Blog Posts by Saurabh Sahni

  • HackU at IIT Kharagpur: How sweet can it get!

    Hack U

    We just wrapped up another great Hack U at IIT Kharagpur. Yahoos were out there from March 22nd to 25th. HackU kicked off on Thursday evening with an inauguration from Prof. Jayantha Mukhopadhya, IIT Kharagpur - Head, CSE Department. It was then followed by an introduction to hacking and tech talks on YQL, a front-end web primer, YUI, BOSS, geo technologies and PHP over two days.

    Hacking officially began at 9 am on Saturday. Around 100 hackers stayed up all night producing some amazing hacks! Overall 40 ideas were submitted. On Sunday afternoon, Prof. Pabitra Mitra and Prof. Animesh Mukherjee joined us for judging. There were a number of impressive hacks which got our attention.


    The winners

    • YouPlayer by Kaushik, Anjani, Saurabh and Sumit: Play the music you like with YouPlayer. It automatically creates playlists for you based on your likes and interests. Recommended music and videos are played via the Yahoo! web player.


    • RailConnect by Rahul, Subhro, Sanket and Amit: Find
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  • Hackstravaganza at IIT Delhi

    We recently wrapped up another great Hack U™ at IIT Delhi - from Oct 13 - 16, 2011. This was the second time when we were at IIT Delhi for Hack U. Exceeding our expectations, we saw a record breaking participation! More than 300 students from IIT Delhi, IIIT Delhi, DCE and NSIT came in to attend the event.

    Hack U kicked off on Thursday evening with inauguration from Prof. Balakrishnan, IIT Delhi - Deputy director. Shovick Mukherejee, CEO - Yahoo! India R&D, delivered an inspiring keynote address talking about innovation in India and internet industry. The keynote was followed by tech talks on introduction to hacking, YQL, Web primer, Semantic web, YUI, BOSS and Geo technologies.

    IIT Delhi HackU 2011IIT Delhi HackU 2011

    Hacking officially started at 9AM on Saturday. YQL, YUI and BOSS were the favorite Yahoo! technologies amongst the hackers. Around 150 hackers coded through the night to finish their hacks by Sunday morning. 54 hacks were registered! There were a number of impressive hacks which got our attention. Prof.

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  • Open Hack India 4 – Our biggest one yet!

    Open Hack India 2011Open Hack India 2011 - July 30-31Last weekend in Bangalore, Open Hack India smashed all records to become the biggest Open Hack Day ever. More than 650 hackers came in from all across India to hack their way to fame. The event was so popular that we could only accommodate around one third of 2100 hackers that applied to attend.

    Saturday morning started with tech talks on the art of hacking, YQL, YUI, HTML 5, Node.js, BOSS and several other Yahoo! technologies, which led up to the hackathon. JavaScript guru Douglas Crockford, who had come down for the event, was a hacker magnet. Doug presented three talks - Server Sidedness, The JSON Saga and Programming Style & Your Brain. For many developers, hearing him talk was a dream come true.

    Open Hack India 2011Open Hack India 2011

    More than half of the 650 hackers worked all the way through the night to the finishing bell on Sunday afternoon. An amazing 111 hacks were produced, which meant that we had to devise a new judging process to evaluate them all in a timely manner. Judging happened in two phases. In the

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  • YDN at Hadoop India Summit

    On Wednesday Feb 16th, YDN was at the Hadoop India Summit hosted by Yahoo! in Bangalore. There was a great turnout with more than 700 attendees. The summit featured a broad range of talks with speakers from various companies like Yahoo!, Facebook, Amazon, Linkedin, eBay, Informatica, HP, AOL, as well as academia.

    We were there at the YDN booth to show YQL, the query language that makes it easy to retrieve and combine data from across the web. We did a number of interactive demos using the YQL console. Participants were just wowed on seeing how quickly they could mash up data from multiple sources using YQL. We also talked about running server-side javascript on the cloud, and how can one make an API YQL accessible with Open Data Tables.

    YDN at Hadoop India SummitYDN at Hadoop India Summit

    My personal favorite of the day was learning about a very cool use of Hadoop by FlightCaster. FlightCaster predicts flight delays before airline alerts. The prediction is based on a combination of real-time and historical data about weather, flight

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