This past weekend was the first App.net Hackathon, hosted by our friends at Storify, and it was a great time. Calling it a Hackathon is perhaps a misnomer, as the weekend was less about competition and more about collaboration, connection, brainstorming, and just building interesting apps on the platform.
All in all there were some 40 attendees (plus dozens of out-of-towners tuning in remotely via ustream and Patter) with varying levels of familiarity with App.net and our API. Amidst the bbq, pizza, and Chinese food, some amazing work was done.
Here’s a recap of what was presented, but you can see a stream of all the presentations here:
Vidcast - @q, @ryantharp and @duerig built a music video deejaying service called Vidcast based off @jdscolam’s #MondayNightDanceParty. The tool lets App.net members post Youtube links which a DJ can then assemble into a show. @duerig collaborated with the team remotely in a chatroom running in Patter, an app he previously built to support realtime chat over App.net.
Pidgeonhole - @ketan and @andrewschmidt refined Pigeonhole, an app that tags starred posts, so when you view your these posts later, they’re organized. As @andrewschmidt explained, he uses starring as a way to archive posts, and this app helps you divided them up, say, by videos, links, music, and more.
apparchy - @stevestreza channeled the classic hacker mentality to create apparchy, a service which lets users of Twitter for iPhone and iPad view and post messages as well as follow/unfollow users through App.net.
Explore on Rivr – @tonymillion added an Explore feature to Rivr, his iPhone client for App.net, which visualizes on a map where people are posting from using the geolocation annotation.
ADN Follow Button - @abraham created a simple way to add an App.net follow button to your web page with a single line of code.
ADN Blogs - @jazzychad built ADN Blogs which turns App.net posts into full length blog posts. The app stores text with markdown formatting using annotations and then renders the text to display on a web site. Publishing a blog post will automatically post the headline to App.net so members know there’s something new.
Buffer photo uploads - @tommoor added photo uploading and viewing support to Buffer using annotations.
Appy - @a_band and @jb demoed the very early designs of a new App.net iOS client – tentatively called Appy – which displays conversations similar to iChat.
We also had a couple developers hacking remotely:
#@ - @davidkrauser created #@, a widget for quickly posting your current location to App.net.
Podglass - @appeio built Podglass, an HTML5 podcast player with App.net discussion threads.
Thanks to all who came out or tuned in (if we missed your project, apologies, let us know and we’ll add you to the post). For those who could make it, please send @ben feedback on what worked and what could have been better. And follow these developers for updates on their projects. Here’s our full set of pictures:
(Photos at the top of the page: @andrewschmidt and @tonymillion / Heads down, serious faces / @berg and @dalton / Yari D’Areglia, @jumpzero and @xd from Storify)
Bottom gallery photos (Top row left to right: @orian and @mthurman / @q / @jazzychad / @teawithcarl / @abraham and @q)
(Bottom row left to right: @ketan and @andrewschmidt / Team ADN @berg, @andrew, @mthurman, @dalton, @mintz / @jdavid, @abraham and @tommoor / Heads down, serious faces / @ryantharp)