I'm an 18-year-old developer, designer, and photographer
from Seattle, WA who is passionate about technology for social change.


"Fixing Politics" talk at Ignite Seattle 2014

"Greenhouse: Political Transparency in the Digital Age" blog post for Stanford CodeX

Washington Post: "Not old enough to vote, 16-year-old builds money-in-politics plug-in"

VICE: "This Kid Made an App That Exposes Sellout Politicians" (shared 103,000+ times)

Le Huffington Post: "Politiciens corrompus : un ado invente l'application qui les démasque" "El adolescente de 16 años que quiere acabar con el poder del dinero en la política"

"شاب في 16 من عمره يبرمج تطبيقا يسمح بكشف تلاعبات السياسيين"

Digital Life: "Ο 16χρονος που βρήκε τον τρόπο να "ξεμπροστιάσει" τους πολιτικούς με ένα... app που δημιούργησε"



My Creations:


A free browser extension for Chrome Firefox, and Safari that exposes the role money plays in Congress. Displays on any web page detailed campaign contribution data for every Senator and Representative, including total amount received and breakdown by industry and by size of donation. Puts vital data where it’s most relevant so you can discover the real impact of money on our political system. See the website here.


Recognizing growth in online social movements, with hashtags like "#jesuischarlie" and "#blacklivesmatter", I created a tool that lets you badge your social media profiles with the causes you support (at MHacks V). It lets you easily show your friends what you care about. Simply sign in with Facebook, choose the causes or hashtags you support, and they'll be overlayed on top of your cover or profile photo. See and use Megaphone here.


Top-10 finalist at MHacks IV. A free browser extension for Chrome and Safari that lets you read the news faster without leaving the page you’re on. Quink displays a short summary of linked pages/articles on mouse hover using a natural language processing API. A truly integrated browsing experience, complete with easy social sharing. See the website here.


YouthCorp is a global network of youth-run companies, initiatives, nonprofits, and projects. We focus on one global issue annually and organize our collective resources to fight that issue. We seek to build a better and more connected world through conferences, calls, and global movements. We connect through a variety of platforms and encourage youth from all nations to work together to build a better world. See the website (I created) here.


Winnow is a personal link aggregator. It takes sites like Reddit, Product Hunt, and Hacker News, and makes them more personal. Users can create an account, and add meaningful articles to a "profile" page along with short opinions. Created in 24 hours at HackGenY. See my Winnow profile here. Create your own profile here.

I'm Nicholas Rubin, an 18-year-old high school senior from Seattle who is passionate about technology and social change. I’m a coder who works to apply my skills on projects that have big impact. The Internet is a huge force and opportunity to drive change, and I strive to take advantage of that in all of my work.


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