I’m Will Aldrich, TripIt’s VP of Product, and I spent last weekend with Andy, Jacques, and Ryan from TripIt at Yahoo!’s Open Hack Day. We joined hundreds of other developers to build on Yahoo!’s open platforms…and eat lots of donuts.
We had a clear idea of what kind of hack we wanted to build—something that makes it even easier to get travel confirmation emails into TripIt. So, when we arrived early Friday morning, we made a beeline for the Yahoo! Open Mail team to get set-up with their pre-alpha API.
We were able to make quick progress. By Friday night Andy and Jacques had the basics of our hack working. Andy showed it off on Saturday afternoon and when the dust settled, the judges awarded us “Best Yahoo! Mail App” and “Best User Experience.” Sweet! (We were in good company. The other Yahoo! Mail hack—from Xoopit—won Best Overall Hack. Congrats, guys!)
Big thanks go to Mark, Stephanie, Mary, and the whole Open Mail team. You guys are on to something big. Also, Eric Wu, Neal Sample, Havi Hoffman, and the whole Hack team at Yahoo! for running such a cool event.