Last weekend we had the Yahoo Open Hackday, a weekend of messing with technnology, meeting friends and having fun. For those who haven’t been in one, a hackday is probably the equivalent a music festival for geeks.
I did a talk about using Yahoo Blueprint for creating mobile sites, and then helped some people with their BP hacks. You can check them all in the hackday page, and slides are linked to slideshare below
I just got back from having a drink with the guys from Kimia, who were visiting London (and the Yahoo offices on the way!) After finally meeting them in person I can confirm that these guys are set to be successful in the mobile arena. I really hope the best for them. And I don’t say that because they’re spanish (I know it’s what you’re thinking!) but because they have made some really big and cool bets and that makes them deserve it!
If you still don’t believe me, check out Alembik, the web/media transcoding service they have released as open source and that is part of the core of their “kubes” project. This initiatives are what all mobile web should be about, because (in their own words) “conversion of content to mobile should be a commodity”
Now, if only some companies out there were thinking the same way… *sigh*
got a presentation to give next week at Webcamp talking about mobile development (courtesy of YDN). They have tracks on SEO, widgets and Web 3.0 (are we on 3.0 already?), but I think the one I’m more interested in is on Romanian-specific web issues… It’s always good to hear how different countries have got their own special highs and lows in the web industry (and hopefully i can find some people to talk about mobile too, as I don’t know that much about the specific situation in Romania!)
So, if anybody is around Bucharest (you know, by chance) and wants to check it out… ping me!
I did a Fireagle widget hack in Mashed, that I couldn’t get completely running because I started playing with the authentication (trying to make oauth work with only curl) and with Ant scripts to verify/lint/deploy both XML and PHP files (pretty sweet stuff!) Will post info as soon as I can
I was only briefly at the hack evening today, but managed to check the talk, chat with a couple of nice people from ITV and do a formula 1 monkey to extract info from eurosport pages and present it alongside search results. I think it looks nice:
I will drop by on Saturday and still thinking about whether to go for a hack or not… the idea of doing the nokia n95-based version of a polar pedometer (with automatic integration with mapmyrun.com) is still in the air…
just a quick note/heads-up that Yahoo! Mobile team is interviewing for their summer internships. There are still possibilities of getting your CV in so if you’re an university student and you’re interested in working with our team to make oneSearch kick axx big time in Europe, I think it’s worth to send me your CV (check my mail in the “about” section!)
There are openings for Partner Management and Marketing departments, if you are into that kind of thing… but what I wanted to advertise is our very own opening for a Software Engineering Intern. No previous big mobile software experience required, but we value strong computer science background, initiative to learn new things (such as how to process and index big amounts of data using things like Hadoop), love for programming and good music taste (this last one is optional, I guess)
If you happen to be in Barcelona next week, and don’t have anything interesting to spend the Monday night with, I will be talking about mobile web development and the Yahoo Mobile platform on the 5th of May, in the Forum Nokia & MobileMonday Event in Barcelona.
There are also some interesting people to network with, so let me know if you want to come and say hi!
This actually reminds me of some other interesting thing I bumped into when talking with a couple of operators that have integrated oneSearch in their portals. As most of you know, until not-so-long most operators had closed portals (what were usually called “walled gardens”) with syndicated content (via several of the beforementioned “mobile content aggregator” deals). However, since recently, they’re all (*ejem* almost) switching to offer open Internet access, and integrate the internet search right on their decks (via Google mobile search, Microsoft Live Mobile, Yahoo oneSearch or even other parties like Medio)
The interesting thing is that even though that trend has been going on for I’d say 1-2 years, when you look at some of these operators’ top queries, it really seems like they’re mostly for in-portal content! Poetically speaking, even though the “garden” is not “walled” anymore, people are still mostly staying in!
I guess it’s kind of good news for people whose business model is based on selling mobile content but… I guess also not so good for getting there in terms of having an “open” mobile web ecosystem as good and full of interest as the desktop web counterpart. Or maybe it’s just a question of educating the users to know what’s out there and wait for more to come?
Have been playing a bit with the FireEagle API for building location based services (check some slides about FireEagle here) and the team commented that they’re preparing a FireEagle hack night some point next month, and also sent me some invites to circulate
So if any of you needs a FireEagle invite to test, feel free to shoot me an email! (info about hacknight will probably be put in upcoming.org when details are available)
P.S. by the way, if you want to check which cool things you can do with FireEagle, check out Simon’s Wikinear application here