Last weekend's Hackathon at Yale (the first ever on campus!) drew together over 40 students and community members to work on programming projects ranging from websites to apps to device plugins. Organized by Sebastian Park (YC '13), the 17-hour event was kicked off by TechStars NYC Managing Director David Tisch, who encouraged hackers to take advantage of the event as a chance to meet and work with other like-minded people (since it was unlikely a truly viable project could be completed in 17 hours).
YEI was excited to support the event, along with HigherOne and Elm Street Ventures -- and the dedication and enthusiasm of the seven teams that presented on Sunday after their marathon coding sessions was impressive. Among the highlights were the following finalists (the "best" projects received GitHub repositories among other prizes):
A Kinect iTunes controller - Want to listen to music just by waving your hands? Using the Kinect's motion sensing technology, these hackers created a way to control your iTunes: increase or decrease the volume, mute, change songs, and more.
ScrewYale - A way for Yalies to find dates for their suitemates for Yale's infamous "screw" dances. A webapp with some basic matching rules, suitemates can enter profiles and look through potential matches.
Sports Smack Talk - Like to rib your friends after their sports team loses? This Twitter app analyzes your friends' feeds and automatically alerts you to opportunities to smack talk.
And the grand winner, KeepMeLooped.in - Have an event coming up and want to keep guests informed? This webapp, built on the Twilio API, allows interested parties to sign up for text message and voice call notifications up to the date of the event with just a couple of clicks.
Sebastian has promised another Hackathon for the spring -- we are looking forward to it!