Hack Day | April 23, 2007

Inspired by JotSpot, Yahoo! have been running internal “Hack Days” for some time now. The idea is simple. You come up with an idea for a great app, hack or mash-up, get together in a small team, and then on the appointed day you build or prototype the app.

It’s a really nice idea as it allows people to be creative and come up with ideas that would never get built otherwise. So it could be anything from a serious business changing app, through to something more fun like mashing up news and astrology data. “Hack Days” are a great way of promoting team work and communication as the best apps are likely to come from a diverse team of designers, developers and user experience people.

The fact that the app needs to be built during a single day helps focus peoples attention. As such, the apps tend to be simple ideas free of the usual feature bloat. And if one of the apps is particularly good, it may eventually end up as a live project.

Yahoo! took the decision last year to open up hack day to the public, and the feedback was phenomenal. Now, in conjunction with backstage.bbc.co.uk, Hackday is coming to the UK.

Scheduled for the 17th of June, 500 developers will descend on Alexandra Palace in London for a day of hacking. There will be food, drinks and prizes for the best hacks. And if that’s not enough, rumour has it a big band (and I don’t mean of the brass variety) will be playing at the after party.

Registration has only been open a couple of days, but 300 people have already registered their interest. Clearleft will be representing, and I hope some of you will make it along as well.

Posted at April 23, 2007 2:26 PM


Denise said on April 25, 2007 4:41 AM

Sounds like a great idea are you going to post the app when you finish with it?

frankfeng said on April 25, 2007 6:04 AM

i like come here

Margret said on May 10, 2007 5:13 PM

I will be one of the hackers attending the event I look forward to seeing you there Andy.