Yahoo! has been hosting internal Hackdays since 2005, and the tradition is very much alive and well, with Hackdays now happening quarterly and including many global offices. We’re especially proud of our most recent Hackday, which was the largest company-wide hackathon ever held.
One of the goals of Hackdays is to drive creativity and innovation within the company and prototype new ideas, some of which become products or features. The Yahoo! Weather app for iOS and Android originated during a Hackday.
While we can’t yet reveal which hack won the Q2 2013 event, we can share some stats:
- Nearly 300 hacks were conceptualized and coded
- Y! Hackers from 16 offices around the world took part. Some teams comprised of hackers on various continents.
- The winning hack was created by a team of developers who’d only been at Yahoo! for three weeks.
This was also the first time that Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) – a global initiative Yahoo! co-founded that promotes hacking for good – officially participated in an internal Hackday.
Congratulations to the winners, whose names will be engraved into a new Hackday Perpetual Trophy to be displayed at Headquarters in Sunnyvale. We’re thrilled to see the spirit of innovation strong at Yahoo!.