HackMTL Second Edition = HackMTL#2

 

HackMTL#2 is “LOCAL+SOCIAL” — a theme, we will post more on next week. We have aligned many of the APIs with LOCAL and SOCIAL flavour, from email to search to music to transit schedules, you have all you need to make your apps “local in flavour” and “social by design”. Stay tuned next week.

 


LOCAL+SOCIAL hack

presented by HackDays with

YellowAPI and ContextIO

 

YellowAPI.comcontext.io

 

We just wrapped up HackVan and HackTO#2 in the last two months and are now 4 short weeks away from HackMTL#2. In just under a month we are having the mother of all hacks in Montreal — there will be tons of prizes, a cool venue, amazing tech rock stars and of course YOU — yeah you! YOU as in reading this post. YOU as in signing up right now and bringing your skills to the hack.

Each and every hack, we have been blown away by the support of the community, and HackMTL#2 will be no different. We have tried very hard to bring as much local flavour to the event as possible and are excited to have 5 Montreal APIs, 3 from Toronto and even 2 USA-based APIs sponsoring the event. We also have the comittment of Cossette, offering up a killer downtown venue. Finally, we are pleased to have the support of then Open Data communities in Montreal with Montreal Ouvert and Open North along with some amazing public data sets from the STL, STM, Bixi, Communauto and Ville de Montreal.

So, we are back with the second edition of HackMTL and this one promises to be bigger than our first HackMTL where we had 50 developers. We have an awesome line up of APIs, developers, sponsors and support from our tech, startup and open data communities and can’t wait for June 9th.

 

Event details:

  • Who: Everyone! hackers, coders, architects, designers, dreamers…
  • What: HackMTL#2. An all day hackathon
  • When: Saturday June 9th, 2012 from 9 AM to 8 PM
  • Where: Cossette HQ, 2100 Drummond, Montréal, QC, H3G 1X1
  • Registration is now open. So grab a ticket and plot your world domination!

This time around we are opening up tickets as well for the evening presentations, so if you are not interested in building an app and hacking away with us, you can still drop by and check out the awesome applications built and meet your dev community.

We will be keeping the same crazy schedule as our previous hackathons , with pretty much the same set up. There will be:

  • Awesome APIs and developers who will be supporting the APIs you will be working with
  • API introductions, presentations and workshops for you get up to speed on the APIs you will be working with
  • Food and drink all day long – you won’t have to worry about a thing!
  • Fantastic prizes from our sponsors, API providers and start-ups
  • Amazing opportunity for you to meet your startup community and other talented developers

 

SCHEDULE

  • 9:00 – Breakfast and intros: Meet your HackDays organizers & all the developers, get acquainted with the space
  • 9:30 – API presentations: learn about the APIs available. Each API provider will have 5 minutes to introduce their API, discuss its salient features and get you excited about using it.
  • 10:15 – Open Planning: come up with hacking idea and build a team. This is a white board exercise: if you have an idea that you would like to work on, just put its name down on the white board; if you are looking to build a team, identify yourself to other developers with the skill sets that you need. If you are looking for ideas, identify yourself to other developers as well.
  • 10:30 – Hacking setup and start. You claim a little spot with your team or by yourself and start working on your project. All the API providers will be available the entire day to provide support.
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 1:00 – Continue hacking – help yourself to all the snacks you need!
  • 5:30 – Application presentation – 3 minutes for each presenter! Beers!
  • 7:00 – Judging and prizes
  • 7:30 – After party celebration at a nearby pub (to be announced!

Would you like to help us make this hackathon the best Montreal hackathon ever? Get involved!

We are looking for:

  • People: we are looking for all those who are digitally savvy, whether a coder, a designer, a marketer or good with biz models, we are looking for all manner of hacker and entrepreneur
  • APIs: does your company have an awesome API? Tell us about it, and let’s get you on board
  • Sponsorships: nothing would be possible without the awesome support of our community and our sponsors. You can help us by becoming a sponsor for the hackathon or the pre or post hackathon party. We would love to speak with you about sponsorships, so please get in touch!
  • Volunteers: can’t code but want to help, reach out and get in touch, register, some and support the community

Getting in touch: Got an idea to discuss? A suggestion? Would like to see a particular API included? Drop us a note!

