Owlin teams demolish competition in The Next Web's Hack Battle

First in four categories plus overall Kings of Code trophy

28 APRIL 2014, AMSTERDAM
Summary
Two Owlin teams win big at The Next Web's Kings of Code 30-hour hacking marathon during the 2014 Conference in Amsterdam, April 24 and 25

Two teams composed of Owlin programmers and data scientists won most of the prizes in the 36-hour 'Kings of Code Hack Battle' organized by the Next Web conference, April 24-25.

Participants were instructed to build an app based on data feeds and systems of companies like Twitter, PayPal, Spotify, Pearson and Crunchbase.

The main Owlin team won in the Mashery and Pearson API categories, and also won the overall first prize to become 'Kings of Code' entitling them to free tickets for next year's conference. The winning entry was Sema Search, which links any word on any web page to sources elsewhere on the web, for people who are looking for background or explanation of words.

Owlin co-founder Richard Kraayenhagen formed a rival team with partner Katie Williams and won the Twitter and PayPal API prizes. "I'm really proud of the Owlin team who built a semantic search engine in just 36 hours, just as I am pleased to hear all the amazing positive feedback coming in at the moment about the hashtagivist platform" said Kraayenhagen. Their entry was called Hashtagivist, helping users to find inspiring campaigns on Twitter.

See The Next Web's report for detailed coverage on the event, and winning apps.

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"I'm really proud of the Owlin team who built a semantic search engine in just 36 hours, just as I am pleased to hear all the amazing positive feedback coming in at the moment about the hashtagivist platform" Richard Kraaijenhagen – Founder Owlin
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Amsterdam-based Owlin has been developing news search and analysis tools since its inception in 2012. Owlin's proprietary search and analysis software helps you gain control over the wealth of information on the internet. Owlin scans more than 2 million news sources around the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 'turns the news into actionable intelligence'.

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