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World HACK Recap and Winners

October 15, 2012ByBear Douglas

Thank you to all the developers who came out to make the Facebook Developer World Hack a smashing success. In our visits to Austin, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Taipei, Berlin, Jakarta, Bangalore, Barcelona, Vancouver, Warsaw and Moscow, we:

  • Hosted over 2,000 developers

  • Saw more than 330 demos, built over 16,000 person-hours

  • Announced new meetup groups in several cities, to keep the conversations and HACK spirit going

Photos from our Hacks in Europe

Developers built all kinds of apps covering a wide range of topics— from games and music to cooking to philanthropy. We saw some incredibly creative hacks – including projects incorporating hardware elements like an Arduino and a clothes iron – and can't wait to see what you come up with next.

We're pleased to announce the Grand Prize winners, whose projects stood out from the many high quality apps. These teams have won a trip to Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, where they will meet with members of the Facebook engineering team:

  • The team, from Taipei. 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.

Photos from the Hacks in South America and Asia

Several groups from the Hacks have continued working on their ideas, seeing them through to launch. Check out these great apps for inspiration on your next project:

  • 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.

Many thanks again to our sponsors for their generous prize donations: LG, Mozilla, Amazon, Nokia, Playful Play, Playdom, Jawbone and Thank you, too, to our API sponsors, whose content and services enabled some interesting projects: Twilio, Samsung, 500px, Pearson, Pusher, Firebase, Deezer, Filmaster, Yandex Fotki and

We hope you're inspired by these hacks and look forward to seeing what you build next!