It was a busy weekend here at the Shopify office.
On Saturday, Feb. 26, we opened our doors to almost 100 developers who, working in teams or solo, engaged in a heated yet playful competition to create the coolest application using pre-selected APIs. This “Hackfest,” labeled HackDays is the brainchild of Leila Boujnane, the co-founder and CEO of Idée Inc, the company that created TinEye, (the world’s first large scale reverse image search engine), and Corey Reid, developer herder and sword handler at Freshbooks.
Software developers used open APIs from address directory giant Yellow Pages Group; image search optimizer Idée Inc; online movie store Zip; mobile gaming social marketing startup Pretzil; and of course Shopify :-)
The six-hour pizza and root beer fuelled coding marathon produced 15 awesome apps that were presented to a panel of judges at the end of the day. The winning application, created by Brad Miller (@bradmiller), and Jevin Maltais (@jevy) allows you to make quick online reservations with any restaurant in the world. Simply find a local restaurant on a map and complete the online form. Their app, named Reservely, will automatically phone the restaurant (via Twilio) and will send you a confirmation or denial of your reservation.
(Pictured above from left to right: Corey Reid/Freshbooks, Kyle McInnes/Pretzil, Jean-Luc David/Yellow Pages, Edward Ocampo-Gooding/Shopify, Tobias Lütke/Shopify, Leila Boujnane/Idée Inc)
We really love open APIs here at Shopify, so it was an absolute pleasure hosting HackDays! It’s always nice to open our office doors to the tech community, and as a result we met a lot of insanely talented individuals, enjoyed some laughs and we can’t wait to do it again.