On February 21st, 2014 the Hungarian Ustream office hosted its first internal hackathon.
In the previous blog post (What the heck is Hackathon?) we talked about the premise and importance of this 24-hour coding contest, and how it brings people together to collaborate on a common project. All in the name of one mighty goal – to make Ustream’s service better!
Not only the wide palette of ideas, but the team names themselves were injected with a healthy dose of creativity. We had Cougar Petting Trolls, A-Team, Geolition, The Fruit Loops, Screamo Mariachis, Call of Duty and Red Ducks, just to name a few.
But, lets take a look what they were working on. Here are the 11 project and ideas:
Streamsquare social network (Cougar Petting Trolls):
People go to places and check in on Foursquare, but from now they can broadcast the venues they are at, so others can see what is actually happening there. People get points and badges based on the time they spend there and the feedback from users who saw their streams.
In 24 hours they have developed a working web and native Android and iOS application prototypes and won the Hackathon competition!
Today, Monday, November 10th, at 7PM (Brasilia time, GMT+2), Wikipedia is launching it’s Brazilian site LIVE on Ustream – http://wikibr.org/. This live event will be promoting the Brazilian page of Wikipedia, and there will be a debate with Jimmy Wales.
Tuesday, November 11th marks the 1-week mark for Marc Horowitz’s 24/7 talk show! The guy who lived in a Nissan for a month and the creator of The National Dinner Tour, launched a 24/7 talk show from his living room last week. This will be a live talk show, unedited and uncut, where Marc is inviting the world into his Los Angeles home to talk about anything they wish! His website is – http://www.talkshow247.com – and this talk show will only be happening until Ground Hog’s Day, so get your name on his calendar today! This is the first time anything like this has ever been tried, and his calendar is already filling up with great guests like his neighbor, New York Times Best Selling Authors, YouTube stars, and more. If you are not in the LA area, you can still co-host by using the Ustream.TV co-host feature.
24/7 Talk Show Stream:
Thursday, November 13th is packed with great live content. We have:
NewTeeVee Live, the premier event showcasing the online video industry’s hottest topics, most talented video producers, promising technologies, leading innovators and top funding executives. The conference sold out early last year and also garnered rave reviews for bringing together the right mix of attendees. Buy your ticket early as this event will sell out.
The Connector.ie Meetup is also happening on the 13th, starting at 7pm. This will be a great event, with featured presenters from Bebo, The Irish Apprentice, and more. For the first time they have invited guests to present on a pre-selected topic, and what a line up they have. Philip McCartney, Head of Sales, Bebo Ireland, Jennifer Maguire- Founder Bella Makeover & Irish star of The Apprentice BBC 2008, Niall Harbison, Co-Founder iFoods.tv as seen on Dragons’ Den BBC 2008.
Friday, November 14th is the first of a 3 day Rock-a-thon! The Rock Medicine volunteers are putting on a 72 hour Rockband, Rockband 2 and Guitar Hero marathon! This 72 hour nonstop gaming marathon will be broadcast live online at www.rockthecause.net, where viewers can watch volunteers play, make donations to Rock Medicine and even win some unique and rare memorabilia. There will be a live chat room for viewer/artist interaction and even the ability to make song requests. For more information on the Rock-a-thon, visit www.rockthecause.net.
Also on Friday the 14th, Indiana University is having a Live Dance Marathon on campus, with all proceeds benefiting the Ryan White Infectious Disease Center at Riley Hospital for Children.
Also this week: Whitney Duncan, The Flaming Lips, Taylor Swift, and Tyler Hilton.
Tyler Hilton is a singer-songwriter and actor, who played the young Elvis in Walk the Line. He also has two Elvis cover songs on the award winning soundtrack. Tyler starred in a Taylor Swift music video, and will be live on Ustream just before Taylor Swift, who has a new album “Fearless”, that comes out on Tuesday and “Love Story”, the lead single, is a top 5 Billboard single
Next Week: On Tuesady, November 18th, Brea Grant is holding her first ever Twitterview on Ustream. Brea will be using Twitter and Ustream.TV to chat with fans from all over the world. More on this great event closer to the stream date.
Yes a dog kept running back and forth behind them, yes they were drinking soda instead of their usual imported beers, and YES they both matched at the beginning of the Town Hall…
They had a great Town Hall. They answered tons of questions and enjoyed themselves throughout. It looks easy, but lets give them a round of applause, or at least a golf clap as you sit there behind your computer screen. Bravo Digg, Bravo.
If you missed the recording, I included the embed below. Enjoy 🙂