2010 Fall Hack U

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2010 Fall Hack U

  1. 1. Welcome to Hack U
  2. 2. Show off your hacks
  3. 3. Hack judges
  4. 4. Hack T-Shirts
  5. 5. What’s our vector, Victor? <ul><li>Hack for 24hrs </li></ul><ul><li>Break for food, sugar, caffeine, and conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Present your hack </li></ul><ul><li>Win! </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep like a victorious baby </li></ul>
  6. 6. Nitty gritty <ul><li>Up to 4 people on a team </li></ul><ul><li>24hr coding period </li></ul><ul><li>IP & Code - you own it </li></ul><ul><li>Register your hacks: developer.yahoo.com/hacku </li></ul><ul><li>Log into Yahoo! to edit your hacks later </li></ul><ul><li>Campus-specific details on the Hack U site: http://developer.yahoo.com/hacku/ </li></ul>
  7. 7. So, who is this “Hacker”?
  8. 9. A hack is a good idea brought to life
  9. 10. And good ideas come from … <ul><li>Noticing something broken and thinking of a fix </li></ul><ul><li>Building something you’d use yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Automating something you’re too busy to do manually </li></ul><ul><li>Finding a place where the world sucks and figuring out how to make it better </li></ul><ul><li>Paying attention to local trends: mobile, video, social, local, geo, gams, etc. </li></ul>
  10. 11. A winning hack: InsiderTrades <ul><li>insidertrades.org </li></ul><ul><li>What’s good about it? </li></ul><ul><li>Simple and good idea </li></ul><ul><li>Unique </li></ul><ul><li>Clean implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Free or open-source tech: PHP, HTML/CSS, cron, MySQL, YQL </li></ul>
  11. 12. Hacking Strategies <ul><li>Brainstorm, but converge quickly, and keep the best details of the rejected ideas handy </li></ul><ul><li>Scope the work so the end is in sight: set an easy goal, and an ambitious one. </li></ul><ul><li>Divide work by team member strengths. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help! </li></ul><ul><li>Minimize the amount of work by using free and open source tech. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget to Ctrl+S! </li></ul>
  12. 13. Demo Strategies <ul><li>“ I swear it was just working...” - have a Plan B (screenshots, video, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>No static slides - leave PowerPoint for marketing. </li></ul><ul><li>Practice your pitch a few times; make it easy on the ears, concise and funny. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a bang: demo what’s most exciting and cool about your project. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell us how you’d like the project to grow. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Surely Yahoo! can help <ul><li>Of course (but don’t call us Shirley) </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo! free and open source projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>YUI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>YQL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>APIS: Flickr, Answers, del.icio.us, Fantasy Sports, Fire Eagle, GeoPlanet, Placefinder, Placemaker … </li></ul></ul><ul><li>developer.yahoo.com </li></ul>
  14. 15. Roger that, Roger? (translation: any questions?)

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