We recently challenged learners at the University of York to participate in a a person-day hackathon. Their remit was very simple: style and create a file conversion application that utilizes the Zamzar API . A few hours afterwards, the learners demoed their six fantastic applications, and the profitable apps ended up announced.
What did the learners create? Who received? Read through on to obtain out…
In most instances, learners opted to solve a difficulty that they had confronted by themselves. This was straight away clear from the first application, GIF-T, which turns a bevy of similar shots into a limited montage video clip and wraps it up with a (virtual!) bow and gift tag. When we questioned about the inspiration for their application, the builders said that they had grown drained of receiving hundreds of comparable shots from weddings, birthdays, or particularly notorious trips to their nearby pub. Run by the image-to-video clip conversions offered by the Zamzar API, the builders of GIF-T ended up capable to create a very simple prototype and wireframes for their ultimate application in just a number of hours.
Three of the applications centered on building file conversion exceptionally straightforward for everyone. These integrated a Dropbox plug-in which allowed “hot folders” to be used for instantly converting documents from a person format to an additional, a browser plug-in for converting archive documents from unconventional formats (we’re looking at you WinRAR) to some thing much more commonplace, and a UNIX command for converting documents as section of a shell script.
Meanwhile, a trio of learners experimented with combining file conversion with purely natural language processing in their automated illustrator application. The intention right here was to analyse a tale (in plaintext), use an image search engine to find ideal illustrations for the tale, and incorporate the end end result into an E book employing the Zamzar API. The builders shown their application employing Alice in Wonderland as a supply text.
The ultimate application was the outstanding and bewildering Cat Meme Generator, which combined Web 3.o style sensibilities with the capacity to deliver cat-similar memes. We’re not very absolutely sure why this application exists, but we’re happy that it does.
Despite the fact that we ended up completely impressed with everybody’s initiatives, we awarded prizes to our favorite 3 apps:
- Computerized file conversion with Dropbox (Michael Walsh)
- EasyCompress for instantly converting archive documents (Joe Anderson)
- Computerized tale illustrator (Liam Mullane, Liviu Pirvan and Calub Tan)
The plucky winners took dwelling prizes, and we arrived away completely impressed with how a great deal can be achieved with a number of hours function. We’ll be releasing the supply code from some of these applications in the coming days on our GitHub repo so you can extend and reuse the code in your individual applications.