Some weeks ago, my colleague, the amazing, globe-trotting Sophie Major, who heads up YDN International, asked me to do a post about hack days at Yahoo!. We wanted to share some thoughts about the concept of an "Open Hack" event as tool for collaborative web development, and to raise awareness of London Open Hack 2009, a Yahoo! hack day weekend that takes place tomorrow and runs through Sunday. You may have seen our our Open Hack mascots. They've been spotted now on several continents:
Photo credit: Jinho.Jung on flickr
Today, here I am, a jetlagged, wide-eyed Yankee in London, ready to experience Open Hack London 2009, writing a blogpost that's long overdue. Honestly, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather spend Mother's Day weekend. I'll be covering the scene, watching hackers present "appropriate applications of ingenuity" -- feats of coding that happen over a 24-hour period, often accompanied by vast quantities of pizza and beer, followed by snacks and caffeinated beverages (or sometimes sausage and mash). Developers from the UK and beyond will come to Congress Centre, Covent Garden, to explore Yahoo!'s tools and open platforms.
Day 1 consists of talks and sessions, followed by entertainment and a marathon night of coding. Coders will be able to spend time with the Yahoo! developers who wrote the APIs, libraries, SDKs, and services that can serve as the building blocks for their interesting applications -- clever things that are built to scratch an itch, test an idea, steal attention, impress the judges (and the audience). On Sunday, Day 2, hackers will have a chance to present their handiwork. I can't wait to see what's created and what happens along the way.
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