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Bangalore, India was the venue for Yahoo's first Open Hack Day in Asia. Two hundred developers were invited to a non-stop, 24-hour hacking competition designed to create new mashups based on Yahoo's APIs, and supporting diversified services such as social media, video, Flickr imaging and local news.
Designed to champion local talent and showcase Indian technical entrepreneurialism, the event was heavily over-subscribed by developers keen to take part.
A seemingly endless supply of coffee, water, doughnuts and technical advice was on hand throughout the night.
Starting at 4pm local time, developers were tasked with working straight through without sleep and then giving a 90-second presentation to the crowd and judging panel, which included Yahoo co-founder David Filo.
The attendees, most not long out of college, starting producing interesting mashups including a web-aware word processor that suggests live links for insertion into a document as a user types. Based upon a contextual understanding of what a person might be talking about as they write, the application was designed to bring Web 2.0 relevance to word processing.