First Foursquare Hack Day Announced

Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai announced on Friday that the company will host its first official hack day where programmers will get together to work, marathon style, for a day or a weekend on an application that uses Foursquare data.

“I’m incredibly excited to announce something I’ve been dreaming about for so long: Foursquare is going to have its first ever developers meetup,” Mr. Selvadurai wrote to the 1,841 members of Foursquare’s developer listserve.

The event is happening in New York City on Feb. 5, details to be announced.

Chris Thompson of the Ohio-based blog About Foursquare floated a few ideas for Foursquare-based apps:

Here are a few things I’d love to see:

A way to browse nearby specials in real time using the API’s new specials endpoint.

A nice-looking map I can share on Facebook, Twitter or my website that shows the places I unlocked each badge.

A tool that can look at my history and my friends’ histories and suggest places to meet up for dinner or drinks that we all like.

Marshall Kirkpatrick from ReadWriteWeb suggests another:

I’m cheering for someone to build a Foursquare mashup with Google News and Wikipedia, so I can be told automatically when the places I go have been mentioned in the news or have history posted on Wikipedia.

The time and place is not set yet but Mr. Selvadurai wanted to announce the date as soon as possible so developers can make plans to travel to the city.

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