Notes from the first ever community HackDay in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Last weekend, on September 5-6, the first ever HackDay was held in Russia, in St Petersburg.

Yahoo! Yury Lifshits went along. Yury is a Research Scientist for Yahoo! based in California. St Petersburg is his hometown, and he was part of the group that organised this community event. Yahoo! sponsored pizza for the participants.

Russian hackers

Photo credit Leonid Reshetnikov

Around 150 people attended - ranging from developers to project managers to investors. Participants travelled from Moscow, Helsinki, and Ukraine.

There were 12 tutorials offered during the event: Android, Silverlight, IE8, Yandex Maps API, VKontakte API, Git, Amazon Elastic Cloud, Maemo, Grails, Ruby on Rails, iPhone, and Linguistics software.

Eleven prototypes were presented at the end of the event, including classified ads on ATMs, VKontakte app for Android (VKontakte is a popular social network service in the region), train schedules on iPhone, a fashion video/photo/link aggregator, a linguistic analyzer for blogs, an OpenID provider for VKontakte, Lego robot as an “artist,” a travel planner app, and a stategy game for browser.

Russian hackers

Photo credit Leonid Reshetnikov

Russia HackDay logo
There are preliminary plans for HackDays in Moscow, Kiev, Helsinki and a second one in St Petersburg.

Russian speakers among you can find more information at http://hackday.ru

Sophie Davies-Patrick
YDN International