About hack/reduce

Our mission is to help Boston create the talent and the technologies that will shape our future in a big data-driven economy. At hack/reduce you’ll get access to our large-scale compute cluster, hands-on workshops, and a physical space in the heart of Kendall Square.

hack/reduce is a non-profit established in partnership with the State of Massachusetts, a number of local and global firms committed to innovation, and in collaboration with MIT, Harvard, Bentley and other local universities. Working closely with our partners and the community, we’ll bring developers, data scientists and domain experts across disciplines together to create the next generation of Big Data technologies and applications.

Board of Directors

Frederic Lalonde – Frederic Lalonde is the founder and CEO of Hopper. Previously, Fred was a vice president at Expedia, running product planning for Hotels and Packages for Expedia.com. Prior to Expedia, Fred co-founded Newtrade Technologies, which grew to become one of the world’s largest connectivity platforms for the hospitality market after it was acquired by Expedia in 2002. Fred also sits on the board of directors of MakeMyTrip, India’s leading online travel company.


Christopher Lynch – Chris Lynch is a partner at Atlas Venture, focusing on Big Data technologies and business models.  Chris is a serial entrepreneur and was most recently SVP & GM of HP’s Data Analytics Business Unit, after the acquisition of Vertica Systems where he was CEO. He has been at the forefront of market tsunamis for the last 25 years, most recently Big Data, and specializes in bringing highly disruptive technologies to market. Chris’ resume includes executive leadership positions at Arrowpoint, Cisco, Acopia Networks, F5 Networks, Vertica Systems, and Hewlett Packard.


Cort Johnson – Executive Director of hack/reduce

Cort Johnson is a venture partner with Atlas.  Prior to joining Atlas in 2014, he co-founded Terrible Labs, Boston’s premiere web and mobile product development company.  While at Terrible Labs, he also co-founded TicketZen, a mobile, parking ticket payment provider.  Before that, he took the Boston start up scene by storm through DartBoston, and as a committee member of Dave Balter’s Tech Prom.

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Shanan Kumar – Project Manager

Shanan Kumar is a senior at Tufts University double-majoring in Economics and Psychology. She is spearheading the hack/reduce campus ambassador program at the universities in and around Boston. Prior to hack/reduce, she interned at Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) working on the Massachusetts Big Data Initiative. 

Will Preap – Community Outreach and Development

Will Preap is the Head of Business Development and Strategy at Breather and works out of Boston, MA.  His role at hack/reduce is to develop, lead, and manage the community outreach initiatives in Greater Boston.  Prior to hack/reduce, he has had various roles in consulting and finance.