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11 free hackathon ideas
By Dave Winer on Friday, April 08, 2011 at 9:57 AM.

A picture named espresso.jpgAcademic hackathons are the rage, and there's one coming up this weekend at NYU.  #

Unfortunately, imho of course, the commercial APIs are over-represented and open formats and protocols are not represented at all. RSS will never offer you a job or fund your startup, but -- it might keep the Internet free so we'll still be interested in entrepreneurship for the Class of 2020 and beyond. You always have to keep putting back. And as the Twitter developers will tell you, the waters that surround big battleships and aircraft carriers can be very turbulent. As they say, when an 800-pound gorilla sneezes, you're the one with boogers all over you. :-) #

That's why I like platforms without platform vendors. There's no one to change the rules, decide that you've been copying them when they've been copying you. To deprecate the APIs that you've invested your life savings in.  #

Okay anyway, enough motivation. #

The 11 free ideas are:  #

1. Share Your OPML. #

2. Beautiful River. #

3. UI for FeedHose. #

4. Centralized subscription manager. #

5. Hack status.net so we can template it. #

6. What if Readability and Instapaper didn't have to scrape? #

7. REST interface for DNS. #

8. Open source Dropbox clone. #

9. Drop-dead simple static hosting. #

10. University news. #

11. Make Apache an end-user product. #

All are explained in more depth in two bits I wrote last fall.  #

1. Seven free project ideas for an academic hackathon#

2. Four more free ideas for your next hackathon. #

Now, if you're interested in doing one of these projects at this weekend's hackathon at NYU, post a comment here. I live a few blocks away so I can help you, and I will, with any of these projects.  #

The cool thing about them, is that they all make the Internet better and more useful and more open, and they are open-ended. They aren't done when the weekend is over. Because -- they're useful. :-) #

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