NYU Tech

Gifs, Memes, and Accidental Porn: A Visit to HackNY’s Fall Hackathon

Dom's Demo

This weekend, students from all over the east coast descended on NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences to participate in hackNY’s fall student hackathon.  HackNY is an intercollegiate organization designed to keep the tech talent off Wall Street and interested in startups. The students spent 24 coding in order to impress judges like former TechStars NY managing director David Tisch and Chris Poole, aka Moot.

A large number of the hacks presented used Tumblr’s API, including one smut-filled surprise. Naturally, three of the projects also incorporated GIFs.

The most impressive showing of the day was definitely Dom, a video game “on top of the Internet.” The game turns the layout of any website into a 3D landscape where players have to shoot away oncoming robots. Their fully-functional demo drew actual gasps from the crowd as 3D characters climbed all over Vimeo’s homepage to destroy some bad guys. The game also uses Tumblr’s API to alternate between changing background images of outer space. Dom won first place and a cash prize of $1,001 to split between the team’s five members. Read More

Love Thy Developers

David Karp: ‘We’ve Been Letting Down Our Developer Community’

dashbuddy

Last night, Steven Pears—the developer behind Windows Phone app DashBuddy, which brings Tumblr functionality to the WP7 Marketplace—penned a post lambasting Tumblr for failing to work with their developer community despite working so hard on their API. He probably didn’t expect to get a response, or an especially public and contrite one. Which, for the record, he did. Read More