Yahoo! Hack U 2009 at CSE

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On March 17-21, 2009, Yahoo! held its first Hack U at the University of Michigan. Hack U, designed to get students to think about web technologies and encourage interaction, learning, and creativity, was a week-long event that took place in the U-M's Computer Science and Engnieering building.

During the week, Yahoo! evangelists and technologists visited and addressed eight CSE and SI classes. Evening seminars on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday covered Yahoo! and open technologies, and the week ended with a Friday/Saturday 24-hour "hackathon," from which nine student teams emerged to present their "hacks" to a judging panel composed the Yahoo! tech team as well as CSE's very own Elliot Soloway and Jeff Ringenberg.

The Michigan Daily covered Hack U and wrote a story on the event and the winner.

Hack U 2009 Agenda

Tuesday, March 17th
Evening: Yahoo! Hack U Kickoff Event featuring Rasmus Lerdorf, creator of PHP. Everything students need to know about participating in the Hack competition plus a raffle, cool shirts and fun shwag! Demos, code examples, more tech stuff, and find teams.

Wednesday, March 18th
Classrom speakers:

  • Paul Tarjan spoke to Michael Wellman's 547 E-commerce class
  • Tom Hughes-Croucher spoke to two sections of Jeff Ringenberg's ENG101 class
  • Ramsus Lerdorf spoke to sections of Elliot Soloway's 498 programming class
  • Evening: Yahoo! SearchMonkey and BOSS Technology seminar with hands-on application building.

    Thursday, March 19th
    Classroom speakers:

  • Paul Tarjan spoke to Bob Frost's Information search and Retrival class
  • Tom Hughes-Croucher spoke to Greg Wakefield's 496 Major Design Experience Professionalism class
  • Evening: Yahoo! Developer Network presents Yahoo! Open Technology Night. Overview of YAP/YOS/YUI Technology.

    Friday, March 20th
    Classroom speakers:

  • Ramsus Lerdorf spoke to Michael Hess's Drupal class
  • Paul Tarjan and Tom Hughes-Croucher spoke to Dragomir Radev's 498/650 Information Retrieval class
  • Evening: Hackathon begins at 4:00 pm, plus raffle, caffeine, free schwag!

    Saturday, March 21st
    All hacks submitted at 4:00 pm. Presentations/demos of hacks. Judging, awards and dinner celebration.


    Below are photos from the Hack U. To view or download larger photos, just click on the number above the thumbnail image you want to view.

    Additional photos can be seen on Flickr.