 

PRIZES

There will be tons of prizes at HackMTL#2. First we will have the HackDays official prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. And we want to remind all hackers that to be eligible to win these prizes we are looking for NEW and ORIGINAL ideas, not the same ones from past hacks.  We will be doing a blog post in the coming days highlighting some of the amazing things built over the last two years, so be creative.

Official HackMTL#2 Prizes:

  • First place: $1,000
  • Second place: $750
  • Third place: $500
Un-official HackMTL#2 prizes:
  • Open Data: $300 (best use of MTL-based open data set)

For HackMTL#2, we will be introducing company sponsored prizes. These will be prizes for the best use of a company’s specific API. Stay tuned for our announcement in the coming days! Some of the prizes in the past have been CN Tower Edge Walk, a ride in a Piper Cub stunt plane, annual subscriptions to GitHub and of course all the Apple gift cards you can win!

 

Thank You to our Sponsors

We would like to thank our first (and repeat) sponsors without whom nothing is possible: Thank you YellowAPIFreshbooksTinEyeContextIO, Shopify, and AtomicReach


Today we also welcome our awesome venue sponsor, Cossette. As well a host of new new API sponsors, without whom we would not have the local and social APIs to make this event possible: STL, STMSendGrid, CakeMail, Wajam, Status.net, Primus and Rdio.

 

Follow HackDays on Twitter: @HackDaysCAN

 

HackTO Second Edition!

Presented by HackDays in partnership with YellowAPI

 YellowAPI.com

We just wrapped up HackVan and HackRegina in March and are now a short 12 days away from HackTO. I still remember our first HackTO. It was the first hackathon Corey and I organized in Toronto. It was awesome and we learned some great lessons about organizing hackathons (who organizes a hackathon in mere days?). Despite everything, our first hackathon was fantastic because it brought together some of the brightest developers in Toronto and our start up and tech community. In less than 8 hours 50 developers put together an impressive 13 applications with APIs provided and supported by our local startups and the tech community at large. We were blown away by the support from our community and sponsors and decided that we were going to hack our way around Canada. That was the beginning of our hacking adventures and since then we have held hackathons in Ottawa, Regina, Vancouver and Waterloo. And we are planning to continue connecting Canada’s tech communities.

So now, we are back with the second edition of HackTO and this one promises to be bigger than our first HackTO and of course we are looking forward to an awesome line up of APIs, developers, sponsors and support from our tech and startup community – again!

First the event details:

  •  Who: everyone! old friends, new friends, old hackers, new hackers. You are all welcome
  • What: HackTO #2. An all day hackathon
  • When: Saturday April 14, 2012 from 9 AM to 8 PM
  • Where: The new Freshbooks HQ: 35 Golden Avenue, Suite 105
  • Registration is now open. So grab a ticket and start plotting your world domination!

This time around we are opening up tickets as well for the evening presentations, so if you are not interested in building an app and hacking away with us, you can still drop by and check out the awesome applications built and meet your community and the hard working developers!

We will be keeping the same crazy schedule of our previous hackathon and pretty much the same set up. There will be:

  • Awesome APIs and developers who will be supporting the APIs you will be working with
  • API introductions, presentations and workshops for you get up to speed on the APIs you will be working with
  • Food and drink all day long – you won’t have to worry about a thing!
  • Fantastic prizes from our sponsors
  • Cash prizes from API providers and startups
  • And a fantastic opportunity for you to meet your startup community and other talented developers. And let’s not forget a great opportunity to flex your coding muscles :)

SCHEDULE

  • 9:00 – Breakfast and introductions: Meet your HackDays organizers & all the developers, get acquainted with the space + final schedule + grab a breakfast of champions!
  • 9:30 – API presentation: learn about the APIs available. Each API provider will have 5 minutes to introduce their API, discuss its salient features and get you excited about using it.
  • 10:15 – Open Planning: come up with hacking idea and build a team. This is a white board exercise: if you have an idea that you would like to work on, just put its name down on the white board; if you are looking to build a team, identify yourself to other developers with the skill sets that you need. If you are looking for ideas, identify yourself to other developers as well.
  • 10:30 – Hacking setup and start. You claim a little spot of the office with your team or by yourself and start working on your project. All the API providers will be available the entire day to provide support.
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 1:00 – Continue hacking – help yourself to all the energy snacks you need!
  • 5:30 – Application presentation – 3 minutes for each presenter! Beers!
  • 7:00 – Judging and prizes
  • 7:30 – After party celebration at a nearby pub!

