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…

  • Ever since I started the job as a full-time evangelist for YDN, people have struggled with the concept and wondered what it really is that I am doing. I've explained the hows and whats of tech evangelism in another presentation that is actually in use in other companies.

    When I went to India for the Open Hack Day last week the office there asked me to give some tech talks whilst I am around and one of the topics was how to explain what Yahoo does to the outside world of developers. This is what I came up with:

    Looking at the catalog of free offers we give to developers I cannot help to think that if these had been available when I started as a developer my career most likely would have moved differently and much faster.

    So with this information comes a plea to people attending our talks, developer evenings and other events: let's talk shop, let's not get lost in product or stock market

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  • Hadoop helps Yahoo! Mail reduce spam for over 300 million people. Mark Risher and Jay Pujara, Yahoo! Mail technologists and spam cops, describe how they are using Hadoop to fight the rising tide of spam.

    Mark and Jay explain how Hadoop makes it possible for Yahoo! Mail to slice through billions of email messages to isolate patterns of spam -- within minutes. They dive into the most common Hadoop implementations, including Streaming and Pig. Want to learn how to harness the power of Hadoop to solve your most impossible, ginormous data problems? Tune in:

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    Produced, directed, & edited by: Ricky Montalvo | Yahoo! Studios

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  • "All the code that's fit to printf( )" - so goes the tagline on the NYTimes.com Open blog. The NYTimes.com developer site is about "open-source technology at The New York Times, written by and primarily for developers." Recently, the "Times" launched the TimesPeople API, which allows you to retrieve TimesPeople data for a particular user, including the user's profile, activities, news feed and network. We sat down with Derek Gottfrid, Senior Software Architect to talk about their first Times Open event today and also learn a little about what the NYTimes is doing in the developer community:

    Produced, directed, & edited by: Ricky Montalvo | Yahoo! Studios

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  • Ben Shneiderman from the University of Maryland, College Park, visited Yahoo! on Monday February 9, 2009, and gave a fabulous talk entitled ?Information Visualization for Knowledge Discovery.?

    A well-known professor in the research community, Ben founded the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and has authored many books and articles on effective human-computer interaction. It is unsurprising, therefore, that his work focuses strongly on how people understand and interact with datasets, and that his focus is on creating tools and applications for domain experts.

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    Illustration used with permission of University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Lab

    Ben emphasized that a deep understanding of human information processing capabilities and propensities can help application designers and developers create tools that help people ?use vision to think." My favorite phrase from his talk: ?discovery takes place between the ears.? In Ben?s view, major conceptual

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  • We updated the Silverlight Developer Center today for Silverlight 2.0. The goal of our update is to cover the basics and provide a reference for common tasks that developers will come across during RIA (rich internet application) development.

    Topics covered: include integration with the browser, access to HTTP web services, and consuming both XML and JSON data. As a bonus, we've got a page on how to get up and running with the Silverlight unit testing framework. As usual, each page contains links to the official documentation and other helpful resources. Code samples are provided in both C# and Visual Basic.

    Tom Hughes Croucher
    Yahoo! Developer Network

  • I'm just recovering from a 30-hour session of giving tech talks and helping hackers to finish their hacks, so bear with me. Open Hack Day Bangalore is over and we had a blast. The plan was easy enough:

    1) Go to Bangalore, India and hire a room
    2) Put wireless up
    3) Give a bunch of tech talks
    4) Let the hackers loose
    5) Help the hackers when they got stuck
    6) Pick winners, thank everybody.

    This matter-of-fact wishlist was easy to pull off but the reality was different: the enthusiasm, the cultural differences, the food, the venue and the thirst of hackers to try something completely new made the Open Hack Day in Bangalore one of my fonder memories.

    Impressions of Open Hack Day India 2009

    I want to thank all the people who organized it, all the hackers that challenged themselves, and me, with very (and I mean very) demanding and interesting questions and problems. I am very much up for coming back for the third installment of the India Open Hack Day, whenever we have it.

    Here's a quick look at some statistics as of this

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  • We're currently sitting here in the main ballroom of the Taj Residency hotel in Bangalore, India, with an hour to go of the 24 hour hacking period. For the last 24 hours, around 150 hackers have had a go at the Yahoo APIs introduced to them in a few hours of tech talks beforehand.

    So far the yield looks very promising: hacks revolving around BOSS and OpenMail seem to prevail, but there's also a large interest in geolocation services and mobile applications using BluePrint.

    When we say open we really mean it - the whole program and all announcements of the hack day are available on a wiki, there are already lots of photos on Flickr and the Twitter world is a-buzz with tweets about the happenings.

    As a speaker and hack helper, I am mostly impressed with the sophistication of some of the hack projects and the openness of the hackers to taking in new ideas and having a go at technologies they haven't worked with before. I've helped many a YUI "virgin" and one of the things that went down

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  • YDN goes to school in Seattle

    Yahoo! evangelists and other developer network crew are heading up to University of Washington in Seattle to serve up a little YDN juice with the usual Hack U menu. We've got two Yahoo! Open Technology Talks scheduled and the developer community outside the campus gates is invited to attend. Both events take place at the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, which looks like a wonderful space for a hack event, even if the sun isn't shining in the Emerald City.

    Someone on the yuiblog wanted to know who is coming. Here goes: The Thursday night talk on February 19 features Yahoo! software engineer and technology evangelist Jon LeBlanc, who works with the Partner Integration group in the Yahoo! Developer Network. If you've spend any time on the YOS forums, you've probably already met him. Jon is a Canadian, born with native geek cred: a camelcase last name.

    On Saturday afternoon, February 21, as part of the HackU demos and closing festivities, JavaScript guru and

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  • It must be Jelly

    Tomorrow, Friday, February 13, Yahoo!'s Buzz Marketing team lends its support to Jelly, a casual coworking initiative (movement?) created by energetic entrepreneur and master of collaboration Amit Gupta, for the second-ever JellyTalk event. This week, author, entrepreneur, and Silicon Valley sage Guy Kawasaki, the man who reinvented the word "evangelist" for the tech industry, will be the speaker at a still undisclosed San Francisco Jelly location!


    What is this Jelly thing? A Jelly is a free, sometimes ad hoc co-working environment, where developers, designers, writers, code warriors, four-hour work-weekers (are there any left?), and all kinds of caffeinated creatives get together to work in a common space that fosters cross-pollination of ideas and practices, and interesting conversation. The concept behind JellyTalks: add a notable speaker, a comfy venue, stream a live webcast, provide live chat, and don't forget to tweet early and often.

    The JellyTalks series launched last

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  • New BOSS Features Announced Today

    The BOSS team announced a handful of new features over on the Yahoo! Search Blog today. Here's a quick summary of what's new:

    SearchMonkey Structured Data
    - BOSS developers can now access structured data marked up with microformats or RDF.

    Expanded Abstracts - BOSS is now making 300 character abstracts available to give developers more data for semantic analysis or longer abstract presentations.

    Site Explorer Data - Inlink and page-level data from Site Explorer can now be accessed via BOSS as well. This data can be used for result reranking and other purposes.

    Open Monetization - The terms of service for BOSS have been changed to allow developers to use third party monetization platforms.

    Pricing - The BOSS team has announced its plans for introducing usage fees at the end of Q2.

    Check out our post on the Yahoo! Search Blog or visit the BOSS section of YDN for more info.

    Graham Mudd
    The BOSS Team

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