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April 05, 2011

Yelp's 4th Bi-Annual Hackathon

Our bi-annual Hackathon has become a much anticipated tradition at Yelp HQ. So much so, we see employees in divisions outside of just engineering, product and systems participate in creating and building projects that fall under our Useful, Funny, Cool mantra.

It’s not just the hacking that’s become tradition. In fact, we’ve injected all our Yelp Hackathons with a little something extra, such as: Mimosas (we did build the Kegmate, after all), special guest speakers (Max Levchin!), Yelp Hackpacks, bouncy castles (to stretch ones legs), pinatas (stuffed with Nerf darts), sleepovers, and ice cream sundaes.

Wait a minute.

This is starting to sound like a 7 year old’s birthday party. Well, minus the mimosas and Max. We promise we did build a bunch of totally rad projects — both for the internal team at Yelp, as well as for the 50 million yelpers and business owners far and wide!

Over 20 projects were created during the Hackathon and demoed at the awards ceremony, including the Yelp Gauntlet, Mobile Business Owner App and the Yelp Looking Glass — all of which you can check out in this video here!

For past Yelp Hackathons, take a look here, here and here! Like what you see? Join the Yelp team!