This past weekend, Bangalore was the place to be if you were a hacker. More than 100 hackers from different parts of India participated in Yahoo’s open hackday session, held at the Taj Hotel in Bangalore. The 24-hour marathon session started late Friday evening (October 5th) and ended late Saturday evening (Oct 6, 2007) by which time the hackers seemed relieved that the deadline was over.
Each of the participating teams (31 in all) were given 90 seconds to demo their hack before a panel of seven judges. The judges included David Filo, co-founder of Yahoo!; Brad Horowitz, VP, Yahoo!, Christian Heilmann of Yahoo!, Ashish Gupta, managing partner of Helion Venture Partners, and others.
There were about 10 winners that won prizes under different categories.
Right after the winners were announced I caught up with David Filo and Christian Heilmann to find out what they thought of hackday India, which is the first hackday in Asia and the third in the world. The previous two hackdays were held in Santa Clara and London.
Tune in to find out what David and Christian had to say about hackday India and the creativity of Indian hackers.
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