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Recent Hackathon Projects

Thursday, November 28th 2013

StumbleTube [Code] [Web]

StumbleTube was a simple hack that I made with three other students at the 2013 NorCal Facebook Hackathon. The goal was to present YouTube recommendations (pulled from your Google account) in a fashion that’s easy to quickly traverse, and let you find videos that actually interest you. You get videos in sets of four - hovering over a video plays only the audio from that video, and clicking on one makes that video full-screen. At any point, you can pick a different video, or request a new set of four. You can also like videos to further improve recommendations.

As a bonus feature, we added a QR code that, when scanned, will take you to a remote page, letting you control the entire player exclusively from your phone. We actually ended up winning first with this hack, and progressed to the global finals.

HackWall [Code] [Web]

HackWall was another simple hack that we made for the global finals. It’s essentially a real-time collaborative bulletin-board. All you need to do is create a wall, share the link, and you can collaboratively create/move notes, draw annotations, and create mind-maps.

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