Max Greenwald

Associate Product Manager @ Google
Computer Science & Public Policy @ Princeton '17
Founder @ IgniteSTEM
Competitive Endurance Athlete


  1. Google Maps April Fools 2018 I concepted and product managed Google Maps April Fools 2018 - a Where's Waldo scavenger hunt across 5 continents. Users got to play a delightful game while using their favorite product!

  2. Hack-In-A-Box Hackathons are an important type of project based learning that can inspire students to make, build and grow. Hack-In-A-Box is a collaborative effort built by my EdTech non-profit, IgniteSTEM, as a step-by-step DIY toolkit for educators looking to put on hackathons in their schools.

  3. Princeton Senior Thesis The Creepies and The Crawlies: Cross device monitoring in web and mobile apps is a novel analysis of 7,561 websites (automated), 16 websites (manual) and 25 iOS mobile apps (manual) to determine the extent of cross-device tracking from a logged-in Facebook user on their devices. I found 32 third parties taking users' personally identifiable information.

  4. Competitive Endurance Sports I love competitive sports - 1:36 half-marathon, 50 miles in the 24-hour World's Toughest Mudder, climbed Mountain Fuji from the true base (Guide I wrote here), Rugby player for 6+ years and avid backcountry skiier (grew up in Colorado!)

  5. BuzzMe BuzzMe is a wearable devices for Speakers to give them real time feedback from their audiences. BuzzMe was created for Haben Girma, a lawyer, disability rights advocate and public speaker who is deafblind. Girma wanted a device that would allow her to gauge audience engagement and response to public speaking presentations. BuzzMe’s transformations are useful for people who have vision or hearing impairment, but it can also be utilized in a number of other artistic and practical situations to relay information passively. Live demo QandA here Code and hardware instructions here

  6. Verifitas A consumer friendly database of the companies that have been indicted by the Federal Trade Commission for Data Security issues. Take a quick look before entrusting your data with these companies.

  7. Designing Snapchat Geofilters I'm proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop so I decided to finally put that to good use by making snapchat geofilters for friends,family and institutions I'm a part of. Linked are some examples of my custom designs - one for a social house that I belong to called Cottage Club and another for Princeton's big annual concert called Lawn Parties.

  8. Deprecated Coding Projects (1) Swap - iOS app to one tap connect with a new friend on all social media sites. (2) CelebrityMatch - Find your celebrity twin with a neural net facial comparison powered by Wolfram Cloud (3) Text Cottage Meals to find out what is for lunch at the Princeton Dining Halls. Try "Wednesday Dinner" or "what is for sat brunch." A Twilio enabled service and sent to a Heroku web server which uses BeautifulSoup to query an updated Google Spreadsheet!(4) WhoUTalkLike - NLP speech analysis that compares the similarity in your sentence to Jesus, Hodor, Lil Wayne, Sarah Palin, Elmo, Napoloen Dynamite, or Dwight Schrute.

  9. Documentary Filmmaking I have recieved 7 international film awards for two documentaries "I'm Too Young To Buy A Prius" and "Making Molehills Out Of Mountains" (available by request). Here is an example of a documentary film I created - the inspiring story of an ultra-marathoner.

  10. Broke a World Record Forever on my bucket list, I contacted the Guinness Book of World Records and pulled together 437 Princetonians to break the record for the Most Number of People Simultaneously Wolf Howling

Profiles & Musings

  1. Personal Blog on Medium Thoughts and musings on my favorite topics: (1) Macro: Global Trends (2) Micro: Tech, Business & Products (3) Cybersecurity and (4) Life & Travel.

  2. Where’s Waldo? Inside Google Maps - Fast Company A profile on how I wrangled 50 Google coworkers to make a delightful large scale game inside Google Maps as a 23 year old

  3. Dating Apps are Exposing Your Personal Life to Hackers - WIRED Conducted investigative research on the insecurtiy of iOS dating apps profiled in WIRED (I'm the unnamed researcher in the article).

  4. Protect Your Privacy & Security On The Internet - TechCrunchAs a TechCrunch contributer I have written articles about my views on privacy and security and how to keep consumers safe from companies unfairly using users' data.

  5. Project-Based Learning that Ignites Creativity & Collaboration - Huffington Post Profiled by a well known EdTech Journalist on the work I do for my EdTech nonprofit IgniteSTEM.

  6. Funding Your Hackathon - Major League Hacking I gave a speech about how best to acquire funding for hackathons from your university. This speech was presented at Hackcon II, a national conference for Hackathon organizers, in Feb 2015

  7. Hacking On Wolfram Language Blog - Wolfram Inc. A compilation of all things Wolfram Language from the perspective of a hacker. How to get onboarded with the language, funniest and coolest functions, how to make a web app in Wolfram Language among others.