The Media Hack Day 2013 took place last weekend in Berlin and proved to be an inspiring event for everyone involved. The scope for the creative people - programmers, designers, and journalists alike - was to find new ways, reinvent and reengineer newspaper content archives so that their content can become relevant for the content-hungry digital age.
After presenting our watchmi EPG API in a workshop, the hacking had begun. 48 hours and some intense clicking and scrolling later, the watchmi EPG API prize and the WTF prize was awarded to Daniel Waardal (Oldhat Syndication) who had created an RSS feed of current german TV-shows, suitable for screensavers. His original idea had been slightly more fancy but unfortunately our API didn't quite adjust itself to the needs of the creative mind of Mr. Wardaal. We say sorry and get back to work to make our API even more suited to the requirements of the creative hacker school.
Meanwhile we congratulate Mr. Wardaal to his prize of a lunch at the gorgeous Press Club with Kai Diekmann and wish him illuminating hours with the Philips Hue Connected Bulb.
The 1st prize - a 4-day trip to Silicon Valley - was awarded to the hack Photostories, stories from around the world organized by photos and locations that lead to related articles and allow to read entire article straight from the application.
Our very own developer Olcay Buyan joined the team UZINE and won the 2nd prize. UZINE allows users to discover the full archive of Agence France-Presse (AFP) using simple topics (i.e. Merkel, CDU, NSA) and provides offline usage for personal purposes as a PDF document for a small fee.
Visit the Hackerleague site to check out all the hacks of the event or watch this video:
If you want to start hacking yourself, your next chance is the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon end of October in Berlin. You can register now. See you there!