Hacking the creative process

We obviously love hackathons around here — and the more creative the premise, the better. That’s why Art Hack Day caught our eye. Last week, tech-savvy artists and art-savvy techies gathered in Brooklyn for the event, which was “dedicated to cracking open the process of art-making, with special reverence toward open-source technologies.” The results ranged from a haiku wifi network to Kinect Russian Roulette. For the curious, online outlet Hypoallergenic took a tour and got a glimpse of several works-in-progress, and Art Hack Day’s own site has information about each project. Congrats to the participants!

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting and celebrating innovation, NASDAQ has hosted a series of hackathons demonstrating what clever developers can create given 24-hours and the latest technological advances. You may have already seen our recap of Photo Hack Day. What you see above is a glimpse at Video Hack Day, hosted by our friends at Shelby.tv. With 80 teams competing, the winner was Terminator Vision, which equips the user with the famous cyborg’s eyesight. Very cool.

Check it out! And stay tuned: shortly we’ll be posting video from our global hackathon with Foursquare.

78 engineers. 26 APIs. 24 hours.

Add a bit - ok, a few dozen cases! - of Redbull, some pizza, a sleepless night, and the result is 43 innovative photo hacks, ranging from a robotic photo critic to an iPhone photo wallpaper app.

Congratulations to Mason Du and Oscar G. Torres for their First Place project, Photobot! Keep an eye out for it to be featured on the NASDAQ Tower in Times Square.