Would you like to help us make this hackathon the best Toronto hackathon ever? Get involved!

We are looking for:

  • APIs: does your company have an awesome API? Tell us about it, and let’s get you on board
  • Sponsorships: nothing would be possible without the awesome support of our community and our sponsors. You can help us by becoming a sponsor for the hackathon or the pre or post hackathon party. We would love to speak with you about sponsorships, so please get in touch!

Getting in touch: Got an idea you would like to discuss with us, got a suggestion? Would like to see a particular API included? Drop us a note!

PRIZES

There will be tons of prizes for HackTO#2. Official prizes and company sponsored prizes.

Official HackTO#2 Prizes:

  • First place: $2,000
  • Second place: $1,500
  • Third place: $500

For HackTO#2, we will be introducing company sponsored prizes. These will be prizes for the best use of a company API. Stay tuned for our announcement in the coming days!

We would like to thank our first (and repeat) sponsors without whom nothing is possible: Thank you YellowAPI, Klick Health, Freshbooks, TinEye, ContextIO, SoundCloud, AtomicReach.

 

 

Follow HackDays on Twitter: @HackDaysCAN

 

YellowAPI HackDays Champion Video

The folks at YellowAPI, our HackDays Champion Sponsor, have created an epic promo video:

What are you waiting for? Sign up for HackREGINA and HackVAN!

9 Mar 2012, 7:11pm
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Featured API – YellowAPI.com

 

When you first start researching the Yellow Pages API, it seems pretty basic – 4 endpoints, a handful of options.  But when you start working with it you and realize the depth of their dataset and how well put together their API support is, the possibilities are endless!

YellowAPI provides 4 basic endpoints for developers – FindBusiness, GetBusinessDetails, FindDealer, and GetTypeAhead.  It starts off as a pretty standard business lookup tool, where you can use keywords, locations, and coordinates to get a list of businesses.  From there, you get access to all of the rich, curated data from the Yellow Pages dataset, including phone numbers, business categories, product information, videos, photos, and business logos.

But the real power comes from the documentation.  Using their “I/O Docs”, you can easily test out calls to the API from the browser, seeing exactly what your query should look like and what the resulting XML or JSON will be.  Having a tool like this is extremely helpful to developers, and this is a great example for other APIs what interactive documentation should look like.  On top of that, YellowAPI offers a handful of SDKs and tools for quick app development, for platforms like iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Java, PHP, Python, and Ruby.  This makes API integration even easier for developers using those platforms.

YellowAPI also offers a Developer Program, which is a program they use to support developers using their API.  They offer some seed money, support services to help launch your app, co-marketing opportunities, pay per performance models, and ad network solutions.  Example applications that have used this program include Reservely, RendezView, MoodFood, Finish My Basement, HuWhere and Foodtree.

YellowAPI has been with Hackdays almost since inception.  Since 2010, YellowAPI has been the lead sponsor of Hackdays.ca across Canada, ensuring the dev community was supported and the Hackdays.ca brand seen from coast to coast. They took part in our first hack in Nov 2010 in MTL and haven’t looked back since with hacks in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Waterloo, Guelph and of course where we find ourselves today – HackREGINA is just around the corner. YellowAPI has signed on again as a sponsor for 2012 and we are looking to have lots of fun!

YellowAPI is one of the primary sponsors for our upcoming events, HackREGINA, HackVAN, and HackTO.

14 Feb 2012, 4:20pm
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A HackDays event from the Dev’s Perspective

[You can register for HackREGINA now by going to http://hackregina2012.eventbrite.com/]

I started working with Hackdays.ca shortly after attending their HackVAN event in Vancouver, BC.  I attended their event with two of my co-workers, Herb and Willson.  We had been scheming the last few days before the event about the application we were going to make using the sponsor APIs that hackdays.ca had just listed on the website.  After trading ideas back and forth with some of our co-workers, someone had mentioned how they really would have liked an application to plan out a motorcycle road trip that they had recently gone on.  Using YellowAPI and Google Maps, we had found our “killer app” :P

We got to the Mozilla offices in downtown Vancouver around 8:30 AM and grabbed some breakfast snacks before joining everyone in the main developer area.  Once everyone had settled, each sponsored API team gave a short presentation about their API, including what it’s currently used for, quick information on how to setup an account, and who to ask if there’s any questions.  After those were completed, we got to work.  We immediately setup a GitHub repository to share our code in, and the three of us broke up some tasks to complete – I was on the API calling side, Herb focused on the mapping functionality, and Willson was on layout and styling.  We worked together really well, especially since we were on the same team at work and knew each other’s strengths beforehand.

Other participants at the hackathon were forming groups with their neighbors and hashing out ideas with one another.  I found it amazing how quickly some teams got organized, developed an idea, and were ready to go, especially since they had just met each other in the last 30 minutes.  I do think some of the teams that had attended the meetup the night before had a bit of an advantage, as they were able to find team members that had complimentary strengths, as well as meet some of the API teams that were there and get information in advance.  But all in all, we were pretty confident in our idea and our ability to implement.

Some of the hackdays organizers were taking a quick survey of everyone’s applications to ensure there weren’t any duplicate apps being created, as well as to give others a chance to join an existing team if they hadn’t found anyone yet.  Before we realized what time it was, at noon pizza was delivered!  Surprisingly there wasn’t a mad rush for lunch though – everyone was too focused on their projects.  Some teams even sent a team member to get food for everyone else!  It was a great atmosphere to get work done – lots of collaboration and discussion, and the API sponsors were a great support to everyone.

We had a pretty solid working demo around 3 PM that day, but there were tons of little tweaks we wanted to add to our application.  We were still in the middle of tweak #476 when the 5 o’clock alarm went off.  Everyone quit working on their projects and grabbed a beer while the judges of the day were introduced.  Each judge gave a short spiel about where they worked and their experience in the industry (and they were all hiring :) ).  After that, teams were drawn to present their applications.  Each team got up and used the projector to demonstrate their applications to the crowd and judges.  There were some great applications up there, including a phone-based translator, an application that tracked and invoiced support calls in real time, some apps that used a smartphone camera to search for product information online, and others.  All in all there were 15 completed apps from all the teams at the event.

After everyone presented, the judges went off to deliberate.  This was a great time to talk to other dev teams about their apps and exchange ideas on how the apps were implemented and what their plans for the apps were.  The API sponsors also spent some time with the dev teams to exchange ideas and even approached a few teams to continue their work outside of the event.  When the judges returned, they awarded the prizes – $200 apple store gift cards for 4th, 5th, and 6th, a kindle and gift card for 3rd, a iPad 2 for 2nd, and a macbook air for 1st!  At the end of the day, we won 3rd place with our “PitStops” web application. The day ended with a wrap up party at a local pub.

The HackVAN event was a great time, and I hope to bring the same experience to the HackREGINA event on March 17th.  You can register for the event now by going to http://hackregina2012.eventbrite.com/.  Hope to see you there!

6 Feb 2012, 11:05am
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Registration Open for HackREGINA

The registration for our first HackREGINA event is now open!  We’re excited to engage the developer community and see what you guys can come up with.  The cost per developer is $10.

I’d also like to take this time to point our our sponsorship opportunities.  We are currently looking for both API Sponsors and Community Sponsors for our event.

Opportunities to get involved with HackDays include:

  • $250 - API Sponsorship - your API will be included for the HackDays event, link to your documentation and application examples, opportunity to present your API to all developers the day of the hackathon
  • $500 - Community Sponsorship - As we do, you believe in supporting and growing the developer community in Regina. We will include your company information on the HackDays site, sponsorship mentions, and work with you to make your HackDays participation all it can be.
  • $1000 - Party or Food Sponsorship - Opportunity to speak with the developer community and all attendees during either the pre-party on Friday or the hackathon wrap up presentation and evening.

If you’re interested in the API or Community Sponsorships, buy the tickets listed. For any other sponsorship opportunity please contact us directly.

1 Feb 2012, 4:51pm
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Vancouver, here we come! #HackVan

Ready, set? Go! HackDays’ next destination is Vancouver. Yes, we are going West, West, West. And hoping that you will welcome us with open arms. We already feel the love from the GROW conference as this hackday event is being organized in con-junction with GROW. As a matter of fact HackVan is going to be held one day after the GROW conference on Saturday August 20. Mark this date in your calendar right now!

  • When: Vancouver, Saturday August 20, 2011
  • Where: Mozilla Vancouver, 163 West Hastings Street, Suite 200- Vancouver
  • Time: 9 AM to 6 PM
  • Registration: is now open.

