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Welcome to WSOH and we're looking forward to a great night of hacking with all of you! Below are instructions for WSOH, including projects themes, participating companies, judging criteria, prizes, and so on.
For those of you needing transportation, fill out the SurveyMonkey (see Transportation section at the end).

Getting Started:

  • All projects (with team composition) must be submitted on the Etherpad document before July 22nd (make sure you save each time and be careful not overwriting others edits)
  • No more than 4 members per team ; individual contributors welcome too.
  • If you have a project and need more members on your team, please indicate the type of technical skills set you're looking for. Please add your contact info so students can reach you.
  • You can also use the Facebook group page to find a team or team members (in case you already have your own project)
    Facebook event page: http://on.fb.me/mozwsoh
  • For those of you who don't have a project/idea, nor a team, please find one and add yourself on the Etherpad
  • For your official entry, fork this project and commit your code to the fork. We'll be able to see the list of submissions via the Network Graph.

Instructions:

  • You may start hacking on your project as early as today (7/15)
  • On July 22/23, you may hack on your project from 7.30pm until 7.30am
  • Show & Tell will start promptly at 8am on the 23rd and each team will have 2min to present

Projects Themes:

For WSOH we chose to focus on projects and challenges that advance the Web for everyone, while keeping it open, decentralized, interoperable, people-centric, and fun. Projects are not limited to these themes, so enjoy yourself and build something awesome. After all, hacking is about scratching an itch, and really, no one else can tell you where to scratch, or what tools to scratch with:

  • Build something interesting with HTML 5 & video technology
  • Build something that enables cross-device sharing or social interaction
  • Data visualization - use data to tell an interesting story in a new way, reveal something new
  • Build something interesting that leverages user identity and the social graph
  • Build a browser extension (bonus points if it maps to one of the above: social, identity, datavis)
  • Build something to enable employee collaboration in the office
  • A vast amount of information online is locked up inside PDFs, Word documents, and so on. Scribd can convert this to pure HTML5 — use the embedding API to expose this information from your favorite data source! (http://www.scribd.com/developers)
  • Best use of the Google Maps Javascript API V3
  • Build something that syncs dropbox with another service (flickr, facebook, gmail)
  • Build another interface into dropbox (sftp dropbox server, webdav, fuse, gvfs, browser extension, public share website, twitter-like dropbox webpage)
  • Build something that leverages open identity standards such as BrowserID, OAuth, OStatus, or Webfinger. Bonus points for browser integration
  • Build something that uses data mashups from the Yahoo! Query Language (YQL) in interesting ways
  • Build a real-time game or application using NowJS
  • Hardware hack: using hardware/an unexpected device to do one of the above
  • Open challenge: could be anything (be creative!)

List of Companies Sending Engineering Advisors (as of 7/15):

Mozilla, Github, Google, Dropbox, Yahoo!, Scribd, Meebo, 10gen/MongoDB, Flotype (now.js), Box, Ning, and Bloomreach
Folks will be onsite to answer any technical questions you may have...

Judging Panel (for Show & Tell on July 23, 8am):

  • Ben Keighran, Chomp Inc, CEO & Co-Founder
  • Brad Kellett, Chomp Inc, Lead Search Engineer
  • Pascal Finette, Director of Mozilla's Web FWD Accelerator Program
  • Christian Heilmann, Mozilla, Principal Developer Evangelist
  • Ben Galbraith, Walmart.com, VP, Mobile Engineering ; Ajaxian.com and Functionsource.com, co-founder.

Judging Criteria:

We will rate the demos across 4 dimensions:

  1. Technology – Does the demo showcase the power of open Web technologies?
  2. Originality – How innovative and unique is the demo?
  3. Aesthetics – How good is the visual design and interaction experience?
  4. Practicality – How useful is this demo in enhancing the Web today?

Prizes (4 members max per team):

  • Winning project: a conference of your choice within the US (we'll pay for your travels, hotel, and conference fees)
  • Second place: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Third place: Samsung Galaxy S II phone

Logistics:

  • WSOH will be held at the Computer History Museum, in Mountain View (http://bit.ly/raWPIL)
  • July 22nd/23rd
  • Doors open at 6.30pm (7/22) ; hacking session starts at 7.30pm and ends at 7.30am (7/23)
  • Show & Tell will start at 8am sharp (7/23)
  • Lots of food throughout the night, plenty of caffeine and sugar to fuel your brain, good music, entertainment along the way, and great engineers to answer your questions!
  • Eventbrite's page: http://wsoh.eventbrite.com

Transportation:

Mozilla will provide shuttles in the evening of July 22nd and the morning of July 23rd from Mountain View's Caltrain Station to CHM (Computer History Museum).

Please add your name to the survey if you'd like to request transportation: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LGHRWTP (the shuttle will have signs with Mozilla and WSOH)

Caltrain's schedule: http://www.caltrain.com/schedules/weekdaytimetable.html

ANY QUESTIONS? Please email me at julie@mozilla.com

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