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Google TV Gets First Ever Hackathon

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  1. CatfishRivers

    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

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    Google TV Gets First Ever Hackathon | WebProNews (click for full article)

    "Google technology thrives off of hacking. No, not that kind of hacking. The kind of hacking that unlocks the full capabilities of the device and explores new ways it can be used. The Google TV has seen a number of unofficial hacks, but Google is finally hosting an official hackathon event.


    The Google TV blog announced a partnership with two Android developer groups - Silicon Valley Android Developers Group and the London Android Group. These two groups will host hackathons during a weekend in April that will encourage "hacking, playing with, and creating new experiences on Google TV."


    The first hackathon will be with Silicon Valley Android Group as they're meeting up at Google TV's headquarters in Mountain View, California. The judges for the event will be Blake Krikorian, co-founder and former CEO of Sling Media; Mark Mangiola, Venture Partner at Canaan Partners; and Drew Olanoff, West Coast Editor of The Next Web.


    The event will start on Friday, April 20, where teams will present their ideas. The next day will see the actual work being done while the teams hold demo sessions, Q&As and a hangout with Google TV developers. The last day, Sunday, will see teams presenting their ideas to the judges for a chance to win Google I/O tickets and other prizes. "
     
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    Am I being optimistic to believe something good will come from this eventually?
     
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    Tomorrow Will Be Televised | SYS-CON MEDIA (click for full article)

    "Something that's a potential watershed in the generation of interactive TV takes place next weekend. Something not on anyone's radar screen just two years ago, now quite commonplace in the digital frontier-the hackathon.


    What's a hackathon? Groups of people coming together in one place over a weekend, firing up their imaginations and coming up with new Internet, mobile or tablet applications and services.


    TechCrunch's first Disrupt conference in New York almost two years ago introduced me to what a hackathon could produce. Whether what gets created goes on to mass adoption by us, or crashes and trashes a particular weekend, the big outcome is a service developer community, often linking up people of color, more intent on producing new ventures and developing for the long haul. "
     
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    I am hoping they make a getglue app that knows what I am watching and would post that info to the site when I pressed a button of my choice :) I hate going to the computer to do that :p
     
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    Google Chats About Its First TV Hackathon And Why Discovery Code Is Critical - Forbes (click for full article)

    "If there were any doubts left about whether Google still had its eyes on the TV prize, the geeks will lead you to the truth. Last weekend in both Mountain View and London, developers were hacking new trails for Google, which hosted its first-ever codefest for TV.


    According to the software giant's TV blog, it was a success:


    Throughout the weekend, 370+ developers from both sides of the Atlantic united for an all-out session of intense hacking, coding, collaborating, and fun. We saw 60 teams create apps in just one weekend - everything from games to home automation to chat.


    The winners, listed in the blog post, built code for translating shows into other languages, playing games, creating dashboards, connecting family members and, most prominently, helping users find something to watch.



    In this email interview with Paul Carff, senior developer advocate for Google TV, we discuss the special challenges a TV hackathon provides, why content discovery is still the key hack needed right now and what the prospects are for more weekends of innovations. "
     
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