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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.