Video Hackday

Some friends of mine are organizing a video hack day in NYC on Saturday May 9th. If you like to hack on video and have been looking for an excuse to spend some time on that thing you’ve been wanting to build, this is your opportunity.

Here are the details:

Video Hack Day is on May 9th, 2015. Sponsored by Google and organized by Ziggeo, it will take place at General Assembly in the Flatiron District of NYC.

Video Hack Day is a time to play with all things video. You’ll learn about new video APIs, develop fun video projects, and get feedback from judges at Google Ventures and Union Square Ventures.

Ziggeo is organizing the event, and it’s sponsored by: Google, Amazon Web Services, YouTube, Clarifai, Firebase, Dropbox, Oovoo and Vimeo. If you’re also interested in sponsoring Video Hack Day, please contact us here.

If you’d like to participate in Video Hack Day, please sign up here. You can also follow Video Hack Day on Twitter, #VideoHackDay.


Comments (Archived):

  1. William Mougayar

    What sorts of apps / ideas are missing in video land that you’d like to see?

    1. Joe Lazarus

      A couple hack ideas…1) for Video: Create a topic-based “room” (ex. cat videos, game reviews, hip hop music videos, etc). A few people in the room act as DJs and pick what everyone watches. Videos are selected via YouTube / Vimeo search APIs. Viewers can give thumbs up / down and text chat.2) Personalized GPS Diary Videos: With one tap of a button, an animated video is automatically generated showing your movement and activity on a particular day based on your mobile GPS / health data. You pick what day you want to share. The video plots your movements on a map highlighting stopping points along the way (ex. restaurants, sightseeing, a run, etc). Photos you took can be included in context if you like. Preview the video and then share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

      1. Twain Twain

        Personalized GPS diary would be really useful to show employers that there really is traffic on our way into work and to msg our families we’re on way home from work.GPS at the moment doesn’t capture traffic blocks.

    2. Matt Kruza

      Sure it may exist (but unaware of it), but an easy tool for creating outlines of video. Like say you have a 40 minute video of Fred with a talk. Instead of normal video editing which is usually pretty technical and time-consuming, Say he can enter simply: 1:45 – 4:47, label it as pre-seed valuation, 5:30-9:20 as series a fundraising consideration etc, and have this almost instantly / or very easily aligned into a short outline that everyone can peruse. I know there is video editing software out there, but I don’t know of anything this user-friendly. The impetus for this is video sucks as an efficient means to learn large volumes of info because it is so hard to skip to what is relevant and most people won’t /can’t take huge times to edit

      1. William Mougayar

        True, video editing is a mess from a UX unless you’re a pro.

        1. Mario Cantin

          Improving video UX is a huge opportunity.Your comment reminded me to go to the App Store and look at Periscope. I didn’t even have to search: it was at the top of Apple recommendations!It seems video is all the rage lately.

        2. awaldstein

          it’s honestly hard to do well from the’s more than the tools as its just a very complex way to tell a order to work you need to template it. no one has figured out how to do it as yet. i’ve failed more than once on this.handling multiple camera angles is essential. handling multiple camera angles for the non pro is aspirational at its very best.i know one stealth project that has a chance and approaching it from the domain expertise of a flimmaker.instagram for video is a game changer. if possible. been the holy grail for over a decade.

          1. William Mougayar

            yup. Simple is good!

          2. awaldstein

            simple in video from a creation perfection has–to date–been unattainable.and one of the reasons is that we have all been brought up with the highest imaginable standards and demanding eyes. Production values is something Hollywood certainly understands.

          3. Erin

            iMovie provides templates.

          4. awaldstein

            I’ll check them out. Thanks.

        3. Matt Kruza

          Yeah. And it causes me to not watch videos. There was a random video from Jerry Caloma did with Jason Calcanis. I think it was 80 minutes long, talking about 6 biggest causes of failures by founders. I don’t have 80 minutes. I do have fifteen. If they could have chunked it into those six segments I would have received value.. but instead I now have none… its a MASSIVE problem with the form factor of video

    3. JimHirshfield

      I’m usually looking for complex characters and steady plot development. Beautiful cinematography puts me over the top.

      1. William Mougayar

        Are you talking about yourself ? 😉 I didn’t know you had a double career in Hollywood…

        1. Twain Twain

          You didn’t notice him amidst the cinematography in ‘Out of Africa’?!!!He was incognito as an actor called “Redford”.:*).

        2. JimHirshfield

          Talk to my agent

      2. Chimpwithcans

        If we made enough examples of these long videos, perhaps featuring some nice looking people, maybe then we could get together and congratulate ourselves somehow? 🙂

        1. JimHirshfield

          Don’t you just love self congratulation?

          1. Chimpwithcans

            I do! And I’m particularly good at it.

          2. JimHirshfield

            Hahaha! Good one!! But not as funny as me, if I may put words in your mouth.

    4. Twain Twain

      How to home design.

  2. pointsnfigures

    I wonder if there is a way to take products like Meerkat and turn them into B2B businesses that make supply chains more efficient?

    1. JimHirshfield

      Please elaborate

      1. pointsnfigures

        Most of the video/photo apps are targeted to B2C. Just read Hunter Walk’s tweet about Shyp that is starting to be used B2B. My assumption is most communication in supply chains is done via email, which might not be efficient in a lot of cases. Even sending a photo can be a pain. Or, if you want to highlight the photo. Some businesses are using Slack and Trello to stem email, but I haven’t seen anyone use video or photo sharing actively in a B2B supply chain. I am hypothesizing that if a person had enough knowledge they could build it-or if they knew people were already using a different photosharing app for a B2B purpose.

        1. JimHirshfield

          Hmm. Interesting, thanks.

          1. Jon

            This was a big finding by the google glass team when they were giving glass to workers in a few different industries.

        2. Vasudev Ram

          Innovative idea. Loosely, like Yammer turning the Twitter idea into a B2B app (or rather within one B).

  3. Chimpwithcans

    Matching the type of video on display with suitable music which fits the mood of the video. That would be rad.

  4. reece

    happy to hand over “” if they want it 😉

  5. Richard

    Sure like what’s your portfolio co VHX is doing

  6. panterosa,

    My favorite video hack product > DJYRO. Having been raised by legendary video heads Emergency Broadcast Network (one of whose members created After Affects), I recommend highly the incredible software behind Djyro, which can be seen here:…Tools + ideas = awesome.

  7. Vasudev Ram

    Great idea. I’m not attending myself, but if anyone planning to go doesn’t have an idea for what to develop, here is one possible – do something with youtube-dl and Python. See the two blog posts (at this URL) to get some ideas:…Also on similar lines, pafy, a Python library for YouTube:

  8. Mark Essel

    Hah, that’s what I do for a living, but I’m heading to a friends Wedding that day. Cool to see community focus around video hacks through 😀

  9. William Mougayar

    Lots of fragmentation for sure. I’ll be following the projects that come out of it. Sometimes they are feathers of big ideas.