HackDays: App Developers Unite at Shopify Headquarters

HackDays: App Developers Unite at Shopify Headquarters

It was a busy weekend here at the Shopify office.

On Saturday, Feb. 26, we opened our doors to almost 100 developers who, working in teams or solo, engaged in a heated yet playful competition to create the coolest application using pre-selected APIs. This “Hackfest,” labeled HackDays is the brainchild of Leila Boujnane, the co-founder and CEO of Idée Inc, the company that created TinEye, (the world’s first large scale reverse image search engine), and Corey Reid, developer herder and sword handler at Freshbooks.

Developers at Shopify hacking open API at HackOTT

Software developers used open APIs from address directory giant Yellow Pages Group; image search optimizer Idée Inc; online movie store Zip; mobile gaming social marketing startup Pretzil; and of course Shopify :-)

Developers at Shopify hacking open API at HackOTT

The six-hour pizza and root beer fuelled coding marathon produced 15 awesome apps that were presented to a panel of judges at the end of the day. The winning application, created by Brad Miller (@bradmiller), and Jevin Maltais (@jevy) allows you to make quick online reservations with any restaurant in the world. Simply find a local restaurant on a map and complete the online form. Their app, named Reservely, will automatically phone the restaurant (via Twilio) and will send you a confirmation or denial of your reservation.

Developers at Shopify hacking open API at HackOTT

(Pictured above from left to right: Corey Reid/Freshbooks, Kyle McInnes/Pretzil, Jean-Luc David/Yellow Pages, Edward Ocampo-Gooding/Shopify, Tobias Lütke/Shopify, Leila Boujnane/Idée Inc)

We really love open APIs here at Shopify, so it was an absolute pleasure hosting HackDays! It’s always nice to open our office doors to the tech community, and as a result we met a lot of insanely talented individuals, enjoyed some laughs and we can’t wait to do it again.

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3 comments

  • Horny Goat Weed
    Horny Goat Weed
    February 28 2011, 03:20PM

    That Reservely app sounds cool and it was created over pizza and root beer………. stunning work!

  • Leila Boujnane
    Leila Boujnane
    February 28 2011, 03:20PM

    It was a fantastic weekend for everyone. Really excited about the applications created. Development fueled by coffee, root beer and pizza indeed! We have made life time friendships at HackOTT and I am sure we will be back soon! And I am looking for some killer apps to end up in the Shopify store very soon. Thanks for hosting us.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
    June 24 2011, 10:02PM

    Can I clone your article to my blog? Thank you…

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