By the time TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon 2013 was over this weekend, five Microsoft developer evangelists had finished third in a field of 260+ hacks and earned a chance to pitch their hack at the main stage on Wednesday at the world's most significant hackathon for consumer tech.
It took a team of five Microsoft developers about 24 hours to build AdFree, AdFree allows people to use MapReduce, a programming model for processing large data sets with a parallel, distributed algorithm on a cluster. as an alternative to advertising to make revenue from their websites. It enables site owners to help visitors to power advanced problem-solving processing by leasing out CPU cycles from browsers instead of running annoying ads.
It's probably easier to explain in the video on the TechCrunch site. It's the last video on that post.
The team was composed entirely of Microsoft's technical and developer evangelists from Microsoft's corps of professionals. They included Felix Reiseberg, Helen Zeng, Will Tschumy, Timothy Strimple, Bruno Terkaly, John Alioto, and Steve Seow.
They are headed to the main stage on Wednesday.
Timothy Strimple (foreground left) explains AdFree while interested developer listens. Helen Zeng (right) and Felix Reiseberg (left) listen in (background)
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Timothy Strimple (left) and Bruno Terkaly (right) watch the first users try out the service at about midnight September 8
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Watch the entire video replay of the hackathon below. The team presented as number 229 in a field of 261.