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.
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.
We also had a couple developers hacking remotely:
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: