After three months of mashing and hacking, the Korea Mashup Contest 2009 concluded last Saturday in Seoul, Korea. Yahoo! Korea was a major sponsor for the event and yours truly was a judge.
There were over 300 developers and students who took part in the contest with over 90 MashUps submitted ? 31% more than 2008. With so many amazing submissions, it?s wasn?t an easy job to judge. Nonetheless, we managed to settle on 3 exceptional winners:
1. Hitchhikers guide to the Earth
Our first winner certainly lived up to the spirit of the competition. This travel and navigation tool mashes together a total of 5 services! They are:
? Yahoo! (POI, Map)
? flickr (Place, Photo)
? Google (Weather)
? Naver (Book, Cafe)
? Daum (Blog)
On top of this, the great content is wrapped in a beautiful UI. Want to take it offline? No problem-- it can make a PDF guide book on the fly.
2. UIzard ? Easy UIMaker
This WYSIWYG development tool lets you use Yahoo! User Interface (YUI) Library components with simple drag and drop ease. Get an instant preview as you build, and once you?re done editing, just copy and paste the source code. Look for UIzard as an open source project soon in Korea.
3. 2M Virtual Access
Not to be outdone by our first winner, this winning entry ups the ante with 7 services:
? Facebook API
? Facebook Connect
? Second Life Client Open Source
? IBM Second Life Open Sim
? Flickr photo API
? Picasa photo API
? Naver Buzz word API
Imagine combining Facebook?s social directory and Second Life?s 3D game environment. Its most interesting feature is snapshot, which lets you keep a photo album of where you have been with just one click.
It?s always a great experience to meet developers and see their wonderful Mashups, especially since the quality and quantity at the Korea Mashup Contest has increased every year. I look forward to seeing even cooler Mashups next year!
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