Comedy Hack Day returned to San Francisco bringing together developers, comedians and the local community for a weekend hackathon full of laughs and innovation. This marks Cultivated Wit's fifth inception of the event also known as Comedy Hack Day Five.
The opening ceremonies took place last Friday night at Parisoma coworking spaces, and was the location for the two days of hacking.
Cultivated Wit’s Baritunde Thurston and Craig Cannon kicked off the festivities and hilariously announced the event’s details. This was my first Comedy Hack Day and when I entered the stage to demo the Intel Mashery API Network, I transformed myself into the comedic spirit of the event. I requested all participants to stand and join me to demonstrate their “most ridiculous dance.” It was quite a spectacle.
Craig then presented a video of the previous Comedy Hack Day winners “Timesify” which turns users most embarrassing sites into the look of the New York Times preventing shame. The prize for the Wackiest Use of the Intel Mashery API Network: Up to (3) Flux Capacitor USB Car Chargers, up to (3) 4-packs of Oatmeal posters, and up to (5) Basis Health Tracker Watches. Prepitches began, teams formed, and hacking commenced shortly after. Sarah-Jane Morris joined me in promoting our Intel Mashery technologies, distributing Intel Edison development boards and meeting the wonderful participants.
Teams worked continuously and some stayed overnight, and I did my best to stay up with them, helping them discover Intel’s XDK, Edison and Mashery API Network.
Teams had until Saturday afternoon to submit their app descriptions to Hacker League. I got the opportunity to demonstrate the new Hacker League features through directing volunteer Blake, who formed his team live on stage for the audience to follow.
Once teams submitted their projects, the first round of team demonstrations began. Presentations incorporated a funny an innovative element.
Participant Yosun excited the crowd with her Intel Edison controlled Cultivated Pocket Bot, a virtual robot with the ability to recognize people and speak about them poetically.
The top eight teams qualified to compete at the Comedy Hack Day Finals at the Brava Theater Sunday night, where I was joined by my Mashery teammates Sarah-Jane Morris and Vivek Chopra.
The five member team “I’m A Huge Fan” won the Mashery prize using the Beats Music and Rotten Tomatoes APIs. This app allows users to get talking points about music, movies, and more so one can confidently join a conversation about something they know nothing about.
Comedy Hack Day winners “AwwCog” an Open Furby Platform allows users to carry out Python scripts with vocal cues when programming the furry Furby. This allows people the ability to have engaging conversations with Furby and ask it questions about movies (this team used the Rotten Tomatoes API) and more.
I want to thank Craig Cannon, Baratunde Thurston, Brian Janosch and the entire Comedy Hack Day team and volunteers for organizing this fun, hilarious, and awesome event.
Click here to view the Comedy Hack Day Five projects on Hacker League.