So what are HackDays?

HackDays are daily hackathons that we organize across Canada. We gather an awesome group of hackers/developers who work either in a team or alone to build applications with publicly available APIs. We started with HackTO in Toronto and had such a great time that we decided to roll out our hackathons across Canada. Our first destination outside of Toronto was Montreal. HackMTL was a blast and HackOTT and HackWaterloo followed hot on its heels! And now we are headed to Vancouver.

I would like to participate what do I need?

First you need to register. This will ensure that you are guaranteed a spot for the hackathon. There is a $10 registration fee. This provides you with access to the event, breakfast, lunch, drinks, snacks and participation with awesome developers. If you have a hard time paying $10 (because you are currently unemployed or a student) get in touch and we will find someone to sponsor you.

Who can participate?

Anyone who is interested in building an application. All you need to bring with you is your interest and motivation to get involved in building an application in a single day.

Am I allowed to use third party APIs (APIs not provided via HackVAN) to build my application?

Yes. But your usage of the third party APIs needs to be in addition to the HackVAN APIs. Also keep in mind that judging is partially based on utilization of the provided APIs, though, so their use should be prominent. So you can use any API you wish to use during HackVAN as long as you use at least one of the provided APIs.

Why should I participate in this hackathon?

That’s an excellent question! When Corey and I started organizing hacking events in Toronto, we enjoyed meeting other like minded people, we enjoyed connecting them to other awesome people and learning about their interests, startups, and applications. We realized that we had a lot in common but most importantly: we were all builders. You want to participate because you are a builder and because you can’t imagine a better use for your Saturday then setting yourself up in an awesome environment, surrounded by like minded people, building an application to stretches your tech skills, imagination and interests. That’s why. You can always watch TV another day.

What if I don’t know anyone or if I don’t have any ideas as to what to build?

Oh that’s an easy one: if you don’t know anyone, that will last about 10 seconds once you join us. Seriously. Just come out and give it a try. I know you are shy and sometimes you need a kick in the a**. Consider this the kick in the a**. And as to ideas: not to worry, there will be plenty to choose from. The better question: will you have enough time to build your application and showcased it to the judges at the end of the day.

What if I have an idea and a team already?

Well, we want to see you at HackVAN. That’s a great start. Bring your team. Bring your idea. And get working as soon as you get to HackVAN. Perhaps we will be able to witness the birth of your startup.

How large can my team be?

Teams can be as large or as small as you like. Solo is okay, too. A 2-3 people team is ideal typically.

Now I love hacking events but what do I win if I build the best application ever?

HackVAN is not just all guts. There is glory and prizes!

What shall I expect when I get to HackVAN? What shall I bring and what does the schedule look like?

Expect that you will be spending the day with 40-60 other developers who are as keen as you are to build an application in a day and compete. This is a competition too after all.

What to bring:

  • Your Guestlist receipt. You don’t need to print it, an email you can show us is fine.
  • Your laptop
  • Your mobile device if you are developing a mobile app
  • Cables, chargers and connectors for any of the above
  • Your data stick if you have one – could come in handy when networks get chocked up :)
  • Your sense of humor and your ability to get along with everyone while in tight quarters!
  • Your portable coffee cup – we try to keep disposables to a minimum in our events.

What we will provide:

  • APIs, API support
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Coffee, tea, juice, pop
  • Snacks and beers at beer o’clock
  • Wireless access
  • A large LCD display for presentations, with HDMI and VGA input (we recommend you bring your own connectors, but we will have some handy as well)
  • Smiles!
  • An awesome developer community!

Our typical schedule looks like this:

  • 9:00 – Breakfast and introductions: Meet your HackVAN organizers and all the developers, get acquainted with the space + final schedule + grab a breakfast of champions!
  • 9:30 – API presentation: learn about the APIs available. Each API provider will have 5 minutes to introduce their API, discuss its salient features and get you excited about using it.
  • 10:15 – Open Planning: come up with hacking idea and build a team. This is a white board exercise: if you have an idea that you would like work on, just puts its name down on the white board; if you are looking to build a team, identify yourself to other developers with the skill sets that you need. If you are looking for ideas, identify yourself to other developers as well.
  • 10:30 – Hacking setup and start. You claim a little spot of the office with your team or by yourself and start working on your project.
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 1:00 – Hacking
  • 5:00 – Application presentation – 3 minutes for each presenter!
  • 6:00 – Judging and prizes
  • 6:30 – Off to nearby pub for celebrations!

