Global Developer Event Promotes Innovation in Digital Media
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Today at its Open Hack All-Stars event, Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), the
premier digital media company and pioneer of open hack events, named
"D1W," the 2009 Yahoo! University Hack Day HackU champion team from
Carnegie Mellon University, the winner of the inaugural Hack All-Stars
D1W, the winning Yahoo! Hack All-Stars team, accepts the grand prize. (c) Lena Teveris
Tasked with tackling the challenges faced by the digital media industry,
D1W produced a prototype in just twenty-four hours called Ruum — a fast
and easy file-sharing tool that enables users to collaborate in an
interactive space, where they can share content, chat with others and
"Yahoo!'s dedication to creative third-party developers around the world
like D1W who build applications using Yahoo!'s powerful technologies,
reflects our belief that by embracing today's thriving ecosystem of
developers and publishers, together we can bring more personal meaning
to the web for millions of people all over the world," said Kevin Doerr,
Vice President of Innovation for Yahoo!. "We provide some of the most
popular technologies and tools for the open web — such as YUI and YQL,
as well as Yahoo! Search, geo-location and Flickr APIs — in order to
help unleash developers' ingenuity and innovation."
Nearly forty winning hackers from fifteen previous Yahoo! Open Hack Days
and Yahoo! University Hack Day competitions across North and South
America, Europe, and Asia participated in the invitation-only Hack
All-Stars event in New York City.
The hack finalists presented prototypes to senior executives from some
of the world's most successful media companies, including Yahoo! and
Forbes. The winning team received $10,000 with a possible year of
incubation at Yahoo!, including office space and technical support from
Yahoo! to help bring the exciting product, Ruum, to market.
"Hack Days are the perfect venue to create cool and innovative apps,"
said Amos Yuen, D1W team member. "The opportunity to focus on a singular
problem and bring a solution to life is what hacking is all about."
Following in the footsteps of previous Yahoo! Hack winners, including
email photo sharing service Xoopit
(acquired by Yahoo!) and Hadoop software developer Karmasphere,
the Hack All-Stars winner was selected by a prestigious panel of judges,
including: Mike Smith, Chief Digital Officer for Forbes; Shana Fisher
from Highline Capital; Raymie Stata, Yahoo!'s Chief Technology Officer;
Kevin Doerr, Yahoo!'s Vice President of Innovation; and Steve Douty,
Yahoo!'s Vice President of Applications and mobile product development.
Yahoo!'s vibrant Developer
Network (YDN) provides a venue for developer communities inside and
outside the company to rapidly and collaboratively develop new products
that leverage Yahoo!'s best-in-class digital media experiences, along
with other Yahoo! services and APIs. Open Hack events offer developers a
creative and engaging environment with hands-on access to Web services,
SDKs and technical mentors that help them build compelling prototypes
that complement the Yahoo! network and have the potential to reach
To learn more about Yahoo!'s Open Hack history, see the Multimedia
Gallery below for a visual timeline highlighting the past six years of
Yahoo! Developer Network events around the world. Yahoo!'s next Open
Hack event will be held in the Philippines this fall.
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digital experiences that keep more than half a billion people connected
to what matters most to them, across devices and around the globe.
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Yahoo! Global Communications
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Melika Mizany, 1-415-345-4779
Source: Yahoo! Inc.
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