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International Enyo Hackathon produces a bevy of apps in just five hours 20

by Derek Kessler Mon, 05 Mar 2012 9:05 pm EST


webOS developers from around the world gathered yesterday in person and online to take place in the first ever virtual Enyo hackathon. The event lasted right around six hours, including an introduction from HP's Ben Combee, a Q&A session, and judging period. Seventeen apps were submitted by the end, with the only rules that they must made with Enyo 1.0 or 2.0, use a publicly-available API, and run either on a TouchPad or in the Chrome browser.

The judges - Combee, Enyo Developer Relations guru Lisa Brewster, and your's truly - selected apps to win the vaunted label of best design, best functionality, and best overall app, with the best overall winning an HP TouchPad while the other two went home with a Pre3. So, without further ado, the winners are…

Best Design

Anonymous Texter, by James Harris

Anonymous Texter

Based on the concept of the now-defunct Mojo-built Anonymous Texter app, Harris rebuilt the app entirely with Enyo - and added features like a set of easy-to-send canned messages. And it works in Chrome!

Best Functionality

Ubiquity, by Chris Mondok


The webOS copy-paste system is like practically every other OS-level copy-paste system out there: you can store one thing at a time on the clipboard. Copy something new and it goes away. Ubiquity is a clipboard app on steroids - not only does it let you store multiple clips for later use, it syncs across devices thanks to Villo services. We’re really looking forward to this one getting a public release.

Best Overall App

Villo Chat, by Jordan Gensler

Villo Chat

A well-established webOS developer, Jordan Gensler was one of the few developers that submitted apps made with Enyo 2.0, in spite of the incomplete set of UI widgets. His web-based Villo chat service impressed us not just with its functionality, but with its thoughtful design and impressive back-end code execution.

As a judge, I was impressed by all the entries. Not all were finished as well as we're sure the developers would have liked, but that's the idea behind a hackathon. It surely impressed me, seeing as I'd need more than the five hours working time they had to figure out just how to make a webOS app, let alone build one. Then again, I'm not a developer in any capacity. So congratulations again to all the winners and thanks to everybody that participated at the meetups across the US and online and for the support offered by HP in the first of what we hope will be many events to come.


In a way the losers won.. I mean, granted the touchpad is great and all, but the Pre3 is sorta of a rarity ;) am I wrong?

My Verizon Pre3 ROCKS!

TP is nice to web surf on, or play games, read textbooks, etc.

But for a heavy duty, use-anywhere tool, the Pre3 steals the show.

Congrats to winner and thanks for the Enyo love!


Anontxt works on my 2.1Pre+. Boom!

UI could use a little touch up tho...

Nice job guys. I couldn't get my app to work. :(

If one is one, a couple is two, a few is three or more, then how much is a bevy? Nice job to all participants. The loyal salute!

In this case: 1 bevy ≈ 17.

congratulations to all of them .. ;)

Canl we please see these in the store or preware?

Ubiquity should be available in a few weeks. I found a flaw in its design, but it's easily corrected. Once that's done, i'm going to make a nicer PC version (since the current one requires you have Enyo 1.0 on your machine), and then I'll publish it to the app catalog. I also plan to make a mojo version for phones as well.

HP giving away phones the never released. HP is such a joke. If HP can give away Pre3's that means they can legally sell the things. So do it HP release them.

they've all been sold already, pretty much everyone who wants one has one. there are still a few on ebay though.

I want a Pre3 soooooo bad. Still holding on to my Sprint Pre minus(with duct tape, super glue, and a lot of love). ):

Great to hear this activity was such a success. Love that it was international.

Speaking as a person who doesn't develop but loves to use. Thank you everyone who works at keeping WebOS alive. Thank you all sincerely for all that you do for WebOS.

Was there more than three apps? If there was can we see them and give our input and encouragement.
The three you show here are very cool!

I agree. Please make all apps visible/available :)

I miss my Pre- 2.1

However I love the hardware on my new Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch.

If only we could port WebOS to this hardware and run Android apps as well, life would be good.

Out of curiousity I tried the anonymous texter on my Android it works. NICE JOB!!!

Cant wait to start seeing WebOS products again someday. Assuming they will some day be produced again.

Good to see webOS will never die so long as a community is there from developers, like at the hackathon, to enthusiasts, like me, with his pre3 from ebay (with a Pre2 as a backup).

Come on guys! this is what we need on webOS, apps! That the only thing why iOS and Android is better (well, that and hardware), but OS strictly speaking, they have no chance standing against webOS (well, just a little). Hardware will come along, I know it... I just know it! Even the upside_down_not_so_much_appreciated HP could revert the call on which they quit webOS hardware. Hope to see these apps on the app catalog soon and so you know, based on proportion between app market and customers, webOS is more supportive in buying apps than the other platforms -we want to support you guys-, just imagine if the app catalog was available world wide! If you devs can suggest/compel HP to do so in exchange of you continuing developing for webOS, well do so and you know you'll be as beneficiary as we webOS lovers! LONG WILL LIVE WEBOS!!! I know it!... I just know it!!! :-)