Obviously there’s been a notable silence since Rob headed out to be a full time developer evangelist 2 months ago. I’m going to do my best to fill a little bit of the gap that Rob’s departure left in the blog, obviously those are big shoes to fill, so bare with me here.
First a brief introduction, my name is Ray, I’ve been a web developer at Boxee since April, and I’m currently Boxee ping pong champion. I’m also not a Red Sox fan.
Back on October 1st Boxee offered up its APIs to students at the HackNY fall Hackathon. HackNY gathered several NYC startups and a ton of great college student hackers from far and wide for 24 hours of caffeine fueled creativity. The students formed teams, came up with project ideas, and got busy with the various APIs that were presented.
There were a number of interesting projects that were presented when the dust settled that made use of Boxee APIs:
One team put together TumblrTV , which hooks into your tumblr account, finds videos in your feeds, and plays them back inside a classy throwback wooden TV. The navigation is simple and it shows additional info from Tumblr when each video starts.
Another team made what I think was one of the first games we’ve seen on Boxee. They built an Othello app using mac and windows symbols in place of white and black dots – a nice hacker touch that got the other students vocally choosing sides during their presentation.
A solo programmer got started with the html5-fullscreen-player boxee project that we recently put up on github and made an app that let the user take screenshots from an html5 video. Then the app posted the screenshot directly to a tumblr feed. Pretty sweet!
Oh, and in case anyone was wondering if Rob is loving his new gig at Twilio, you should check this out: