Wisconsin Hackathon 2010
Our second Camp Hackathon was at the University of Wisconsin. Amidst all the wonderful cheese and midwest manners, we found a bunch of great hackers. This time, it was a 12 hour hackathon so every single one of the Facebook engineers stayed up the whole time! No cheating and swapping out for a little shut-eye. Even the videographer from the student paper stayed the whole time, filming away for a wonderful front-page article they did on our little Hackathon.
Best Product Idea - REX
This won the “If you want to drop out of school – not that we recommend that at all – this could work” category. It recommends music based on what your social network is listening to.
A greasemonkey script that elegantly lets you skim around your News Feed, like, comment, and then keep browsing, all without a mouse.
Best Totally Crazy Hack - Face Battle
A Java app, that takes a photo of your face, converts it to map tiles (desert, grassland, water, etc) and then plays a tank battle across your face.
We didn’t get a screenshot, so here is an action shot of his hacking setup.
Best Non-Crazy Solo Hack - Track your IMDb 250
This web application allows you to manage and watch all the top 250 movies on the IMDb 250 list. This list represents the best movies made in the last 100 years and is a great start for movie enthusiasts and movie buffs like me. This app crawls through IMDb, fetches the list and other metadata, and allows the user to automatically add movies to their Netflix disc queue. This feature was implemented using Netflix RESTful API.
A Facebook app that allows users to connect with their classmates in Facebook. The app requires the user to upload their class schedule and will then present the user with a list of facebook users for each of their classes.
Technically Hardest Problem - Video Face Tracking
Instead of tagging people in pictures, why can’t you tag them in segments of images? This hack does facial detection in various segments and then prompts you tag your friends in every part of the movie. It was a little rough around the edges (as all hacks should be), but has promise.
Best Mashup - Hola Mundo
It’s a map-based application that mashes Google Maps API, Google’s Translate API, Flickr API, and Yahoo News’ API to create a friendly postcard.
First Prize - Magic Grade Ball
UW-Madison publishes the summary statistics of grades for every class. This hack parses in that data, and if you put in your previous grades, it can predict your future grade. I can’t wait to see if it works for these students :)
A program that lets you draw on a canvas and have sound produced as you draw. The sounds you get are based on the shape of the strokes you drew, and the different colors are mixed into a “sound loop”. A drum machine cross with MSPaint.