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6 reasons the AOP-Mozilla hack day 'kicked ass'

From ArtiBalls, a project which seeks to reinvent how journalists can view and track their content, to HTML5 events, video and photo gallery apps, to Scout, a tool helping journalists break news faster, and the ambitious ‘Will I Make it?’ app, the first AOP-Mozilla Hack Day was a showcase for the creativity and potential for collaboration between AOP Publisher members.  But that’s not all - even compared to far larger-scale, similar events in the US, it ‘still kicked ass’.
“I loved every minute of the Hack Day – a great example of AOP publishers collaborating to produce a range of innovative services that can be applied to help all of their businesses.”Hack Day Judge Helen Clifford-Jones

Background

The hack day teams brought together collaborators from a range of companies, including: Centaur, IPC, BBC, Newsquest, News International, Time Out, The Economist, Thomson Reuters, Haymarket, Incisive and Future Publishing. The aim of the hack day was to use HTML5 to ‘develop dynamic applications and websites that work on all platforms, for all of your users - no matter which device or OS they choose. Projects should solve a real world problem or opportunity currently facing AOP members' businesses.’

Six reasons #aophd kicked ass – more details on the projects

  • ArtiBalls - An anti-information overload app for journalists - 'working with noise, rather than against it' pulling together analytics with social media buzz for an experience which makes editors feel ‘more like creatives than traders.’
  • Video Wall - An interactive video wall, whose display varies by an algorithm based on story popularity and social media activity
  • Scout - a tool which enables journalists to break news faster, and with more accuracy
  • HTML5 photo gallery tool - a platform-neutral photo gallery app created in HTML5, to be part of a free offering, that doesn't have to go through App Store approval process (codename: Nuts gallery app)
  • HTML5 events app - allows events promoters to save drafts and compile events listings both on and offline, responding to an issue at work faced by its project lead
  • 'Will I make it?' app - a mobile app which geo-locates you, then tells you if you have time to reach events on time, and how to get there
"It’s great to see the AOP supporting publisher efforts to innovate using the latest technologies to improve services for all of their constituents, whether it be internal applications for editorial teams or improving the overall user experience.   Some of the best ideas are borne out of sessions like these, and it’s amazing to see the speed at which they can come off the white board and into working prototypes"Hack Day Judge Jay Stevens

Winners

Judges' Comments on the HTML5 Events App
After a very close vote, the winning project picked by the judges (and the rest of the hackers following a tie) was the HTML5 Events App - which allows events promoters to save drafts and compile events listings both on and offline. The judges said the project responded to a pressing issue facing AOP members businesses, offered a working, viable product in a very short space of time, made smart use of HTML5 and could be useful to a wide range of publishers. The runner-up project was the Video Wall, which incorporate various ad formats and introduced an exciting new way for publishers to display their video content. The hack day prizes were shared by both teams. Prizes, in the shape of Veebeams, which let you wirelessly stream your laptop to your TV, were shared between the two teams. The judges commended all the teams for their impressive work over the 1.5 days of hacking – and all participants in the hack day were offered a free place to the Mozilla Festival on 4-6 November as a small recognition of their efforts.
"The creativity and teamwork shown by the programmers, designers and journalists at the AOP Hack Day was exceptional. Their contributions should help publishers accelerate their thinking about - and adoption - of these new technologies."Hack Day Judge Tom Jenen

Judges

A big thank you to our judges, who provided expert feedback and gave a true 'dragon'-style feel to the event:
Ross Bruniges, Client side web developer, Mozilla
Helen Clifford-Jones, Head of Country, UK, Maxifier
Tom Jenen, Commercial Director EMEA, Admeld
Jay Stevens, VP & GM International of Rubicon Project

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‘It’s great to see the AOP supporting publisher efforts to innovate using the latest technologies to improve services for all of their constituents, whether it be internal applications for editorial teams or improving the overall user experience.   Some of the best ideas are borne out of sessions like these, and it’s amazing to see the speed at which they can come off the white board and into working prototypes’