Earlier this month, Foursquare held its second hackathon, with 500 developers from around the world contributing. Today, the company is announcing the winners. The grand prize goes to Plan Your Next Trip, which uses the Foursquare API to help you plan out your upcoming 2-day trip to any city in the world using the recommendations from Foursquare’s “Explore” feature.
Plan Your Next Trip was built by developer Benjamin Netter from Paris, France, and he will receive the Foursquare title belt (yes, an actual belt – see above) and dinner with Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai.
The other hackathon finalists are as follows:
1) Sqavenger: An app that lets you create and play scavenger hunts using text messages and Foursquare. (Built by a four-person team in NY and San Francisco)
2) Intersquares: Lets you compare your check-ins with a friends. (Built by Mihai Parparita)
3) Near.co: The NASDAQ prize winner built a website using the venue Push API for store owners that features hours of operation, accepted credit cards, Zagat ratings and, of course, a Foursquare check-in option. (Bulit by a four-person team in SF)
4) VenueMachine: The Twilio prize winner lets venue owners identify and reward their influential customers (as determined by Klout scores) in real-time. (Buit by Barnaby Malet and Namit Chadha)
Twelve other hacks won People’s Choice Awards through the voting that took place at Foursquare’s four official sites (NY, SF, Tokyo and Paris) and online. These include the following:
Foursquare is a geographical location based social network that incorporates gaming elements. Users share their location with friends by “checking in” via a smartphone app or by text message. Points are awarded for checking in at various venues. Users can connect their Foursquare accounts to their Twitter and Facebook accounts, which can update when a check in is registered. By checking in a certain number of times, or in different locations, users can collect virtual badges. In addition, users...