Akiva is a masters student at Columbia University studying computer science with a focus in machine learning. As an undergraduate at Columbia, Akiva worked as president of the Association for Computing Machinery and founder of the Application Development Initiative to make tech entrepreneurship a priority.
Akiva has also worked to involve undergraduates in the NY startup scene. As an organizer of hackNY, Akiva helped bring about NYC’s first NYC-wide intercollegiate, 24 hour hackathon. Together with some friends, his hacking efforts led to the creation of dropioke.com, a music aggregation site that leveraged the power of twitter and drop.io. Akiva received his B.A. from Columbia and is a former intern at Google and NASA.