We at Blurb love innovation, so kudos to the all-woman team who took the top prize for their project — Blogging in Motion — at Yahoo’s first open Hack Day. Their hack job? A device that automatically takes pictures and posts them to a blog. You might ask why, but consider the Hack Day rules:
* Take something from idea to prototype in 24 hours using at least one Yahoo! API, SDK, or other technology (plenty to choose from at http://developer.yahoo.com/).
* At the end of the hacking period, you demo your hack to everyone — really fast, generally in 90 seconds or less
Yahoo Hack Day — started just over a year ago by Chad Dickerson (a coworker of mine from my days at InfoWorld) — is obviously on its way to becoming an institution. Check out the Flickr stream: from the Beck concert, to sleeping hackers, to stacks of pizza boxes — looks like a Blurb book to me.
For more on Yahoo’s Hack Day, check out the thousands of links at Technorati.