Yahoo! Open Hack Taiwan 2012


Taiwan was abuzz this past weekend as YDN and Yahoo! Taiwan kicked off Yahoo! Open Hack with Taiwan's developer community. The two-day event brought developers from Taiwan and other parts of Asia together to engage in two packed days of learning and hacking. Taking place October 20-21, Open Hack Taiwan set a new record for attendance and participation for the event, with 62 teams and 216 developers.

Open Hack Taiwan 2012 Hackers

Starting with a series of technical workshops, Open Hack Taiwan culminated with a non-stop 24-hour coding competition. Developers were encouraged to build their applications across multiple devices with Open Source technologies and tools including Yahoo!’s Mojito API as well as Taipei City Government’s open data API.

Hackers teamed up to turn their ideas into working prototypes in just one day with “mobilization”, “socialization” and “localization” common attributes of many of the hacks at Yahoo! Open Hack Taiwan. There was no shortage of ideas for hacks, and we saw a diverse range of apps for photos, mapping, traffic, gaming, and even KPOP memes. You can check out all the hacks on the Open Hack Taiwan HackTrackr.

Open Hack Taiwan 2012 HackTrackrThe overall winning hack was Y! Meme News by team EXY. Student team Ya!hooK won the second prize as well as the special prize for “the most potential award” sponsored by TMI. This is the first time that Yahoo! Taiwan partnered with Taipei City Government and TMI, a Taiwan-based VC company.

Congratulations to all of the developers who participated in Open Hack Taiwan 2012! You can find photos from the event on our Open Hack Taiwan Flickr set and relive the hacks on HackTrackr. Until next time, ??!