The University Hack Day season concluded on November 9th, at Stanford. Here's your wrap-up, courtesy Rasmus Lerdorf, our man on the spot:
Simple ideas implemented well make for the finest hacks, and at Stanford we saw a couple of the best examples. Bring up Apache on an iPhone and use it to stream your music to any stereo with a PC attached. Or take thousands of Flickr photos and resize them to 1x1 thumbnails, and then check the color of each single remaining pixel and use it to build a mosaic based on a source image. Again, conceptually simple, but the visual effect is impressive when you build the mosaic with the larger versions of the images.
Here are your Stanford winners:
- First place: Loren Yu and Mike Fischer, for Flickr Fuse
- Second place: Joel Brandt, Jacob Leverich, and Marcello Basta-Forte, for Go2Pod
- Third place: Nathan Sakunkoo, Patty Sakunkoo, and Phakorn Peerapong, for Friend Cluster
- Honorable mention: Charis Charitis, for Music Searcher
Sorry we don't have any links for these, but as it turned out, all were machine-centric hacks that only ran on local servers.