Guardian Hack Day 2

There isn’t too much I can add to Kevin Anderson‘s extensive coverage of Guardian Hack Day 2 [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. But here are a couple of things…

First, huge congratulations to Matt McAlister and the whole organising team. Hack Day 1 set the bar pretty high, but the team managed to meet that, if not surpass it.

Second, a terrific change from the last one was that so many people seemed to be sharing skills and ideas  across organisations. People from, the BBC, Inkling, Google, Talis, Omniture, Rabbit, Guardian and elsewhere all mixed it up to produce some really innovative stuff. Added to this, there was a healthy number of people who don’t claim to be programmers creating some very interesting hacks, thanks in part to Simon Willison’s list of Hack Day tools for non-developers.

So among other things we got a tracker of the most controversial articles, a page of search terms that people are using to find — live — a social network for dead people, and much, much more.

The photo here shows Matt under the gaze of the Guardian’s inspirational editor CP Scott — or rather a bust of him. I’ve put this photo and others in a Flickr photo pool. If you were there, please feel free to contribute.