“Blow torches worked. Water is back on!!! See everyone tomorrow.”—That time when it was really cold and the water pipes froze and there was a water leak and the water in the building was shut off and you couldn’t use the sink or bathrooms and we were sent home and same for the next day and blow torches were needed to warm the water in the tank and that time was today and this is life at tumblr and now its fixed and tomorrow we get to go back and reunite with our awesome coworkers and life is back to normal. (via andrew)
We’re drawing towards the end of our first day of Yahoo Hack USA, although for many, the hacking has only just begun. The best code often gets written in the wee hours of the night. And here at Yahoo Hack USA, there are hundreds of coders writing thousands of lines of code right now, as they prepare to show their work during demos tomorrow.
Here are some of the highlights from our first day here at Yahoo Hack USA:
Welcome from Marissa
The first highlight from the day was a very warm welcome from Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer. Marissa set the tone for the day by personally greeting our visiting hackers and learning what people were going to hack on. We want to thank Marissa for giving Yahoo Hack USA such a memorable start and making our guests feel right at home
Super Tech Talks
The first half of the day, 18 tech talks were delivered by awesome speakers from Yahoo, Appcelerator, Joyent, Pinterest, Numenta, Mozilla, and OpsCode. Topics were wide ranging and all focused on technologies and tools that would help developers solve problems and make better hacks and apps. Take a look at our complete talk agenda to see the depth and breadth of subjects covered at Yahoo Hack USA and stay tuned here on Tumblr and YDN Twitter for video updates.
Holy Nodecopters Batman!
One of the most exciting parts of the day involved flying Nodecopters around Yahoo campus. Hackers became like children within nanoseconds as we saw the lightly foam-covered Parrot drones fly high then fall. Masterfully facilitated by Nodecopter workshop ninja, Nexxy, we saw many Nodecopters successfully take flight, controlled by NodeJS code. No humans were injured in this exercise. In addition to fun with Nodecopters, we also had fun hacking with Arduino and Lilypad.
Cronuts and Food Trucks
Last but not least, teh food. No hackday would be complete without plenty death-defying amounts of sugar being consumed. We wanted to make Yahoo Hack USA extra sweet for our hackers by providing a special treat: limited edition cronuts from Paris Baguette Cupertino. We are so thankful to this local patisserie for making an exception and baking hundreds of handmade cronuts for our very special audience.
So, the sun has set, the food trucks are rolling out, and hackers are coding into the night. We’ve listened to some entertaining nerdcore rappers and are settling in for the long night up ahead. Hack like there is no tomorrow. ttfn
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