Last weekend the Young Rewired State event in London, England, a few dozen hackers aged 15-18 years came to Google's office to hack with government data.
The hack day was an extension of the original Rewired State event where the UK government opens up data to hackers to create mashups and do some clever data mining to show what can be done with technology if it is used the hacker way. As with open hack days, the rewired state events are about untethered innovation, which can pave the way for real IT products based on the data provided.
My involvement was to come and mentor the hackers at the event and show them some tricks for how to build mashups. I introduced YUI, especially useful YUI grids for building simple and working interfaces and YQL, for remixing different web services and scraping HTML in a very easy fashion.
One real winner was the easy HTML scraping function I wrote (in PHP). The following allows you to call the function with a URL to get the HTML of a specific web Read More »from Young Rewired State: Letting young hackers show the government the way