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…

  • The UC Berkeley Hack U™ events keep getting better each year! And again, the Computer Science Undergraduate Association (CSUA) did an awesome job of coordinating the event.

    The recent Hack U™ had somewhere close to 200 people starting out, easily filling the workspace and requiring students to find other work areas. The energy was high and the creativity running. Hundreds of pounds of food was consumed, and students were still hungry!

    Thirty-three hacks were demonstrated to the panel of judges. The quality of work was so impressive that the judges also created several honorable mention awards.
    The winning hack was by the team with Rohan Varma and Samvit Ramadurgam. Their hack centered around a face recognition algorithm that employed a combination of machine learning techniques as well as some nifty image filtering. The hack reduced the problem to pattern matching as it matched faces to an existing data set of reasonable size with surprising levels of accuracy.

    From winner Rohan,

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  • Yahoo! conducted a HackU at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras between September 15th and September 18th. The event was as hotly contested as the Chennai weather. Before we get to the meat of it, here are a few highlights:

    1. For the first time, we had two colleges competing for prizes. We had invited 30 students from the College of Engineering, Guindy to take part in the event along with the IIT Madras students. Thanks to IIT-Madras for allowing us to invite CEG and thanks to CEG for responding quickly to our invite.
    2. We had 30+ demos out of about 40 registered hacks, which is a record conversion rate for HackU.
    3. Almost all of the demos were complete and functional with hackers joyously showing off stuff that worked.

    Day 1 - Thursday, 15th September 2011

    The IIT-Madras HackU got off to a perfect start with a healthy and
    traditional lunch at
    Cholayil Sanjeevanam
    (thanks to Sudar for the recommendation).
    The proceedings started off at 5 PM with a quick inauguration from

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  • Last month I wrote about a nifty trick we implemented in Yahoo! Mail to copy an email address using the keyboard shortcut CTRL+C (CMD+C on OSX ) on a selected contact bubble or "Lozenge”. The keyboard shortcut, while useful, was not something that was immediately obvious to users. For the functionality to be widely applicable, it’s important to support familiar UI paradigms that are mouse friendly too. The problem however is that most browsers do not natively support writing to Operating System Clipboard. This means that we had to figure out a way to trigger the copy to clipboard on mouse clicks on UI elements and UI paradigms like custom context menus ( hitting enter on a menu item etc.) I wrote a YUI 3 Node Plugin called gallery-clipboard that is available on YUI 3 Gallery to support this requirement.

    The problem is not new and a while back, a very cool project called Zeroclipboard tackled this problem in a unique way by utilizing the ability of the Flash run-time to write to the

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  • IIT Kanpur, the first institute in India to start Computer Science education, hosted its first Hack U from Aug 18-21, 2011. Our daily trivia Fun-10, now a regular at HackU, provided a thrust to the event. The initial registrations crossed 350 even before we reached the campus. We landed at Kanpur on a hot and humid afternoon to be welcomed by peacocks on the tarmac. This defense airport has one of the smallest terminal buildings that I have seen.

    Thursday, 18th August 2011: The event was inaugurated by Prof.Harish Karnick with an inspiring speech on innovation and the value add that events like HackU bring to the campus. This was followed by Nishad's keynote on trends in internet technologies and computing.

    Hack U - IITK - 19  Aug  (60)

    I started off the tech sessions with an introduction to Hack U, setting the tone for the upcoming sessions. Arnab demonstrated the power of YQL next showing examples of real world use cases.

    Later in the evening we spent over an hour discussing some of the real world issues that

    Read More »from Laddoos, Peacocks and Hacks from Kanpur
  • Flickr Photo Session iPad Chat and Drawing ToolHopefully if you’re reading this blog, you know how much Yahoo! loves the culture of hack at our Open Hack Day and HackU events. But not everyone knows how much hacking we Yahoos actually get to do inside the company. Yahoo! holds quarterly internal Hack Days, where any employee can build on Yahoo! UI libraries, product APIs, and more to develop prototypes for our creative ideas. I recently had the pleasure of winning one of these Hack Days with a photo sharing concept that is now launching as a new product feature for Flickr, called Photo Session.

    The idea came to me after sitting with some friends and looking at pictures together on my new iPad. I thought about how great it would be to bring more of the in-person experience from the old days of physical photo albums to the world of online photo sharing across all kinds of new devices. I wanted to be able to “sit” together with people far away, look at the same thing at the same time, and share my own color commentary on the

    Read More »from From Hack to 72 Million Photo Sharers
  • At the F8 developer conference, Yahoo! unveiled a new feature called Yahoo! News Activity. The feature, on Yahoo! News, represents the first rollout of our global social strategy to build on our leadership of deeply personalized content by adding friends to the mix, guiding you to more interesting content as your new ‘social editors’. The world’s most interesting content and editorial is on Yahoo!, achieved through the right mix of editorial insight and personalized algorithms. The deep integration with Facebook offers an immersive social experience on Yahoo! News so people can discover and connect around the news and information they are enjoying on Yahoo! seamlessly through updates on Facebook.


    But what we think is equally exciting is the under-the-hood technology that powers this experience, and makes the deep tech integration with Facebook possible. Our team of leading developers have built Mixer, a complex, and finely-tuned caching scheme that sits on personalization

    Read More »from Mixer – The Data Service that Powers Yahoo! News Activity
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    10 games you wouldn't believe are made with JavaScript.

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  • Winners of Open Hack All Stars 2011

    Last week in New York City, YDN hosted the first ever Yahoo! Open Hack All Stars.

    We invited the winning teams from Yahoo! Open Hack and HackU events from around the world to come to New York and compete in the 2011 hack finale. Forty hackers from as far as India, Brazil and Romania took part in the event, which took place alongside the Yahoo! Global Partner Summit.

    Up for grabs was the $10,000 prize and the opportunity to present their hack to VCs, CEOs, and other senior executives from Yahoo!, and our partners, who were attending the summit.

    NYC Bus Tour

    We set up a hack room in the Sheraton hotel and kitted it out with everything hackers would need to deliver a great hack in 24 hours, including XBOX and Wii. Each team was assigned a mentor in the form of a talented technical Yahoo!, who could help them with anything they needed along the way. As a special treat, we arranged an open-top bus tour of New York City, which is just spectacular at night!

    Choosing a winner

    As you would expect from a

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