If I have questions whom do I get in touch with?

You can drop us an email anytime with any question. We are happy to help.

How do I suggest an API for HackVAN?

If you know of a local company with a fantastic API you would like to work with, please let them know about HackVAN drop us an email would love to hear from you.

HackVAN is made possible by our awesome sponsors: Context.IOFreshbooks, Grow 2011, TinEye, YellowPages.

HackOTT: Ottawa represented!

Corey and I are not the only ones heading back to Toronto thinking that Ottawa seriously represented at HackOTT and blew our minds! HackOTT was just an awesome hackathon. AWESOME. There is no other way to describe the incredibly talented developers who came out on Saturday and built 15 applications in the span of 6 hours.

We have a gigantic list of people to thank for making HackOTT possible and we will get to that but right now, the spotlight is on the developers who came and built. For the record: this was our largest hackathon with over 80 people registered for the event – so mad props to the entire HackOTT team and volunteers for organizing an event that went out without a hitch!

For HackOTT we provided a total of 7 APIs for all the developers. The rules of our hack events are that developers can use any APIs they wish to use as long as they include one of the APis provided. There is no limit to the number of APis used and how they are used. APIs provided included:

Following our HackOTT schedule, we had an awesome breakfast provided by our sponsors and gathered to hear the 5 minutes API introductions organized by the API providers. Standing room only!

A bit of brainstorming, a bit of team gathering and planning and we were off to the races at 11 AM with a number of applications under development. We had a few more stickies added and a few more removed throughout the day but we ended up with a total of 15 applications built that Saturday.

HackOTT’s presentation rules for any application built during the day: were that the application had to be completed and could be demo-ed to the judges at 5 PM. If the application was not completed it was not considered for judging and if it crashed or could not be demo-ed while on the podium it was also elimiated from the judging. Each developer had 3 minutes to present their application to the judges and the entire HackOTT crowd. Pressure!

And drum roll… the winners of HackOTT are:

NUMBER 1: RESERVELY created by Brad Miller (@bradmiller) and Jevin Maltais (@jevy)

This is an application that allows you to make quick online reservations with any restaurant in the world. Simply find a local restaurant on a map and complete the online form. Reservely will get in touch with the restaurant automatically via voice and will get a confirmation of your reservation. Jevy tells us he has never won anything – besides his mother’s love – so we are very happy for him! His advice to future hackers: build your app end to end. Read his detailed blog post. I am looking forward to Jevy and Brad to find a few more hours to polish this application and fully release it.

NUMBER 2: BRIERWOOD created by Shawn Hyam (@shawnhyam)

This is an application that allows you to send a selection of coffee shops, restaurants or anything to your friend’s cellphone so that the two of you can pick a location that you are interested in. For example: you both would like to find a coffee shop that is nearby to work at. You can start by getting a list of the nearby coffee shops and via the application share them with your colleague so that he can pick the one he would like to recommend. Both users see the same list of available coffee shops and get to make recommendations.

NUMBER 3: ZIPIT created by Steve Brambilla (@stevebrambilla)

This is the easiest way to manage your zip list on the go. Using a bar code scanner and zip list, you can scan any DVD and directy add it to your zip list queue. As soon as the DVD is avaiable at zip.ca it will be shipped to you. Very practical.

Applications built that landed the 4th and 5th place respectively include: Icarus and DateShake.

NUMBER 4: ICARUS created by Christine Davis (@_hristine)
This is a photomosaic App. But rather than using a photograph for the creating of the mosaic, Christine is using a video! Christine used the iSight camera in her MacBook as a video source for the mosaic. For the first, simpler implementation, you could click anywhere on the video, and the app would show a collection of images that matched that colour. If you clicked a second time, it would show you a collection of images that were half of each colour, and so on (up to 5 colours – at which point the oldest colour is dropped).

Christine also pushed the envelop by creating a second type of mosaic: using a video as a constantly updating photo mosaic. Christine detailed her implementation in a blog post. For creativity Icarus gets a 10/10!

NUMBER 5: DATESHAKE created by SELECT START STUDIOS
Simply enter your twitter handle, and shake your phone. DateShake suggests one of your twitter friends, a restaurant from the YellowAPI, and a movie from Zip. Don’t like the results? Shake again.

