hackubearbanner295x85Yahoo! wrapped up yet another successful Hack U at Georgia Tech last week. This is the 4th time we have gone to Georgia Tech and as always we were received with a great student turnout. The Hack U team — Jamie Lockwood,Jeremy Hubert, Subramanyan Murali and Simon Tunbridge — spent a week in Atlanta interacting with students and discussing web technologies and best practices. A mix of Hack U veterans and newbies participated in the event with the same level of enthusiasm.
At the end of 24 hours of hacking, 80 students turned up with 35 innovative hacks to demo. We had almost 30 students actively discussing and thrashing out problems all through the night —with coffee, soda and debugging keeping them awake. Students and crew alike enjoyed good snacks, pizza and soda all through event. The following hacks were chosen as winners for Georgia Tech Hack U 2011:
- 1st Place UrbanMusic by Drew Bratcher & John Marshall
- 2nd Place Placemaker ( Greasemonkey User Script ) by Tarun Yadav & Neha Gautam
- 3rd Place Got Luck
- Mobile category winner - Quest Huntr by Ben Olive and Alex Milstead
- Hack for Good - Hack4Gud by Arunabh Verma
For a full list of all the hacks and details on the winners, check the Hack U hack trackr. A personal favorite was the hack titled Stich, that showcased a unique way of sharing Panoramic photos using the Google Maps Street View API.
It was impressive to see the wide range of hack ideas students worked on. Everyone learned something new and tried to explore some new technology. Many students worked on multiple hacks just to learn new things and try out new APIs. Being part of a Hackday is always an awesome experience because we get to see unique problems and innovative solutions. It also shows how versatile the APIs and services can be with unique ways of using them. A big thank you to Robert Swarthout, Brian DeShong and Rene Rodriguez from the Yahoo! Atlanta office, who came to lend a hand. And special thanks to Henry and Charlie, the student volunteers who helped organize the event at Georgia Tech.
Next week, Hack U takes place at UT Austin.