Facebook Announces World HACK Winners


On Monday, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) announced the winners of it Facebook Developer World HACK competition. The  event series had been hosted by the company during August and September in cities around the world, such as Austin, TX and Taipei, Taiwan.

Facebook Announces World HACK Winners

These events provide opportunities for developers of all experience levels to create apps and utilize the Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) platform. The newly designed apps encompass numerous subjects, such as games, music, cooking, and philanthropy, reported TechCrunch.

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The official World HACK website also noted the events cover inside baseball topics, such as Facebook APIs, Mobile SDKs, and Open Graph.

An estimated 2,000 developers participated this year, and after the two-month worldwide tour, there were 330 demos created through more than 16,000 hours of work. To further drive attendance, Facebook promoted the events through meetup groups in various cities, and also did so to keep momentum going once World HACK left.

After the tour, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) selected three Grand Prize winners. The developers will receiver a trip to corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, CA, and have an opportunity to meet Facebook engineering team members.

On Monday, via Facebook’s Developer Blog, it lists the following winners:

  • The Paperclip.io team, from Taipei. Paperclip.io indexes and sorts the things you’ve liked on Facebook and across the web, so you can easily browse your likes by category, or by the date you liked them.
  • The Chained Story team, from Buenos Aires. Chained Story is a web version of a storytelling game, in which players take turns adding a sentence or paragraph to a story. The completed story can be published to a user’s timeline.
  • The BoostMate team, from Moscow. BoostMate analyzes your social graph and the connections you have with all your friends, producing a ranking of who you’re closest to, who you interact with least, and whether those interactions were positive.

Facebook also included a shout-out to numerous apps that had been launched in the competition. This includes the following:

  • Moozo, Buenos Aires. Moozo helps restaurants coordinate service, by letting diners ask for the check or get service via mobile device.
  • Memory Millionaire, Taipei. Select a date range and a group of friends, and the Memory Millionaire game selects a photo or quotation for you to attribute to a friend.
  • Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Taipei. Before Sunrise, Before Sunset lets you plan a trip and keep track of people you met. You can also print out iron-on QR codes to remind you of the places you’ve been.
  • 100 Seconds, Warsaw. 100 Seconds gives you a daily update of your Facebook feed via phone, complete with soundtrack.
  • Tank Siege, Barcelona. Tank Siege is a multiplayer game that lets you challenge your friends to simulated rounds of combat.
  • ShareNote, Bangalore. ShareNote is an Android app that enables you to create, share, and sync notes with your friends. People can also scan notes with their phone’s camera, or play the note aloud.
  • Wantering, Vancouver. Wantering lets shoppers quiz themselves to see if they can distinguish steals from splurges.
  • Loupe Cards, Vancouver. Make personalized birthday greeting cards for your friends online with Loupe.
  • Zwoup, Berlin. Zwoup lets you coordinate your shopping lists with friends, family, and roommates.
  • BFFQuiz, Moscow. BFFQuiz is a game that asks you questions about your friends, their likes, activities, and habits. Users win points by correctly identifying their friends based on their interests.

Back in September, we wrote about some new apps that Facebook rolled out. You now have to wonder if they came from the two-month competition, or if the developers are alums.