Last Friday was the first Yahoo! Hack Day hosted at our Sunnyvale Campus and open to anyone in the company. Previous Hack Days were either geographically limited (Bangalore, for example) or hosted primarily by a single business unit (such as "Search and Marketplace").

Because I was at the Podcast Academy (also hosted at Yahoo! last week) on Thursday, I didn't hack. Instead I got to be Chad's assistant, herding cats (I mean "hackers") into the presentation queue, assigning presentation slots, and so on.

You see, when roughly 100 hackers or teams are each presenting for 90 seconds, you're looking at 2.5 hours--assuming that nobody wastes time not being prepared.

Crowd at Hack Day

In short, I had fun. We had a killer lineup of judges (Filo, Sue Decker, Stewart, Larry Tesler, Ian Rogers, etc.), some amazing hacks, lots of energy, humor, pizza, and beer. What's not to love?

I've posted my pictures on Flickr. If you browse the public photos tagged with hackday, you'll find many, many more. I think that Brian "BigMac" McGuiness took way more than everyone else combined. He's always showing off with that Canon 20D. :-)

For a moment I was sure that Mike Arrington was wearing a Google t-shirt (how funny of him, right?). But then I got closer and realized that he also has a GEvil shirt!


About an hour and a half into the presentations, he asked me how many hacks there were. I'm not quite sure what the look on his face was when I told him there were about 100. He certainly seemed satisfied by that answer.

Other coverage:

Oh, and you've gotta love the stickers and schwag...

Posted by jzawodn at June 18, 2006 07:11 PM

Reader Comments
# Patty said:

Thank you so much for your "How to Lose Weight " section

on June 19, 2006 09:50 AM
# jr said:

Particularly after loading up on Hack Day pizza, candy and beer.

on June 19, 2006 12:16 PM
# Michael Bernstein said:

Speaking of hacks, I just ran into this reference to Y!IM accounts being hacked and resold for profit:

on June 19, 2006 08:28 PM
# Lara Long said:

Hey Jeremy any idea where the puppetron video they showed with the puppets hacking might be found?

on September 30, 2006 02:28 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:
on September 30, 2006 10:33 PM
# said:

Hi Jeremy,
Could you please help me to hack an email (, or atleast tell me the technic , which i can look into her inbox with out knowing the password.This is for one important issue that i'm facing on my life.Please help me....

Thanks and Regards,
ur friend :)

on August 1, 2007 09:43 PM
# Ford said:

Hi. I am a hacker. I can get you a password (aol, gmail, myspace, facebook, msn/hotmail,yahoo..etc). I do charge money to get a password. Once i get the password i’ll show you proof i have it. Are you interested? please email me at


on February 14, 2009 01:40 PM
# said:

Hi. I am a hacker. I can get you a myspace, facebook,yahoo,msn/hotmail, gmail, aol...etc password. I do charge money though,but will show proof i have it. Are you interested? please email me at (I was formly known as fordf202006 on yahoo but my account was deleted)


on April 18, 2010 01:09 AM
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