DateShake was also Zip.ca winner of the best use of the Zip API.

In the spirit of the best use of an API: we also decided to award Christine Davis a prize for the best use of the Piximilar API for her Icarus application.

And it is a wrap for the HackOTT hackhaton. It was a blast. And in the words of @mthistle:

Until next time.


and a GIANT THANK YOU TO SHOPIFY! for letting us crash their offices! Without kindness there is no community!

Thanks!

Our next hackathon will be in Waterloo, then Vancouver, then back to Toronto and anywhere else you welcome us. Stay in touch, sign up for our newsletter!

HackOTT Meet and Greet

Psst…. wanna free beer? Wanna meet all the other developers? I thought I would get your attention! Join us for a Friday meet and greet ahead of HackOTT. This will be your chance to meet the API providers, meet all the other developers and start kicking around some ideas for your project the next day. Reminder HackOTT starts at 9 AM on Saturday – and no, you can’t show up late!

HackOTT Meet & Greet Details:

When: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Mercury Grove Offices. Scott Annan, CEO of Mercury Grove and Network Hippo has been awesome and he provided their office space! Mercury Groove is at 738A Bank St. Ottawa, ON

What: Beers, chips, snacks, cheers (& Leila‘s Drone.)

HackOTT Community Superheroes

HackOTT is now sold out. All our developer tickets have been sold and we are now busy planning the day, organizing the APIs, the presentations, the prizes, the judges … you know doing all the hard work so you all can have an awesome time. And you know how expensive it is to organize events! And that brings me to our request: if you love what we do, want to help us grow your developer community and just welcome us in Ottawa :) please consider becoming an Awesome Community Supporter. Please? For a tiny contribution of $25, $50 or $100 (for the VCs out there!) you will make our hearts flutter!

We could use your sponsorship help to line up awesome prizes for our gifted developers and make this HackOTT the best it can be. Head over to our event sign up and be a hero and spot us some $$. Will you?

As a Community Supporter – our Superheroes! – you will be recognized during the event (unless of course you want to remain anonymous) and you will also be able to drop by the event at your convenience, view the end of day application demos and judging and grab a drink with all the developers. Here is the day’s schedule. So what do you say?

[Photograph: (c) Jenn and Tony Bot]

  • HackREGINA Location Sponsor

    Innovation Place - Innovation Place is home to approximately 40 clients in six buildings, employing more than 1,600 people.

  • HackREGINA Event Sponsors

    iQmetrix Software - At iQmetrix, we create great experiences for retailers, their employees, and the end consumer.

    GB Internet Solutions - We’re proud parents to GasBuddy.com and OpenStoreLoyalty.com, and while we don’t like to play favorites, the GasBuddy app has over 30 million downloads!

  • HackREGINA Community Sponsors

    YellowAPI - Our curated local search API is built off of the strength of the Yellow Pages database of over 1.5 million geo-localized business listings and associated rich content.

    Canadian Youth Business Foundation - Are you an aspiring young entrepreneur, aged 18 to 39, with a solid business idea? Are you looking for the financial support and expert advice that will help you bring your great business idea to life? The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) can help.

  • HackREGINA API Sponsors

    eHealth Saskatchewan - eHealth Saskatchewan employees and consultants are committed to making a difference for Saskatchewan residents by supporting health care providers through making important clinical information available electronically.

    Cashtie - InComm’s new Cashtie API opens up access to retailers point of sale (POS) systems, allowing any approved developer to sell online goods to consumers at these high value retail locations—opening up the possibility for web and mobile applications to accept cash payments for virtual goods, services and utilities at top retailers.

    Twilio - Twilio powers the future of business communications, enabling phones, VoIP, and messaging to be embedded into web, desktop, and mobile software.

    Wit - Wit allows you to build a Siri-like speech interface for you app in 5 min! It's an API that turns speech or text into JSON.

    Windows Azure - Add a cloud backend to your apps in minutes, enabling your apps to reach every user on every platform. With support for popular languages and open REST APIs, you’ll be ready to integrate Windows Azure into your apps in minutes. Use any of Windows Azure’s APIs to complete your hacks. You’ll need to activate a FREE trial or your MSDN Windows Azure benefits prior to using Windows Azure.

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