Hack Day India

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I was at Yahoo! Open Hack Day at Bangalore on Friday and Saturday. 24 hours of hacking, meeting lots of old friends, and sarcasm unlimited. It doesn't get better than this.

  • 2007-10-05 Fri 02:30 PM
    • Arrived at Taj.
    • Registered myself, got the schwag
    • Met Raghu and discussed the presentation he'll be making on Flex
    • Social networking, the offline kind

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  • 2007-10-05 Fri 03:30 PM
    • The presentations start.
    • Joe starts the ceremonies.
    • Chris starts the first talk on what Yahoo can do for you. Yahoo APIs, that is.

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  • 2007-10-05 Fri 05:30 PM
    • On the fly, we three become a team : Pradeep, Raghu and myself.
    • Pradeep and myself know each other from Deep Root Linux projects, after college hours, in PESIT. Raghu and me are colleagues. Pradeep and Raghu met the first time today.
    • We start discussing ideas...
    • WiFi's good

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  • 2007-10-05 Fri 07:00 PM
    • Still discussing...
    • "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." -- Abraham Lincoln
    • Deciding on "Flick Off" - a way of deciding whether to watch the movie or not, a big mashup.

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  • 2007-10-05 Fri 07:37 PM

    • We finally started coding.
    • I'm looking into Yahoo Pipes.
    • We picked up a new phrase - "Don't tase me, bro!"
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    • BeautifulSoup and IMDB...
    • Are we using anything Yahoo??
  • 2007-10-05 Fri 10:01 PM

    • Had dinner, met old friends like Supreeth and Shivashankari and also other Thoughtworkers, etc.
    • Someone was belittling ActionScript/Flash, told them about the Flash on C++ talk and how the Adobean ported Quake 2 to Flash, it knocked his socks off.

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  • 2007-10-05 Fri 10:50 PM
    • Finally gotten somewhere with BeautifulSoup

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  • 2007-10-05 Fri 11:55 PM
    • La la la...
    • Having fun in the IRC channel...
    • "Flick Off" -> "foff" ;-) -> "Foff it, man!" - our new lexicon addition
      • It's a synonym for "let it go" or "oh forget it".

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  • 2007-10-06 Sat 03:13 AM

    • Still awake.
    • Now fetching Yahoo Movies ratings, etc.
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    • We're surprisingly all awake at least the 5 of us i.e. including Tejas and Shreyas
    • I'm done with all the scraping and conversion a.k.a. massaging of the data
    • We just need to pull it all together now.
    • Raghu is mostly done with the UI, RandomWalk looking good now, but he needs real data to try it all out.

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  • Yep, that's right, these photos are at 4.40 AM

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  • 2007-10-06 Sat 05:19 AM

    • Waiting for PKG to pull it all together because me and Raghu are done...
    • He's trying to get my code working in Django but apparently already it's breaking!
  • 2007-10-06 Sat 09:33 AM

    • Had breakfast, lots of laughs.
    • For some strange reason, we seem to be the only ones laughing throughout, everybody else is so serious.
  • 2007-10-06 Sat 11:32 AM

    • Now re-architecting our whole design with 4 hours to go!
    • That's right XML is split up, UI has to change, the whole works
    • Set up a subversion repo finally (yeah, Pradeep, we should've done this before...)
  • 2007-10-06 Sat 12:00 PM

    • Have to work on getting director data.
    • Things are falling into place
    • Raghu is doing some kick-ass UI and Pradeep is getting the website and interaction all working smoothly
    • Raghu is helping people on Flex, I'm helping people on BeautifulSoup, Pradeep is giving career advice to someone, etc.
  • 2007-10-06 Sat 02:16 PM

    • Got working - directors, actors, get_moviedata.
  • 2007-10-06 Sat 03:09 PM

    • Got videos, goofs, pictures working.
    • PKG and Raghu are getting the UI and Django integrated
    • We're using Y! Movies data, IMDB data including profiles and ratings, YouTube, Y! Pipes, etc. Using Django and Python to run the app server and data munging respectively. And Flex for the frontend. The USP is Ely's RandomWalk UI that we are using.

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  • 2007-10-06 Sat 05:03 PM
    • We go downstairs and outside, and decide our presentation. We're cutting down the material to talk so that we can present best in the limited 90 seconds.
      • Active vs passive voice, and all that.
    • We come back and see the hack time is officially over. People were so quiet, that's when I loudly started counting 13-12-11-... and the other 4 started shouting, and soon the whole crowd joined in, and when it was zero, Shreyas shouted Happy New Year at the end of it... Filo must have been amused.
    • Time to get out of the place, finalize our stuff, and come back at 6.30 for the demo presentations to start. Then the party after that. I'm shutting off my machine now...

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  • 2007-10-06 Sat 07:06 PM

    • We did the first presentation!
    • Although there wasn't enough time for my part, we did well.
    • A couple of people told us outside that they were impressed by our hack. That's good enough for us. Most of all, we three had fun hacking.
  • 2007-10-07 Sat 8:45 PM

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  • 2007-10-07 Sat 9:15 PM
    • 'Thermal and a Quarter', India's most famous rock band, start playing.
    • I'm not really into this music and definitely need some rest, so we just exited the building and headed home.

Mash up or Shut up!
-- Yahoo! Hack Day motto


Sunil says:

Fundo stuff, unfortunate to have missed this :-(

your cousin from hell says:

dude...nice write up but your forgot to mention one thing (or did i miss it??)..what did you hack?


Swaroop says:

@Pradeep : Oops, fixed now.

David Filo and Christian Heilman of Hackday India in Bangalore | PodTech.net: Technology and Entertainment Video Network says:

[...] of the participating teams (31 in all) were given 90 seconds to demo their hack before a panel of seven judges. The judges [...]

Pradeep says:

Bro, I cant see the photos in Flickr...

"You don't have permission to view this photo."

Joe Arnold says:

Nice writeup! Thanks for coming to Hack Day India! It sounds like you had fun, I hope we can do it again!

-Joe Arnold