A Weekend of (OpenSocial) Apps

OpenSocial WeekendApps

A weekend of app construction boiled down to the contest this past Sunday night: 10 or so teams competing for prizes such as: one million free banner impressions on the OpenSocial container of the winners' choice, a featured spot in the MySpace Editors' Pick list for the winning MySpace app, tickets to the Google IO conference in May, and gift certificates galore. Beginning Friday, and throughout the weekend, teams of developers met with representatives from the major containers, app-hosting platforms, monetization services, members of the OpenSocial standards body, and Google developers and developer advocates. The result was a collection of well-planned and structured, production-ready, and, in some cases, profitable(!) applications. The competition was tough:

MySpace

Orkut

And the Winners were...

Each winner received free access to the upcoming Google IO conference.

For the visually-inclined:

Day 1

Dave Westwood from Buddy Poke

Dave Westwood from Buddy Poke

Attentive crowd of more than 100 engineers

Attentive crowd of more than 100 engineers

Kevin Marks giving a high-level overview of existing and upcoming OpenSocial features

Kevin Marks giving a high-level overview of existing and upcoming OpenSocial features

Panelists speaking about their experiences with virtual currency

Panelists speaking about their experiences with virtual currency

Day 2

Down to business

Down to business

R U Clubbin 2nite? team at work

R U Clubbin 2nite? team at work

The Bollywood team at work

The Bollywood team at work

Day 3

A collage of WeekendApps

A collage of WeekendApps

Fluffy Puffy Cloud Pets presenting their app

Fluffy Puffy Cloud Pets presenting their app

The winners receiving Google IO passes

The winners receiving Google IO passes

Photo credit: Shirley Lin

WeekendApps was a great event for any developer who wants to launch an OpenSocial application. We had fun, ate well, and learned a lot, while building some great apps. The WeekendApps site describes the event as a hackathon, but it should be noted that the resulting apps were finished, high-quality, functioning applications. If you are an app developer looking for an opportunity to meet a team, make some friends, and build and launch a commercially-viable product, WeekendApps is a great way to spend a weekend.

As part of WeekendApps several Yahoo! engineers built a Fooods app that leverages the Yahoo! Social APIs and FireEagle to provide restaurant item reviews from your social graph. As a result of Fooods, we've gotten to work on a YOS SDK for Python. Stay tuned.

Erik Eldridge, YDN Engineer-Evangelist
Dustin Whittle, Technical Yahoo! and Evangelist