Tuesday, October 16, 2007

NYC Facebook Hackathon 3

It might not be the third hackathon, but who's counting anyway?

Last night 35 technologists gathered at the Union Square Ventures office in the Flatiron to discuss all things facebook worthy.

There were a number of FB apps demoed and discussed. Most notably I enjoyed the Manhattan 3D modeling world created by UpNext. They have rendered the entire city skyline block by block and are integrating user comments to specific businesses and locations.

The next step upon aggregating user comments (kind of like Yelp or CitySearch) will be to allow users with GPS-enabled phones to geotag their favorite restaurants. This concept of geotagging and location based social networking is nothing new. Recall NYC startup Socialight. They too are working on the GPS concept and the social web of interaction that could take place.

Will be happy to see these two location-based companies come to fruition.

Ad-Networks were heavily discussed. Is it possible to aggregate all the "publicly" available user information from users profiles? If so how?

There are many projects taking place in the city. One thing that struck me was the paucity of developers that were available for hire. Of the 35 odd people in attendance there were at least 4 companies looking for developers and only one guy who put his name on the "looking for work" board.

Thanks to Michael Galpert for organizing the nerd-herd and everyone over at USV, especially Andrew Parker for getting the pizza and beer in order.

We have a vibrant tech community in place right now. Its refreshing to see the many great ideas up-close and months before the general public.