At least once a year, we have a Scribd “Hack Day”.
Everybody picks something they really want to work on, and then we hack for 24 hours straight.
It’s always a lot of fun- there are treats around the clock (ice cream deliveries, a Crêpe cart and and a specially stocked snack bar), and if you’re still around (and awake!) during random late-night “raffle hours”, you get a raffle ticket. (Prices were, among others: a Kindle, a jalapeno growing kit, a rip stick, a flying shark)
Our last Hack Day was March 29st 2013, with the following top #5:
- Jared’s In-Doc Search (17 votes)
- Matthias’ Keynote Conversion (12 votes)
- Jesse’s ScribdBugz (10 votes)
- Gabriel’s Bounce Analytics (9 votes)
- Kevin’s Leap Motion Navigation (6 votes)
We’re proud to announce that we now open sourced some of this work: The Scribd Keynote converter, by now running in production for us, is open sourced and available from http://github.com/scribd/keynote .
Keynote is Apple’s presentation format, and the above project enables you to convert it to PDF on non-Mac systems.
Open sourcing keynote follows in the footsteps of many of our open source contributions- see http://github.com/scribd/ for our other projects.