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…

  • Like the sequel to a good movie, following the box-office hit of Hack U, IIT Delhi, it was time to visit IIT Mumbai, in Bollywood!

    Mumbai is well-known for its computer science engineering department, so we expected a strong response. We were not disappointed. Students registered in large numbers, curious to know about "Yahoo! Hack U."

    There was some initial misconception about the Hack U event. Some thought it they would learn how to crack or hack or break into websites but we explained that hack is about discovering creative new ways to mash up open data from Yahoo! and the rest of the web using Yahoo! tools and web services.

    The Yahoo! Hack U posters were everywhere on the huge campus. We were shocked to learn that the campus is close to a national park, full with wild bison, crocodiles, and wild cats.

    HackU IIT Mumbai attendees
    Photo credit: Subramanyan Murali

    For the first 2 days of the event, Yahoos provided tech talks on various Yahoo! technologies and Yahoo! web services. Rasmus Lerdorf described what

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  • Recently, on our stop-over in Denver for Web Directions North, we drove to Boulder, to talk to the minds behind OneRiot, a social search engine company that finds the "pulse of the web" - the news, videos and products that people are talking about right now. We sat down with technologist Yannis Pavlidis, who implemented BOSS to compliment OneRiot's social search with traditional search features from Yahoo!:

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  • I'm sitting in a small cafe in Breckenridge, Colorado waiting for the rest of the conference attendees of Web Directions North to come back from the slopes so I can get some more networking in. The last 5 days had about 150 attendees -- a generous number of illustrious speakers talking about all things web development in an hotel in downtown Denver, overlooking the city from the 37th floor.

    Web Directions North was a well-designed conference: first there was a mix of presentations and workshops, but more importantly, one of the workshops on Day 1 was dedicated to bringing the good ideas and practices we follow in the web development industry to educators.

    Ed Directions brought in educators from universities and high schools to listen to the ideas of the WaSP education task force, get introduced to the Opera Web Standards Curriculum, ask questions about web technologies, and get answers from subject-area experts.

    Sadly, I missed the first day, when London ground to a standstill

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  • Question: Do you know what the biggest developer contest in Korea is? Answer: The Korea MashUp Contest.

    The Korea MashUp Contest 2009 is a three-month long competition. Major internet corporations sponsor the event, including Yahoo! Korea.

    As part of the ongoing program of events associated with the competition, over 30 developers participated in the Yahoo! MashUp camp held last week at Yahoo!'s office in Seoul, Korea. MashUp camp consisted of technical presentations, step-by-step tutorials, and practical coding missions.

    Korean developers at MashUp camp
    Photo credit: Jinho Jung

    We enjoyed Yahoo! Pipes, Korea's local Gugi Map API and YUI Library sessions all day long.

    Although some developers met Yahoo! Pipes for the first time at our camp, they became familiar with it in less than an hour.

    Korean developers discover the joys of Yahoo! Pipes
    Photo credit: Jinho Jung

    It's always exciting for the Yahoo! Korea team to meet passionate developers and university students full of curiosity. I had a very worthwhile time at Yahoo!'s mashup event and I presented the

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  • The second in our series of quick, candid conversations with some of Yahoo!'s most interesting developers, designers, and evangelists -- a chat with Vik Singh from the Yahoo! Search BOSS team.

    Vik talks extensively about the birth and launch of BOSS, Yahoo!'s game-changing open search service, and how it's enabling innovation and extending the marketplace for search. Want to get a feel for what developers are doing with BOSS or increase awareness of the BOSS work you're doing? Vik recommends bookmarking your project or mashup in delicious with the tag bossmashup.

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  • #geomob London

    Last Thursday night I went to #geomob, the mobile developer's meetup in London. These events have been running for some time in San Francisco, but this was only the second one here in the UK.

    The event is already growing - the number of speakers had doubled since the inaugural meeting in late 2008. Many people I spoke to agreed that this reflects the rapid adoption of geolocation: we've moved very quickly from location as a new thing to location as a must-have for emerging web and mobile applications.

    Chris Osborne (@osbornec) kicks off #geomob
    Photo credit: Gary Gale

    There were 4 interesting presenters. The event was organised by Yahoo! Geo Technologies and you can read more about the event on their blog.

    I learnt that there are 13,000 satellites orbiting the earth. On the visualisation shown by Google Earth, the satellites appear as a giant haze around our planet.

    From the redoutable Alfie Dennen, we heard about an online/offline treasure hunt and the world's largest work of art taking place across the British Isles.

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  • It's that time of the year again, the spring conference season, and I've got a full schedule of appearances on tap for the next few months. Here's a quick rundown:

    When? Where?
    February 5-8
    (that's next week!)

    Vancouver: At Interaction 09, I'll be teaching a design patterns workshop with fellow Yahoo Lucas Pettinati and former Yahoo (and founder of the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library) Erin Malone from Tangible UX. This is the shorter, half-day version of our workshop. It's not too late to sign up!
    March 2-4

    Dallas: At the 18th conference of JA-SIG (an organization of open source communities working in higher education), I'll be giving a keynote called User Experience is Everybody's Business. It's at 8:30 am on Tuesday, so don't stay out too late Monday night if you want to catch it.
    March 18-22

    Memphis: At the IA Summit, I'll be teaching two workshops and giving a presentation. On Wednesday, March 18, Lucas, Erin and I will be teaching our full-day patterns workshop. People seemed to
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  • We're right now here in Delhi, India, at IIT University to bring hack magic to the students of IIT. This sounds very corny but fact of the matter is that we've been greeted by a massive amount of huge signs announcing the university hack day sporting the little Hack-U wizard - so let's just roll with it:

    Delhi University Hack Day

    For the last two days, we've introduced the students to hacking, Yahoo! web services, and the technologies used to build hacks. We covered BluePrint, BOSS, the YUI, YQL and Rasmus Lerdorf went through his veritable box of tricks how to retrieve, mix, and use the data in these using PHP.

    My presentations covered the basics of hacking: I explained how every student can be an innovator as long as they believe in their idea and find the right people to make it happen together. My slides are available on SlideShare:

    The second presentation covered the YUI and showed how easy it is to

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  • Quick, candid conversations with some of Yahoo!'s most interesting developers, designers, and evangelists about their passions, experiences, and, of course, about their work at Yahoo!.

    For our first lightning talk, we sit down with Ted Drake, a Yahoo! developer who resides in Paris, France. Ted has worked on some of Yahoo!'s top properties such as Yahoo! Finance. Ted is also a "foodie" and has started a side project, Insider Food, which is powered by Yahoo!'s BOSS.

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  • Leonardo da Vinci: Hacker

    Here at Yahoo, a bunch of us get together every week for Hack Lunch, where Yahoo developers and their friends show off hacks and ongoing projects, talk about new Yahoo technologies, and just hang out. Last week for the first Hack Lunch of 2009 we went to visit the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at The Tech Museum of Innovation in downtown San Jose.

    The exhibit is incredibly thorough, spanning Leonardo's life as apprentice of Verrocchio to his death allegedly in the arms of King François I. Large and small scale working models of Leonardo's designs are scattered throughout the exhibit, as well as detailed drawings and diagrams showing his interest in anatomy (which was quite heretical at the time) and engineering. Among the many pieces, which take a couple hours to walk through, you'll find a couple models of Leonardo's flying machines, a piece on his Vitruvian Man, and a large section deconstructing the Last Supper painting that would make Dan Brown proud.


    Sforza horse-sized footsteps.

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