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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.
Indian developers showed a good understanding of framework, functionality and form, according to Yahoo — similar hack days in the West have seen attendees initially more focused on user-interfaces and presentation.
The event also saw developers work at the hardware level by bringing in external extensions such as video cameras.
The long night of code crunching threw up a mélange of new ideas, including a search-based desktop theme driver, designed to change a user's desktop picture based on current popular searches.
Desktop Wallpaper Love was a Windows application that created a desktop wallpaper from images collected from Flickr and filtered through the Yahoo Buzz feeds.