is in dire need of a Marty Markowitz hologram? We'll know just who to call."
"When he’s in front of people, Ian Jennings, the 20-year-old hacker from New Brunswick, stands over his laptop like a DJ at a club, feet planted far apart and further out than they need to be, back hunched, arms stretched out. He talks fast and has piercings in both ears and in his lip. His pointy black hair looks like that of an anime character, and the straight-brimmed black hat that sits carefully askew on top of his head does not come off."
Major League Hacking
Founder, Small Teams, Startups
Hacking and Hackathons
Streaming and real-time
Austin, TX · February 2018 – Present
Austin, TX · October 2013 – February 2018
Front End Developer
Brooklyn, NY · February 2012 – June 2013
Hacker League (Acquired)
New Brunswick, NJ · September 2011 – December 2013
New Brunswick, NJ · 2005 – 2013
Austin, TX · 2013 – Present
Austin, TX · 2016 – 2018
User Interface Engineer (Intern)
Menlo Park, CA · June 2011 – September 2011
HackNY Fellow and Intern
New York, NY · June 2010 – September 2010
BS in Information Technology and Informatics
New Brunswick, NJ · September 2008 – May 2012