A ten week residence for highly skilled engineers.

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

Here’s your chance to spend 10 weeks creating that technology by becoming a SolveFor{s} Hacker-In-Residence. You can apply below.

The Challenge

There are millions of people for whom the American Dream is getting more and more elusive, and these people are underserved by technology. Significance Labs brings together tech’s brightest minds to build products for 75 million low income Americans.

150 product leaders and entrepreneurs applied for our inaugural SolveFor{s} Fellowship. Six of them have been selected to lead product teams. Those fellows are not just looking for talented developers but for potential CTOs and co-founders, people who can help them to create a product from scratch, which can truly make someone’s life better.

Between June 9th and August 15, Hackers-In-Residence will work full-time with a fellow to identify and validate an idea, choose a technology stack, prototype and test features and create an MVP which has user-traction. To make that testing easier, we have 200+ users from different backgrounds ready to give feedback. We hope that each project will take on a life of its own after the program ends. It will be up to you and your team to determine a post-program vision.

Who You Are

Potential Project Ideas

You can see more potential ideas here.



We think about getting paid in terms of two important ideas: the “equality clause” and the “single working mom clause”.

The equality clause is that everyone at Significance Labs makes about the same amount of money: founders, fellows, hackers, designers. The exception to the equality clause is that we want to pay the people who we ask to share their lives and experiences with us - including many single moms - the most. To find out more about how we think about money, you can read our blog post about it.


This is a full time engagement, starting immediately through August 15th.

We hope the project you will be working on will have a life of its own after the end of the program. It will be up to you and your team to determine a post-program vision.

We’ll be starting conversations on a rolling basis and will have an answer for you within a week. We know great people have lots of options and will need some time to wind those down, and we can be flexible and creative in helping you with any timeline related questions.

Significance Labs Hackers

Kevin Miller

Kevin loves utilizing the power of technology to solve problems. From teaching High School students Computer Science to engineering backend systems, Kevin enjoys working with a variety of different technologies. Currently on a Node.js stint, Kevin has been the co-founder of a virtual events platform, freelanced as a developer for a color consulting company, and re-engineered the API for a video messaging app. He teaches a class at General Assembly where he helps individuals in non-tech careers transition to the tech/startup scene here in the city. He also teaches Intro to Computer Science under Microsoft’s TEALS program at a HS in Brooklyn. Other passions include snowboarding and music.

Paul Barnes-Hoggett

Paul is an Englishman in New York, all-round technologist and product creator. He is passionate about using technology for social good and eating well. Prior to Significance Labs he was a Principal Software Architect at Adobe Systems, and later built a business selling locally sourced farmers market produce. In his spare time, he is an avid traveller, sailor, and monkey tennis fan

Alexandra Berke

Alex has degrees in Math and Computer Science but only discovered an interest in building for startups after college. Prior to Significance Labs she worked as the Hacker in Residence at Huffpost Labs, where she played around with new languages and technologies and built experimental features.

Christopher Guess

I currently carry two professions on my belt. The first being a high-end iOS/Web Application developer with a deep experience of more than eight years in the field of high-traffic, high-visibility app development. I have had the opportunity to work on applications for extremely well-known media brands as well as small, artisanal, creative based development projects. I have many projects either currently, previously or soon-to-be in the Apple app store, including several which have made top ten and top one hundred most downloaded lists. As a second hat, I am a photojournalist and documentary photographer with a passion for getting to know people and working through a unique angle for photography in situations that are both mundane and exceptional. I have traveled the US and three continents photographing and interviewing people and issues that interest me. I do not enjoy limiting myself, whether it is digital still, video, 35mm black and white, Kodachrome or a Speed Graphic, I choose whichever tool available would best tell the story. For both programming and photography I am currently accepting freelance clients and assignments either in the New York City area. I am available to travel as well after a discussion of requirements and expectations of any potential project.

Scott Tuddenham

I singularly built a successful trading company focusing on trading Commodities and Currency Futures by Designing, Developing Models and coding algorithms that profitably trade the markets. Also building a number of FinTech related projects.

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