Last week we had our first ever Evri Holiday Hackathon. A bunch of us locked ourselves into a hotel for a couple days and hacked away on our laptops building new apps using Evri’s API. It was a blast; we ate great food, hacked great code, and lots of wonderful applications came out. At the end of the contest, all present voted on their favorite app.
This year, 3rd place went to Seth and Phil for a great game called Connected to Whom. Second place went to Arun who created an engaging music browsing mashup. And the winners were Carsten and Satish who built an Evri Twitter widget that plugs into our entity detail pages; whenever you go to an Evri page about an entity (person, place or thing), the Evri Twitter widget uses Twitter to find the most recent buzz (tweets in Twitter-speak) about that entity. In addition, the Evri Twitter widget automatically identifies other entities present in tweets and prepares links to other Evri entity pages. The result is an entertaining way to surf through the entity web while riding the latest buzz wave.
You can try it out. You’ll need to install GreaseMonkey onto your Firefox browser (sorry, no other browser support yet) in case you don’t already have it. Then click HERE to install the widget. Finally, take it out for a spin at www.evri.com and go to your favorite entity page; the tweets are shown just below the videos. Here is a screenshot:
We hope to open our Hackathon contest up publicly sometime next year, and we’d love to see you all there. In the mean time, check out our API, build some great stuff, and tell us all about it on the Evri API Group page. And on a final note, here’s a slideshow from the Hackathon: