What Foursquare Wants: Suggestions for the Global Hackathon

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Foursquare is being very strategic with its hackathons! We remember the first foursquare hackathon like it was yesterday. It was at General Assembly. It was right before South By Southwest. GroupMe built a foursquare app and subsequently broke out; Parisian hacker Pierre Valade built Agora, which eventually led to an internship at foursquare and the banning of the app by Twitter for misdemeanor spam.

As a result of the first hackathon, SXSW attendees had plenty of new foursquare apps to play with in between sessions of real foursquare in the startup’s PepsiMAX-sponsored court and awareness of the API spread amongst developers. Foursquare is pushing next weekend’s Global Hackathon just as cunningly. Remember when Meetup.com declared a National Pug Meetup Day and sent emails to pug lovers they found on the internet, encouraging them to create their own pug meetups in their cities?

Foursquare’s developer community asploded after the first hackathon, the company said.

So, when we sat down a few months ago to plan our next hackathon, it was obvious that we couldn’t just host it in one city. We decided to do something a little crazy: organize a giant global hackathon …

We’re super excited to invite you to join the worldwide foursquare community on the weekend of September 17-18th for a round-the-clock, round-the-world hacking session! We’ll be officially hosting sites in New York City, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Paris, but we encourage developers everywhere to band together and build their dreams atop the foursquare API.

To help with this, we’ve created a Meetup Everywhere page where you can join other hackers in your city (or even suggest a venue where people can get together and code).

And foursquare has done something else to make this sweet deal even sweeter: a wishlist, authored by co-founder Naveen Selvadurai. It’s long, it’s on GitHub, and it’s super-nifty. “An app to play an intro song on the sound system when the mayor checks in” is one suggestion. Ooh! Here’s our theme song.

More suggestions from Mr. Selvadurai:

  • A choose your own adventure game where with each check-in, it suggests 3 nearby things to do next. (Maybe you get to choose a category?)
  • A radar app that alerts you if a friend checks-in within .25 mile of your house / current location
  • Game challenging your friends to see who can go to the Gym the most this month
  • iPad app


What Foursquare Wants: Suggestions for the Global Hackathon