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Celebrating unrestrained innovation through Yahoo! Hackathons!

By Hari Vasudev VP & Head, Yahoo! India R&D and Anil Patel, Head, Developer Outreach and Community, Yahoo! Developer Network

Our Hack events in India have been pretty successful, to say the least. In a short span of 5 years, we have gotten overwhelming response from the developer community in India —so much so that this year we have expanded the event to cities beyond India’s Silicon Valley, Bangalore.

The 6th Yahoo! Hack—and 21st worldwide—was held recently in Hyderabad, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Over 1,000 developers from 20 states in India registered for the event and 250 hackers were accepted after taking a short coding challenge.

Hackers teamed up to turn their ideas into a working prototype in just 24 hours. It gave developers a chance to work together, using popular technologies and tools from the Open Web, including Yahoo! APIs, to develop something cool that could potentially solve a real-world problem.

The theme for the Hyderabad Yahoo! Hack was around Mobile and Personalization. There was tremendous energy gathered at the event—and not just because of the 350 cans of Red Bull and over 1,500 cups of hot beverages that flowed.

Let’s salute all the participants and hail the winners:

The Grand Prize was bagged by a mobile app, PlanMan!, targeted at a small group or company, lets one do workflow management through SMS and missed calls (Indians are quite fond of giving missed calls as a cost-effective way of communicating.)

Most Creative Hack was given to an Android app, Bachao! (which means Help! in Hindi). It uses the phone’s accelerometer to track the user’s location in the event of a car accident and sends an emergency alert.

Best Technical Hack was given to Train Tracker. It uses the reservation number of train travelers to alert them about their ongoing journey about things like the next stop, weather, time to destination and more.

Best Potential Product went to iCity, which is an iOS app that gives visitors to a city basic information.  

Hackers Choice award, chosen, of course, by fellow hackers at the event, went to AI Finance, which uses artificial intelligence to forecast the value of upcoming stocks.

Hacks off to all of them!