Yahoo India hosts mashup event

Yahoo India hosts mashup event

Summary: Two hundred developers converged on the online portal's Indian headquarters to create mashups based around Flickr and other applications

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  • 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.

  • Developers were encouraged to plan their hacks in the most professional way possible, and use the opportunity for pre-planning and discussion groups before starting the process. Most teams were composed of two to four members, but there were also a few lone mavericks taking the challenge.

    Several attendees said that they had previously been unaware that the Yahoo APIs were open to them, but lost no time in dreaming up new ways to work with them.

    The judges awarded winners within categories developed in response to what was produced on the day.

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Adrian is a regular blogger with ZDNet.co.uk covering the application development landscape and the movers, shakers and start-ups that make the industry the vibrant place that it is.

His journalistic creed is to bring forward-thinking, impartial, technology editorial to a professional (and hobbyist) software audience around the world. His mission is to objectively inform, educate and challenge - and through this champion better coding capabilities and ultimately better software engineering.

Adrian has worked as a freelance technology journalist and public relations consultant for over fifteen years. His work has been published in various international publications including the Wall Street Journal, CNET.com, The Register, ComputerWeekly.com, BBC World Service magazines, Web Designer magazine, Silicon.com, the UAE’s Khaleej Times & ITP.net and SYS-CON’s Web Developer’s Journal. He has worked as technology editor for international travel & retail magazines and also produced annual technology industry review features for UK-based publishers ISC. Additionally, he has worked as a telecoms industry analyst for Business Monitor International.

In previous commercially focused roles, Adrian directed publicity work for clients including IBM, Microsoft, Compaq, Intel, Motorola, Computer Associates, Ascom, Infonet and RIM. Adrian has also conducted media training and consultancy programmes for companies including Sony-Ericsson, IBM, RIM and Kingston Technology.

He is also a published travel writer and has lived and worked abroad for 10 years in Tanzania, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and the United States.

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