PHOTORATION HACKS ITS WAY TO VICTORY


remember the scene from The Shining where all the blood pours out the elevator? well, that’s approximately the amount of coffee that went into this year’s Photo Hack Day Berlin at PLATOON KUNSTHALLE. ok, maybe not. but if innovative thinking and crazy coding skills had a liquid form – PLATOON’s walls were soaking wet!

 

what a weekend of excellence. presented by EyeEm and co-hosted by Google and Fotolia, the 24 hour hackathon Photo Hack Day 3 brought us one step further to the future of photos. over 120 entrepreneurs, developers and designers, united by shared visions of pushing and redefining the photo scene through app creations and projects, brought their a-game to the desktop.

still, like any other –athon, it was a competition where somebody would ultimately come in first, judged and chosen by a jury consisting of Jens Kuehlers (Google Developers), Olivier Sirven (Vice CTO Fotolia), Ramzi Rizk (CTO EveEm) and Ari Fuchs (Lead API Engineer Aviary).

 

and the grand prize went to Photoration, developed by Albert Poghosyan, Stefan Adolf, Robert Tochmann-Szwec and Gabriele Negro. born out of Poghosyan’s wish to locate and determine the perfect spot and time to capture Berlin’s scenery on photos, the app provides topographical accuracy and visual guidelines that enable such ideal photos. hereby it combines GPS, Foursquare, Google Maps and EyeEm API. runner-up was Christian Male’s app Ambeer that via USB or Wi-Fi transforms photos into a luminous show by bringing the colours in your photos ‘to light’. finally, Alan Don JonesDIGITALANALOG won third place by examining the possibilities of creating analog instant photographs out of digitally animated gifs, as well as creating iPhone filters out of bottle caps.  

 

we cannot wait to see what next year’s Photo Hack Day will have in store and how it will continue to challenge the ways we think about perception and our relationship to images and the world.

 

till then, you can check out some more hacks here, and find more photos here.

 

if you would like to know more about the specific details of the hacks, then read about their features on petapixel.com

 

all photo credits to EyeEm.com

 

contributed by Martina Antunovic

 

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