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OpenSocial Argentina Hackathon

May 16th, 2008 · No Comments

After giving talks in 6 universities in Argentina at the beginning of the OpenSocial South America Tour, we organized a hackathon at the Globant office in Buenos Aires.
It was the most successful hackathon we organized so far: 100 developers stormed the Globant office, and after a few talks by representatives from Joyent, Globant, Google, MySpace, Sonico and Vostu, they got to coding and created 10 applications that they demoed at the end of the day.
Globant has organized this really well: they emptied all desks in their office and created a wired network just for the event: talk about agile! And they had free massages for developers between 2 coding sessions.

The apps were so good that the jury had trouble determining the winners. Agustin Baretto, a developer from Globant, won the first prize with an application that lets you send SMS to all your friends. Here’s a picture of him.

You can find the Google presentation as well as pictures of the hackathon in my previous post

Sonico appointed a photographer and they have great pictures of the event but you have to create an account to see them.

Here are a few video interviews I did during the hackathon.
Interview with Guibert Englebienne, CTO and co-founder of Globant

Walk through the Globant Tech Park, a very Googley office space
The Globant office has a music studio for engineers to chill out and play music. Guibert Englebienne, CTO and co-founder of Globant, shows us the studio. Next to it was a massage room where you could get a massage between writing 2 pages of code.

Interview with Manu Rekhi from Google, product manager for Orkut

Interview with John Faith, VP Engineering for MySpace

Interview with Augusto Becciu, developer of TweetWheel
Augusto came to the hackathon in Buenos Aires to start porting TweetWheel to OpenSocial. TweetWheel has an incredible UI, check it out at http://www.tweetwheel.com/. It is built on Google App Engine.

Interview with Martin from Wixi
Martin is implementing Shindig PHP for the media social network wixi, which is based in Paris.

Interview with Martin Milero and Maximiliano Rios
Martin and Maximiliano are 2 Globant engineers. They won the 2nd prize with their soccer betting application.

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