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Developers compete at Yahoo Open Hack

The fifth edition of Yahoo Open Hack, a much-anticipated event in the coding calendar, was held here this week. This year, over 2,000 developers registered, and around 700 developers from 20 States attended the event.

The hackathon contest was won by Amod Kumar Pandey and Nikhil Baliga, who developed an app called Brock ( that allows one to write code in a simple manner with only a couple of mouse clicks and build useful mini-apps for their Android devices.

They will be invited to attend the Yahoo Hack event at Cannes in 2013, a release from the organisers stated.

The event started with a series of technical workshops, followed by a Hackathon, a non-stop 24-hour coding marathon. Developers wrote code and were tested in key programming areas, including multi-device experiences, search, communications, mobile and video. To build their application, hackers were provided with popular technologies and tools from the Open Web, including YUI, YQL and Mojito, as well as geolocation and Flickr APIs (Application Programmable Interface), which serve as the core building blocks for exciting new applications, a release from Yahoo stated.

Contest for mid-size enterprises

SAP India, an ERP solutions company, announced a new initiative; a competition titled the ‘The power of small: entrepreneurs strengthening local economies’ aimed at helping emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive in underserved communities.

The online competition has been open to participants since June 20. Proposed solutions in entries must focus on providing entrepreneurs in emerging or established markets with the infrastructure they need to reach their full potential and create a larger and sustainable impact on society, a press release from SAP India stated. The last date to send entries is September 5.

Solutions will be evaluated based on the key criteria of innovation, social impact and sustainability. The release added winners will be announced during the event to be held from November 13 to 15 in Madrid, Spain.

Dynamic network to fight cyber crime

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., a security solutions firm, announced the launch of Check Point ThreatCloud. Touted as a unique collaborative network to fight cyber crime, which gathers threat data from an innovative worldwide network of threat sensors and distributes threat intelligence to security gateways around the globe, the solution is based on a global collaboration to increase volume, quality and speed of threat intelligence, a release from the firm stated.

The ThreatCloud is dynamically updated, based on inputs from the global network of threat sensors. This allows customers to collaborate by feeding ThreatCloud with their own threat data and they can receive incoming protection updates through their security gateways. So, when new bots or malware threats are identified on an organisation’s network, the malware identifier such as the IP address, URL or DNS is sent to the ThreatCloud and an update is distributed to their peers and customers around the world in a matter of seconds, the release explains.

“With emerging forms of viruses being generated on a daily basis in India, the introduction of ThreatCloud helps bring about awareness on the significant information along with the analysis about these attacks before they spread to the rest of the system,” said Bhaskar Bakthavatsalu, Regional Director-India and SAARC at Check Point Software Technologies.




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