The third annual Open Hack Day hosted by Yahoo kicked off in Bangalore on Saturday, with a record 500-plus young Indian nerds vying to create compelling computer applications using the online media leaders slate of developer tools – all in the space of 24 hours. When the giant digital clocks in the ballroom of the Taj Residency hotel, began the countdown in the late morning, lone hackers and groups of up to four, staked out their favourite corners, laptops drawn and ready, either around the circular tables or on the dozens of bean bags strewn all over the place.
Going by past experience, most of the ideas that bubble up to the surface at awards time, may not be earthshaking commercial opportunities -- but the fillip that Yahoo has given annually to Indian ingenuity is a fallout that cannot be measured rupees and paise alone.
For the first time the event also provides an opportunity for the young developers to interact with Yahoo’s own in house geeks like Chief Scientist Prabhakar Raghavan and Head of Yahoo Research in India, Shouvick Mukherjeewho are sharing their ideas on the future of mobile apps on portable devices and ways to monetize web offerings. Winning entries will be announced at the close of the hackathon, Sunday and we will update this story with the results. Meanwhile hack around the clock guys – and may the best hacks win.
July 24 2010
UPDATE: Link to list of winners posted at Yahoo.co.in: