Hack India: Hyderabad — It’s a Wrap!

Hack India: Hyderabad — It’s a Wrap!

The energy at the 6th edition of Yahoo! Hack in India was electrifying as we counted down to the close of hacking at Yahoo! Hack Hyderabad, 2013. Over…

Internal Hackday Produces Record-Breaking 300 Hacks

Internal Hackday Produces Record-Breaking 300 Hacks

Yahoo! has been hosting internal Hackdays since 2005, and the traditio…

Demand is High for Yahoo! Hack India: Hyderabad

Demand is High for Yahoo! Hack India: Hyderabad

Photo credit to Reid Burke Since 2007, YDN has been hosting amazing Ha…

  • Last Friday the Yahoo University hack team (European division) went up to Dundee in Scotland to crown the winners of the third Dundee University hack day. In contrast to the Uni hack program in the US, hacku students in Europe get to deliver a mashup/hack as part of the course curriculum and have more time to deliver something really cool that makes a change in their own lives.

    university hack day dundee 2009

    And deliver they did. All in all the students created twenty-three hacks, most of them working with technologies and APIs never covered in the university before. The judges (Chris Heilmann, Andy Cobley, Ian Pouncey, Dirk Ginader and Neil Crosby) had a hard time choosing the winners but in the end three hacks stood out:

    The main winners

    Main prize: IntelliSearch by Laurence Hole, Chris Brett and Matthew Ross a.k.a. iForward

    Intellisearch is a search interface written in Canvas that allows for fast predictive typing without using a keyboard. Instead the interface builds on the Dasher research of Cambridge

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  • We talked with Greg Elin from the Sunlight Foundation at ETech. The Sunlight Foundation is providing the tools and advice that government needs to embrace the new technologies of communication. Greg tells us about what individual developers can do to help their government be more e-engaged:

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  • At ETech 2009, we met the creators of the Lensley Automatic, "the next generation of photobooth." The Lensley Automatic brings the classic photobooth experience into the 21st century with its sleek "cage-free design, superior optics, and the latest in digital technology."

    We experienced the fun, speed, and amazing quality of the Lensley Automatic firsthand. At the press of a button, the Lensley produced a 4x6" sheet of 4 high quality photos for our team, in less than a minute. Check out this video to learn more about the Lensley Automatic, as described by its creators, Jaime Macías and Leonard Lin:

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  • Apa kabar semua?

    I have some exciting news to share from Yahoo! in Southeast Asia. To start off, my name is Turochas Fuad and I am responsible for the Yahoo! Mobile business in Southeast Asia. To give you all a little background on what?s happening here, last week during a press briefing Pontus Sonnerstedt, senior director and country lead for Indonesia, Yahoo! Southeast Asia, alluded to more focused attention and activities involving third party developers in the country.

    As a part of Yahoo!?s effort and commitment to promote Yahoo!?s open strategy in Indonesia, I?m pleased to announce the official launch of Yahoo! Developer Network (YDN) in Indonesia this week.

    I understand that there are many Indonesian readers on this blog. Being an Indonesian myself, I am particularly excited about the upcoming YDN initiatives that the company have been putting together, as I do believe there are a lot of undiscovered talent within my fellow Indonesians.

    To kick-start YDN in Indonesia, we?re going

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  • State of the Eagle

    Both South by Southwest and my lease are coming up this weekend, which means
    that Fire Eagle is a year old. Last March, we
    started sending out invitations to the Fire Eagle Beta. Since then, we’ve
    worked hard to build out an equal access platform, with both libraries and
    APIs, focusing on getting data and information to external developers and
    determining the best ways to preserve users’ privacy.

    In the meantime, Mozilla Labs released
    Geode, more and more startups are
    incorporating location as a way to improve their users’ experience,
    Google launched
    Latitude, and I have a copy of
    Wired Magazine’s “Inside the GPS
    ” on my desk. User location
    is finally hitting the big-time and is clearly here to stay.

    If you hadn’t already realized this, you should be incorporating user location
    into your applications. Fire Eagle is how. Incorporating Fire Eagle into your
    sites allows you to tap into your users’ locations while benefiting from the
    ecosystem of other developers doing the same

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  • The Yahoo! Search Blog has just posted about how SearchMonkey now allows the embedding of video, documents, and games on the Yahoo! Search results page. Here on the YDN blog, we'd like to highlight a couple of technical notes.

    First, this new program represents a significant new feature for SearchMonkey. Up until now, site owners and developers have had to first get their structured data into the Yahoo! Search index, and then go to the SearchMonkey Developer Tool to create a presentation. With this launch, SearchMonkey is starting to provide default treatments for certain types of data. Yahoo! Search is essentially saying, "Here are some patterns of structured data that we understand and will present in a certain way." If you would like to override our default treatment, you can always use the SearchMonkey developer tool to build a custom presentation.

    Second, when it comes to understanding patterns of structured data, our approach is that There's More Than One Way To Do It. For

    Read More »from Search Monkey Announces Support for Video, Games, and More
  • Travelling from hack day to hack day I keep getting asked the same questions on how to create a "good hack". I've covered my ideas on good hacks in some presentations before but somehow a quick step-by-step tutorial seemed to be needed.

    So I created a small hack at the Georgia Tech University hack day that allows me to find creative commons licensed photos on flickr and a few blogs and collect them in a simple interface called Slidefodder. Here's what it looks like:

    Slide Fodder - find CC licensed photos and funpics for your slides

    You can download the source code of the hack to take a closer look and I've written a long and detailed step-by-step explanation of the hack over on my blog.

    You'll learn in the step by step tutorial:

    • How to retrieve flickr photos by license from flickr using YQL
    • How to get photos from blogs without an API using YQL
    • How to use PHP to pull this information of the web and create a small API to use it
    • How to use YUI to quickly create a progressively enhanced interface

    I hope this will make it easier to come up with own ideas

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  • Cool Mashups from Korea

    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

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  • Our visit to Miami late last month led to a very packed week, with BarCamp, internal meetings and overviews, and of course, the Future of Web Apps (FOWA) conference. There have been a lot of great technology releases coming from Yahoo! lately, and we were there to talk about a few of them.

    First came our 4-hour workshop on Monday, where Dan Theurer took us through an overview of how Yahoo! is open to developers and how users are interacting with Yahoo! as a result of our open strategy. Jonathan Trevor followed this up with a detailed overview of the Yahoo! Query Language (YQL), showing the incredible features coming out of the YQL team at Yahoo!. YQL is a major part of the Yahoo! open stack, exemplifying what "open AT Yahoo!" means for developers. YQL allows developers to define their own tables and build their own data sets that go far beyond the reach of Yahoo!. Check out the Open Data Tables documentation to learn more about this. In the final round, I presented details on how to

    Read More »from YDN Goes to the Future of Web Apps, Miami
  • Mashing up the web is fun to do and it is possible to un-earth relationships and data meaning my applying a new angle which could be as simple as plotting the data on a map.

    The problem we have is finding relevant data as user generated content is very up to date but not necessarily high quality. This kept journalists wary about the whole web2.0 thing for quite a while. However for some the read-write web is an opportunity rather than a bunch of amateurs trying to take away "real" journalists' jobs. The Guardian now puts a massive stake in the ground that shows this.

    The Guardian Open Platform is contains two main items: the Data Store, which is a repository of all the public data gathered by The Guardian for their newspaper analysis pieces and the Content API which is a search over all the Guardian content.

    In essence both of these pieces give you access to all the data that you just read online or in the newspaper and play with it yourself.

    The Content API is a restful API that

    Read More »from Open Platform – The Guardian just made journalism available to fix the UGC web


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