Some asshole flying a plane in front of my house at 7 in the morning just woke me up, interrupting my well deserved rest after Yahoo’s 24 hours hackathon. But this post is not about Cessnas spraying chemicals, it’s about one of the best programer oriented events I ever attended. Thank you Yahoo! for making it possible.
I teamed up with my colleague from Vendo Adolfo Abegg and Alex Brausewetter, a former colleague that decided to start his own company called Helpdesk, aimed at delivering the best customer support and ticketing software on the market. Some friendly SEO can’t hurt, right 😉 ?
The hacking event was great, a lot of cool hacks, both software and hardware. Yahoo’s Pipes service was hacked by members of the Romanian Security Team on the stage, while Yahoo’s CTO was watching – awkward. It seems that they got pulled into a “private chat” by Yahoo!’s officials shortly after. Read the whole story here.
Another hack that got my attention was evA-Ziune – a site where you can report small fraud, like not getting receipts, using Foursquare’s API. This will quickly overload their servers 🙂 !
The hardware hacks were also impressive, especially the one called Yahoo! Farm, a table size farm which can tell you how many friends you have online on YMessenger using robotic sheep. Pretty nifty! It won the Hacker’s choice prize! Anyway, all the projects are available here and the winners here. Take a look! There are a lot of cool projects out there!
Our project was mooooody.com, a site which detects your location, queries Yahoo! Weather for that location and plays music accordingly. Although it has no market value – or any other value what so ever – we had fun building it and we got a lot of positive feedback from other attendees. We mashed up a lot of clever hacks and technologies but a project that doesn’t address a real problem and is built around illegally playing copyrighted music from Youtube – a service belonging to Yahoo!’s arch-rival Google – couldn’t possibly impress the jury so we didn’t win anything. Nevertheless, we’re proud of it!
Congratulations to the winners, congratulations to Yahoo! for organizing such an event and congratulations to all attendees for creating such a cool atmosphere.