What do you get when you add beer, October and hacking on Yammer APIs? Hacktoberfest, of course! This weekend, we put together our first public hackathon called Hacktoberfest — a 27-hour competition dedicated to building innovative applications on the Yammer Platform. While building innovative apps on the Yammer platform is reward enough, Hacktoberfest also featured awesome prizes for the winners, such as a spot in Alchemist Accelerator, the leading incubator for enterprise startups, cash prizes of up to $5,000 in cash, a chance at international stardom, presenting at the YamJam ’12 conference, or take home an Xbox! Oh yeah, did we also mention German food, beer, and our own An Le dressed as a Bier Maiden?
Each entry was be given three minutes to demo, and each hack was judged on the following critera:
- Integration: How well does the application leverage the Yammer API?
- Utility: How well does the application solve a real problem for end-users?
- User Experience: How easy is the application to use?
- Innovation: How creative and unique is the submission?
Without further ado, let’s dive right into the awesome hacks themselves:
- Boss AMA by happiily (Tom Williams and Matt Harris) allows you to ask your boss anything — anonymously or not — giving your boss an easy-to-manage queue of unanswered questions.
- Roktober by Aireum (Alex Devkar and Paul McReynolds) helps you import documents into Yammer from a cloud storage tool of your choice. It indexes these documents using Lucene search.
- Rally by Warturtle (Katherina Nguyen & Michael Siedlecki) is a frictionless, real-time project collaboration platform built with Yammer for authentication & messaging, and Telesocial for an all-hands conference call feature. Project progress is tracked by uploading real deliverables rather than bothersome task lists.
- Bright Funds By Bright Funds (Rutul Dave) allows you to share your social impact with your colleagues. Bright Funds provides a delightful, personalized way to support employee giving and allows employees to manage their portfolio of giving funds much like they would manage investments.
- YamLive by Zencoder (Michael Christopher) is a live streaming service allows you to broadcast all of your glorious moments to your coworkers — it’s like a “UStream for Yammer,” but private to your company, of course.
- YamGeese by 7Geese (Amin Palizban, Numan Sachwani, Kevin Fales) is a social performance management tool that automatically onboards all employees to 7Geese using profile information from Yammer. Employees can use their Yammer creds to log in to 7Geese to track goals, get recognition, and gather feedback.
- Yammer.FM by The Social Radio, Inc. (Roberto Gluck, Alejandra Negrete, Demian Renzulli) takes Yammer’s “ambient awareness” to the next level. With Yammer.FM, you can now listen to your Yams mixed with your favorite music, and when you listen to something that you really care about, you can go to Yammer to read more about it and join the conversation.
- Vacuum - a collaboration between Yammer and Philosophie (Brian Morton and Robert Ross) allows you to bring an email conversation into Yammer. With Vacuum, you can move conversations out of that old inbox and into the collaborative, transparent, and social experience of Yammer — it even brings into new users that hadn’t signed up for Yammer yet!
- YamNotify by Mozilla (Shane Caraveo, Christopher Arnold) lets you receive Yammer notifications into your browser chrome and social sidebar.
- Yammarket (Makoto Kondo) is a Yammer-based colleague-only Craigslist, a marketplace which enables you to buy, sell, give away or want anything with those who work face-to-face every day.
- Wuphf for Yammer by KZO (Wes Cruver and Jodi Wilkinson) ensures your important messages don’t go unread. Paying homage to Office Space, Wuphf sends your most urgent messages to all devices, including (gasp!) Fax.
- GetMeThere by AsIf (Alex Kawas, Eric Bell, Moon Limb, Eleonore Mayola) is the “last mile navigation to an event/meeting.”
- Gratify by Gratify (Nirav Shah) helps you reward your co-workers for their achievements.
- BrightSide (Alex Scialom) is your enterprise learning network. It uses Yammer to sign up, get user expertise and interests, invite and connect to Yammer connections and post to Activity Stream.
- Nostalgia by Nostalgia (Jay Chulani, Albert An, Lars Foleide) helps you capture and eternalizing seredipitous moments in realtime. You know what they say.. Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas; whatever happens on Yammer, stays in Nostalgia!
- LunchRoulette by Tokbox (Bill Ma, Song Zheng) helps you set up lunch meetings with people within your company’s Yammer network.
- Sugar (Cameron Anthony Ellis, Jonhnson Nakano, Evan R.) is a coworker appreciation engine. Sugar lets you give some sugar to your colleges when they do good deeds.
- VuYam Graph by Vufind Inc (Moataz Rashad, Praveen Vedanth) helps create your behavioral profile based on your Yammer Interest Graph by running analytics on photos, comments, likes and social connections
Congratulations to our winners!
- Best use of Telesocial API: Wuphf for Yammer
- Honorable mentions: GetMeThere & Yammer.FM
- Most Creative: LunchRoulette
- Most Useful: YamLive
- Hacker’s Choice Award: Yammer.FM
- 2nd Place: Vacuum
- 1st Place: Roktober
Thank you to all the hackers who shared their talents and time with us, to the Yammer team who worked tirelessly pulling this event together, and to our sponsors Microsoft, Telesocial, Social+ Capital, Zencoder, and Micello.
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